Nicosia honored with International Achievement Award

April 08, 2010

Cynthia Nicosia, director of graduate enrollment services in The Graduate School, is the staff recipient of the 2010 W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award.

The award, established in 1995, recognizes faculty and staff members who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the international missions of the University. It is named for the late deputy vice president for international programs.

Nicosia is honored for more than 30 years of service to Penn State international students, who today include 2,422 international graduate students from 131 countries. She manages much of the administrative communication with international graduate students pursuing advanced degrees, striving to assure the constant and fair application of the University's academic standards.

"She has purposefully recognized and addressed the many intercultural barriers to international student success and has sought to eliminate these challenges," one nominator said. She has educated her staff on cultural sensitivity, offering webinars and other presentations on cultural differences, while monitoring office communications to assure a climate of inclusion.

One of Nicosia's critical functions in the graduate enrollment process is the evaluation of international educational credentials, a process which has become increasingly complex as the variety of these credentials has grown. Her management of the growing number of "special cases" is "extraordinary," according to one nominator.

Nicosia also has advanced Penn State's international agenda through contributions to groups including the Bologna Process Task Force, The Academic Standards Committee on Graduate International Collaborations and the advisory group for the School of International Affairs. She received the Research and Graduate School's 2010 Staff Diversity Award, "Fostering a Welcoming Climate."

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