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Office of International Affairs holds inaugural global achievement award event

Christi Garst-Santos received the School of American and Global Studies' award at SDSU's Office of International Affairs' inaugural global achievement award event
Christi Garst-Santos, director of the School of American and Global Studies, accepts an award on behalf of the school at the SDSU Office of International Affairs' inaugural global achievement award event, held Feb. 28.

South Dakota State University’s Office of International Affairs recognized 31 individuals and the School of American and Global Studies at the inaugural global achievement awards. The event, which was held Feb. 28, took place at the SDSU Alumni Association’s Woster Celebration Hall.
 
Christi Garst-Santos, director of the School of American and Global Studies, received the Outstanding Contributions to Global Engagement Award on behalf the school.

Also honored were:

  • Global Achievement Award in Education Abroad
    • Rebecca Bott-Knutson – dean of the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College
    • Laura Diddle – professor in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    • Hanna Holmquist – adviser/coordinator of student services of the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College
    • Kendra Kattelmann – distinguished professor in the College of Education and Human Sciences and director of the School of Health and Consumer Sciences
    • Vince Lahren – administrative shared services director, Division of Finance and Administration
    • Taryn Latza – alumna and former student employee in the Office of International Affairs
    • Nicole Lounsbery – director, SDSU Graduate School
    • Kasiviswanathan Muthukumarappan, distinguished professor and graduate coordinator in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
    • Bob Thaler – distinguished professor in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and SDSU Extension specialist
    • Julie Walker – professor in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and SDSU Extension specialist
  • Global Achievement Award in International Affairs
    • Bob and Teri Colgrove – community members
    • Karla Howard – assistant to the provost, Academic Affairs
    • Kristen Kponyoh – assistant director, SDSU Graduate School
    • Vikram Mistry – professor in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, David A. Thompson Endowed Department Head and interim associate dean
    • Madhav Nepal – professor in the College of Natural Sciences, SDSU Faculty Senate president
    • Jody Owen – director, Wintrode Student Success and Opportunity Center
    • Omathanu Perumal – associate dean of research and professor in the College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Profession
    • Ross Pirlet – student accounts specialist, Division of Finance and Administration
    • Josh Robertson – senior pastor, Bethel Baptist Church
    • Sanna Strenge – former Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering employee
  • Global Achievement Award – Global Ambassadors
    • Brenda Andersen – associate director, Miller Wellness Center
    • Sudarshan Choudhari – SDSU student
    • Shawn Helmbolt – director, Admissions
    • MaryJo Lee – adjunct assistant professor, School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies
    • Rebecca Peterson – director, Housing and Residential Life
    • Tricia Serrao – president, International Relations Council
    • Jolane Tomhave – international employment manager, Division of Finance and Administration
    • Toby Uecker – dean of students
    • Beth Vollan – director. Office of Financial Aid
    • Alex Wood – assistant director, Multicultural Affairs