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GGC director receives national honor

Georgia Gwinnett College students and colleagues recently gathered to celebrate Anthony Pinder receiving the national Sigma Iota Rho Outstanding Faculty Advisor award. (Special Photo)

Georgia Gwinnett College students and colleagues recently gathered to celebrate Anthony Pinder receiving the national Sigma Iota Rho Outstanding Faculty Advisor award. (Special Photo)

LAWRENCEVILLE —A national honor recently was delivered to a Georgia Gwinnett College director.

Anthony L. Pinder, the director of Internationalization, received the Sigma Iota Rho Outstanding Faculty Advisor award for mobilizing students to engage their studies beyond the classroom, a press release said. Pinder advises the Delta Upsilon chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, which was chartered at GGC in 2011. Sigma Iota Rho is an honor society for students pursuing degrees in international studies.

The award includes $500 for research and travel.

“I am deeply honored to be recognized at this level,” said Pinder who previously worked at Morehouse College and is the second person to receive the award. “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 president and national director of Sigma Iota Rho, Frank Plantan, said Pinder’s consistent and cheerful service is a model to emulate throughout the organization.

“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,” Plantan said.

Plantan visited GGC last week to present Pinder the award.