KC ISSS Award of Excellence

 
KCISSS Award

The Knowledge Community for International Student and Scholar Services (KC ISSS) is charged with providing professional development opportunities and resources for those in the field of international student and scholar services. This KC ISSS award honors a NAFSA member who has demonstrated outstanding qualities that distinguish him or her as a leader in the field of international student and scholar services.

Nominees should possess qualities of compassion, integrity, and leadership. They also must be NAFSA members and must have been professionals in the field of international student and scholar services for at least 10 years. Nominees should have earned respect and admiration from students, colleagues, and peers.

KCISSS would like to thank the following individuals for serving on the 2017 Award Selection Committee: Elizabeth Matthews - Michigan State University, Amy Cockrell - Miami University, David Archbold - Oakland University, Stephanie Hernandez - Southern Methodist University, Iyabo Oyewo - City University of New York, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Ravi Srinivas - University of St. Thomas.

2017 Recipient - Masume Assaf

Masume Assaf has advised international students at Penn State for 30+ years. She has served on NAFSA's Board of Directors and has been a presenter at several NAFSA conferences – mostly in the area of F and J regulations. Assaf was the recipient of NAFSA's Region VIII Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education in 2005 and received the former Region IX Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education in 1990.

In 2006, she received the Administrative Excellence Award from Penn State. Assaf co-authored F-1 Regulations for Beginners Linda Gentile as well as the recently revised electronic edition. She served in several positions on the former NAFSA Region IX and served NAFSA as chair of Region VIII. Later she served as chair of CAFSS (now known as KCISS). In 2013 she was awarded the Homer Higbee Award from NAFSA in recognition of distinguished and continuous service and mentoring of fellow NAFSAns.

She has a BA in Near Eastern Studies and Political Science from New York University and an MS in TESOL from SUNY Albany.