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Volume XXXIV, Number 22
University of Dallas, Irving, Texas
April 20, 2005
- on r students
by Andrew Nik
Seniors Jennifer Cantrell, Ei-
leen Lee, Stephanie Rhinehart,
and Nick Wittich recently won
the German Fulbright Teaching
This award, administered by
the Institute for International
Education, is "a benchmark for
academic excellence," Dr. Hella
Hennessee, modern languages
department chair, said.
The award gives the recipient
a position as a teaching assistant
in Germany for one year with a
The students will work 10
to 12 hours a week teaching Eng-
lish conversation to German
students. In their spare time, stu-
dents will be free to do what they
choose and to learn more about
Germany, its language, its culture,
and its literature.
In order to win this prestigious
award, applicants were required
to have a strong academic record
(GPA of 3-5 or higher is recom-
mended) and significant back-
ground in the German language.
Cantrell, Rhinehart, and Lee are
German majors, while Wittich has
a concentration in German.
In addition, students were
required to submit two essays—a
personal autobiography, and an
essay explaining why the student
wanted the teaching assistant-
ship. Students were required to
submit both essays in English
and German. The applicants also
needed three letters of recom-
mendation, and they took part in
a competitive interview process.
This year, all four UD appli-
cants for this award received the
teaching assistantship. In addition
to the students' hard work, this
success "was in no small effort due
to Dr. Maddux' excellent guidance
in the application process," Hen-
Dr. Steve Maddux, associate
modern languages professor, has
been UD's Fulbright program ad-
visor for several years. He spent at
least 20 hours advising each appli-
cant, checking their applications,
and writing up the reports of the
evaluation committee on each
candidate, among other tasks.
When asked how he felt when
he heard of all four student's win-
ning the award, Maddux said he
felt, "proud, tearful, congratula-
tory, peaceful, relieved, elated,
grateful, prayerful, jittery, and
giddy. [I felt] a whole rainbow of
Students who won the award
were grateful to their professors
who took time to help them in
the application process.
"The fact that four German
students received this award really
says something about our profes-
sors," Rhinehart said.
Hennessee said, "The Ful-
bright award is wonderful to have
on any resume, and is great for
further studies and careers."
All four students expressed
excitement about winning this
prestigious award and anticipation
of what the future has in store for
Current juniors interested
in applying for this award may
find information at www.udallas.
get in touch with Maddux in the
modern languages department.
"I encourage anyone who is
interested to apply for [next year's]
scholarship," Wittich said.
Left: Senior Kara Keiley and graduate
student Daniel Janeiro play lovers
Perdita and Florizel; social barriers to
their love compel the lovers to elope
Below: Students perform a scene from
The Winter's Tale.
John Schuler/University News
UD offers study abroad
John Schuler/University News
Seniors Nick Wittich, Jennifer Cantrell, Stephanie Rhinehart,
and Eileen Lee won the German Fulbright awards this
by Ashley Wolford
Modern language departments
at UD send a number of students
abroad each year to engage in cul-
tural and language studies.
Students who study German,
French, and Spanish all have the
opportunity to go abroad.
"Going abroad removes the
scales of uniculturalism from
[student's] eyes," Dr. Steve Mad-
dux, associate modern languages
Though the French program
has no set deadline for travel
abroad programs, those inter-
ested in traveling should get in
touch with Maddux as soon as
Students studying French have
the opportunity to study at the
University of Paris-Sorbonne or
Institut Catholique during the
semester, or University of Mis-
souri Kansas City (UMKC) for
the summer program. Students
studying during the summer will
attend UMKC in Lyon, France.
With the UMKC program, a
student may choose from three
courses—a two-week intensive
course in French language and
culture, a four-wreek course, and
an in-depth six-week course in-
troducing students to French civi-
lization through the history and
the arts of Lyon. UMKC offers
a drama class and many graduate
classes as well.
Travel arrangements are made
through UD by American Year
Abroad (AYA); standards and
Most students stay with a host
family from the area, but some
have made their own living ar-
rangements in the past.
Several UD students travel
abroad during the summer.
"There are so many reasons to
go that it's hard to pick just one;
it's a life-changing experience,"
Studying abroad is not recom-
mended for just anyone—students
should have some background in
the language of the country they
want to study in, Maddux said.
Those studying Spanish have
the opportunity to go to Cuer-
navaca, Mexico, where the pro-
gram began in 1986. Over the
years, the Spanish program has
been to Zacatecas and Oaxaca,
Mexico; Heredia, Costa Rica; and,
Classes will be held at the Span-
ish Language Institute (SLI). The
UD May Term/Summer Immer-
sion Program offers Elementary
Spanish I and II, Intermediate
Spanish I and II, Advanced Com-
munication, and Advanced Gram-
"Each class meets five days a
week for three hours [with] no
more than five students per class,"
Dr. Elizabeth Sanchez, associ-
ate modern languages professor,
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