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International SIS Students Honored

By Annie Lyon, CAS/MA '03

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Four students in American University’s School of International Service (SIS) have been honored with Multicultural Affairs and International Students and Scholar Services (MA-ISSS) Awards.

The twenty-third annual ceremony, which recognizes international students for their contributions to the American University community, was held on Wednesday, April 15 in the Butler Boardroom.

SIS-based winners of the awards are:

  • Susan Schneider, SIS/BA/MA ’10. The recipient of the Leadership Award, Schneider has been a member of the International Student Leadership Team since her freshman year. The native of Germany has since become a mentor, planner, and ISSS Programming Assistant, all while maintaining a consistently high GPA.
  • Haitian native Elyse Stines, SIS/BA ’09. Stines received the Soaring Eagle Award for her demonstration of “exemplary character and accomplishment.” A Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow, Stines’ drive has led her to excel academically while mentoring, participating in numerous community service activities, and studying abroad.
  • Irene Schickhardt of Germany, SIS/BA ’09. The economics and international relations double major, has been awarded the Scholar-Athlete Award, matching a similar award that she won from the Patriot League, as the Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2008. The MA-ISSS award, like those from the league, recognizes both her prowess on the hockey field and in the classroom.
  • Paul Ruffner, SIS/BA ’09, who was recognized with the Trailblazer Award. With his history of involvement in various activities at AU and outside, high academic achievement, and dedication to his program, Ruffner, who is blind, demonstrates, as the award stipulates, “excellence in academic, personal, and professional growth.”