2010 Alumni

The SLA Grant Program funded sixty-five students to pursue instensive language immersion abroad in the Summer of 2010.   Details on recipients and their financial sponsors are provided below.

 

SLA Grants 2010: Africa
 

Name: Conor Blanco
E-mail: cblanco@nd.edu
Location of Study: Cairo, Egypt
Program of Study: American University of Cairo
Sponsors: Mark Gallogly & Lise Strickler
“I would recommend the SLA Grant program to any student who wants to further their language skills, while also gaining valuable abroad experience.”

 

Name: Jonathan Liedl
E-mail: jliedl@nd.edu
Location of Study: Cairo, Egypt
Program of Study: Hedayet Institute
Sponsors: Mark Gallogly & Lise Strickler
“With an SLA Grant in hand, the only factor preventing you from advancing your language abilities in a profound way is your own inhibitions.”

Name: Jorge Ortiz
E-mail: jortiz1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Cairo, Egypt
Program of Study: The Hedayet Institute for Arabic Studies
Sponsors: Mark Gallogly & Lise Strickler
“My study abroad was not only linguistically enriching but it also gave me a deeper insight into the regional culture and identity and helped clear up misconceptions I had prior to travelling there. It was an invaluable experience for which I will always be grateful.”

Name: Kiany Smith
E-mail: ksmith25@nd.edu
Location of Study: Tetouan, Morocco
Program of Study: Dar Loughat Cross Cultural Language Center
Sponsors: Mark Gallogly & Lise Strickler
“Spending the summer in Morocco allowed me to explore its culture, the food and customs in addition to the language. My experiences there have given me more insight into Arabic class and other classes as well.”
 

SLA Grants 2010: Asia
 

Name: Tian Ren
E-mail: tren@nd.edu
Location of Study: Ishikawa, Japan
Program of Study: Princeton in Ishikawa
Sponsors: The Liu Family Endowment; the Kellogg Institute for International Studies
“Exploring a different culture makes me understand myself better.”

 

Name: Jessica Choi
E-mail: jchoi3@nd.edu
Location of Study: Seoul, Korea
Program of Study: Sogang University
Sponsors: The Liu Family Endowment; the Kellogg Institute for International Studies
“My study abroad experience to Seoul, South Korea really opened my eyes to the different opportunities that are available. I made an incredible amount of friends and experienced things that I will never forget. Everyone should take advantage of this opportunity.”

 

Name: Michael Landron
E-mail: mlandron@nd.edu
Location of Study: Seoul, South Korea
Program of Study: Sogang University International Summer College
Sponsors: The Liu Family Endowment; the Kellogg Institute for International Studies

 

Name: Aimee Lee
E-mail: alee11@nd.edu
Location of Study: Seoul, South Korea
Program of Study: Sogang University
Sponsors: The Liu Family Endowment; the Kellogg Institute for International Studies
“The SLA Grant not only provided me with the opportunity to study the Korean language abroad in Seoul, but also gave me the opportunity to experience the wonderful Korean culture as well as create unforgettable memories.”

 

Name: Crystal Lee
E-mail: clee18@nd.edu
Location of Study: Seoul, South Korea
Program of Study: Sogang University Summer Program
Sponsors: The Liu Family Endowment; the Kellogg Institute for International Studies

 

Name: Jee Hae Jane Park
E-mail: jpark15@nd.edu
Location of Study: Seoul, South Korea
Program of Study: Sogang International Summer College
Sponsors: The Liu Family Endowment; the Kellogg Institute for International Studies
“The SLA Grant Program gave me my first significant experience abroad without the supervision of my parents; the exposure I gained while in Korea was phenomenal; I felt more comfortable speaking to native speakers outside of a classroom or family setting, which helped me widen the range of my improvement from just generic classroom topics to those ranging from the nationwide pride and pop culture to social problems.”

