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Jamie Kendrioski Honored By NAFSA

Jamie Kendrioski, Director of International Services and Multicultural Education, has received the James Leck Distinguished Service Award from NAFSA.  The organization presented Kendrioski with the honor at its regional conference in New Hampshire in November.

Jamie Kendrioski (left) and Lynn Walters Rekhi

“James Leck was a mentor to many of us at Babson and introduced Jamie Kendrioski to Babson and highly recommended him to Babson when we were searching for a new Director of ISSS in 2010,” wrote Amir Reza, Ph.D., Vice Provost, International and Multicultural Education.  “Therefore, it is that much more fitting that Jamie was the recipient of this meaningful award. Jamie has contributed to Babson and the field of international education in numerous ways and while the list of his accomplishments would be too long to note here, below are a select list of the numerous activities that demonstrate his longstanding and ongoing commitment to supporting and mentoring young professionals in the field of international education:

  • Active member, NAFSA Trainer Corps – 2008 – Present
  • Curriculum Dean, NAFSA F-1 Student Advising for Beginners Workshop – 2011- 2014
  • Host, NAFSA Region XI Spring Immigration Workshop – 2012, 2014, 2016
  • Member, NAFSA Region XI Government Regulatory Advisory Committee – 2012-2013
  • Coach, NAFSA Academy for International Education – 2011-2012
  • Trainer, Management Development Program (regularly, 2013-2015)
  • NAFSA workshop Lead Trainer/Trainer, F-1 Student Advising, Beginners and Intermediate Level (regularly, 2008-2014)

Jamie has an incredible ability to make others feel special and included, no matter their rank, status, or educational/professional background. He is seen as a positive change agent and his friendly approach encourages us all to aspire to be better professionals and mentors. He frequently demonstrates the best skills and attitudes that all international education professionals strive to foster in ourselves and in our students. We are proud to have him as a colleague and I know that you will join me in congratulating him on this well-deserved award.”

James Leck Distinguished Service Award

The James Leck Distinguished Service Award is named in honor of James Leck who was a mentor to many involved in international education and a colleague to many more.

Nominees for this award must have been an active member of NAFSA Region XI for at least five (5) years, and must have contributed to Region XI in a significant manner or completed a special service for the region.

The James Leck Distinguished Service Award includes a plaque and a monetary gift recommended at a level of $250 per recipient, with a maximum of two awards granted in any given year. In the event that the recipient is an employee of the federal government or can be seen to have a conflict of interest, no monetary award will be included.

Past recipients

1997 – Milena Levak (MIT), Danielle Guichard-Ashbrook (MIT)

1999 – Kate Baty (MIT), Kathy Ford (UVM)

2000 – Susan Mack (Brandeis U.), Alice Hance (Dartmouth College), Dominica Cipollone (Southern Maine U.)

2001- William Hoffa (Academic Consultants International), Parker Emerson (Harvard)

2003 – Carol Moran-Brown (Champlain College)

2004 – Alice Thayer (retired, St. Michael’s College), John Fleming, Darryl Zeigler (Bentley College)

2005 – Daphne Durham (Suffolk University), Linda Drake Gobbo (SIT)

2007 – James Leck (Boston University), Sue Atkins (University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth)

2008 – Robin V. Catmur (Dartmouth College)

2010 – Ken Reade (Dartmouth College), Dawn Sedutto (Southern New Hampshire U.)

2011 – Steve Hopkins (Cultural Insurance Services International), John Deziel (University of New Hampshire)

2012 – Richard Iandoli (Iandoli and Desai, P.C.), Andrea Hogan (Quinnipiac University)

2013 – Amy Daly Gardner (Clark University)

2014 – Mihwa Lee (UConn), Caroline Gear (The International Language Institute of Massachusetts)

2015 – Sora Friedman (SIT)

2016 – Lynn Walters Rekhi (Broad Institute)


NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. NAFSA’s 10,000 members are located at more than 3,500 institutions worldwide, in over 150 countries.