Last week at the 2013 Annual Conference, IES Abroad presented education leadership awards to three top professionals in the study abroad field. These prestigious awards are given to educators who have been instrumental in furthering the field of study abroad.
The IES Abroad Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Dr. Kristi Wormhoudt, Associate Director in Penn State’s Education Abroad Office. She was selected, in part, for her long and fruitful career in academia and international education: she has taught Art History at several universities as a full-time faculty member, and has furthered IES Abroad’s mission through serving on many committees—including the IES Abroad Curriculum Committee, Academic Council, and as Chair of the annual IES Abroad conference.
The IES Abroad Volunteer of the Year Award was given to Dr. Larry Jones, Director of Study Abroad at Sewanee: The University of the South. Dr. Jones served on a variety of governance committees, including the IES Abroad Annual Conference Planning Committee. He gave some of the most engaging and effective presentations at IES Abroad’s Annual Conference, and was an exceptionally talented supporter of students, making certain that their study abroad needs were met.
The IES Abroad Professional Development Award was given to Sue Mennicke, Associate Dean for International Programs at Franklin & Marshall College. Among Mennicke’s many accomplishments in the study abroad field are serving as an elected member of the IES Abroad Academic Council and Curriculum Committee, chairing the IES Abroad Institutional Membership Committee, and also chairing a program review for the IES Abroad Vienna Center, resulting in important enhancements to the popular program.