 

Name: Irene Rho
E-mail: irho@nd.edu
Location of Study: Seoul, South Korea
Program of Study: Sogang University
Sponsors: The Liu Family Endowment; the Kellogg Institute for International Studies

 

Name: Paul Yang
E-mail: pyang1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Seoul, South Korea
Program of Study: Sogang International Summer College
Sponsors: The Liu Family Endowment; the Kellogg Institute for International Studies
“My trip to Korea was an amazing experience and I’m very glad that I had the opportunity to go. It helped my develop my relationship with my culture and discover new aspects of it. The program aided all aspects of the trip by providing valuable information and instructions on maximizing my experience.”

 

Name: Jee Seun Choi
E-mail: jchoi2@nd.edu
Location of Study: Taipei, Taiwan
Program of Study: Fu Jen Catholic University
Sponsors: The Liu Family Endowment; the Kellogg Institute for International Studies
“My summer in Taiwan was amazing. It was definitely one of the best summer experiences. It wouldn’t have been possible without the SLA grant.”

 

Name: James Doan
E-mail: jdoan@nd.edu
Location of Study: Taipei, Taiwan
Program of Study: Intensive Chinese Program in Taiwan at Fu Jen Catholic University
Sponsors: The Liu Family Endowment; the Kellogg Institute for International Studies
“The SLA Grant allowed me to learn more than I ever could in a language class. The opportunity to experience the Taiwanese culture and language first hand would never have been possible without the SLA Grant.”

 

Name: Patrick Graff
E-mail: pgraff@nd.edu
Location of Study: Taipei, Taiwan
Program of Study: Fu Jen University
Sponsors: The Liu Family Endowment; the Kellogg Institute for International Studies
“Learning a foreign language and having the opportunity to study abroad is one of the most valuable experiences of one’s life because it provides one with a completely new perspective on one’s own culture, history, and way of life. An essential characteristic of being an educated adult is being able to view one’s situation from outside one’s self, and learning a language enables that introspection like nothing else.”

 

Name: Grace Lee
E-mail: glee3@nd.edu
Location of Study: Taipei, Taiwan
Program of Study: Fu Jen Catholic University
Sponsors: The Liu Family Endowment; the Kellogg Institute for International Studies
“The SLA grant was a key component in determining my decision to study abroad. Without it, my fluency in Mandarin Chinese would not be where it is today.”

 

Name: Nancie Otto
E-mail: notto1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Taipei, Taiwan
Program of Study: Notre Dame Taiwan Summer Program at Fu Jen University
Sponsors: The Liu Family Endowment; the Kellogg Institute for International Studies
“Spending the majority of my summer on beautiful subtropical Taiwan was unforgettable. Sites were breathtaking, the people I met were so friendly and welcoming, and I came home with a clearer conception of my future in international business. Thanks to the SLAGrant, I had the opportunity of a lifetime, and I recommend studying abroad to anyone who has the opportunity; immerse yourself!”
 

SLA Grants 2010: Europe
 

Name: Alexander Larsen
E-mail: alarsen1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Vienna, Austria
Program of Study: German Study, International Culture Institute
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“The SLA Grant provided me with an unforgettable experience in Vienna, Austria. I learned a great deal of German and discovered a culture I will never forget.”

 

Name: Ines Nam
E-mail: inam@nd.edu
Location of Study: Avignon, France
Program of Study: Institut d’Etudes Francais à Avignon, Bryn Mawr College
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“My experience in Avignon was unforgettable! I felt privileged to have such an opportunity. Thank you!”

 

Name: Daniel Harper
E-mail: dharper2@nd.edu
Location of Study: Montpellier, France
Program of Study: L’universite Paul Valery
Sponsors: Catherine Stock
“I couldn’t be more grateful to everyone at the CSLC and all the donors who made thisSLA grant a possibility. It sounds cliche, but this really was a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I’m so glad I had the opportunity to take it.”

 

Name: Tae Hyun Ahn
E-mail: tahn@nd.edu
Location of Study: Paris, France
Program of Study: Department of Political Science (Graduate), University of Notre Dame
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“I had a wonderful summer in Paris, learning French not only in classroom but also through participation in local conversation club. It was an invaluable experience, which equipped me to advance my research on the Annales school.”

