BLOOMINGTON, Ill. –– Illinois Wesleyan University graduating senior Tatum Zsorey ’20
has been awarded the 2020 Technos International Prize in recognition of her academic
excellence and her great contributions to broadening global awareness and understanding.
Zsorey is an international studies major with a concentration in developmental studies and a minor in environmental studies. As a student, Zsorey served as president of IWU’s Amnesty International, Scholars
at Risk, and Model United Nations. She also worked as a technology specialist for
the Language Resource Center. During the summer of 2019, Zsorey interned internationally
with Second Harvest Tokyo in Japan as part of the IWU Freeman Asia Internship Program.
“Sometimes even I can’t believe all of the opportunities I’ve gotten over the course
of my time at IWU,” Zsorey said. “The internship was my first experience abroad, and
I don’t think I would have had such a fulfilling and memorable experience had it not
been for the opportunity IWU gave me to be a part of the internship.”
Zsorey also spent a semester studying peace and conflict resolution in Serbia, Bosnia,
“I’ve gotten the opportunity to take a wide range of relevant and thought-provoking
classes, head three RSOs on campus, as well as spend six months traveling across two
different continents. All of these experiences have broadened my horizons and have
presented me with numerous opportunities to learn and grow. It has truly been amazing
all of the opportunities I’ve gotten over the course of the last three years with
The Technos Award is presented by the Tanaka Ikueikai Educational Trust in Japan.
The Trust was founded by Dr. Kenji Tanaka, who created it in the spirit of improving
international relations all around the world. The award recognizes those students
who, through their work and actions, strive to ensure an atmosphere of global understanding.
“Having interned in Japan, studied the language on IWU’s campus, and focused my independent
project for my environmental studies minor on food security in Tokyo, I am happy to
receive an award that stems from the Tanaka Ikueikai Educational Trust in Japan,”
“I’m really honored that I was asked to apply for the award in the first place,” Zsorey
continued. “I’ve spent so much of my time in the last year abroad traveling to six
different countries and studying a plethora of topics from peace and conflict studies,
to food security, to the destruction of the former Yugoslavia. I’ve dedicated so much
time to understanding new environments and cultures, as well as incorporating them
into my studies, that it is truly an honor to receive an award that recognizes the
importance of global awareness.”
In addition to the Technos International Prize, since 1995 Illinois Wesleyan has also
awarded a Prize of Distinction at Technos College. This year’s prize was awarded to
Satoe Sahoda, an electrical and electronic engineering course student of Tokyo Kogakuin
College of Technology.
“Ms. Sahoda had an extremely high 94.2% grade average and a 100% attendance record,”
said Matt Rollo, the International Program Coordinator at the Tanaka Ikueikai Education
Foundation. “Her passion for engineering is evident not only in class but also during
her participation as an open campus student leader for prospective Technos students.
She has already acquired her second-class Electrician's qualification, and is currently
working towards the very difficult first-class qualification. Her future in the field
is bright indeed.”
As a graduating senior, Zsorey reflected on her time at IWU and all the unique opportunities
it brought her.
“There are a lot of big and little things I cherish from my time at IWU,” explained
Zsorey. “I can think of traveling around Serbia, or Japan, or Bosnia and recounting
all of the amazing opportunities I had in such unique environments where I truly learned
to be self-sufficient and adaptable. But I also really cherish the 1 a.m. McDonald’s
runs with my friends, and making PB&Js during finals, and going to the Unity Gala.
It has been a mix of small and big things, highs and lows, and an overall memorable
experience that, although it is coming to an end, I will always love and value.”