WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Susan Holme Brick, director of international programs at Whitman College, was recently awarded the 1999 Professional Development Award from the Institute for the International Education of Students (formerly the Institute of European Studies).

Brick was given the award Oct. 15 while attending the institute's annual meeting in Chicago. She received a plaque and a cash award that will enable her to visit one of the program's 14 centers world wide. Brick said she will probably visit the center in Milan.

This is the first year IES has given the professional development award. According to Mary Dwyer, IES president, the award is intended to nurture the professional development of an individual relatively new to the study abroad field who has shown great enthusiasm, commitment and potential for future contribution and achievement. In awarding the prize, Dwyer cited Brick for her energy and enthusiasm, creativity in promoting and supporting study abroad, and commitment to student service.

Brick is an alum of the IES program who went to Vienna, Austria, in 1980. She graduated from Colgate University in 1981, attended the Mandarin Training Center, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, for intensive Chinese language training from 1981-83, taught English as a foreign language at the YMCA Language School in Taipei, Taiwan, in 1981-82, and earned her master's degree in Asian Studies from the University of California at Berkeley in 1985. She has directed Whitman's international programs since 1994.

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