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Tompkins Cortland Community College Vice President Honored

November 17, 2012

Tompkins Cortland Community College Vice President for Global Initiatives Walter Poland has been honored with an International Citizen Award from the International Center of Syracuse. Poland was honored at the 2012 Central New York International Citizen Awards Dinner earlier this month. The awards recognize and honor individuals and organizations for promoting international and global understanding through cross-cultural awareness, education, voluntary service, advocacy, community building, and leadership.

Poland was one of three individuals to receive an International Educator Award. He has worked at Tompkins Cortland since it opened in 1968, serving in a variety of roles, most recently as dean of student services before becoming vice president in 2008. He has led the College’s international education efforts and has overseen the Global Connections program since its inception in 1993. Through the years he has touched the lives of thousands of international students and has been a tireless advocate for the benefits of international students to the College as a whole.

The International Center of Syracuse (ICS) is an independent not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1965. Through the years, the ICS has provided services and programming for citizens from virtually every nation, introducing international visitors to many different aspects of life in the area, including educational, cultural, social, and business opportunities.