Excellence in International Education Awards

Beginning in 2000, NCAIE began awarding three international excellence awards: individual, volunteer, and institutional. These awards go to individuals and institutions whose contributions and accomplishments in international education are unselfish and exemplary. Descriptions of each award are listed below.

The Martha Fitch Trigonis Individual Award

This award is presented to an individual who has shown remarkable excellence in the field of international education. Those who have received the award in the past have made contributions at the state, regional, and even at the national level. They have served unselfishly, always working to further the mission of NCAIE here and elsewhere.

Institutional Award

This award is presented to an institution whose international programming is exemplary and outstanding. The institution’s program should be not only excellent but also unique.

Volunteer Award

The Outstanding Volunteer Award is for the person(s) who have made significant contribution as community volunteer(s) who are committed to internationalism at a local academic institution.

A committee composed of the State Chair and the Past Chair or Chair Elect selects the honorees from nominations made by members of NCAIE. The awards are presented to recipients during the NCAIE State Conference.

If you would like to nominate an individual and/or institution for an award, please submit the nomination form by Friday, January 20, 2017. For questions, email Stacy Holliday, NCAIE Past Chair.

The Martha Fitch Trigonis Individual Award:
This award is presented to an individual who has show remarkable excellence in the field of international education. Those who have received the award in the past have made contributions at the state, regional, and often at the national levels. They have served unselfishly, always working to further the mission of NCAIE here and elsewhere. Nominees must be members of NCAIE.

Past Award Winners:

  • 2016 – Penelope “Nell” Pynes
  • 2015 – Marian Beane
  • 2014 – Neil Bolick
  • 2013 – Brad Sekulich
  • 2012 – Dotty Holley
  • 2011 – Ed Tweedy
  • 2010 – Rhonda P. Brown
  • 2009 – Judith Case
  • 2008 – Beth Carmical and Lisa Giragosian
  • 2007 – Nancy Wells
  • 2006 – Diana M. Levy
  • 2004 – Sherri Spillman
  • 2000 – Kathy Ktul

Institutional Award:
This award is presented to an institution whose international programming is exemplary and outstanding. The institution’s program should be not only excellent but unique.

Past Award Winners:

  • 2016 – Office of International Program, UNC Wilmington
  • 2015 – Global Academic Initiatives at East Carolina University
  • 2014 – Davidson County Community College
  • 2013 – Scholars’ Latino Initiative
  • 2012 – Durham Tech Community College
  • 2011 – NC State Global Training Initiative
  • 2009 – UNCG’s Center for New North Carolinians
  • 2008 – Methodist University
  • 2007 – Duke University
  • 2002 – The North Carolina Community College System
  • 2001 – Elon College (now Elon University)
  • 2000 – Warren Wilson College

Volunteer Award:
The Outstanding Volunteer Award is for the person(s) who have made significant contribution as community volunteers who are committed to internationalism at a local academic institution.

Past Award Winners:

  • 2016 – Campus Christian Fellowship at East Carolina University
  • 2015 – Luis Vergara
  • 2014 – Joanne Napoli
  • 2013 – Curry Murray
  • 2012 – Charlotte Host Family Program
  • 2011 – Bev Mueffelmann, Margaret Mullins & Noi Bland
  • 2010 – Marjorie Bennett
  • 2009 – Audrey Womack
  • 2007 – Ron and Pat Leithe
  • 2005 – Araya Coffey
  • 2004 – Paul Frelick
  • 2002 – Karen Durovich
  • 2001 – Frances Jones & Doris & Brevard Brown
  • 2000 – John Coffey

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