2011 Alumni

The SLA Grant Program funded sixty-six students to pursue instensive language immersion abroad in the Summer of 2011.   Details on recipients and their financial sponsors are provided below.

 

SLA Grants 2011: Africa
 

Name: Hiba Ahmed
E-mail: hahmed1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Fez, Morocco
Program of Study: 
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Name: Mary Grace Herber

E-mail: mherber@nd.edu
Location of Study: Tetouan, Morocco
Program of Study: 
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“Studying abroad made me realize just how much I don’t know about the world. Now I know a little bit about one country I may never have seen otherwise, and learning that little bit has made me hungry to explore the world further.”

 

Name: Jaclyn Bacon
E-mail: jbacon@nd.edu
Location of Study: Meknes, Morocco
Program of Study: 
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“The SLA Grant afforded me the opportunity to explore my interests in Arabic language and Islam in the unique setting of Morocco. My culturally rich experiences in Morocco reinforced my academic interests and sent me back to the States and to Notre Dame eager to continue my studies.”

 

Name: Samuel Costanzo
E-mail: scostanz@nd.edu
Location of Study: Fez, Morocco
Program of Study: 
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Name: Sarah Kiningham
E-mail: skiningh@nd.edu
Location of Study: Meknes, Morocco
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“This program has greatly accelerated my study of Arabic.”

 

SLA Grants 2011: Asia
 

Name: You Zhou
E-mail: yzhou4@nd.edu
Location of Study: Beijing, China
Program of Study: 
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“Learning a language is more than just acquiring a tool for communication; it’s the key to opening the door to a whole new world that will astonish and liberate you.”

 

Name: Stanley Fronczak
E-mail: sfroncz1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Beijing, China
Program of Study: 
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Name: Philip Hootsmans
E-mail: phootsma@nd.edu
Location of Study: Beijing, China
Program of Study: 
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“The SLA Grant gave me the opportunity to go to Beijing this summer. During my eight weeks living with a chinese family my chinese level improved dramatically and saw a way of life that I had never been exposed to. I developed a connection to Beijing, a love for the culture, and it has given me motivation to want to reach fluency by the time I graduate.”

 

Name: Dominic Romeo
E-mail: dromeo@nd.edu
Location of Study: Beijing, China
Program of Study: 
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Name: Woo Hyun Chun
E-mail: wchun@nd.edu
Location of Study: Beijing, China
Program of Study: 
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Name: Dominic Corsaro
E-mail: dcorsaro@nd.edu
Location of Study: Beijing, China
Program of Study: 
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“The SLA Grant Experience was such a great program. The classes prepared me to spend a long time in an other country and the grant made it possible for me to afford it.”

 

Name: Maguire Padley
E-mail: mpadley@nd.edu
Location of Study: Beijing, China
Program of Study: 
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“My summer abroad in Beijing, China was without a doubt a life altering experience. The benefits of immersion go far beyond language acquisition and cultural insight. This was hands down the most worthwhile experience of my life and I will forever be appreciative to the SLA Grant Program for providing me with the opportunity of a lifetime.”

 

Name: Allison Marie Wettstein
E-mail: awettste@nd.edu
Location of Study: Taipei, Taiwan
Program of Study: 
Sponsors: 
“Anyone interested in study abroad to increase their foreign language proficiency should definitely consider applying for an SLA grant! My summer in Taiwan was by far the most exciting and academically enriching experience I have had as a Notre Dame student.”

 

Name: Luke Smith
E-mail: lsmith18@nd.edu
Location of Study: Taipei, Taiwan
Program of Study: 
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Name: Megan Rodriguez Hsu
E-mail: mhsu@nd.edu
Location of Study: Taipei, Taiwan
Program of Study: 
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Name: Kathryn Marie Chew
E-mail: kchew@nd.edu
Location of Study: Taipei, Taiwan
Program of Study: 
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“Spending the summer in Taiwan not only improved my language proficiency, but also increased my knowledge of Taiwanese culture and politics. Overall, It has helped me become a more active and aware global citizen.”

