KUWomenofDistinction

2012/2013

Dr. Hodgie Bricke (Left)

Dr. Hodgie Bricke (Left)

Honors, achievements, and special recognition:

  • Outstanding service to the Fulbright Program Award, Institute of International Education 2010
  • Certificates of Appreciation from: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State, and for outstanding service to the Junior Faculty Development Program since 1994
  • Host and mentor for 81 JFDP scholars (visiting faculty) from countries in Central Asia such as Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan and in the Balkans such as Serbia and Albania, 1994-2012
  • Fulbright Grant, Seminar for International Education Administrators, Japan, June-July 200
  • Fulbright Grant, Seminar for International Education Administrators, Germany, April-May 1993
  • President, Middle American Universities International (MAUI) 2009-2011
  • National Vice-President for Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars 1997-1999

How I became interested in my field:

I became a professional in international education totally by accident. I was a stay at home mom, doing some occasional work for a publishing firm in Kansas City, when I received a call from my current boss, Susan Gronbeck-Tedesco, asking if I might be interested in a part time job in the Office of International Studies. I was actually mopping the kitchen floor when the phone rang. I had always been interested in international affairs, in history (my doctorate is in modern European history, esp. Scottish history), had traveled extensively in European and lived in Scotland for several years.. so, with little hesitation I agreed. Over the years, I have become a passionate supporter of international education, convinced that it is critical and essential for every university to become internationalized if our students are to function in an increasing global society and economic. From working with all aspects of the Fulbright program (in which KU has a long and distinguished history of participation), I also became convinced that the best way to promote peace is to promote mutual understanding between people of different societies and cultures. That is, through exchange and dialogue, or what is sometimes called public diplomacy. In other words, I embrace the ideals of the Fulbright program as articulated by its founder, Senator William Fulbright, Arkansas, in 1946.

An honor, achievement or accomplishment that is most meaningful to me and why:

Given what I have just written above, I think the award or recognition given to me by the Institute of International Education is the most meaningful.

Someone who has been a role model for me and why:

George Woodyard, first dean of International Studies (now Programs) at KU who worked tirelessly for campus internationalization at a time when the concept was in its infancy. A very intelligent man with a wonderful sense of humor and great capacity for friendship. He hired me for that part time job and soon expanded my work to full time. He supported all my initiatives (like the 1996 Fulbright Reunion) and under his leadership, I grew professionally.

My favorite KU memory:

While this event did not take place at KU, it could not have happened if the players were not connected to KU. It is a story that illustrates the importance of international education in our increasingly interconnected world. My husband and I were having espresso at a little outdoor café near the Pantheon in Rome when a young couple walked past us who looked vaguely familiar. They returned and greeted us by name. This couple had been to our house for the annual Fulbright international potluck dinner. She was from Mexico and he from Ukraine, both were Fulbright Scholars at KU. They met at KU, fell in love, and were married in Mexico then had a second celebration in Ukraine and were now living and working in Belfast. They joined us for coffee, the world is so small!

If I had a sister just entering college, I would want her to know…

I would advise her to learn a language other than English really well, to meet and befriend international students, and to study abroad.