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International Excellence Awards 2014

Office of International Programs/McGilluddy-Logue Center For Undergraduate Global Studies

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Photo: Dr. Nick Gozik, Introducing the 2014 International Excellence Awards

Student Recipient: Ellen Burr

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Ellen Burr participated in an eight week internship in Dublin, Ireland where she interned at the Aviva Stadium. Ellen’s work in her intern position was described as ‘uniformly excellent’ and a testament to herself, the BC Dublin internship program, and Boston College as a whole. Beyond her dedication to her daily work, Ellen proactively sought out other opportunities to learn about Irish culture and to immerse herself as much as possible. Before arriving in Dublin, Ellen – a member of the BC rowing team – independently researched local rowing clubs and successfully found and joined a club that fit her already busy internship schedule, training each morning before work. Ellen went on to qualify and participate in a national rowing competition with her Irish teammates. Ellen’s dedication to every aspect of her international experience is admirable and the Office of International Programs is proud to award her the Student International Excellence Award for 2014.

Faculty Recipient: Dr. Kathleen Bailey

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Dr. Bailey, Associate Professor in the Political Science Department and Associate Director of the Islamic Civilization & Societies Program, has long served the mission of internationalizing the Boston College community. Among many contributions, in 2007 Dr. Bailey served on the Boren NSEP Campus Review Committee, while also serving as a contributing member to the Center for International Programs and Partnerships (CIPP) Advising Committee for Africa and Middle East. In 2008, she developed the summer study abroad program, "Politics and Oil in the Gulf," located in Kuwait, which continues to run with tremendous success. In 2009, Dr. Bailey helped create the Title VI Undergraduate Fellowships and the ICS Travel and Research Grants, both in collaboration with the McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies. In 2010, she served as the faculty lead for the Global Teams Research Project (GTRP), an ACC-IAC initiative for student research abroad. In 2014, Dr. Bailey helped to initiate the Mizna Fellowship Fund to create new opportunities for BC undergraduates for international travel for research, language study, internships and service learning initiatives throughout the Islamic World. Most recently she has played a key role in the development of an overseas faculty development seminar. The Office of International Programs is proud to award Dr. Kathleen Bailey the Faculty International Excellence Award for 2014.

Staff Recipient: Marianne Carrabba

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Marianne Carrabba started working at Boston College in 1967 in the Arts and Sciences Registrars' Office, where she was responsible for all the records for the freshmen class. After a few years, she assumed her role in Residential Life coordinating off-campus student housing, a position from which she retired in 2014. In her role in the Office of Off-Campus Housing, Marianne regularly went out of her way to provide excellent service to the nearly 250 international exchange students Boston College receives from over 60 partner institutions worldwide each year. Since the beginning of BC's exchange program, Marianne was steadfast in devoting herself to making certain that every one of the exchange students found housing. This meant worrying about each student’s budget and roommate preferences, frequently calling on landlords and rental agents to accommodate students with unique issues, and providing personal contact to students newly arrived in the U.S. For 45 years, she unselfishly gave her time to helping students adjust to life at BC, including everything from checking in on a student about whom she had particular concerns, to bringing chicken soup to an ill student, and to consoling a homesick student over coffee.  She was available on weekends and evenings, or whenever she was needed. This award recipient truly personifies BC’s concept of a “caring community.” The Office of International Programs is proud to award Marianne Carrabba the Staff International Excellence Award for 2014.