 

Name: Phi A Tran
E-mail: ptran2@nd.edu
Location of Study: Taipei, Taiwan
Program of Study: 
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Name: Seung Yoon Nam
E-mail: snam2@nd.edu
Location of Study: Taipei, Taiwan
Program of Study: 
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Name: Michelle Paek
E-mail: mpaek@nd.edu
Location of Study: Seoul, South Korea
Program of Study: 
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“Studying abroad at Sogang University during the summer of ’11 was the best experience of my life. Not only did I learn a lot and improve my Korean skills significantly, but I also had so much fun, participated in wonderful opportunities, and made many lasting friendships. In fact, I loved everything about it so much that I am planning to further study Korean language, history, and culture. In addition, I am planning on going back soon, together with the friends I made there in order to experience it all over again!”

 

SLA Grants 2011: Europe
 

Name: Ana Velitchkova
E-mail: avelitch@nd.edu
Location of Study: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Program of Study: 
Sponsors: 
“I greatly appreciate the support I received from the Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures in the form of a Summer Language Abroad Grant! The center took a risk by allowing me to study an unusual artificial language like Esperanto. With the grant I received, I was able to become proficient in the language and capable of continuing my research. I hope I can further show my appreciation by producing a good quality dissertation!”

 

Name: Lauren Ponta
E-mail: lponta@nd.edu
Location of Study: Avignon, France
Program of Study: 
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“The Bryn Mawr Avignon program accelerated my French and enriched me academically beyond measure. Many thanks to the CSLC and to the many donors who make these opportunities possible!”

 

Name: Nathaniel Lawrence Johnson
E-mail: nate@ebible.org
Location of Study: Paris, France
Program of Study: 
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“Vive la France!”

 

Name: Brandon Cowan
E-mail: brandon.m.cowan.12@nd.edu
Location of Study: Paris, France
Program of Study: 
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“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast. — Ernest Hemingway”

 

Name: Hannah Hemphill
E-mail: hhemphil@nd.edu
Location of Study: Grenoble, France
Program of Study: 
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“I absorbed more conversational ability in two months of study in Grenoble than in two years of study in classes in the States.”

 

Name: Jonathon Ciraulo
E-mail: jonathon.m.ciaulo.1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Paris, France
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Name: Darsie Chamberlain Malynn
E-mail: dmalynn@nd.edu
Location of Study: Tours, France
Program of Study: 
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“I owe an amazing summer to the SLA Grant Program. I learned a lot and I am continuing to reap the benefit in my classes this semester.”

 

Name: Nathaly Hewawasam
E-mail: nhewawas@nd.edu
Location of Study: Avignon, France
Program of Study: 
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Name: Amanda Elsner
E-mail: aelsner@nd.edu
Location of Study: Paris, France
Program of Study: 
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“Living in Paris for two months was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The culture was rich, the food was delicious, and my host family was endlessly generous. I hope that I can return sometime in the future.”

 

Name: Edoth Mukasa
E-mail: emukasa@nd.edu
Location of Study: Munchen, Germany
Program of Study: 
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Name: Jonathon Knowles
E-mail: jknowles@nd.edu
Location of Study: Berlin, Germany
Program of Study: 
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Name: Daniel Brach
E-mail: dbrach@nd.edu
Location of Study: Berlin, Germany
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“The world is changing and people fear this. If you go out and see the world, there is no reason to fear the change. SLA provides you with this awesome opportunity to travel to enhance yourself, today, and the world, tomorrow.”

