Hugh Jenkins Award


Hugh Jenkins LogoThe nominations process is now open.

The Hugh M. Jenkins Award for Excellence in Community Programming recognizes individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to promoting global understanding and international exchange in the local community. Specifically, it honors people who exemplify a spirit of volunteerism and a long-term dedication to international exchange. The award identifies individuals whose leadership encompasses outstanding skills in recruiting, training, and recognizing community volunteers. It is also intended to reward personal involvement with international students in the local community.

Criteria Used to Select Nominees

  • Commitment to promoting global understanding and providing for international exchange in the local community
  • Spirit of volunteerism and a long-term commitment to international education and exchange
  • Excellence in leadership for recruiting, training, and recognizing community volunteers
  • Active participation with internationals in the local community

KCISSS would like to thank the following individuals for serving on the 2016 Award Selection Committee: Amber Cordell, Michigan State University, Thomas Lavenir- James Madison University, Rendy Schrader– Indiana University, Emily Bailey– College of William & Mary, and Kate Zheng – University of Michigan.

Nominating Procedures

Two letters of nomination are required. One letter must come from a higher education institution. Letters should provide specific details of the efforts and results of the nominee(s). Awardee(s) are not required to attend the Annual Conference to receive the Award. Please submit all letter nominations via email to:

In the subject line of the email please reference the name of the award and the person being nominated.


2016 Joe Moore

joe mooreKCISSS is honored to present the Hugh M. Jenkins Award for Excellence in Community Programming to the International Cultural Center (ICC) in Tiffin, Ohio. The mission of the ICC is “To celebrate and demonstrate the relationships and interdependence among peoples and nations to foster understanding and appreciation of different cultures to equip people young and old to assume leadership roles in our global society.” The center promotes global understanding in the vast amount of programs, festivals and activities it undertakes with local K-12 schools, two universities, community organizations and businesses.

The ICC hosts cultural events for patrons of all ages at the local public library, culturally-themed dinners at local restaurants, international cooking classes in high schools, cross-cultural dialogues at a local coffee shop, and international student presentations at service organizations and businesses. The ICC provides a great welcome to new international students at Tiffin University and Heidelberg University through orientation and year-round programs. Thanks to the efforts of the ICC, Tiffin is a more understanding and welcoming place for international students, and international students become immersed in their new home. Community members learn about other places and cultures, and international students learn about U.S. culture and life outside of campus.

Accepting the award on behalf of the ICC is the director, Mr. Joe Moore, who is a retired high school Spanish teacher. Since 2005, he has provided opportunities in this role for residents in the community to understand and appreciate people of other cultures. He has demonstrated a long-term commitment of promoting cultural awareness and exchange and the power of connecting people from all over the world to form positive relationships and create friendships. Congratulations, International Cultural Center, and thank you for all that you do!

View all of the Hugh Jenkins Award recipients.


Deadline: May 1, 2017


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