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Beloiters bound for Indonesia, Portugal with Fulbright awards

Friday, May 17, 2013

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Two students who graduated on Sunday (May 12) have been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Patrick Firme (below, with the Batman mortar board) from Michigan City, Ind., will be an English teaching assistant at a public high school in Medan, Indonesia. The theatre, dance and media studies major plans to incorporate theater and improvisation into his lesson plans and seek opportunities to direct performances.

“I feel very fortunate to be given this opportunity and this puts me on a good path for the next few years,” Firme said. “I’m just going to take it all as it comes and enjoy the experience.”

Patrick Firme 

Anthony Otey (below) of Bronx, N.Y., also received a Fulbright to be an English teaching assistant. The comparative literature major and philosophy minor will teach English and American Studies at the Instituto Politécnico de Leiria in Portugal. In addition to teaching, Otey will be using his Fulbright Fellowship to teach literacy to youth and to learn more about Lusophone culture and history.

“I am grateful I am having this opportunity to enrich my studies and help others through the teaching of language and literacy,” Otey said. “At this moment, I feel like I am working toward my dream, and I thank very much my beloved mentors such as Diane Lichtenstein, Natasa Basic, Betsy Brewer and Josh Moore for getting me this far.”

Once he completes his teaching assignment in Portugal, Otey will attend Dartmouth College to earn his master’s degree in comparative literature.

Anthony Otey 

Finally, Madison, Wis., native Sarah Morgan was named an alternate to win a Fulbright. If she is ultimately selected, she will go to Mongolia to research contemporary art museums, galleries and other art spaces in Ulaanbaatar. She was an art history major and double minor in Asian studies and museum studies.

More than 1,700 U.S. citizens will travel abroad during the 2013-14 academic year as part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Sponsored by the U.S. government, the Fulbright program is meant to foster intercultural understanding and operates in 155 countries worldwide.

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