 

Name: Catherine Buckley
E-mail: cbuckle3@nd.edu
Location of Study: Freiburg, Germany
Program of Study: 
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Name: Elizabeth Leonard
E-mail: eleonar1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Bonn, Germany
Program of Study: 
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Name: Tong Zhao
E-mail: tzhao@nd.edu
Location of Study: Berlin, Germany
Program of Study: 
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Name: Allison Hartnett
E-mail: ahartne1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Munich, Germany
Program of Study: 
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“My summer study abroad experience in Munich, Germany was not only helpful in enhancing my language learning, but also in learning and living the culture. I completely recommend applying for the SLA grant program to anyone interested.”

 

Name: Erin Hattler
E-mail: ehattler@nd.edu
Location of Study: Dresden, Germany
Program of Study: 
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Name: Daniel Palmer
E-mail: dpalmer3@nd.edu
Location of Study: Munich, Germany
Program of Study: 
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Name: Catherine Schrandt
E-mail: cschrand@nd.edu
Location of Study: Dresden, Germany
Program of Study: 
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“Studying in Dresden gave me the opportunity to improve my German and see all the historical sites in the area. Studying abroad during the summer motivated me to apply for a semester abroad. I can’t wait to go back to Germany.”

 

Name: Dale Parker
E-mail: dparker5@nd.edu
Location of Study: Munchen, Germany
Program of Study: 
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Name: Edward Jacobson
E-mail: ejacobso@nd.edu
Location of Study: Berlin, Germany
Program of Study: 
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Name: Patrick Sullivan
E-mail: psulliv6@nd.edu
Location of Study: Freiburg, Germany
Program of Study: 
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Name: Brandon Materna
E-mail: bmaterna@nd.edu
Location of Study: Munich, Germany
Program of Study: 
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“The SLA Grant afforded me the opportunity to travel to the beautiful city of Munich, improve my German skills, all while making friends and having an awesome summer!”

 

Name: Caitlin Hutchison
E-mail: chutchis@nd.edu
Location of Study: Galway, Ireland
Program of Study: 
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Name: Jonathon Whitcomb
E-mail: jwhitco1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Galway, Ireland
Program of Study: 
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“The SLA Grant allowed me to experience an unbelievable language and cultural journey. Living in one of the last places in the world where Irish is spoken daily, I witnessed first hand the importance of the language within Irish culture, and I faced challenges that have reshaped the person I am today. Most importantly, I have returned home as a life-long advocate of Irish and all other minority languages that so often go unnoticed.”

 

Name: Elizabeth Barron
E-mail: ebarron1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Siena, Italy
Program of Study: 
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Name: Maegan Boucher
E-mail: mbouche1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Siena, Italy
Program of Study: 
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“Thanks to the SLA program, not only was I able to improve my Italian more drastically than I thought was possible in a few short weeks, but I gained a new sense of independence and self-confidence that I know I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Thank you for this opportunity through which I learned about a fascinating language, about an intriguing culture, and most importantly, about myself.”

 

Name: Danielle Arthur
E-mail: darthur@nd.edu
Location of Study: Venice, Italy
Program of Study: 
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“Studying abroad was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Not only did I learn so much about another language and culture, but I also learned a lot about myself and what I can accomplish.”

 

Name: Jennifer Perugini
E-mail: jperugin@nd.edu
Location of Study: Venice, Italy
Program of Study: 
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Name: Nicole Stenerson
E-mail: nsteners@nd.edu@nd.edu
Location of Study: Padva, Venice, Italy
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Name: Caitlyn Koscielski
E-mail: ckosciel@nd.edu
Location of Study: Venice, Italy
Program of Study: 
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“The SLA Grant Program afforded me the opportunity to study abroad in Venice Italy, allowing me to explore possibly the most beautiful city in the world while becoming more proficient in the Italian language. This was one of the most amazing opportunities of my college career and I am so thankful for everyone at the CSLC who made that possible"

Name: Javier Mocarquer
E-mail: jmocarqu@nd.edu
Location of Study: Lisbon, Portugal
Program of Study: 
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Name: Christine Bucior
E-mail: cbucior@nd.edu
Location of Study: Moscow, Russia
Program of Study: 
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Name: Agata Gorzela
E-mail: agorzela@nd.edu
Location of Study: Moscow, Russia
Program of Study: 
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“Because of my SLA Grant I was able to spend one of the most amazing and memorable summers I’ve ever had. Not only did I experience Russian culture, but my courses and every day interactions greatly improved my language skills.”

