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~Robyn Greenstone Selected to the Luce Scholars Program~

For immediate release:
May 7, 2002

Arlie Corday,
781-283-3321 or 2373

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Robyn Greenstone of Pawling, N.Y., a 1995 graduate of Wellesley College and a teacher at Katonah-Lewisboro School District, Katanoh, N.Y., has been selected to the 2002 Luce Scholars Program, established by the Henry Luce Foundation to provide an awareness of Asia among potential leaders in American society.

The program sends recent college graduates "of the highest intellectual and professional promise" on year-long Asian internships arranged for each scholar on the basis of his or her specific interest and experience. Institutional nomination is the sole route to consideration for the Luce Scholars Program; Greenstone was nominated by Wellesley College.

In an essay Greenstone submitted to the Luce Foundation as part of the selection process, she said she hoped to see "world boundaries dissolve," describing how her experience as a teacher supports that goal.

"Teaching is leadership," she wrote. "Leadership is a cornerstone of this profession in which opportunities abound for fostering thoughtful young adults. An educated, well-traveled teacher inspires in students a passion for future exploration of the unknown corners of the world."

Greenstone has worked on school committees where she helped set goals for scholastic success and establish enrichment programs. She also has been the director and charter member of a school-based Environmental Committee, which instituted a recycling program and built a new greenhouse. These activities allowed her, she noted, "to direct impressionable young human beings toward a better appreciation of their Earth and the other beings inhabiting it."

The Luce Scholars Program provides a significant monthly stipend, a cost-of-living allowance, air transportation and medical and travel insurance. "My placement is in Japan, specifically in the performing arts, preferably traditional ones, although the details are still being negotiated," Greenstone said.

At Wellesley, Greenstone majored in medieval/Renaissance studies and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. She was a member of the Baroque Music Society; Collegium Musicum, a medieval a capella music group; the Wellesley College Choir; the Upstage Theatre group; and the Muse Literary and Mother Tongue Foreign Language magazine staffs. She attended Edinburgh University during a junior-year abroad program. Winner of Wellesley's Florence Annette Wing Lyric Poetry Prize and Edinburgh University's Blackie Prize, highest distinction, she has served as a commentator for the BBC documentary, "Every Picture Tells a Story."

While at Wellesley she worked as a student artist at New York City's Gabriel Guild, a school that teaches medieval manuscript illumination techniques, and served as an intern at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in the Musical Instrument Collection.

She earned a master's in education from Pace University in 1998. A teacher at Katonah-Lewisboro School District, Katanoh, N.Y., since 1996, she also has directed variety shows, poetic performances and environmental dramas. She has been a founding member and musician with the Sherwood Consort and the Mantichoir A Capella Group.

Each year 18 Luce Scholars are chosen from nominations from participating colleges and universities; there were 68 nominating institutions this year. The program offers young Americans an experience in Asia designed to broaden their professional perspectives and to sharpen their perceptions of Asia, of America and of themselves.

Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students.


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