 

Name: Thomas Buschman
E-mail: tbuschma@nd.edu
Location of Study: Paris, France
Program of Study: Alliance française Paris Ile-de-France
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“The SLA Grant offered more than just a wonderful learning experience, it offered a wonderful life experience that I will always carry with me.”

 

Name: Sandra Lucero
E-mail: slucero1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Paris, France
Program of Study: Alliance Francaise Ile de France
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies

 

Name: Anna Porto
E-mail: aporto@nd.edu
Location of Study: Paris, France
Program of Study: Centre Rougement Spracaffe
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“I spent the summer studying French in Paris and living with a host family. Upon returning to the States I feel I am a more mature, cultured, and interesting individual. I cannot imagine having spent my summer any other way! It was an experience that I will never forget.”

 

Name: Rebecca Kibler
E-mail: rkibler@nd.edu
Location of Study: Tours, France
Program of Study: l’Institut de Touraine
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“My experience in Tours, France was absolutely amazing. My language skills improved noticeably and dramatically and I had so much fun experiencing French culture! I am so incredibly grateful to have had this opportunity from the SLA grant!”

 

Name: Nicole Navas
E-mail: nnavas@nd.edu
Location of Study: Tours, France
Program of Study: Institut de Touraine
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“After studying French for years, I had always yearned for the chance to study the language in an immersion setting, yet I had never had the opportunity. My SLA Grant experience allowed me to significantly advance in my language skills while providing me with the intrinsic motivation to continue my language studies until I reach my goal of complete fluency.”

 

Name: Allison Whitlock
E-mail: awhitloc@nd.edu
Location of Study: Tours, France
Program of Study: Centre Linguistiqe pour Etrangers
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies

 

Name: Mark Kettler
E-mail: mkettler@nd.edu
Location of Study: Berlin, Germany
Program of Study: Freie Universitaet Berlin International Sommer
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“Though the advancements in language proficiency that I garnered through my six week stay in Berlin were numerous and important, I believe that the most important aspect of this experience was far less tangible. This six week program of German literature that I undertook gave me both experience with significant German texts, and the confidence necessary to delve into more challenging material.”

 

Name: Nicholas Schroeder
E-mail: nschroe1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Berlin, Germany
Program of Study: Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Sommeruni Deutsch Erleben
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“Es lebe Berlin!”

 

Name: Alexander Gatlin
E-mail: agatlin@nd.edu
Location of Study: Freiburg, Germany
Program of Study: Goethe Institute
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“The SLA grant allowed me to study abroad and really expand my knowledge of both the German language and culture. Without this grant I would never have been able to study abroad and I truly appreciate everything this grant has given me.”

 

Name: Hannah Greggs
E-mail: hgreggs@nd.edu
Location of Study: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Program of Study: Goethe Institute
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“Going abroad is one of the most rewarding experiences of college. The SLA Grant didn’t just help me get there and back, it really prepares you for the experience in ways I never would have on my own.”

Name: Ian Duncan
E-mail: iduncan2@nd.edu
Location of Study: Hamburg, Germany
Program of Study: University of Notre Dame/German and Russian
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“The SLA Program gives you the opportunity of a lifetime. As cliche as that may sound, it’s definitely true and there is no way you will discover what makes it so, if you don’t take the plunge.”

Name: Catherine Firth
E-mail: cfirth@nd.edu
Location of Study: Mannheim, Germany
Program of Study: Goethe Institute
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“Ja, natürlich spreche ich Deutsch.”

 

Name: William Stewart
E-mail: wstewar1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Mannheim, Germany
Program of Study: Goethe Institute Mannheim
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
""Never knew before what eternity was made for. It is to give some of us a chance to learn German." ~Mark Twain"

 

Name: Mazen Makkouk
E-mail: melmakko@nd.edu
Location of Study: Patra, Greece
Program of Study: University of Patra
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies

 

Name: John Dillon
E-mail: jdillon5@nd.edu
Location of Study: An Cheathrú Rua, Ireland
Program of Study: NUI Galway, International Summer School, Irish Language
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“The program was great. Best of all were those times when you spoke to someone in Irish and you weren’t sure which was more incredible: that he understood you, or that you understood him.”

