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Mar

19

2012

University of Georgia presents Delta Prize for Global Understanding to Roméo A. Dallaire

Athens, Ga., March 19, 2012 - Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and the University of Georgia presented the 2012 Delta Prize for Global Understanding to Roméo Dallaire, a Canadian senator and retired Canadian Army lieutenant-general, March 16. Dallaire was honored for his leadership, passion and diplomacy in promoting human rights. “The Delta Prize board has once again selected a true hero in the fight for human rights,” said UGA President Michael F. Adams. “Sen. Dallaire’s work to keep children from being forced into military service is inspiring. He joins an esteemed group …

Mar

19

2009

Delta Air Lines and UGA present the Delta Prize for Global Understanding to Mohamed ElBaradei

Athens, Ga. – Delta Air Lines and the University of Georgia presented the 2009 Delta Prize for Global Understanding to Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency—during a ceremony Wednesday evening, March 18—for his dedication, leadership, and diplomacy in promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear technology. “Once again the Delta Prize board has selected a recipient whose work is not only important, but timely,” said UGA President Michael F. Adams. “Mohamed ElBaradei’s role as head of the IAEA is crucial as the world grapples with the issues of …

Oct

20

2008

Delta Prize winner gets Nobel Peace Prize

Martti Ahtisaari, the former president of Finland, received the Nobel Peace Prize on Oct. 10 for his efforts to resolve international conflicts. Ahtisaari also won the 2008 Delta Prize for Global Understanding from UGA and Delta Air Lines last spring. “The Delta Prize Student Selection Committee showed great wisdom in putting Martti Ahtisaari on the short list for the Delta Prize Board, which named him the recipient of the 2008 Delta Prize,” said Betty Jean Craige, co-founder and co-director of the Delta Prize program. “Ahtisaari has spent his life helping societies …

Apr

5

2008

Delta Air Lines and the University of Georgia present the Delta Prize for Global Understanding to Martti Ahtisaari

Athens, Ga. — Delta Air Lines and the University of Georgia presented the 2008 Delta Prize for Global Understanding to Martti Ahtisaari, former president of Finland, for his efforts to secure peace in Kosovo, Namibia, Aceh, and other troubled parts of the world. “The University of Georgia is proud to join Delta Air Lines in presenting the 2008 Delta Prize to President Ahtisaari for his efforts to secure peace in strife-torn parts of the world,” said UGA President Michael F. Adams.  “The Delta Prize reminds us all that one person can …

Feb

27

2007

Delta Air Lines and the University of Georgia to present the Delta Prize for Global Understanding to Nelson Mandela

Athens, Ga. — Delta Air Lines and the University of Georgia will present the 2007 Delta Prize for Global Understanding to Nelson Mandela, the first democratically elected president of South Africa, at Delta Headquarters in Atlanta on Wednesday, March 7. Mandela will be recognized for his leadership in ending apartheid, bringing about a peaceful transition to democracy, and helping make possible interracial understanding in South Africa. Established in 1997 with an $890,000 endowment grant from the Delta Air Lines Foundation, the Delta Prize is administered by UGA. The prize consists of a …

Feb

16

2006

Delta Air Lines and the University of Georgia to present the Delta Prize for Global Understanding to Ted Turner

Athens, Ga. — Delta Air Lines and the University of Georgia will present the 2006 Delta Prize for Global Understanding to R. E. (Ted) Turner, founder of Cable News Network, in Atlanta on Tuesday, March 28 at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta. Turner will be recognized for his creation of CNN and his philanthropic efforts to bring peace and environmental health to our global society. Established with an $890,000 endowment grant from the Delta Air Lines Foundation, the Delta Prize is administered by UGA. The prize consists of a sculpture and a $10,000 …

Mar

2

2005

Delta Air Lines and UGA present the Delta Prize for Global Understanding to the president of the Pan-African Parliament

Athens, Ga. — Delta Air Lines and the University of Georgia presented the Honorable Ambassador Gertrude Mongella of Tanzania, first president of the Pan-African Parliament of the African Union, with the 2005 Delta Prize for Global Understanding at a banquet on Tuesday, March 1, on the campus of UGA. Mongella was recognized for her lifelong promotion of women's and children's rights. Established with an $890,000 endowment grant from the Delta Air Lines Foundation, the Delta Prize for Global Understanding is administered by UGA. The prize carries a $10,000 cash award. "The …

