Each year, ISS acknowledges a student(s) and a community volunteer for outstanding commitment to Purdue’s international students. Over the two weeks before classes begin, ISS processes nearly 2,000 incoming students. Our staff alone could not tackle this huge task without the help of our dedicated volunteers – this year nearly 130 -- who serve year after year helping new international students with the processing of documents, meeting arriving airport shuttles, explaining important information and providing a warm welcome. Student volunteers offer a friendly face with an obvious understanding of the tough transition this is for new arrivals, many of whom have never traveled outside their home country.
This year Kapil Raje and Aini Karani are being recognized as co-recipients of the ISS Outstanding Student Volunteer Award for their involvement over several years. Both have volunteered for five cycles of ISS Check-in and worked at a variety of tasks from scanning documents to handing out maps and schedules to presenting information at Orientation sessions. Some volunteers give a few hours here and there, as their schedules allow. Exceptional volunteers dig in day after day until the job is done. Both Kapil and Aini are exemplary students whom we could count on to fulfill their assignments with commitment and grace, no matter the task. The award is but a small token of our apprecation.