Pomona College's Rhoda Borcherding Honored with IES Abroad Lifetime Achievement Award

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Jill Kruidenier
October 29, 2014

Every year, IES Abroad recognizes a study abroad professional with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

We proudly presented this year’s award to Rhoda Borcherding, Director Emerita of Study Abroad at Pomona College, Claremont, CA.

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has served the study abroad field through significant professional and volunteer work. Recipients are leaders in the study abroad field whose careers have been distinguished by significant achievements and contributions. The awardee is chosen by IES Abroad’s Nominations Committee, composed of study abroad professionals from colleges and universities across the United States.

Ms. Borcherding was selected for her dedication to the study abroad field, which has led Pomona College to offering students 50 study abroad programs around the world. She also was recognized for her interest and direct involvement with study abroad programming, having made more than 100 visits to study abroad locations around the world used by Pomona College students. 

Borcherding has also played a leading and very active role in the IES Abroad Academic Council and the Institutional Membership Committee. She was also a founding member and associate editor of “Frontiers: the Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad.”

One study abroad colleague had this to say about Borcherding: “I have always admired and enjoyed her very ‘European way’ of critically thinking, often refreshingly unmainstream and her inspiring sense of humor, even when tackling difficult issues.”


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