International Studies & Programs

Awards and Recognition

CVIP has served the MSU international community for over 54 years and has been recognized by various organization for the various commitment of its members and its spirit of volunteerism. Here are some of the awards that CVIP has received.

  • 1986 - State of Michigan Legislature Concurrent Resolution No. 923.
    "To honor the Community Volunteers for International Programs (CVIP) on their twenty-fifth anniversary, November 15, 1986." Adopted by the Senate, November 12, 1986, and the House of Representatives, November 13, 1986.
  • 1978 - US Department of State, Agency for International Development, Certificate of Cooperation.
    "For an outstanding contribution to the training and development of A.I.D. International participants under the U.S. program to assist in the economic and social development of other countries..."
  • 1991 - City of East Lansing, Michigan, Resolution of Appreciation to CVIP.
    "For their dedication and commitment to furthering international understanding through the celebration of cultural diversity at the 1991 East Lansing Art Festival."
  • 1993 - National Council for International Visitors, Wash. DC.
    To CVIP "for its demonstrated dedication and concern for the international exchange and training programs of the United States Government..."
  • 1994 - Michigan State University, International Studies and Programs.
    "Special recognition for outstanding contribution to international activities."
  • 1997 - City of East Lansing, Michigan, Crystal Award.
    Presented (to CVIP) by the East Lansing City Council (for creating) "...a network and support system to welcome visitors to our community from all over the world... How fortunate for us that we have this dedicated corps of volunteers who have made this their mission."
  • 2000 - State of Michigan Governor's Certificate of Commendation.
    "For being selected as a Governor's Service Award finalist in the category of exemplary volunteer service" by an adult civic organization.
  • 2000 - Haslett English as a Second Language.
    "Thanks and appreciation to CVIP for your time, caring and contribution to our program."
  • 2005 - Michigan State University All-University Excellence in Diversity Unit Award.
    "In Recognition of Excellent Progress Toward Advancing Diversity Within Community."
  • 2011 - State of Michigan Legislature, Special Tribute.
    To CVIP "to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Community Volunteers for International Programs...We commend everyone who has contributed to (CVIP's) success..."

Every year CVIP recognizes a few of its members for their outstanding leadership and support. Following is a list of the individuals receiving CVIP Appreciation Awards, beginning in 1973.

1973

  • Lillian and Hideya Kumata
  • Margaret Chapin
  • Mr. and Mrs. George Ammann

1974

  • Gladys Ferguson - Founder of CVIP
  • Jane Marston - Founder of CVIP
  • Don Dewar
  • Dean and Mrs. Thomas Osgood

1975

  • Frances Fink - CVIP Coat Closet Organizer
  • Church Women United

1976

  • Eva Richardson Homer Higbee
  • Chris Reed
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard Young

1977

  • Kay Paff
  • Jane Fishel
  • John Roetman
  • Karen Foldgger - Denmark, Representative Foreign Student Wives

1978

  • Dorothy Dye
  • United Ministries in Higher Education

1979

  • Dr. August Benson - Foreign Student Advisor
  • Mrs. Gwen Gillison - Active Board Member
  • Betty Jimenez - Colombia, Representative Foreign Student Wives

1980

  • Avis Butler - Original Member of CVIP
  • Geneva and Gene Whiteside

1981

  • Betty and Lynn Robertson - Founder and Past President of CVIP
  • Annabel and Henry Larzelere

1982

  • Mary Woodward - Past President of CVIP; Director of the Christmas Vacation International Program
  • Pat Heenan - Foreign Student Counselor
  • Mr. and Mrs. Benard Black - Host Family and Special Hospitality

1983

  • Dorothy Sachse - Transportation Committee
  • Agnes Kleis - Past President of CVIP
  • Herman and Sherry Arends - Host Family

1984

  • Margaret Gunn
  • Nancy Kopka - Past President of CVIP

1985

  • Marian Moore
  • Emily Wolf - Past President of CVIP; Long-time Active Member
  • Mieko - Brazil, Every Tuesday Organizer

1986

  • Eileen Magee

1987

  • Peggy Arbanas
  • Carla Dolfing
  • Chiseko Akera - Japan, Every Tuesday
  • Representative Audrey Nilsson - Treasurer of CVIP; Global Festival Organizer

1988

  • Dee Steinmueller
  • Elizabeth Spata

1989

  • University Lutheran Church
  • Lillian Kumata

1990

  • Nancy Kopka - Many Years of Service to the Board
  • Mariella Aikman - Every Tuesday Child Care
  • Dottie Rasche - Host Family

1991

  • Marge Ryder - Many Years of Service to the Board
  • Dorothy Rall - School Program
  • Ruth Carleton - Many Years of Service to the Board
  • Lois Park - International Festival

