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November 16, 2023

Mona Menking named 2023 International Educator of the Year

Submitted by Grant Chapman

Mona Menking

Mona Menking, director of the Office of Global Education Outreach in the College of Education, is the 2023 International Educator of the Year.

K-State created the International Educator of the Year Award in 2003, established by the provost's office and implemented by the Office of International Programs, known as OIP. The office recognizes Menking during International Education Week 2023, and the award will be presented to Menking during the All-University Awards Ceremony in spring 2024.

This award recognizes an individual who has contributed to advancing international education at the university.

"This award means a lot to me," Menking said. "I am truly honored. I love bringing international opportunities to K-State, and it is extra special to be recognized for something I love to do."

One nominator said, "I have had the privilege of closely observing her dedication and impact on K-State students, faculty and programs. Her exceptional commitment to international education and her significant contributions deserves the highest recognition." Another nominator said, "she was instrumental in the recruitment of multiple cadres of Go-Teacher faculties for the college alongside current programs such as CAMINO Zambrano, Ecuador, and Project PUENTES, Mexico."

"Ms. Menking has contributed greatly to international education through her work with the College of Education at Kansas State University," said Marcellus Caldas, assistant provost of international collaboration and educational programs in the Office of International Programs.

Grant Chapman, associate provost for international programs said, "I have known Mona Menking for several years, and she works tirelessly to bring international visitors and scholars to K-State and to build awareness of K-State around the world."

The Office of International Programs recognizes the International Educator of the Year during International Education Week each year. K-State's International Education Week runs from Nov. 8-17.

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