Feb

2

2005

Advisory: Pan-African Parliament President Gertrude Mongella to receive Delta Prize

Athens, Ga. — The Honorable Ambassador Gertrude Ibengwe Mongella, the first president of the Pan-African Parliament of the African Union, will receive the 2005 Delta Prize for Global Understanding at a banquet on March 1 on the campus of the University of Georgia. Ambassador Mongella will be recognized for her lifelong promotion of women's and children's rights. A symposium on Ambassador Mongella's contributions to global understanding will take place the same day at 4 p.m. in Masters Hall of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The symposium will feature a panel …

Jun

15

2004

Delta Air Lines and UGA present the Delta Prize for Global Understanding to first president of the Czech Republic Václav Havel

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Delta Air Lines and the University of Georgia will present Václav Havel, first president of the Czech Republic, with the 2004 Delta Prize for Global Understanding during a luncheon today at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, D.C. President Havel is being recognized for his stand against communist political repression during the 1970s and 1980s and for his leadership in the pursuit of peaceful change in Europe. “As a global airline, Delta knows the importance of peaceful change and is proud to recognize President Havel for …

Feb

27

2002

Delta Air Lines and The University of Georgia Award the 2002 Delta Prize for Global Understanding to Former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata

ATLANTA — Delta Air Lines and The University of Georgia today announced that Sadako Ogata, former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has been selected as the 2002 recipient of the Delta Prize for Global Understanding. Ogata was chosen for her longstanding commitment to human rights. Established with an $890,000 grant from the Delta Air Lines Foundation, the Delta Prize is administered by the University of Georgia. Nominees for the Delta Prize for Global Understanding are solicited from around the world. Selected University of Georgia students research the nominees for the …

Feb

21

2001

President Mikhail S. Gorbachev to receive 2001 Delta Prize for Global Understanding

ATLANTA — Mikhail S. Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union, has been chosen as the 2001 recipient of the Delta Prize for Global Understanding. Established with an $890,000 grant from the Delta Air Lines Foundation, the Delta Prize is administered by the University of Georgia. "As a global airline, Delta knows the importance of intercultural understanding and is proud to recognize President Gorbachev for his efforts to foster peace and promote environmental protection around the world," said Frederick W. Reid, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Delta Air …

Jul

26

2000

Archbishop Tutu accepts Delta Prize for Global Understanding, calls for U.S. aid to South Africa ‘Akin to Marshall Plan’

ATLANTA — Archbishop Desmond Tutu called on the United States to provide $2 billion in aid to South Africa for the next five years to help his country recover from the legacy of apartheid. Tutu made the plea as he accepted the Delta Prize for Global Understanding, a new international peace prize created by the University of Georgia with an endowment from Delta Air Lines. The 69-year-old former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. “After World War II, Europe was devastated and this …

May

1

2000

Delta Prize for Global Understanding awarded to Desmond Tutu

ATHENS, Ga. — Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been chosen as the 2000 recipient of the Delta Prize for Global Understanding, an international award established by the University of Georgia with funding from Delta Air Lines. Tutu will be recognized for helping end apartheid in South Africa and promoting reconciliation in its aftermath. "Archbishop Tutu is a living symbol of peaceful change and understanding," said Gary Bertsch, director of UGA's Center for International Trade and Security and co- chair of the Delta Prize program. Tutu is the second recipient of the prize, …

Apr

28

1999

President Carter honored for ‘waging peace’

ATHENS, Ga. — Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn were honored April 27 in Atlanta for their efforts to "wage peace," even as the House of Representatives prepares to vote on the U.S. military role in the Balkan conflict. The two were presented the inaugural Delta Prize for Global Understanding, a new award created by the University of Georgia with a grant from the Delta Air Lines Foundation. The award recognizes groups or individuals for globally significant efforts that provide opportunities for greater understanding among nations and cultures. The …

Feb

24

1999

New Delta Prize for Global Understanding awarded to Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, Carter Center

ATLANTA — Former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter have been chosen as the recipients of the inaugural Delta Prize for Global Understanding, a new award established by an $890,000 grant from the Delta Air Lines Foundation to the University of Georgia. The announcement was made at a Feb. 24 press conference at Delta corporate headquarters in Atlanta. The Delta Prize was created to recognize groups or individuals for "globally significant efforts that provide opportunities for greater understanding among nations and cultures." The Carters will be honored at an …