1992

  • Larry Lillis - Expert Help with Global Festivals
  • Shirley Walter - Multiple Committee Participant & CVIP President
  • Conrad & Madeline Holben - Many Years as Friendship Family
  • Virginia Alio - Student Volunteer, School Program & Speakers Bureau
  • Kartik Pashupati - Student Volunteer, School Program & Speakers Bureau

1993

  • Jane Featherstone - Multiple Committee Participant & President & Co Director
  • Dr. Gerald Park - Global Festival & East Lansing Art Festival, Sound System
  • Larry Williams - Custodian, University Lutheran Church

1994

  • Dottie Schmidt - Friendship Family Program
  • Marlys Gray - Friendship Family Program
  • Gene and Sandy Maynard - Many Years as Friendship Family

1995

  • David Horner - Director, Office of International Students and Scholars
  • Church Women United - Many Years of Help with Hostess Committee
  • Gerald and Nancy Myers - Many Years as Friendship Family
  • Al and Arlene Lounds - Many Years as Friendship Family

1996

  • Eleanor Boyles - Hostess, Office, Coffee Partners, Lending Center and Global Festival Committees
  • Gill-Chin Lim - Former Dean, ISP
  • Jean Lockwood - Lending Center
  • Irene Shim - School Program
  • Claudia Walters - International Student

1997

  • Bonnie Ghavami - International Visitors Committee of Mid-Michigan
  • Glen Brough - Union Activities Board and Global Festival
  • Mary and Pat Barrett - Every Tuesday (Mary); Office and Newsletter (Pat); Global Festival (both); Past Co-Presidents
  • Jill Murphy - Community Appreciation Award
  • Karen Douglas - Community Appreciation Award

1998

  • Audrey Nilsson - Long Service to CVIP
  • Elaine Richardson - Hostess Committee and Long Service to CVIP
  • Lois Sollenberger - Scholarship Committee
  • Jerry and Lois Veldman - Community Appreciation Award
  • Bonnie Ghavami - Community Appreciation Award

1999

  • Avis Butler - Founding Member with Many Years of Service
  • Ralph and Cynthia Johnston - Transportation Committee
  • Toni Vincent - Every Tuesday and Hostess Committee
  • Leslie Watson - English Conversation & International Visitors Committee of Mid-Michigan

2000

  • Margaret Gunn - Coffee Partners, Public Relations, CVIP Historian
  • Ann McCall - Former CVIP Secretary, Office Committee, Lending Center
  • Marcia Mittwede - President, Many Years of Service in Various Committees
  • The University Lutheran Church - Many Years of Providing Meeting Places for CVIP

2001

  • Peggy Arbanas - Many Years of Service in Various Committees
  • Betty Harwood - English Conversation, Hostess, Communications, Global Festival
  • Lillian Kumata - Thank You for Years of Prodigious Service and Leadership
  • Lois Park - Long-Time Chair of Global Festival, Every Tuesday

2002

  • Bonnie Bankson - Long Service to the Friendship Family Program
  • Karen Flessner - Friendship Family Program, Originator of CVIP Legends Booklet
  • Peg Higbee - Long-Time Support of CVIP, Homer Higbee Award, CVIP Secretary

2003

  • Judy Fogle - Global Festival Public Relations Chair; Friendship Family Program
  • Mike Miller - Director, Visiting International Professional Program; CVIP Supporter
  • Kazuko Ozaki - Many Years of Service and Co-Chair of Every Tuesday
  • Jo Pamment - Director, Haslett ESL Program; School Program; CVIP Supporter
  • Eiko Sterchele - Leadership of Friendship Family Program; Home Hospitality

2004

  • Ron Flessner - Co-President, Friendship Family
  • Marjorie Porter - International Visitors Comm. Of Mid-Michigan
  • Erika Nwankwo - Lending Center, Every Tuesday
  • Margaret Beall - Speakers Bureau

2005

  • Alex McCrae - Global Festival Chairman
  • Susan DeChant - Global Festival Performances
  • Cheryl Highstreet - Speakers Bureau

2006

  • Frank Fear - Leadership in Establishing the Visioning Committee
  • Ileana Hernandez-Caban - Leadership in Every Tuesday Group
  • Bhushan Ekbote - Outstanding Presenter for Speakers Bureau
  • Nancy Rademacher - Long-time CVIP Supporter in OISS

2007

  • Harold Sollenberger - Long-time supporter of the World Gift Shop, Global Festival
  • Mitsuko Marx - Speakers Bureau and Supporter of Many Other CVIP Programs
  • Iris Horner - Leadership in Friendship Family
  • Tammy Williams - Leadership in Every Tuesday Group

