Thomas University to present first Peacemaker Award
Thomas University will hold a ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday, May 2, to present its first Peacemaker Award to two recent graduates whose community involvement has made them role models in relations between the U.S. and China. The Peacemaker Award is presented to students in the TU Chinese Master of Business Administration cohort who made the greatest contribution to the community during their time in Thomasville by serving as outstanding ambassadors for China and endearing themselves to the community with all their acts of loving service.
The recipients will be Xue “Winnie” Zhang and Jihe “Tim” Tian, who came to Thomasville in August 2012 as part of a group of Chinese students to attend Thomas University and earn a Master of Business Administration Degree. During their time in Thomasville, the two have also been very active in the community.
While a graduate student at TU, Zhang also worked in the Hawk’s Nest, TU’s on-campus café; helped prepare food for the 2013 Dining for Education event, a scholarship fundraiser that featured authentic Chinese food; participated as a pianist in the ACTU Sundays at Four performance series; taught Mandarin language classes to the community; participated in the Salt Group at the First United Methodist Church, which reaches out to other TU students; volunteered for two years to prepare food for the Chinese New Year celebration at the First United Methodist Church; volunteered at the Thomas County Library; and regularly prepared Chinese food to share with friends.
As a TU graduate student, Tian also worked with Goal Line Ministries in an effort to make international students feel more welcome; provided accounting support for Goal Line; participated in the Salt Group at the First United Methodist Church; served as a liaison between the TU administrators and officials in Xiamen; volunteered to prepare for two years for the Chinese New Year celebration at First United Methodist Church; participated in a Hands on Thomas County work project at Vashti; volunteered at the Thomas County Library; and participated in the Rotary Club’s Supporting the Troops Project by weighing boxes of food and supplies to be sent to troops.
For their efforts, Zhang and Tian will be presented with a brick that will be placed in the newly established Peacemakers’ Circle located between Balfour Chapel and the Veterans’ Honor Park on TU’s Main Campus.