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Hong Rost Memorial Leadership Award for Innovation in International Education Student Service

2018 Award Winner Announcement at WAIE 2018 Conference

To honor Hong’s memory and service to international education, WAIE has created an annual award to be presented to a deserving international education project or initiative from the Wisconsin international education community.

We asked membership to consult colleagues across the state to see what innovative IE projects they have implemented in the past 3-4 years and then nominate their project or initiative for the award. This is a great way to see what your counterparts have been up to!  

The nomination submission deadline was December 1st, 2017.  The 2018 winner will be presented with a plaque at the WAIE state conference on April 6th, 2018 in the Fox Valley.

For further questions about the award please contact Selection Committee Chair Kelsey McDaniels at

2017 Hong Rost Memorial Leadership Award Winner

Marc MacLeanThis year the Hong Rost Award Selection Committee received two strong nominations. The choice was difficult, but we decided to recognize Mark MacLean for his work developing a cross-border initiative to benefit international students. Mark MacLean is the director of International Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Superior (UW-Superior). Mark recognized the need for UW-Superior to invest into an Intensive English Program (IEP) to support the students at this institution. However, instead of focusing only on the students he works with, he saw the bigger picture and found that there was a need across the border at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UM-Duluth) for a similar IEP program. Mark took the initiative to travel multiple times between the two states and work with various parties to develop the project of an IEP that benefit both UM-Duluth and UW-Superior. His dedication to serving international students as well as his willingness to collaborate for the common good of all is a reflection of the ideals that Hong Rost embodied. This is why the committee chose Mark MacLean as the recipient of the 2017 Hong Rost award.

 About Hong Rost

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Hong Rost (1959-2014) came to Wisconsin from China in 1991 and graduated with her Master’s degree from UW-La Crosse in 1994; then worked at UW-La Crosse as Assistant Director of International Education from 1995 to 2010. In 2010, Hong joined the academic staff at UW-Stout as Director of International Education where she served until an automobile accident ended her life too soon on June 19, 2014.

Hong assumed leadership roles in NAFSA, and met and maintained uncountable relationships and friendships with educators, staff, institutions and past students from around the world. Hong loved what she was doing—she was energetic and dedicated to promoting international education. She was visionary. Students, Faculty, and staff responded enthusiastically to Hong's hard work, imaginative ideas, encouragement and help for them to pursue their own opportunities. Hong was not afraid of change—in fact that’s what energized her. She was always asking her staff to think about how to improve the office’s services to the students. Hong's high energy, generosity, faith and sincere interest in people have left a permanent mark of inspiration in all who knew her.

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