University of Wisconsin - River Falls

March 29, 1996

International Business Scholar Named

Amy Liddle, a senior at River Falls High School, has been named the first recipient of the UW-River Falls Center For Pacific Rim Studies International Business Scholarship.

Liddle will receive a $500 scholarship to study international business at UW-RF. The scholarship is funded by Charles Kao, UW-RF economics professor and director of the Center for Pacific Rim Studies.

Liddle was chosen based on high school grades, two letters of recommendation from teachers and two essays stating why she wants to study international business and why she sees the Pacific Rim as important to American business.

According to Glenn Potts, chair of the department of business administration, international business has become a very important aspect of business, and the business administration department at UW-RF has been working over the last two years to develop an emphasis in that area. Potts hopes the scholarship will help draw promising students into the area.

"International business has become so important to all businesses in the United States," Potts said. "Even small businesses have to become aware of international business opportunities."

Liddle chose to study international business because she enjoys learning about different cultures and languages as well as studying differences between the economies of different countries. She began studying French in sixth grade and took up the study of Spanish as a junior in high school. She has also taken business-related classes in high school.

"I took international business when I was a sophomore," she said. "I like working on computers, and I'm in accounting now."

International business is one of the areas students can specialize in within the business major at UW-RF. The program includes the study of foreign languages and offers opportunities to study business abroad in Europe, Asia and Mexico.

The department also has a new state-of-the-art electronic classroom where students can develop skills for electronic information processing. The department is currently in the process of enlarging its internship effort, including international internships.

The Center for Pacific Rim Studies International Business Scholarship will continue next year. Applicants must be high school seniors that have been admitted to UW-RF. Though the study of foreign languages is encouraged as part of the study of international business at UW-RF, applicants are not required to have knowledge of foreign languages.

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