 

Name: Mary Hupka
E-mail: mhupka@nd.edu
Location of Study: An Cheathrú Rua, Ireland
Program of Study: Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, National University of Ireland-Galway
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“I can’t say enough about the SLA Grant program; not only does it give students the opportunity to improve in language proficiency while experiencing another culture up close, but it provides the necessary tools to make the most of that time and to maintain what was learned abroad. My five weeks in Ireland were unforgettable and invaluable to the advancement of my overall ability in Irish.”

 

Name: Kristina Hamilton
E-mail: khamilt3@nd.edu
Location of Study: Carraroe, Ireland
Program of Study: National University of Ireland-Galway
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“Spending four weeks in Ireland was by far my best experience at college thus far. CSLCreally prepared me for what to expect before and after my program, and meeting with other study-abroad students helped to make the process more enjoyable and educational.”

 

Name: Sarah Kimball
E-mail: skimbal1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Carraroe, Ireland
Program of Study: National University of Ireland, Galway Summer Language Program
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“The SLA grant allowed me to have an unforgettable summer in Ireland; I got to improve my Irish, visit an absolutely beautiful country, and made some friends I hope to have for life.”

 

Name: Nicole Knight
E-mail: nmiller7@nd.edu
Location of Study: Carraroe, Ireland
Program of Study: NUI Galway, Arás Mháirtín Uí Chaidhin
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies

 

Name: Austin Anderson
E-mail: aander11@nd.edu
Location of Study: Perugia, Italy
Program of Study: Universita per Stranieri di Perugia
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“The SLA Grant provides an exceptional opportunity for Notre Dame students.”

 

Name: Carolyn Caballero
E-mail: ccaballe@nd.edu
Location of Study: Siena, Italy
Program of Study: Società Dante Alighieri
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“There is nothing like studying a different language in a foreign country, challenging and so engaging. I encourage anyone interested to take a closer look because the experiences you have abroad will be ones you will never forget.”

 

Name: Maria Lamas
E-mail: mlamas@nd.edu
Location of Study: Siena, Italy
Program of Study: Dante Alighieri, Siena
Sponsors: The Ravarino Italian Studies Award; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies

Name: Kathryn Sparks
E-mail: ksparks1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Siena, Italy
Program of Study: Dante Alighieri
Sponsors: The Ravarino Italian Studies Award; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“Learning a new language is discovering a new facet of yourself and the world. Each experience is one step towards being a citizen of the world and seeing everybody as part of yourself.”

 

Name: Maria Villicana
E-mail: mochoavi@nd.edu
Location of Study: Siena, Italy
Program of Study: Dante Alighieri Language School
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“I am really thankful to the people that donated this money. I studied there for two months, and it proved to be a great experience. I was not only able to further develop my Italian skills, but to learn about the history and culture. There is no doubt that learning a language in the place where it is spoken is an experience that cannot be compared to anything else.”

 

Name: Morgan Pino
E-mail: mpino@nd.edu
Location of Study: Venice, Italy
Program of Study: Italian Cultural Studies in Venice, Italy through Columbia University (NYC)
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“The Italian Cultural Studies Program in Venice, Italy through Columbia University was one of my best experiences yet. It was academically intensive, allowed me to go behind the scenes of Venice’s oldest historical landmarks, and allowed me to travel with what are now lifelong friends. I am very grateful that Notre Dame was able to support my participation in the program.”

 

Name: Amanda Johnson
E-mail: ajohns15@nd.edu
Location of Study: Lublin, Poland
Program of Study: John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“Without the SLA grant, I would not have been able to travel to Europe and make such huge progress in my language acquisition. I hope other undergrads realize what a wonderful opportunity this program can be and use it to learn a language, especially one they may not be able to study at Notre Dame.”

 

Name: Theresa Gaines
E-mail: tgaines1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Moscow, Russia
Program of Study: University of Arizona Russia Abroad Program
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“Outside of the academic school year I spend most of my time working with various Russian protestant churches. More than anything else, I realized that I lacked the language skills to be as useful as I wanted to be. The SLA Grant not only helped me further my language skills, it equipped me for the challenges I would face while improving my fluency and helped me successfully and genuinely contribute to the ministry that I love in Russia!”

