The Foreign Service Journal - January/February 2014 - page 58

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JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2014
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
AFSA NEWS
Call for 2014 Performance Awards Nominations
Please consider nominat-
ing someone at your post
for the excellent work they
have done. AFSA offers
three awards recognizing
exemplary performance of
assigned duties or voluntary
activities at an overseas post:
The
Nelson B. Delavan
Award
is awarded to an
office management special-
ist whose work has made a
significant contribution to
post or office effectiveness
and morale, beyond the
framework of his or her job
responsibilities. The award
has been generously funded
through the Delavan Founda-
tion.
The
M. Juanita Guess
Award
is given to a commu-
nity liaison office coordinator
who demonstrates outstand-
ing leadership, dedication,
initiative and imagination in
assisting official employees
and their families serving at
AFSA President Speaks at Seton Hall University
BY TOM SWITZER, SPEAKERS BUREAU DIRECTOR
On Nov. 19, AFSA President
Bob Silverman visited the
School of Diplomacy and
International Relations
at Seton Hall University
in South Orange, N.J. He
spoke about Foreign Service
careers and the role the For-
eign Service plays in foreign
policy.
During a luncheon,
Department Chairman Dr.
Benjamin Goldfrank outlined
Seton Hall’s ambitious goal
of further developing their
Washington, D.C. program,
launched in fall 2012. The
new D.C. campus and cur-
riculum will focus entirely on
U.S. diplomacy, with a strong
emphasis on the Foreign
Service.
Dr. Goldfrank expressed
hope that AFSA could col-
laborate with the university
by providing experienced
Senior Foreign Service offi-
cers as speakers for classes
and special events. Silverman
said AFSA would be willing to
collaborate with Seton Hall in
this endeavor.
Bob delivered a presenta-
tion on the challenges and
opportunities facing U.S.
diplomacy and the Foreign
Service to more than 50
students. He provided his
perspectives on a career in
the Foreign Service, which
generated numerous ques-
tions from the audience. He
also met with Dean Andrea
Bartoli, Ph.D., who facilitated
the presentation to the
students.
An important outreach
goal for AFSA is to develop a
number of strong and cost-
effective speaker partner-
ships with various schools of
international relations. Such
a nationwide network could
promise AFSA with a long-
term presence for educating
the American public on the
critical role the Foreign Ser-
vice plays in advancing our
nation’s vital interests.
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AFSA President Robert J. Silverman (center) meets with Dr. Andrea Bartoli
(left), dean of the school of diplomacy, and others at Seton Hall University.
BY PERRI GREEN, COORDINATOR SPECIAL AWARDS AND OUTREACH
an overseas post. The award
was established in memory
of M. Juanita Guess, and is
funded by Clements World-
wide.
The
Avis Bohlen Award
honors a Foreign Service
family member whose volun-
teer work with the American
and foreign communities has
advanced the interests of the
United States. Beginning this
year, the Una Chapman Cox
Foundation will graciously
fund the award.
Each award recipient
is invited to attend AFSA’s
award ceremony in the
Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic
Reception Room in June and
will receive a prize of $2,500
and a certificate.
For information, see 
.
The deadline for nominations
is Feb. 28.
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