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Ohio University Students win Fulbright Teaching Assistantships

ATHENS, Ohio (April 10, 2006) -- Two Ohio University students have been awarded Fulbright teaching assistantships in Indonesia for the 2006-07 academic year. Clarissa Kornell, a senior political science major, and Layne Hanson, a senior international studies major, will both spend the year teaching English in Indonesia.

Photo by Rick Fatica"It is exciting to have two excellent Ohio University students receive offers of Fulbright teaching assistantships to Indonesia," says Beth Clodfelter, Ohio University's U.S. Student Fulbright Program advisor. "This is the first time that Ohio University students have been selected for teaching assistantships to Indonesia, which complements the success that our students have attained with Fulbright research grants there in recent years."

An undergraduate research scholar at Ohio University's Voinovich Center, Kornell has completed internships with Amnesty International and International-Government Counselors in Washington, D.C. She has studied and volunteered abroad in Mexico, Ecuador and Bolivia and will graduate in the spring with a minor in Spanish and certificates in Latin American studies and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. While in Indonesia, Kornell hopes to study the way in which Islam is utilized to promote inter-religious tolerance. She plans to pursue a graduate degree after completing her Fulbright year and hopes to work in international development.

"Clarissa is a talented young scholar who brings to a longstanding interest in other nations a first-rate intellect, exceptional integrity and an uncompromising passion for knowledge," says Ann Fidler, Dean of the Honors Tutorial College. "During her time in Indonesia, she will be able to establish the type of meaningful dialogue that the Fulbright Scholar program is designed to foster."

Kornell is excited to have the chance to promote cross cultural understanding while learning about Indonesian culture. "I really feel so honored to have the opportunity to represent the United States through such a reputable program with a demonstrated commitment to global understanding and exchange," she says.

Photo by Rick FaticaHanson has studied abroad in Mexico and has volunteered in Honduras. While at Ohio University she served as an English conversation partner and as a Spanish tutor for her university peers, Kids on Campus and the Foreign Language in the Elementary School program. In addition to teaching English in Indonesia, Hanson will also study alternative education centers that serve young and often underprivileged children. She hopes to use her certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to continue teaching abroad after her Fulbright year. She also plans to pursue a graduate degree in international education, development or administration.

"Because of her intelligence, enthusiasm, sensitivity and professionalism, Ms. Hanson shined as a student and teacher trainee," says Cynthia Holliday, an instructor in the Ohio Program of Intensive English. "Undoubtedly these characteristics will continue to shape her performance as a teacher in Indonesia. She will be an outstanding representative of the USA, Ohio University and Athens."

Hanson views the grant as an opportunity for personal and professional growth. "I enjoy teaching and the relationship I form with my students," she says, "and I also look forward to learning more about Indonesian culture and society."

Fifteen Ohio University students were recommended to the final round of competition in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program this year. This sets an Ohio University record for the highest number of recommended students in this prestigious national competition. The other thirteen candidates will find out between March and June whether they will receive a Fulbright award. Last year nine Ohio University students won Fulbright awards.

Outstanding students who are U.S. citizens are invited to learn about the opportunities that the prestigious Fulbright program offers in over 100 countries. Funded projects may include coursework at an international university, independent field or library research, classes in a music conservatory or art school, special projects in the social or life sciences or a combination. A few countries allow awardees to teach English as a second language.

Students who will be seniors, masters or doctoral candidates in fall 2006 could be eligible to apply; younger students are also invited to attend one of the following information sessions in Baker University Center, Room 332:

  • Tuesday, April 11, from 3:10 to 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 12, from 4:10 to 5 p.m.

For more information, please contact Beth Clodfelter, 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: Student Fulbright Program Advisor Elizabeth Clodfelter, (740) 593-2302 or clodfele@ohio.edu, or Assistant Director for Communication and Graduate Programming Jennifer Cochran, (740) 593-1842 or cochraj1@ohio.edu  

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