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2018 OIE Awards honor internationalization efforts

The Office of International Education honored UGA faculty and staff recently at its annual International Education Awards Reception.

Michael Tarrant, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, received the Richard F. Reiff Internationalization Award, which honors a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who has made major contributions to the overall internationalization of UGA.

Holly Alderman, a program coordinator II for Terry College’s International Business Programs, received the Study Abroad Award, which honors faculty or staff members who have made significant contributions to study-abroad efforts.

The Mary Ann Kelly Open Arms Award, which honors a member of the UGA community who has gone above and beyond their formal duties in welcoming international students and scholars, was awarded posthumously to Jackie Minus, the administrative assistant in the Office of International Student Life. Members of Minus’ family accepted the award on her behalf.

Esra Santesso, an associate professor and associate head of the English department in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, received the International Diversity Award that is given each year to a faculty or staff member with a strong commitment to promoting diversity within the international arena.

Awards also were presented to faculty who have made major contributions in the areas of teaching, research and service at UGA’s international residential centers. UGA Costa Rica presented its Costa Rica Adelante Award to Ron Carroll, a professor in the Odum School of Ecology. UGA at Oxford presented its Friends of UGA at Oxford Award to Andy Owsiak, an associate professor in the School of Public and International Affairs. UGA Cortona presented its Dedicato a Cortona Award to Margaret Morrison, an associate professor of art and area chair for painting and drawing in the Lamar Dodd School of Art.

Also this year, a UGA partnership provider, Academic Programs International, presented its inaugural scholarship award in honor of Richard F. Reiff, former executive director of the Office of International Education at UGA. Undergraduate student Miguel Alzate received the scholarship for study on the API semester program in Rome.