Region VII

Welcome to Region VII! Region VII comprises seven southeastern U.S. states along with our friends and colleagues in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

International Excellence Award

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Michael Smithee

2019 Receipient

Michael Smithee, PhD, Smithee and Associates

"...he has made significant, long-lasting contributions to the field of international education ... Through his writing on intercultural interaction, he has enhanced the experiences of countless students and scholars as they cross borders… Our awardee inspires all of us all to aim higher and accomplish more. We are so honored, and proud, of our own…"

New Professional Award

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Kyle Keith

2019 Recipient

Kyle Keith, North Carolina State University

"He sees it as both his personal and professional responsibility to advocate for greater equity and inclusion in higher education… his standard of care for students is what we all hope to emulate in our office."

"He has already made a lasting impact at our institution and the greater field of Education Abroad…"

Community Volunteer Award

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Orlando Fringe

2019 Recipient

The Orlando Fringe Festival

For 29 Years, this organization "…continues to represent all that is fun, good, quirky, and bizarre in the world and teaches us to look beyond ourselves and accept others for all that they are."

We award this in recognition of their longstanding commitment to globalization and empowerment through the free exchange of artistic expression.

Past Recipients of the Region VII International Excellence Award
  • Elizabeth Adams 2018
  • Maynard Odom 2017
  • Doug Podoll 2016
  • Heather Housley 2015
  • Lelia Crawford 2014
  • Sheila Schulte 2011
  • Josh Carter 2008
  • Stephen Flynn 2005
  • Bill Rich 2004
  • Martha Trigonis 2003
  • Jennifer Lund 2001
Past Recipients of the Region VII New Professional Award
  • Minami Eberhard 2018
  • Collette Fournier 2017
  • Ashley Marie Sansotta 2016
  • Tran Nguyen 2015
  • Melissa Paschuck 2014
  • Angela Carlson 2012
  • Allison Nofsinger 2011
  • Cloe Liparinin 2006
  • Joy Ira 2005
  • Malaika Marable-Serrano 2004
  • Leigh Poole 2003
  • Alexa Maddox 2001
  • Heather Housley 2000
  • Maria Laviste 1999
Past Recipients of the Region VII Community Volunteer Award
  • The Orlando Fringe Festival 2019
  • Anna Adams 2018
  • Pat Courtney 2017
  • Teresa Royall 2015
  • World Neighbors Association 2014
  • Pam & Steve Cook 2013
  • Belinda Ong 2011
  • Tom Collum 2007
  • Karen Durocich 2006
  • Bill & Crystal MacKenzie 2005
  • Margie Spangenberg 2004
  • Ruth Ann Nast 2003
  • Howard & Virginia Abney 2001
  • Larry & Kay Hymo 2000
  • Midlred Singletary 1997

Region VII Awards

View the nomination process and criteria  regarding Region VII various awards.