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Office of National and International Awards (ONIA) Council

ONIA Council Members help identify candidates and, as needed, mentor candidates for national and international awards. Typically, ONIA Council Members: 

  • Direct potential candidates to meet with the ONIA Director.
  • Forward information from ONIA to potential awards candidates. 
  • As needed, review draft application materials for revision / improvement.
  • As needed, help in mock interviews.
  • Occasionally meet to provide direction for ONIA.

For more information on ONIA Council Members or to become one, please contact Dr. Ingrid Bego ( / 828.227.3899

ONIA Council Members, 2020-21:

  • Risto Atanasov Department Head and Associate Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science
  • INGRID BEGO Director, ONIA,  Associate Professor, Political Science & International Studies
  • Christopher Cooper  Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professor, Political Science
  • Mary Fischer Associate Director, Advising Center
  • WES MILNER Director, International Programs and Services
  • Dana murray patterson Director, Intercultural Affairs
  • Theresa Paul Director, Center for Career and Professional Development
  • Lane Perry Executive Director, Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning
  • Brian Railsback Professor, English
  • Ben Steere Director, Cherokee Studies, and Associate Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
  • APRIL TALLANT Associate Dean, Brinson Honors College 
  • John Whitmire Associate Professor, Philosophy and Religion


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