 

Name: Leah Coming
E-mail: lcoming@nd.edu
Location of Study: St.Petersburg, Russia
Program of Study: 
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“The SLA grant took me to Dostoevsky’s city – it isn’t the fourth dimension, as the Russian writer Andrei Bely suggested in his novel “Petersburg,” but every Russian major needs to experience it to understand the culture and literature that they study. The SLAgrant gave me opportunities that will influence my postgraduate decisions and fiction writing pursuits."

 

Name: Christine Gorman
E-mail: cgorman3@nd.edu
Location of Study: Ljubljana, Slovenia
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“Brez SlovenšÄ‡ine, brez veze! (Without Slovene, there is nothing!)”

 

Name: Sean Koehr
E-mail: skoehr@nd.edu
Location of Study: Madrid, Spain
Program of Study: 
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SLA Grants 2011: Middle East

 

Name: Dana Hulke
E-mail: dhulke@nd.edu
Location of Study: Amman, Jordan
Program of Study: 
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Name: William Reising
E-mail: wreising@nd.edu
Location of Study: Amman, Jordan
Program of Study: 
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“The SLA Grant program not only allowed me to greatly advance my language skills, but also gave me the opportunity and freedom to explore the culture, politics, and religion of Jordan and the greater Middle East region. I am very grateful for this amazing experience."

 

Name: Mazen Makkouk
E-mail: melmakko@nd.edu
Location of Study: Izmir, Turkey
Program of Study: 
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“I’ve been in Turkey several times before, but this time being able to speak and understand Turkish has made a big difference. My understanding of Turkish culture has grown so much that I no longer feel it is foreign to me; I could pass for a Turk, or even be one.”

 

SLA Grants 2011: North America
 

Name: Patricia Landers
E-mail: planders@nd.edu
Location of Study: Middlebury
Program of Study: 
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Name: Bethany Montagano
E-mail: bethany.j.montagana.3@nd.edu
Location of Study: Georgia University
Program of Study: 
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SLA Grants 2011: South America

 

Name: Bridget Porter
E-mail: bporter@nd.edu
Location of Study: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Program of Study: 
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Name: David Everson
E-mail: deverson@nd.edu
Location of Study: Sucre, Bolivia
Program of Study: 
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“It was because of the SLA grant that I was able to both improve my Spanish and experience the fascinating indigenous cultures of Bolivia.”

 

Name: John Marchese
E-mail: marchese.3@nd.edu
Location of Study: Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Program of Study: 
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“My summer language study in Rio de Janeiro had a profound influence on my research interests and my appreciation for Brazilian culture and history. In addition to this professional interest, I fell in love with the city of Rio de Janeiro and the people of Brazil. My Portuguese progressed by leaps and bounds in a very short period and such quick progress would not have been possible without the SLA grant.”

 

Name: Hilal Jamal
E-mail: hjamal@nd.edu
Location of Study: São Paulo, Brazil
Program of Study: 
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Name: Alberto Lo Pinto
E-mail: alopinto@nd.edu
Location of Study: Cuernavaca, Mexico
Program of Study: 
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SLA Grants 2011: Central America

 

Name: Paula Goldman
E-mail: pgoldma1@nd.edu
Location of Study: Santiago, Dominican Republic
Program of Study: 
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“My summer in the Dominican Republic not only vastly improved my Spanish communication skills, but it also made the jarring contrast between relative and absolute poverty real for me. My experiences amidst the dehumanizing conditions of the Dominican lower class have motivated me to fight global health disparities in my future medical career.”