Region VI Awards
Region VI Champion of Diversity and Inclusion in International Education
This award recognizes the efforts of an international education professional to enhance greater access, to cultivate broader perspectives, and to celebrate the diversity of the international education community. These efforts might be achieved by working to create access and provide support to underrepresented and underserved student (both domestic and international) and scholar populations. These efforts could include specific initiatives, programming, outreach, and/or strategic planning. Good candidates may also have focused efforts on diversity and inclusion within the field of international education itself though concrete efforts to recruit and support diverse professionals.
NAFSA Rising Star Young Leaders Award
The Rising Star Young Leader Award is given annually in recognition of a professional who has impacted the field of international education during the first five years of the recipient's area of work. The rising star will have demonstrated a commitment to internationalization and an ingenuity of thought that has the potential for having substantial and lasting influence upon global education.
- May or may not be a NAFSA member
- Has served in their present area of expertise/specialization no more than 5 years
- Shows passion and has made significant contributions to their department, unit, institution, organization, to the NAFSA community, and/or to the field of international education
- Has engaged in activities such as:
- Organized or led an activity or range of activities or services within their organization that promotes international education
- Demonstrated innovation in their area of specialization
- Presented at conferences and/or have engaged in publications of their work
- Contributed to international education as a volunteer leader, etc.
- Shows promise in making further contributions to the field of international education as a leader
Nominations are accepted up to January 1 for the following annual conference. Nominations should be sent to the current Regional VI Past Chair. The Region VI chair stream will select one nominee from our region’s submissions. Although NAFSA membership is not required, both nominators and nominees should be part of Region VI.
Leo Dowling Award of Excellence
Every year, Region VI honors a member who has demonstrated the outstanding qualities that distinguished the late Leo R. Dowling of Indiana University, one of the "founding fathers" and an early president of NAFSA.
Nominees should possess qualities of compassion, integrity, and leadership. They also must have been members of NAFSA for at least five years and should be associated with an institution or organization that is located in Region VI.
Remember, it only takes five years, so use your imagination. Nominees don't have to be nearing retirement. Nominations can be made by means of a letter describing the nominee and should the names and e-mail addresses of two other persons who can speak about the nominee's personal attributes and professional achievements.
Submit nominations by September 15, 2019 to the current Region VI Past Chair.
|1987||Dorothy Brickman||1988||Roger Lehr|
|1989||Kenneth Rogers||1990||Paula Spier|
|1991||George Burke||1992||Laurie Zelman|
|1993||Kitty Burkhart||1994||Donald Nelson|
|1995||James Haas||1996||George Hertrich|
|1997||Carolyn Holmes||1998||Alan Boyd|
|1999||John Greisberger||2000||Katherine Hammett|
|2001||Kathleen Sideli||2002||Charles Nieman|
|2003||Kevin Harty||2004||Jennifer Adams|
|2005||Dee Bunge||2006||Charlene Leach|
|2007||Wendell Sparks||2008||Deb Lyons|
|2009||Karen Slaymaker||2010||Susan Carty|
|2011||Sally Raymont||2012||Jennifer Marinello|
|2013||Jenny Bowen||2014||Stacy McKay Benander|
|2015||Heidi Gregori-Gahan||2016||Ron Cushing|
|2017||Susan Snider Salmon|
The George Hertrich Advocacy Award
This award was established in 1997 to honor George E. Hertrich. George was a pillar within NAFSA and a true advocate of international education and scholarship, knowledge, exchange through technology, and constructive leadership.
An integral force at Ohio Dominican College for more than 30 years, George earned respect and admiration from students, colleagues, and peers. He lived his beliefs and empowered all he met.
The George E. Hertrich Advocacy Award is presented at the Region VI conference each November. Nominees should be an active member of NAFSA, demonstrate a willingness to assist colleagues in the field, and advocate the cause of international education within his/her own institution as well as with the greater community.
Submit nominations by September 15, 2019 to the current Region VI past chair. A letter of support must accompany the nomination.
|1997||Martha Wailes||1998||Heidi Gregori-Gahan|
|1999||George Burke||2000||Sally Raymont|
|2001||Suzanne Kifer||2002||Karen Edwards|
|2003||Sara Allaei||2004||Monica Plunkett|
|2005||Joanna Holvey Bowles||2006||Jenny Bowen|
|2007||Patricia Biddinger||2008||Karen DeGrange|
|2009||Susan Sutton||2010||Dru Simmons|
|2011||David DiMaria||2012||Andrea Barnard|
|2013||Sandi Lemons||2014||Sam Lockhart|
|2015||Molly Heidemann||2016||Stephen Swan|
Dorothy Brickman Award for Outstanding New Professional
This award is presented to an outstanding individual who has been in the profession for less than three years. Any nominees must be a member of NAFSA who has made significant contributions to his/her campus, the regional organization, and/or the field of international education.
This award shall be accompanied by a complimentary registration to attend the following year's regional conference. The purpose behind this award is not only to recognize the achievements of the new professional to date, but to encourage the new professional to remain actively involved in the organization through conference participation.
To nominate, please send a written statement which clearly references and addresses the above qualities. Please include the name and contact information of at least one other Region VI member who would be willing to serve as a reference for the nominee. Submit nominations by September 15, 2019 to the current Region VI past chair.
|2003||Cara Besch||2004||Kara Pike|
|2005||Stephanie Leslie||2006||Meri Linn Emerson|
|2007||LaShone Gibson||2008||Amanda Yusko|
|2009||Ryan Meyer||2010||Laura Gerth|
|2011||Frank Merendino||2012||Jen Ward|
|2013||Nazanin Tork||2014||Autumn Beechler|
|2015||Qin (Jesse) Jiang||2016||Serenity Wright|
|2017||Camila Le Master|