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Ohio University students win Fulbright Teaching Assistantships

ATHENS, Ohio (April 4, 2005) -- Two Ohio University students have won Fulbright teaching assistantships for the 2005-06 academic year. Kara Petrosky, a senior German education major will spend the year teaching English in a German secondary school. Adrienne Porter, a senior Spanish education major will teach English in a Chilean University.

"I truly feel blessed by this opportunity to spend so much time immersed in the Chilean culture," said Porter. "It is extremely important for the people of the world to work together and learn more about each other. Everyone is unique and that needs to be something that is embraced instead of fighting over our differences."

At Ohio University Porter has served as an English conversation partner and Spanish tutor. She has studied abroad in Mexico and Ecuador and will graduate in the spring with certificates in Latin American studies and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. While in Chile, Porter hopes to study history and women's studies and volunteer for a women's rights organization in addition to teaching English. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in Spanish and women's studies and to pursue a career in teaching high school Spanish.

"Adrienne is a great example of taking advantage of the resources Ohio Univeristy has to offer with study abroad opportunities," said Latin American Studies Director Brad Jokisch. "She prepared herself very well and is immensely qualified for this prestigious award."

Petrosky, who plans to teach high school German upon her return to the United States, is excited to share her passion for the German language and culture with her students in the future. "This opportunity will not only allow me to better develop my German language skills, but my teaching skills as well - not to mention a greater understanding of the German culture," said Petrosky. "I will be more knowledgeable in this field and will be able to offer and share with my students the experiences I had abroad."

As a high school student, Petrosky traveled to Germany for a three-week exchange program. While at Ohio University she spent a quarter studying German and Austrian language and culture in Salzburg, Austria. Petrosky has served as an English conversation partner and as a German tutor and has been involved in Kids on Campus and the Foreign Language in the Elementary School program. She is now student teaching in Pennsylvania. In addition to teaching English at the high school level in Germany, Petrosky will also volunteer to teach English to children and will conduct research among her German students on their motivation to study foreign languages and the benefits of language instruction. She hopes to pursue a graduate degree in German or education.

"Kara Petrosky is one of our finest students in the German program," said Nikhil Sathe, assistant professor of German. "She is highly motivated and genuinely inquisitive and is particularly engaged in her field of German language pedagogy, not only through her classes, but also through her duties as a tutor for first and second year students. She is also very active, even instrumental in various student activities in the German section - such as our weekly conversation table "Stammtisch" and the German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, for which she served as president."

"Adrienne is the second Ohio University student to receive a Fulbright in the two-year-old Chilean TEFL program and Kara's award means that Ohio University students have won Fulbright awards to teach English in Germany three years in a row," said Elizabeth Clodfelter, Ohio University's U.S. Fulbright Program advisor. "That kind of success highlights the strengths of Ohio University's programs in the Department of Modern Languages, the Teacher Education in Modern Languages program and the TEFL certification program in the Department of Linguistics."

Thirteen Ohio University students were recommended to the final round of competition in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program this year. This ties Ohio University's record, set last year, for the highest number of recommended students in this prestigious national competition. So far this year three Ohio University students have been won Fulbright awards. The other candidates will each find out sometime between March and June whether they will receive a Fulbright award. Last year nine Ohio University students won Fulbright awards.

Students interested in applying for the 2006-2007 Fulbright U.S. Student Program, who are U.S. citizens and who will be seniors, masters or doctoral students next fall, as well as younger students who would like to receive information early, are invited to attend one of the following Fulbright U.S. Student Program information session, all of which will be held in Baker Center room 332:

  • Wednesday, April 6 from 3:00 - 4:00
  • Thursday, April 7 from 11:00 - 12:00
  • Monday, April 11 from 2:00 - 3:00

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Clodfelter, the Fulbright Program advisor, at 593-2302 or clodfele@ohio.edu, or visit Ohio University's Fulbright Web page at www.ohiou.edu/internationalstudies/fulbright.htm.  

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Media Contact: Elizabeth Clodfelter, (740) 593-2302 or clodfele@ohio.edu; Jennifer Cochran, (740) 593-1842 or cochraj1@ohio.edu  

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