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IUPUI establishes Sutton award to recognize contributions to study abroad program

In honor of Susan Buck Sutton, the first associate vice chancellor for international affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, the Office of International Affairs will present a new annual award to a staff member and a faculty member who have made significant contributions to the study abroad program at IUPUI.

The Office of International Affairs invites nominations for the Susan Buck Sutton Award. Recipients of the award will be honored at the IUPUI International Festival held in February each year.

“Susan’s contributions to international education and its definition of internationalization, ‘the wise, informed, and responsible engagement of students, faculty, staff, and the institution itself in the global networks that shape us all,’ has have inspired me over the years,” said Gil Latz, associate vice chancellor for international affairs at IUPUI.

“Susan Sutton played a vital role in advancing IUPUI’s study abroad program,” said Stephanie Leslie, IUPUI director of study abroad. “Susan always understood that IUPUI students juggle a variety of competing commitments. Together we worked with schools and departments to develop a variety of study abroad programs that fit the needs of IUPUI students and their curricula.”

All IUPUI faculty and staff are eligible for nomination. Recipients will be selected based on their efforts to promote a campus climate where students are encouraged to study abroad and new programs are developed and supported. The winners of this award should demonstrate their merit through a commitment to international education which is over and above their primary duties at IU. An online form has been established for nominations.

Nominations will be accepted through Jan.23. Send questions about the award to

Office of International Affairs staff and faculty involved in study abroad programs at IUPUI will review the nominations and determine the recipients.

Sutton’s career at IUPUI, which spanned more than 30 years., was marked by excellence.

Sutton, chancellor’s professor of anthropology in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, was appointed the associate dean for international affairs in 2003 and in 2007 was named associate vice chancellor for IUPUI and associate vice president for the IU system. Sutton played a key role in refining and developing policies affecting every aspect of campus internationalization. Sutton’s leadership in these areas led to IUPUI being recognized in 2009 with the Institute for International Education’s Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Partnerships and in 2011 with the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.