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Irina Kappler-Crookston Awarded USAC Emeritus Faculty

July 26, 2019

The University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) board of directors has awarded Irina Kappler-Crookston USAC Emeritus Faculty status. The honor is granted to exceptional individuals who have contributed to USAC's evolution as a premier study abroad organization. USAC cited Kappler-Crookston's commitment to promoting international education and cross-cultural understanding.

USAC is composed of 33 U.S. affiliate universities and 49 international host institutions. U of I has been a member of USAC since 1992.

Kappler-Crookston retired in May 2019 after working in the University of Idaho's College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences for 34 years. She served in multiple roles, including senior instructor of Spanish, translator, academic study abroad advisor and chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. She was a 12-time USAC visiting professor and taught courses about intercultural communication, Hispanic literature and Spanish culture for USAC programs in San Sebastian, Bilbao, Torino, Madrid and Pau.

"Of all the faculty on our campus, Irina Kappler-Crookston has made the greatest contribution to USAC," said Bob Neuenschwander, director of international grants and initiatives in U of I's International Programs Office. "It is largely because of Irina's support and enthusiasm for USAC that USAC is what it is today on our campus — our chief education abroad program provider for our students and international professional development provider for our faculty and staff."

In addition to granting Kappler-Crookston emeritus faculty status, USAC will honor and celebrate her many contributions by granting a one-time $1,500 scholarship in her name. This scholarship will be awarded to a U of I student majoring in French or Spanish studying abroad in Spring 2020. More information on the scholarship is available by contacting Kate Wray Chettri in the International Programs Office at or 208-885-4075.

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