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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/scholars/dependents in the local community.

Nominations for the 2021 Hugh M. Jenkins Award for Excellence in Community Programming  are now open! All KC ISSS members are invited to submit nominations for the award.

Selection Criteria

The nominee must have:

  • 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 international students/scholars/dependents in the local community.

Nomination Procedure

Each nominee must have the following:

  • One primary nomination form
  • Two additional references (their names, organizations/institutions, daytime phone numbers, and e-mail addresses)
  • A copy of the nominee's professional CV/resume

The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2021.

The recipient of this award will be announced by KC ISSS leadership in conjunction with the NAFSA Annual Conference and Expo.

Questions? Please contact NAFSA's International Student/Scholar Services team.

Tia Gomez Zeller

Tia Gomez Zeller
Lane Community College
Tia M. Gomez Zeller is currently the Associate Director for International Retention at Lane Community College, International Programs. She started her education at Portland Community College where she completed her English as a Second Language program, as well as earning her Associate of Science...

Stacey Bieler

Stacey Bieler
Stacey Bieler first helped recruit American undergraduates to go to the new international student reception at CSU Fresno in fall of 1978. She co-directed the Chinese Tutorial Project at UCLA, matching undergraduates with Chinese scholars for conversational English from 1982-84. In 1989 her husband...

Robert and Leah Rubenstein

Robert and Leah Rubenstein
Robert and Leah Rubenstein became involved in The College of William and Mary’s Reves Center for International Studies shortly after their retirement to Williamsburg, VA. They signed up to be part of the Global Friends program, which matches international students with members of the community to...
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