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Stevenson Recognized by NAFSA for Contributions to International Education

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (June 23, 2014) – Joy Stevenson, director of the International Center at the University of Central Missouri, is one of five international educators recently recognized by NAFSA:Association of International Educators during the group’s 66th annual conference in San Diego, Calif.

Joy Stevenson and NAFSA Award
Joy Stevenson, right, director of the International Center at the University of Central Missouri, recently received the Homer Hibgee Award for Distinguished Service from NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Presenting the award is Fanta Aw, left, assistant vice president of campus life at American University in Washington, D.C. and president and chair of the board of directors of NAFSA.

Stevenson received the Homer Higbee Award for Distinguished Service for her decades of service to NAFSA, including serving as a past NAFSA vice president for member relations, authoring NAFSA publications, and her many contributions to the professional development of colleagues through mentorship.

Stevenson received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and master’s and doctoral degrees, all in anthropology, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She joined the UCM staff in 1983 as an international student advisor. She served as interim director in the areas of specialized services and international admissions and was named director of international student scholar services 2000. She was named interim director of international programs in 2005 and became director in 2007.

In addition to her administrative duties, Stevenson has traveled throughout the world recruiting international students for UCM. She has served in a variety of leadership positions at the regional and national level for NAFSA and Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars. She has served as treasurer for the Center for Transatlantic Studies, Alcala, Spain; financial director for the Middelburg Center for Transatlantic Studies; and director and member of the executive board of the Maastricht Consortium for Transatlantic Studies.

At the state level, Stevenson has served as an officer for the Kansas City International Relations Council, Study Missouri Consortium and Missouri International Consortium for International Programs and Studies. She also has served on a number of state boards related to historic preservation and archaeology.

“I am deeply honored to have been chosen to receive the 2014 Homer Higbee Award for Distinguished Service in International Education because I so admire previous recipients who have inspired and mentored me,” Stevenson said. “My commitment to professional development for young staff throughout our field remains strong, and I, in turn, wish to thank all of my colleagues at UCM and beyond who have supported me throughout 31 years here.”

Also recognized were Gayle Woodruff, University of Minnesota, with the The Marita Houlihan Award for Distinguished Contributions to the Field of International Education; John Greisberger, director of the International Center at the University of Michigan; Robert Locke, associate provost and director of the International Students and Scholars Office Columbia University; and Connie Perdreau director of the Haggerty English Language Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz, with the NAFSA Life Membership Award; and Mary Sue Coleman, president of the University of Michigan, with the Cassandra Pyle Award.