 

Name: Morgan Iddings
E-mail: middings@nd.edu
Location of Study: Moscow, Russia
Program of Study: SRAS- Moscow State University
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“The SLA Grant program gave me the opportunity to travel to Russia to improve my language skills, despite only having taken one year of coursework. The program allowed me to further my understanding of linguistic techniques that help English speakers adapt to their second-language much easier. I would not change my experience that receiving the SLA Grant provided me with for anything.”

 

Name: Kristen Blyth
E-mail: kblyth@nd.edu
Location of Study: St. Petersburg, Russia
Program of Study: ACTR
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“Expect the unexpected. Now.”

 

Name: David Brosnan
E-mail: dbrosnan@nd.edu
Location of Study: St. Petersburg, Russia
Program of Study: American Councils
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“I studied in St. Petersburg, Russia for 8 weeks reading Dostoevsky, my hero, walking around in his footprints and discussing politics, literature and food with Russians.”

 

Name: Mitchell Hemann
E-mail: mhemann@nd.edu
Location of Study: St. Petersburg & Moscow, Russia
Program of Study: University of Arizona
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“My time in Russia was the experience of a lifetime. It was so great to have the opportunity to be immersed in Russian culture while taking intensive language courses.”

 

Name: Michael Byrnes
E-mail: mbyrnes3@nd.edu
Location of Study: Barcelona, Spain
Program of Study: Estudios Hispánicos, University of Barcelona
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“Through studying abroad, I have made lasting friendships with people from all around the world and have had amazing experiences, all while developing my second language. The opportunity to study abroad has dramatically changed me for the better.”

 

Name: Pierre Andre
E-mail: pandre1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Madrid, Spain
Program of Study: Inhispania (language school)
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies

 

Name: Damiano Benvegnu
E-mail: dbenvegn@nd.edu
Location of Study: Madrid, Spain
Program of Study: Academia Eureka – Calle Arenal 26 Madrid
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
“Learning another language is an amazing experience. I really enjoyed my time in Madrid last summer, both studying the language and living the real Spanish life!”

 

Name: Bretton Rodriguez
E-mail: brodrig2@nd.edu
Location of Study: Madrid, Spain
Program of Study: La Universidad de Complutense
Sponsors: Patrick & Elizabeth Rogers; the Nanovic Institute for European Studies
 

SLA Grants 2010: Middle East
 

Name: Sam Cloghessy
E-mail: scloghes@nd.edu
Location of Study: Amman, Jordan
Program of Study: CIEE Summer Arabic Language Program
Sponsors: Mark Gallogly & Lise Strickler
“I am very grateful for the SLA Grant program and the opportunity it provided me. I would certainly recommend it to anyone who wants to study abroad in the summer.”

 

Name: Robert Gallagher
E-mail: rgallag2@nd.edu
Location of Study: Amman, Jordan
Program of Study: Qasid Institute
Sponsors: Mark Gallogly & Lise Strickler
“kana mumtazz jidan!”

 

Name: Ryan Shannon
E-mail: rshannon@nd.edu
Location of Study: Amman, Jordan
Program of Study: Qasid Language Institute
Sponsors: Mark Gallogly & Lise Strickler
“Jordan was incredible. My language skills improved enormously, but better then that I got to eat schwarma and falafel every day.”
 

SLA Grants 2010: North America
 

Name: Serina Bellamy
E-mail: sbellamy@nd.edu
Location of Study: Middlebury, USA
Program of Study: Middlebury Japanese Language Program
“I am so happy that the CSLC offers a grant like the SLA grant because I would not have been able to have the most academically and personally enriching summer experience of my life thus far.”

 

Name: Jiayi Lou
E-mail: jlou@nd.edu
Location of Study: Middlebury, USA
Program of Study: Middlebury College Japanese School
SLA helps a lot for my language program. It makes me more prepared for the program thus I went through the adjustment process more easily than it could have been.”