A native of Tennessee, Dr. Mowell is a tenured member of the faculty at Broward College in Fort Lauderdale. He holds two undergraduate degrees and five masters degrees including an Executive MBA, an EdS degree in Curriculum and Instruction, and a doctorate in Social Science Education (Higher Education cognate). He has completed post-graduate work in sociology and history and is currently undertaking a PhD in International and Comparative Politics at Florida International University in Miami.
He is the recipient of several teaching awards including Professor of the Year, Sensormatic Electronics Corporation Endowed Teaching Chair, A. Hugh Adams Endowed Teaching Chair, Classroom Research Award, and most recently was a finalist for the Florida Association of Community Colleges' Florida Professor of the Year award. He has been recognized for civic activism and is the former President of the Fort Lauderdale Kiwanis Club. He has served on the Boards of Directors of several charitable and civic organizations including "A Child Is Missing, Inc." and the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, and he has also served on several governmental boards.
Dr. Mowell has authored numerous articles and authored or edited five books including Teaching About the Islamic World and Sub-Saharan Africa in the Classroom both of which were recently published by the National Council for Geographic Education. He is also presently writing a chapter addressing US military intervention in Panama for the Handbook of U.S. Diplomatic and Military History to be published by Routledge in 2012.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a member of numerous other organizations including the National Council for Geographic Education, Foreign Policy Research Institute, World Affairs Council, Baltic-American Freedom League, American-Latvian Association, and the National Association of Corporate Directors. He has assisted several NGOs with the process of obtaining formal Consultative Status with the United Nations and has served as the UN Representative for 2 major Florida-based NGOs. He has been accredited to UN headquarters in New York, Geneva, and Vienna.
He has served as Latvia's Honorary Consul to Florida since 2005 and primarily works to promote educational and cultural linkages between Latvia and Florida. Dr. Mowell has written and lectured on international affairs, has been interviewed on the subject of world affairs in both print and broadcast media outlets such as the TalkAmerica Radio Network, and has taught college seminars on various world regions including Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, Florida, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, authoring, politics, taking graduate courses, and activities related to fitness, firearms and the outdoors.
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If you have experienced a blessed life and successful career, you might wish to consider contributing to a charitable or non-profit organization benefiting Latvia. The following is a sample list of some reputable charitable and non-profit organizations deserving of financial support:
ALA's Aid to Latvia Program - www.alausa.org/
Latvian Children's Fund *Latvia's largest charity - link coming soon
Kids First Fund - http://www.kidsfirstfund.org/
Latvian National Library - www.lnb.lv/en
Latvian Society of the Blind - www.lnbrc.lv/
Latvian American Youth Scholarship Fund - http://alja.org/en/support/
U of Wisconsin Scholarship Fund for Latvian Students - www.uwec.edu/newsbureau/release/past/1999/99-09/091799Galejs.html
Latvian Fund for Nature - www.ldf.lv/
With recent FIU graduates and star players for the FIU women's basketball team Liene Bernsone (left) and Lasma Jacobsone (right) at their graduation in Miami on April 30, 2007. Both Liene and Lasma distinguished themselves academically as well as on the basketball court, earning numerous awards/honors during the 4 years they were FIU student-athletes. Both also played for the Latvian National Women's Basketball Team. A large contingent of Latvians and other friends and well-wishers were present for their graduation from FIU.