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Nine Ohio University students awarded Fulbrights

ATHENS, Ohio (June 28, 2004) -- Nine Ohio University students have been awarded Fulbright awards from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. This is the highest number of students from the university to win grants or fellowships in this prestigious national competition. Previously the highest number of Ohio University students to win Fulbright awards was six.

"Having nine students win Fulbright awards reflects well on Ohio University's focus on international education," says Josep Rota, associate provost for international programs. "These students embody the university's commitment to international understanding and solidarity and to the development of skills and knowledge which will make our graduates competitive in a global marketplace."

Fulbright award winners are: Diane Cahill, finance major; Andrew Carlson, master's student in international development studies; Hilary Jones, recent graduate of Latin American studies; Sou Lakkaty, linguistics master's student; Ariana Lindquist and Uma Sanghvi, visual communications master's students; Brett Noel, doctoral student in teacher education; James Peterson, German/German education major; and Meghan Roof, Spanish major.

Ohio University's U.S. Fulbright Program adviser Elizabeth Clodfelter congratulates all nine Fulbright awardees. "Being selected for this prestigious award, especially in its most competitive year yet, speaks volumes about their intelligence, talent, work ethic and desire to be catalysts for positive change," Clodfelter says. "Having nine student Fulbright awardees from a range of departments highlights the strong faculty and excellent academic programs of Ohio University."

This year's Fulbright award winners represent the Center for International Studies and the colleges of Business, Arts and Sciences, Education and Communication.

In Canada, Diane Cahill will examine the costs and benefits of the empowerment model (often referred to as welfare to work) of social assistance on single-parent families, one of the largest groups of social assistance recipients. Her research will also look at the effect of national healthcare on the transition from a subsidy model of social assistance to the empowerment model. Cahill earned an associate's degree in accounting with honors from Sinclair Community College before coming to Ohio University to continue her education. Cahill plans to pursue certification as a Certified Public Accountant and later plans to pursue a master's degree in economics.

Andrew Carlson will travel to South Africa with the support of the U.S. Student Fulbright Program's Islamic Civilization Initiative, which aims to develop American awareness and understanding of Islamic customs, history and civilization and encourages grantees to communicate their knowledge of Islamic culture to the American public. He will study how Islamic education helps preserve cultural values of Muslims in South Africa and equips children with tools for life. When he returns to the United States, Carlson plans to share the knowledge he gains of Islamic culture by developing a presentation for use in U.S. schools and through further academic study, conference presentations and publications. He plans to pursue a doctorate in sociology with a focus on African studies, Islam, and media and cultural preservation.

Hilary Jones will study how agricultural cooperatives in Uruguay and Brazil are responding to the new market conditions created by MERCOSUR. She explains, "While conducting research on the economic and political forces that alter how crops are grown, I hope to also gain an understanding of how the process of change affects local social structures." Jones earned a bachelor's degree in International Relations and Political Science from Wooster College. She has volunteered, studied and traveled in Brazil, Nicaragua, Cuba, Guatemala, El Salvador and Bolivia and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in agricultural economics or political economy.

A teaching assistant in the Ohio Program of Intensive English, Sou Lackkaty, a graduate student in Linguistics with special emphasis on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), will teach English in Chile. She is one of the first recipients of the newly established Fulbright teaching assistantship in that country. In addition to studying Spanish and teaching English at the university level, she will also conduct research on Asian communities in Chile.

Brett Noel will travel to Indonesia to study the implementation of Conflict Resolution Education by a group of Indonesian teacher education professors. He earned a master's degree in Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University and is fluent in Indonesian. He has worked and traveled extensively in Indonesia. Recently he has helped to design and implement a series of workshops on Conflict Resolution Education in several Indonesian provinces. Upon his completion of his Fulbright year, Noel will return to Ohio University to complete his Ph.D. then hopes to secure employment with an international agency working for the advancement of children's education and health.

Ariana Lindquist will travel to China to record the country's historic social and economic transition by creating photo stories examining Chinese definitions of success. She earned a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and Art from the University of Minnesota and later spent three years living and studying Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan. Her photographs have been published in The Boston Globe, Yahoo! News, The Evansville Press, The Indianapolis Star and News, The Taipei Times and "The Lonely Planet." According to Lindquist, her photo stories "will be a valuable educational tool with which to increase understanding between the people of the United States and China." She plans a career in documentary photography and teaching documentary photography in the United States or Asia.

Uma Sanghvi earned a bachelor's degree in Biology and Photography from Stanford University. She will document the diversity of Mauritius through a photo-essay and recorded interviews that explore rites of passage within each ethnic group. Her photographs have been published in The San Jose Mercury News, Stanford Magazine, The Palm Beach Post and The San Diego Union-Tribune. Sanghvi has traveled and photographed in India, the Maldives, Thailand and Papua New Guinea. She plans a career as a freelance documentary photographer. According to Sanghvi, the images she captures in Mauritius will "celebrate a country that finds strength in its diversity, as well as speak to the importance of ritual in human society."

James Peterson first became interested in making connections with people from other cultures during high school when a German student lived with his family for a month. While at Ohio University he taught in the local Foreign Languages in Elementary Schools Program and participated in the German conversation hour. He also spent a quarter studying in Salzburg, Austria. He will teach English in Germany next year and will also study German phonetics and literature and conduct research on German hip-hop music. Peterson plans a career in higher education.

A Spanish teaching associate, Meghan Roof will spend the next year teaching in Spain where she will teach English and collect materials to use in teaching Spanish back in the United States. She studied abroad in Pamplona, Spain, for six months while pursuing her bachelor's degree in Spanish and International Studies at Ohio University and has assisted with the study abroad program to Merida, Mexico. Upon completion of her Fulbright year, Roof plans to teach Spanish at the high school or university level.

Students interested in applying for the 2005-2006 Fulbright competition can contact Beth Clodfelter at clodfele@ohio.edu  or visit Ohio University's Fulbright Web page at www.ohiou.edu/internationalstudies/fulbright.htm.

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Media Contacts: Fulbright Program Adviser Beth Clodfelter, (740) 593-2302 or clodfele@ohio.edu, or Center for International Studies Assistant Director for Communications Jennifer Cochran, (740) 593-1842 or cochraj1@ohio.edu

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