Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Annual Mark Award Lunch Celebrates Philanthropy, Faculty Development

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Mark Award Luncheon 2017

At the April luncheon at the Roderick House, seven of the Mark Award recipients from Spring and Fall 2016 joined the Marks to share the results of the wide range of projects supported by the award.

April 20, 2017

The annual Mark Faculty Development Award Luncheon was held on April 20 to celebrate longtime donors Sheila and Joe Mark and recipients of the faculty award.

The Mark Award, established in 1998, provides grants for professional development to full-time faculty members at the Institute, allowing them to attend and present at conferences, conduct scholarly research, and develop their professional networks. In essence, to fine-tune what they do best: teaching. In the past five years alone, more than $125,000 has been awarded to faculty members who apply through a competitive process.

At the April luncheon at the Roderick House, seven of the Mark Award recipients from Spring and Fall 2016 joined the Marks to share the results of the wide range of projects supported by the award. These included: researching the translation and interpretation market in France; chairing a panel at a conference in Kyoto on the state of Japanese-Russian relations; evaluating popular language-learning apps; and attending two national conferences on sustainable investing that will likely provide the springboard for a new graduate course in environmental entrepreneurship.

One of the recipients said, and others echoed, “I am very grateful to the Marks for their generous support for my intellectual activities and that of multiple other faculty colleagues at MIIS, activities that have real impact on the professional development of our students.  I appreciate their ongoing support and the encouragement it provides me.”

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