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Two Wofford students receive Fulbright

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Graduating seniors from Spartanburg to go to Spain, Germany

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Two Wofford College graduating seniors from Spartanburg have received Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships – one in Germany and one in Spain – bringing to six the total number of Wofford graduates who have received the prestigious appointments since 2008. It is the second time Wofford has had two appointments in the same academic year, a rare occurrence.

Caitlin Elizabeth Walsh of Moore, S.C., will go to Germany, and Tramaine De’Argo Brown of Spartanburg will go to Spain this fall.  Both will graduate from Wofford on Sunday, May 22.

“I will be an English language teaching assistant in Germany for nine months beginning in September,” Walsh says. “My job will be not only to help teach the language, but also to teach about American and British culture. Receiving the Fulbright has been unbelievable. This is a fantastic way to end my time at Wofford. With the Fulbright, I get to use both of my majors.”

Walsh, who was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa at Wofford in April, is an English and German major and has been inducted into the honor societies of both – Sigma Tau Delta and Delta Phi Alpha, respectively. At Wofford’s recent Honors Convocation, she received the L. Harris Chewning Award, which is the English departmental award, and the James A. Chiles Award, which is the German departmental award. She is a leader on Wofford’s College Bowl team and an officer in the Newman Club. After she returns from teaching in Germany, she plans a career in not-for-profit administration.

Brown, an English and Spanish major, says, “The Fulbright program seeks to facilitate mutual understand between people of the United States and other cultures. As an English teaching assistant in Madrid, Spain, I will be expected to not only share my American culture with students, but also to learn more about Spanish culture.

“This scholarship is important to me because my experiences at the college and abroad have taught me how important it is to promote an environment where people from different backgrounds can learn how to interact with each other in a respectful manner,” he continues.

Brown, the founder of the Wofford Math Academy, received the prestigious Jefferson Award for Public Service in 2008 and was named to USA Today’s All-USA College Academic Second Team in 2010. He also was a Gates Millennium Scholar. At Wofford’s recent Honors Convocation, he received the Global Citizen Award and the Eric L. Marshall ’07 AMS Legacy Award. He has studied abroad in Mexico, Chile, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Spain, Morocco and South Africa. He also served a White House internship in Washington, D.C.

“What sets students such as Caitlin and Tramaine apart is their commitment to scholarship, their engagement in community outreach and service, and their long-term goals of improving their communities and the world both personally and professionally,” says Dr. Kirsten Krick-Aigner, associate professor in foreign languages and a faculty mentor and member of the college’s Post-graduate Scholarship Committee. “Both had experience in living abroad, as well as in tutoring and teaching children and young adults.”

Other Wofford students or graduates who received Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships:

2010 – Wofford graduate Mary Beth Broadwater received the Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Austria after receiving a master’s degree in German on a fully funded scholarship at Bowling Green State University.

2009 – Jessica Miller of Spartanburg, S.C., received the Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in German. She now is a translator and editor for a company in Munich, Germany.

2008 – Claudia Winkler of North Augusta, S.C., received the Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in German. She was Wofford’s 2008 honor graduate, the graduating senior with the highest GPA. She majored in economics, history and German. Winkler also received the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, but elected to pursue the Fulbright instead. Currently, she is in a fully funded Ph.D. program in German at Georgetown University.

2008 – John Wood of Spartanburg, S.C., received the Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in German. He earned a master’s degree in German from Middlebury College, which required an additional year of study in Berlin beyond the Fulbright. Now, Wood works full-time in Berlin for New York University as a program assistant for their NYU Berlin program. He will develop and manage a summer program through NYU for Princeton undergraduates this summer.

A number of Wofford professors also have been recipients of Fulbright appointments. The most recent was in the spring of 2010, when Dr. Philip Swicegood, the R. Michael James Professor of Finance, spent a semester at the University of Split in Croatia as a U.S. Fulbright Fellow.

Wofford also receives teaching assistants through the Fulbright program as well as other international programs. This fall, Rafael Valor Navarro will join the foreign language department teaching Spanish. He currently teaches in the CIEE program at the University of Alicante, Spain. Dr. Irina Podgorny will come to Wofford in the spring of 2012 as the Lewis P. Jones Visiting Professor of History. She was the center director at IES Buenos Aires when the Milliken Faculty Development Seminar took place in Argentina.

Also, Regina Yvonne Fuller of Spartanburg, a former Presidential International Scholar who will graduate May 22, will travel to Ghana on a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. She is the third Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar selected from Wofford since 2007.

Elise Boos, who was a Wofford Presidential International Scholar in 2006 and graduated in 2007, also received the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship. Claudia Winkler also received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, but elected to take the Fulbright Assistantship instead.

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