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Fulbright opportunities for students

The Fulbright Scholar Program offers several kinds of grants for students to study, conduct academic research, engage in the creative and performing arts, or teach English in a range of countries after they earn their bachelor’s degree. The most common types of student awards are: 1) Study/research grants, in which graduates design their own projects to conduct abroad; and 2) English Language Teaching Assistant (ETA) programs, which place graduates in classrooms abroad to assist in teaching English while serving as cultural ambassadors for the United States.

I seek faculty help in identifying potential applicants and encouraging them to contact me for further information.

Who might be a promising potential Fulbright applicant? Generally, it’s a student …

  • With the interests and the personal suitability/temperament to serve as a cultural ambassador representing the United States
  • Who is prepared to adapt to living outside the country for up to one year and actively seeking to immerse him or herself in the host country
  • With a strong academic or artistic record of achievement and persistence
  • Who is actively engaged in the community or their chosen profession

For study/research grants, the student must also:

  • Be able to develop a feasible, interesting, and appropriate project for the proposed country, in terms of accessible resources, time, and the student’s academic and linguistic preparation. The project might involve graduate study, research, or the creative and performing arts.
  • Demonstrate talent and potential for growth
    For the English Teaching Assistant Program, the student must also:
  • Be able to develop and carry out a variety of learning activities under some supervision
  • Possess good facility with English usage and grammar in spoken and written forms, (e.g. clear, precise diction)
  • Be able to make presentations on U.S. culture and society

If a promising student comes to mind, please suggest the Fulbright program and encourage him or her to contact me at karen.leroux@drake.edu to learn more about available opportunities. You can also find more information at www.drake.edu/international/postgraduate/

If you have further questions about the Fulbright program for students, please contact me as well.

—Karen Leroux, Associate Professor of History and Coordinator, Post-Graduate Scholarships–Drake International

Global Learning Scholarships now available

Global Learning Scholarships are available for students who are studying abroad, participating in global service-learning, or participating in experiential learning abroad. These scholarships are designed to enable students to reach their full potential as responsible global citizens. Scholarships are open to students studying abroad Summer 2016, Fall 2016, or J-Term 2017. These are need-based scholarships. The application deadline is Tuesday, March 22. For more information, or to apply, visit this link. If you have any questions please contact Maria Rohach, global learning program coordinator, at maria.rohach@drake.edu.

— Submitted by Maria Rohach

Attention advisers: Changes in education abroad

Drake International is in the process of hiring a new education abroad adviser. In the interim, students may email questions to studyabroad@drake.edu or make an advising appointment with Emily Enquist or Gretchen Beckley by calling x2084. They may also visit the International Center to pick up information and fill out an interest form.

Until a new person is hired and trained, Annique Kiel will make education abroad presentations to classes or at special events. Contact annique.kiel@drake.edu or call her at x3039. Annique is also available for questions about the Horizons system.

—Submitted by Drake International

Student travel scholarship available

Iowa Sister States is excited to announce the Jeff Zimpleman Iowa Sister States Scholarship. The scholarship, exclusive to Iowa students, is offered to further student interest in the world of international relations via one of Iowa’s nine Sister State relationships. The Sister States are:

  • Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan (established in 1960)
  • Yucatán, Mexico (1965)
  • Hebei Province, China (1983)
  • Terengganu, Malaysia (1987)
  • Stavropol Krai, Russia (1988)
  • Taiwan (1989)
  • Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine (1996)
  • Veneto Region, Italy (1997)
  • Kosovo (2013)

The scholarship is available for Iowa students enrolled in colleges and universities in the state of Iowa who are seeking a degree in international business or agriculture, international relations, language, or culture (including music, art, and film). Students participating in travel seminars, internships, conferences, or symposia reflecting these majors are also eligible to apply.

Iowa Sister States is proud to partner with the family of Jeff Zimpleman in the creation of this scholarship. Jeff’s love of exploring new places and his understanding of the importance of nurturing international relationships resonates with the very essence of Iowa Sister States’ organizational vision to “be a leader in integrating Iowans with the world community.” Iowan Jeff Zimpleman, a citizen diplomat, did just that. With this scholarship we offer you the same opportunity.

Complete details of the scholarship and the application are located on the Iowa Sister States website. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2016. Scholarship money will be disbursed in time for use during the 2016–2017 academic year.

—Submitted by Drake International

Harkin Institute DC Experience Scholarship

Are you interning in Washington D.C. this summer? Would you like to have your travel and housing accommodations covered? The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement provides housing and transportation to a Drake undergraduate student with financial need who has secured a summer internship in a congressional office, government agency, or nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C.

This scholarship is designed to expose students to policymakers and the policymaking process, much as Sen. Tom Harkin experienced as an intern for Rep. Neal Smith in the summer of 1969, an experience that inspired Sen. Harkin to pursue a career in public service. For more information or to obtain an application form, please contact Amy Beller at amy.beller@drake.edu or 515-271-2875. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2016.

