Robitaille recognized for distinguished service to international programs, students

Intl Education Award Robitaille

Tarleton State University

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Dr. Marilyn Robitaille, director of Tarleton’s Office of International Programs and Study Abroad, is the recipient of the first-ever International Education Award presented by Tarleton’s International Education Advisory Council.

Members of the Council presented the award, which will also bear her name, during “International Week” observances on Nov. 12. Council representatives said the decision to recognize Robitaille’s efforts followed a unanimous decision by the International Education Advisory Council’s board members.

“A suitable award for international engagement has not existed to recognize distinguished service in the areas of student exposure to international experiences, internationalization of the curriculum or internationalization of the on-campus environment,” said Dr. Walt Kendall, chairman of the council. “Dr. Robitaille has brought together and focused programs with the internationalization of so many areas on campus by providing outlets for international travel, and has brought it together in a way that didn’t exist before.”

“I take great pleasure in receiving this award, and the fact that the International Education Advisory Council chose to name it after me is, indeed, something that I will forever hold dear,” said Robitaille.

Robitaille, also a professor in the Department of English and Languages, works with Tarleton students and faculty to facilitate study abroad program planning, orientation, curriculum internationalization, funding and scholarship issues, and risk management. She administers all phases of programs associated with Tarleton’s international student population, including recruitment, immigration and visa services, and cultural academic programming.

Robitaille joined the Tarleton faculty in 1982 and became director of international programs in January 2008 after previously serving as assistant director. Currently, Tarleton boasts 90 international students from 25 nations. In 2012, the Study Abroad program facilitated international exchanges in nine countries for 110 students.

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