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The university honored a late administrator, [b]Dr. Edward Minnock[/b], with a ceremony naming in his honor its international engagement center, as well as a new memorial garden and scholarship.
Dr. Minnock, who for years served as BSU's vice president for external affairs, died unexpectedly Aug. 2, 2011. He was praised on campus and beyond for his commitment to international diplomacy, global service, and support of foreign exchange programs.
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The ceremony, held near the vibrant memorial garden, marked the official opening of the Dr. Edward W. Minnock Center for International Engagement, located in the university's Maxwell Library. Founded in 2010, the center focuses on three key areas: global studies, international student services, and study abroad programs.
The university also announced the establishment of a scholarship in honor of Dr. Minnock, which will be awarded to students for study abroad and service learning opportunities across the globe.
President [b]Dana Mohler-Faria[/b] and Dr. Minnock were longtime colleagues and friends who traveled the world together, establishing institutional partnerships in numerous countries, including China, Jordan, Cape Verde and Egypt.
In his remarks, the president recalled one trip to Cambodia, where he and Dr. Minnock met two Cambodian college students who wished to study at BSU. By the end of their trip, Dr. Minnock made it happen.
"Everything Ed did resulted in positive action," said Dr. Mohler-Faria, who has known Dr. Minnock since childhood in their native Onset. "He made changes in all parts of the world."
Locally, Dr. Minnock served as liaison between the university and Bridgewater town officials.
[b]Frederick Clark[/b], BSU executive vice president of external affairs, praised his predecessor's commitment to establishing foreign and domestic relationships. "I have had the honor to walk along a path blazed by Dr. Minnock," he said.
Known for his humble ways, many members of the Bridgewater community did not know Dr. Minnock had a celebrated military background, and was hailed as a hero by many for his service during the Vietnam War. He remains the only soldier to earn the Legion of Merit while holding the rank of private. In 1990, he was inducted into the Military Intelligence Hall of Fame.
[b]Louis Ricciardi[/b], '81, chairman of the BSU Board of Trustees, praised the dedication and helpful nature of his late friend. "Ed was engaged no matter who you were, both on campus and around the world," he said. "He was a great example to us here and will continue to be an inspiration."
President Mohler-Faria concluded his remarks by striking a note of solidarity, saying in honor of Dr. Minnock the campus community must continue working together to create change around the world. "As we go forward, let's go forward together," he said.
Dr. Minnock lived in Bourne with his wife, Rose. He is also survived by four children and a number of grandchildren. (Rob Matheson, '07, G '12, University Advancement)
Bridgewater State University community members remember Dr. Edward W. Minnock.