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Peru Resident Director Named Distinguished Professor
IFSA-Butler Peru Resident Director Laura Balbuena has been named "Distinguished Professor" by the Dean of Social Sciences at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú for consistently excellent student evaluations in the past few semesters. Laura is a professor of gender studies and political science at PUCP. Congratulations Laura!
Peru Resident Director Invited as Keynote Speaker at Conference
IFSA-Butler's Peru Resident Director Laura Balbuena has been invited to give a keynote address at the Expovalores 2011 conference in Palmira, Colombia. Laura's address will focus on sexual violence during armed conflicts. Laura's academic career has centered on gender studies, and she has been widely recognized as an expert on women's issues.
IFSA-Butler Organizes Donations to Shelter
This holiday season, IFSA-Butler staff assisted women and children escaping from domestic violence by organizing a donation of food, winter clothing, hygiene supplies and more. Senior Academic Affairs Coordinator Laura Wallman spearheaded the effort, which also involved other tenants in the office building where IFSA-Butler is located. The collection garnered about six large boxes of donations, which were taken to Coburn Place, a domestic violence shelter in Indianapolis.
Mendoza Literature Tutor Receives Award for Novel
Marisa Pérez, a Literature tutor for IFSA-Butler's Mendoza Universities Program, has received an award in the Novels for Youth Contest organized by the publishing company Comunicarte. Her novel, Mundos peregrinos, was awarded with an "honorable mention for literary quality," and the award was presented at the book fair in Córdoba, Argentina.
IFSA-Butler Staff Contribute to Local Food Pantry

IFSA-Butler staff helped the needy this Thanksgiving by collecting food for the Wheeler Mission, an Indianapolis homeless shelter. The photo below shows Program Advisors Kristy Sauerbry and Jenny Cataldi with some of the collected food.


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