2008

  • Deborah Mulcahey and Peter Ollils - Friendship Family
  • Tami Kuhn - Global Festival/ Union Activities Board
  • Kumiko Murooka - Every Tuesday Chair
  • Lucy Baker - Prime Housing Group/Contributor to Lending Center

2009

  • Arline Roe - Long Service to CVIP; Church Women United Representative
  • Fred Fritz - Leadership in CVIP: Visioning Committee and Leadership Committee
  • Jim Lazar - Invaluable help in moving the Lending Center to Spartan Village
  • Muzi Yu - Outstanding Student Presenter for Speakers Bureau

2010

  • Carol Bryson - Leadership in Speakers Bureau
  • Carol Towl - Leadership in Speakers Bureau
  • Pat Barrett - Long Service to CVIP Office, Website, and CVIP Newsletter
  • Todd and Cindy Walter - Outstanding Friendship Family
  • Yi Huang - Valuable Assistance to CVIP Website and Friendship Family

2011

  • Lisa Homeniuk - Leadership in Home Visits
  • Larry and Susan Karnes - Outstanding Friendship Family
  • Jennifer New - Innovative Support of Lending Center
  • Dasha Shamrova - Outstanding Leadership in Global Festival as OISS Intern
  • Nana Yuni - Valuable Contributions to Every Tuesday Group

2012

  • Peggy Arbanas - Leadership in Global Festival 2006-2011
  • Kathryn Garner - Invaluable Support of CVIP 50th Anniversary Celebration
  • Angel Kwan - Valuable Contributions to the International Spouse Connection
  • Lyonel Laulie-Cerda - Valuable Contributions to the I-SPEAK Program
  • Anne Serotkin - Outstanding International Friendship Host

2013

  • Bonnie Bankson - Outstanding Contributions to the International Friendship Program
  • Pastor Fred Fritz - Leadership and Support of CVIP Programs
  • Bea Mangino - Long-time Participation in the VETP
  • Bohnet Electric - Valuable Support of the Lending Center
  • Friendship House - Outstanding Support of the International Spouse Connection

2014

  • Stacey Bieler - Exceptional Leadership and Long-time Contributions to CVIP
  • Mona Brandou - Invaluable Support of the Global Festival World Gift Shop
  • GenGen Chan - Invaluable Support of the Global Festival World Gift Shop
  • Mitsuko Marx - Long-time Contributions to CVIP and the World Gift Shop
  • Midge Morrow - Outstanding Contributions to the International Friendship Program
  • Christine Van Nada - Outstanding Leadership of the Every Tuesday Group
  • Peter Briggs - Special CVIP Award of Appreciation for Unfailing Support of CVIP

2015

  • Marion Chapman-Freemire - Outstanding Representative of Church Women United
  • Sue McDonald - Long-time Contributions and Service to CVIP Programs
  • Wendy Sylvester Rowen and Jake Rowen - Exceptional Support of the International Friendship Program
  • Pam Sievers - Invaluable Leadership and Support of CVIP and its Programs

2016

  • Michael and Ndeshi Conteh - Outstanding Contributions to the Internatioanl Speakers Program
  • Carlos Fuentes - Exceptional Support of the Global Festival World Gift Shop
  • Patrice Klein - Valued Support of the International Friendship Program and Newsletter
  • Wendy and Bernard Pope - Exceptional Leadership of the World Gift Shop and CVIP Office
  • Robert and Peggy Teoh - Outstanding Service to the Volunteer English Tutoring Program










Each year a member of CVIP is chosen to receive the coveted Homer Higbee International Education Award. This is a list of those who have received this award.

Each year a CVIP member is chosen to receive the coveted Homer Higbee award.  A list of recipients follows:

  • 1990 - Nancy Kopka
  • 1991 - Annabel Larzelere
  • 1992 - Emily Wolf
  • 1993 - Lillian Kumata
  • 1994 - Lois Park
  • 1995 - Betty Harwood
  • 1995 - Betty Spata
  • 1996 - Dottie Schmidt
  • 1997 - Mary Barrett
  • 1998 - Dorothy Rall
  • 1999 - Lois Sollenberger
  • 2000 - Ron and Karen Flessner
  • 2001 - Geneva Whiteside
  • 2002 - Pat Barrett
  • 2003 - Marcia Mittwede
  • 2004 - Shirley Walter
  • 2005 - Margaret Gunn
  • 2006 - Stacey Bieler
  • 2007 - Peggy Arbanas
  • 2008 - Ann McCall
  • 2009 - Erika Larson
  • 2010 - Iris Horner
  • 2011 - Cheryl Highstreet
  • 2012 - David Horner
  • 2013 - Carol Downing-Towl
  • 2014 - Fred Fritz
  • 2015 - Mitsuko Marx
  • 2016 - Pam Sievers