Cortona Professors SunKoo Yuh and Alex Murawski Honored at OIE Annual Awards

OIE Annual Awards

OIE Annual Awards

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia Office of International Education honored seven UGA faculty and staff members at its annual International Education Awards Reception, held April 7 at the State Botanical Garden in Athens. The annual event honors individuals, faculty and staff who have made outstanding contributions to the university’s internationalization. It honors those who advance international education through instruction, research and service through administrative and logistical support.

The 2016 honorees and their awards are:

Two UGA faculty were awarded the Richard F. Reiff Internationalization Award this year: Rose Chepyator-Thomson, professor of kinesiology in UGA’s College of Education, and Jessica Kissinger, professor of genetics in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Institute of Bioinformatics. The Reiff Award honors a tenured or tenure-track faculty member who has made major contributions to the overall internationalization of UGA.

Nathaniel Kohn received OIE’s Study Abroad Award, which honors faculty or staff members who have made significant contributions to the university’s study abroad efforts. Kohn is a professor in the entertainment and media department of the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the associate director of the Peabody Awards.

SunKoo Yuh received the Mary Ann Kelly Open Arms Award, which 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 UGA. Yuh is a ceramics professor in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, in the Franklin College of Arts & Sciences.

An internationally recognized artist, Yuh fulfills an unofficial role as artistic and cultural ambassador of Korea to the School of Art and UGA. He has recruited many top students from Korea to Lamar Dodd’s undergraduate and graduate art programs, and created an opportunity for UGA students to visit Korea. Yuh’s efforts have made it possible for a growing number of international artists to visit the School of Art for lectures, demonstrations and even collaborative projects with students. In addition, Yuh has been instrumental in plans to bring Korean students, scholars and artists to UGA’s residential center in Cortona, Italy.

Three additional awards were presented to those in the UGA community making major contributions to the programs housed in UGA’s international residential centers: UGA Costa Rica presented its Costa Rica Adelante Award to Ron Pegg, associate professor in the food science and technology department in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; UGA at Oxford presented its Friends of UGA at Oxford Award to Paul D. Welch, director of undergraduate student services in the School of Public and International Affairs; and UGA Cortona, Italy, presented its Dedicato a Cortona Award to Alex Murawski, professor of graphic design in the Lamar Dodd School of Art in the Franklin College.

About the Office of International Education
The Office of International Education supports the University of Georgia’s academic, research and outreach missions and strategic directions through the promotion of global learning experiences for students, the sponsorship and support of international students, scholars, faculty and staff, and the development of international research and instructional partnerships and collaborations. For more information, see


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