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AESE W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award Winners

Posted: February 4, 2014

Mark Brennan, Professor of Leadership and Community Development and UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development, and Paige Castellanos, Ph.D. graduate student in Rural Sociology, are among this year’s winners of the W. LaMarr Kopp Award.

Mark Brennan has been selected as this year’s faculty award winner of the W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award.  Mark’s focus on integrating education and research in the international context and his role as the first UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development at Penn State extends the vision of not only the W. LaMarr Kopp Award but also the building of Global Penn State.

Paige Castellanos has been selected as this year’s graduate student award winner of the W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award.  The selection committee was impressed by Paige’s commitment to not only excellent research in the area of Avancemos in Costa Rica and the impact of cash transfer programs, but her teaching and mentoring in several embedded courses demonstrating how researchers and teachers can carefully and effectively foster global connections and inspire a global vision in Penn State undergraduates as well.

The W. LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Awards are designed to recognize those at Penn State who make extraordinary contributions to the advancement of the international mission of the University.  Criteria for this award include leadership and support for international education, service to the international community, and research with a significant international component. 

Congratulations Mark and Paige!