GGC’s Pinder receives national honor

Dr. Anthony L. Pinder, Georgia Gwinnett College’s director of Internationalization, recently received the Sigma Iota Rho Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. He is the second person to receive this annual award, which includes a research and travel fund of $500.00.

Dr. Anthony L. Pinder, Georgia Gwinnett College’s director of Internationalization, recently received the Sigma Iota Rho Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award. He is the second person to receive this annual award, which includes a research and travel fund of $500.00.

Founded in 1984, Sigma Iota Rho is the honor society for students pursuing degrees in international studies. Faculty advisors are critical to organizing local Sigma Iota Rho chapters and mobilizing students to engage their studies beyond the classroom. Pinder advises the Delta Upsilon chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, chartered at Georgia Gwinnett in 2011.

“Dr. Pinder’s consistent, cheerful service and the value he places on the honor society to motivate his students is a model that the national office would like to see emulated throughout the organization,” said Frank Plantan, president and national director of Sigma Iota Rho. “While the vibrancy of individual chapters rests largely on how active students are in pursuing SIR events and activities, it is the faculty advisor who helps fund, encourage and lead them in the right direction.”

The society puts significant emphasis on the award. A delegation including Plantan visited GGC this week to present Pinder with his award in front of some of his students and colleagues.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized at this level,” Pinder said. “I want to thank my staff and my students, because without their enthusiasm and dedication, we could not have created such an outstanding chapter in such a short period of time.”

The organization also cited Pinder’s commitment to international studies at Morehouse College, his previous institution.

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