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Annual International Education Awards

Richard Reiff Internationalization Award

This award is given in honor of Dr. Richard Reiff, former executive director of the Office of International Education at UGA, past president of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, founding executive director of Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society, creator of UGA's study abroad fair, and former chair of the international committee of the University System of Georgia. The Reiff Award honors a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who has made major contributions to the overall internationalization of the University of Georgia. These contributions could include, for example, advancing education abroad opportunities for students, enriching the experiences of international students and scholars at UGA, engaging in significant research of international scope, advancing UGA's international partnerships and engagement, and promoting campus internationalization.

OIE Study Abroad Award

The University of Georgia is among the top institutions in the United States for the number of students studying abroad each year. This distinction is possible only through the efforts and dedication of UGA faculty and staff who direct the programs, teach in the programs, administer programs, and advise students about their study abroad and exchange options. The OIE Study Abroad Award honors a faculty or staff member who has made major contributions to the study abroad effort at the University of Georgia by working directly with a study abroad or exchange program and/or contributing to the infrastructure that advances UGA's overall study abroad effort. Faculty at all ranks, as well as professional staff members (e.g. academic advisors, program coordinators) are eligible.

International Diversity Award

The International Diversity award is given each year to a faculty or staff member who has shown dedication to promoting diversity in its many forms within international populations and activities at the University of Georgia. Recipients may be honored for a variety of activities, including recruiting students from underrepresented populations for study abroad; educating international students about U.S. cultural, ethnic, religious, or other forms of diversity; increasing the inclusion of students with disabilities in a variety of international activities; bringing attention to international and comparative aspects of courses or co-curricular activities devoted to diversity.

Open Arms Award

The Open Arms Award is given in honor of Mary Ann Kelly, who played a leadership role in the International Student and Scholars and Immigration Services unit of OIE. Over the years, Ms. Kelly worked tirelessly on behalf of international students, scholars, and faculty on the UGA campus and opened her home regularly to those who were far from their homes during the holidays and school breaks. Her dedication and hospitality serve to inspire all of us to welcome UGA's international students and scholars with "open arms." The Open Arms Award honors UGA faculty or staff who have gone above and beyond their formal duties in facilitating the presence of international students and/or scholars at the University of Georgia and making their experience at UGA productive and positive.

Nominations for OIE Awards

To nominate an individual for one of these awards please complete this form during the nomination period (typically October-January each year) and attach the requested materials. Nominations for the 2017 awards are CLOSED. Nominations for the 2018 awards will open in late fall 2017.

International Education Award Winners

  Richard F. Reiff Internationalization Award OIE Study Abroad Award International Diversity Award Mary Ann Kelly Open Arms Award
2016 Rose Chepyator-Thomson
and Jessica Kissinger
Nathaniel Kohn   SunKoo Yuh
2015 William Kisaalita Beth D. Tolley
and Robert Moser
Akinloye Ojo Jack Pannecoucke
2014 Noel Fallows Rodney Mauricio Yao-Wen Huang Karen Braxley
2013 Donald L. Rubin John P. Carroll Leigh Poole Elizabeth Wenthe
2012 Daniel G. Colley Andy Herod Tina Harris Victoria C. McMaken
2011 Lioba Moshi Uttiyo Raychaudhuri   Corrie Brown

Richard F. Reiff Internationalization Award Winners, 2004-2010

2010 Rick Johnson
2009 Judith Shaw
2008 Wayne Parrott
2007 Edward T. Kanemasu
2006 Han Park
2005 Peter and Else Jorgensen
2004 H. James McLaughlin




Residential Center Awards


Our three international residential centers each present their own annual awards. To nominate an individual for one of these awards, please contact the appropriate center director.

Costa Rica Adelante Award

Presented to a UGA faculty or staff member who has made major contributions to/on the University of Georgia’s campus in Costa Rica. These include: study abroad program development with attention to student mentoring and service-learning; incorporation of international content; development of ongoing research initiatives; developing infrastructure and/or ecological and social sustainability of the campus; public service and outreach; leading international conferences and symposia based at UGA Costa Rica; contributions to the Athens-area Latino community; commitment to fostering relationships between the Athens and San Luis/Monteverde campuses and communities.

Dedicato a Cortona Award

Presented to faculty or staff demonstrating significant commitment and contribution to the Cortona program, while in Italy or on the Athens home campus. The recipient of this award exemplifies devotion to UGA Cortona through ongoing involvement with new program initiatives, curriculum development, student mentoring and alumni relations. This award additionally honors individuals who apply themselves to the mission of promoting international cultural exchange, especially between the University of Georgia/city of Athens, Georgia, and the city and people of Cortona, Italy.

Friends of UGA at Oxford Award

The award is given annually to a member of the University faculty, staff, administration, or community who has contributed significant or extraordinary time and energy to furthering the mission of the UGA at Oxford program. Our efforts to make the Oxford experience accessible to the largest possible number of students at the University of Georgia require the support and assistance of a wide variety of individuals across the institution. Without the extraordinary efforts of these Friends, our program would not be what it is today.

  Friend of UGA at Oxford Award UGA Costa Rica Adelante Award Dedicato a Cortona Award
2016 Paul D. Welch Ron Pegg Alex Murawski
2015 Roxanne Eberle Spenser Simrill Ben Reynolds
2014 William Kretzschmar Kris Irwin R.G. Brown
2013 Bob McGee Paula Mellom Scott Beleville
2012 John Maltese Nate Nibbelink  
2011 Edward Panetta Gregg Coyle