—Submitted by Amy Beller, Project Manager

WLC expands foreign language offerings

Foreign language study at Drake is changing, with even more growth to come. The program is now the Department of World Languages and Cultures, led by Chair Marc Pinheiro-Cadd, associate professor of German.

In addition to the Spanish minor that launched this fall, WLC has revived the Latin American Studies Concentration, which students can also declare this fall. Another offering returning to Drake in Spring 2016 is Spanish for Healthcare Providers (SPAN 165).
Additionally, WLC has launched a collaboration with Minzu University in Beijing to send one instructor each year to Drake, enabling the University expand offerings in Chinese. Currently, Drake offers study at all levels in American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish, with Certificates of Competence available in all but ASL.

—Submitted by Marc Pinheiro-Cadd, Department Chair, Associate Professor of German

Encourage students to apply for global learning scholarships

The application for Global Learning Scholarships is available today until Thursday, Oct. 15. Please encourage student applications among your advisees who are interested in studying abroad, participating in global service-learning or experiential learning abroad. Priority will be given to students studying abroad in 2016. These are need-based scholarships.

The following is a summary of eligibility requirements:
1. Applicants must be admitted, currently enrolled, degree-seeking Drake students.
2. Applicants must apply for a scholarship before the term they intend to use it.
3. Only complete applications will be reviewed.
4. Students from all majors, including undergraduate, graduate, and law students, are eligible.
5. Applicants must have a college GPA of at least 2.5 at the time of application.
6. Priority is given to students who have financial need.
7. Scholarships are for existing Drake-affiliated, exchange, or faculty-led programs.
8. Students who have not previously received a global learning scholarship may be given priority.
9. A disciplinary check will be done and may affect an applicant’s eligibility to receive this scholarship.
10. Applicants are able to apply for scholarships up to a year in advance.

Complete eligibility requirements, expectations, and the application are available here.

Direct your questions to Maria Rohach, global learning program coordinator, at maria.rohach@drake.edu.

—Submitted by Drake International

Advisers: Encourage intercultural learning

Drake University and the Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship offers students a unique learning opportunity to earn a Global Ambassador certificate. The purpose of the program is to:

  1. Provide students with a combination of concentrated study, personal experience, and reflection that will inform their understanding of global issues and perspectives,
  2. Provide students with the intercultural skills that will allow them to make the most of future international opportunities in business, the professions, or public service.

Students in the Global Ambassador certificate program participate in a variety of classes, cocurricular experiences, a credit-bearing study abroad experience, and service-learning. Additionally, participants enjoy several special opportunities with visiting speakers and scholars. The program capstone is a group learning experience designed to put the concept of global citizenship into practice by educating the campus and/or community about a global issue or cultural perspective.

Advisers are reminded that this certificate program complements a student’s central program of academic study. Students in any major can apply. Advisers can find more information and the downloadable application at www.drake.edu/cgc/globalambassadorprogram/

—Submitted by Drake International

World Languages and Cultures resources available to advisers

Faculty advising students who have taken the language placement examination can now access the advisees’ placement score, the levels students placed into, their major(s), and other relevant information quickly, which may be useful during registration. This information can be found on the Adviser Menu on MyDusis under the link “Language Score and Placement.” Student information can be accessed either by entering the student’s Drake ID number or from a drop-down menu.

—Submitted by Marc Pinheiro-Cadd, Director of World Languages and Cultures

J-Term 2016 travel seminar openings

A few J-Term 2016 travel seminars still have openings, and we would appreciate if you could help pass along this information to students in your classes. Interested students should first contact the seminar instructor, listed below. Please remember that first-year students are not eligible for J-Term classes. The window for students to join the below seminars will be small, as arrangements are currently being made for travel and accommodations. Interested students should contact seminar instructors ASAP.

JMC 199/ACTS 198—Families, Lifestyles, and Annuity Tables: Why Corporations are interested in Chile
Instructors: Dorothy Pisarski, dorothy.pisarski@drake.edu, and John Garza, john.garza@drake.edu

THEA 120T—History of Theatre I: England
Instructor: John Graham, john.graham@drake.edu

SCSS 196/WLC 196—Contemporary Urban Mexico
Instructor: Darcie Vandegrift, darcie.vandegrift@drake.edu

ENSP 111—International Environmental Seminar Ecotourism and Development in Post-Genocide Rwanda
Instructor: Michael J. Renner, michael.renner@drake.edu

Seminar descriptions can be found here.

If you have further questions regarding travel seminars, please contact Annique Kiel, director, Drake Administered Programs Abroad, at annique.kiel@drake.edu or x3039.

—Submitted by Annique Kiel