Jenny Bowen Receives Dowling Award

Region VI of NAFSA: Association of International Educators honored Jenny Bowen, associate director of student services for the IU Office of International Services, with its longest standing award.  Named for a founder of NAFSA and the first international student advisor at IU, the Leo R. Dowling Award for Excellence recognizes individuals who demonstrate compassion, integrity, and leadership in international education.

 Bowen began her International Services tenure in 1996 as an hourly assistant to the front desk.  She subsequently became a student advisor and now directs student services for OIS.  Bowen is recognized nationally as an expert in international student services and federal visa regulations.

 Leo R. Dowling was chosen in 1943 by Herman B Wells as the university’s first international student advisor.  Dowling became a national figure in international education and helped found the organization that became NAFSA.  He was one its first presidents.  Dowling retired from Indiana University in 1977.  Previous IU recipients of this award include Kenneth Rogers (1989), Kitty Burkhart (1993), James Haas (1995), Kathleen Sideli (2001), and Susan Carty (2010).

 NAFSA: Association of International Educators was established in 1948 to promote the professional development of university officials who advise and assist students coming to study in the U.S.  Since then it has attracted a membership of international educators from around the world and currently promotes a large range of opportunities for developing international competence.