Director of International Studies receives annual Ferrari Award

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    Jane Kucko’s  work with the study abroad program was rewarded recently by becoming the seventh recipient of the Ferrari Award.

    Chancellor Boschini presented Kucko with The Michael R. Ferrari Award of University Service and Leadership at last Thursday’s award ceremony. Among the six other recipients, she was recognized for her work as Director of International Studies in strengthening the international experience abroad and on campus.

    The Ferrari Award was named after past Chancellor Michael R. Ferrari who said, “I feel deeply honored and humbled by that kind of recognition that this award would be handed to someone of leadership at the university.”

    Ferrari also said the nomination process is done by faculty and staff at university and they choose a member of the TCU community that exemplifies strong leadership.

    Ferrari Award Selection Chair, Ann Louden said in email, “Jane Kucko has put in place the initiative, staff and resources that have elevated TCU study abroad and placed it among the premier programs in U.S. higher education.”

    Kucko said she considerd TCU to be her home and has been teaching at the university for 28 years now. Before becoming Director of the study abroad program in 2006, Kucko said she taught interior design and continues to teach one class each semester.

    “I wasn’t aware that I was nominated so it is a blind nomination, so a couple of my colleagues nominated me and of course when I learned that I was the recipient of it I was very, very excited,” Kucko said.

    Kucko said she came into the study abroad program to “build upon and expand.”

    TCU now has study abroad programs in Australia and South American and the university is doing preliminary work China and India, Kucko said.

    “What we think our next step at TCU is how do we integrate study abroad with international services and make it more of a comprehensive approach,” she said.

    Kucko said winning this award is humbling and rewarding, but at the same time she could not have done it without the help of her faculty and staff.