IFSA’s London staff and institutional partners celebrated the opening of the Flagship office and the years of service that Lynne Alvarez gave to the organization. Effective December 31, 2018, Lynne departs from her role as Senior Resident Director, England Programs. A farewell party was held in Lynne’s honor at our new (nearly complete) South Molton Street facility.
Heather Barclay Hamir noted in our letter to academic partners:
“Lynne joined our IFSA family in 1989, and from the beginning, she has been a valuable and well-respected member of our team. We at IFSA will miss her expertise, professionalism, empathy, and strength of character. Those of you who have had the privilege of meeting and working with Lynne will agree that she has been an important contributor to our field.
“Lynne has agreed to see us through the upcoming move into our new facility in London. The Global Flagship space will be an enduring symbol of Lynne’s contributions and legacy.”
Amy Bartnick Blume, IFSA longest tenured Field Director, wrote to Lynne:
“It’s impossible to think of London and the Institute without picturing your lovely, always blondish hair and smiling face.
“I remember meeting you as a new professional fresh off my study abroad experience. It was 1993 and I was traveling Europe before beginning as a program coordinator. You generously showed me around the office and provided a calming center for this first time visitor to London. Even then I knew how lucky each student in England was to be able to have you as their guide and mentor.
“Over the years whether in London or Indianapolis I have love our time together – laughs, cries and everything in between. You have given so much to help grow and sustain the Institute for Study Abroad and your legacy will continue.
Your grace, humor and love for your students, colleagues and friends will be remembered. The Institute for Study Abroad, London and the field of education abroad thanks you and wishes you all the best for the future!”
Lynne shared reflections on her time at IFSA at the farewell and in the aforementioned letter.
“I will be leaving IFSA after a wonderful and rewarding career of 29 years,” says Lynne. “During that time it has been a great honour and pleasure to have travelled with so many of you either on NAC trips, worked with many of you on Custom programmes or merely solving student issues over the years.
“My career with IFSA was a huge part of my life and the rewards were innumerable but I now look forward to the next chapter of my life. I would like to mention here that none of my career would have been possible without two men, David Gray and Tom Roberts. They believed in me and the rest is history.
“I cherish the memories and opportunity of visiting your Universities over the years and getting to know many of you.”
“I wish you all the very best and thank many of you for the amazing support I have received from you over the years.”