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~Wellesley Announces 11 Winners of Fulbright Awards~

For immediate release:
May 24, 2002

Arlie Corday,
781-283-3321 or 2373

WELLESLEY, Mass.-- Eleven Wellesley College students have won Fulbright Program Institute of International Education grants. Wellesley students received 11 out of the approximately 200 grants awarded to students at undergraduate colleges with fewer than 3,000 enrollees. One of the Wellesley awards went to an alumna from the class of 2000; the other recipients will graduate this month.

"Wellesley's record is remarkable, and you should all be proud of your success," said Theresa Granza, director of the U.S. Student Programs at the Fulbright Program's Institute of International Education.

The Fulbright Program provides participants, chosen for their leadership potential, with the opportunity to observe international political, economic and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to work on ventures of importance to the world at large. The U.S. Student Program sends participants to more than 140 countries worldwide each year for study or research.

The following Wellesley students will take part in the Fulbright Program next year:

Christine Dunbar, a senior from Lewes, Del., has won a Fulbright Full Grant to Russia, where she will study late 20th-century and contemporary Russian literature. Recipient of a 2001 Goldman Undergraduate Summer Research Travel Grant, she has served as president and treasurer of the Russian Club and as a Russian Corridor Leader. She will attend graduate school upon her return to the United States, continuing her study of late 20th-century and contemporary Russian literature.

The daughter of Kem Mitchell and David Dunbar, she has majored in Russian language and literature at Wellesley. She attended Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Del., and the Anglo-American School of Moscow.

Evangeline Frey, a 2000 magna cum laude graduate of Wellesley College from Scituate, Mass., has been given a Teaching Assistantship Fulbright Grant to Germany. At Wellesley, she majored in German studies, earned first-year academic distinction and served as a German Department tutor, Student Admissions representative, volunteer English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor and a volunteer recreation coordinator for refugee teenagers from Kosovo. She took a study-abroad year at the Universitat Konstanz.

She will use her Fulbright grant to teach English language and American culture in a German high school while attending classes in education and sociology. She is the daughter of Jorg and Karen Frey of Scituate and is a 1996 graduate of Scituate High School. Upon her return to the United States, she plans to earn a master's of education and work in secondary or higher education, helping to coordinate cultural exchange.

Erin Goodman, a senior from South Burlington, Vt., majoring in international relations with a focus in globalization, has won a French Government Teaching Assistantship grant to France, in the region of Lyon. While at Wellesley, she has completed an internship at Harvard University's Center for Latin American Studies and has worked as a tutor in French and Spanish at the Dana Hall School. She received a 1997 Rotary Exchange Scholarship to Chile and will focus her assistantship on the influence of French modernism on Chilean poetry. She earlier completed exchange programs in international relations with universities in Brazil and Chile.

The daughter of Steven and Jane Goodman of South Burlington, Vt., she is interested in a future career in the foreign service.

Cecily Goodrich, a senior from Brooklyn, N.Y., majoring in German studies, has received a Teaching Assistantship Fulbright Grant to Germany. She earned first-year academic distinction and has been a member of the House Council, varsity crew and squash as well as serving as dormitory and class crew coach. She was named Most Valued Player for the 1999-2000 squash season and served as squash co-captain for the 2001-2002 season. She studied abroad at the University of Vienna during the 2000-2001 school year.

She will use the Fulbright grant to develop teaching experience while attending classes in Bavarian history. Upon her return to the United States, she plans to work for an international corporation or as a coordinator for a foreign-exchange program.

Angela Kappler, a senior from Northvale, N.J., has won the Fulbright Full Grant to study in Germany. "This grant provides for a monthly stipend to cover room and board, international airfare, health insurance, orientation, incidental expenses and other benefits," Kappler explained. "I will use my Fulbright grant to study Germanic Languages and Literature at the University of Frankfurt am Main."

Kappler earned first-year academic distinction and served as editor-in-chief of Counterpoint Magazine, the MIT-Wellesley journal of campus life. An Upward Bound tutor and German Club member, she participated in Wellesley's Tanner Conference, a forum for off-campus work and research experiences. She served on the Pinanski Prize Committee and has been a member of the Newman Society and the Literature Club. During her junior year, she was a visiting student at the University of Vienna and received a Susan Rappaport Knafel '52 International Internship Stipend to participate in two journalism internships in Vienna.

Majoring in English and German, she is a graduate of Northern Valley Regional High School, Old Tappan, N.J. Kappler will immerse herself in German language and culture. "It is my goal to reach a level of expertise on contemporary events in Germany so that upon return to the U.S. I will be qualified to work as a foreign correspondent on Germany for an international news agency," she said, adding that she would work toward developing an understanding between the cultures of Germany and the United States. The daughter of Richard and Ann Kappler of Northvale, her career goals include writing for a New York-based international news organization and attending graduate school in international relations.

Grace Kim, a senior from Great Neck, N.Y., has been awarded the Fulbright Program Teaching Assistantship to South Korea. Majoring in history and international relations, she has been involved in community leadership roles as an academic peer tutor through the college's Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center and as Freeman Hall house president. Last summer, as a New York City Government Scholar, she worked for the New York City Mayor's Office of Emergency Management as a member of the bioterrorism task force.

"I will be placed in a middle- or high-school classroom of approximately 40 students," said Kim, the daughter of Sun Ho and Vivian Kim of Great Neck, N.Y. "I will be spending approximately 20 hours per week teaching and I hope to spend some time doing research on the Korean colonial experience." She also plans to attend law school to study international law.

Margaret Lee, a senior from Lagrangeville, N.Y., has been awarded the Fulbright Program Teaching Assistantship to South Korea. She is double majoring in history and political science and has been involved as student liaison to the Committee on Faculty Appointments, as a staff member of the campus humor magazine and as a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha political science honors society. She is daughter of H.K. and Aesook Lee of Lagrangeville, N.Y.

Annette Lienau, a senior from Jakarta, Indonesia, has received the Fulbright Program French Government Teaching Assistantship. She was awarded a Stecher Grant to study studio art, art history and French/Italian language in France in 2000 and in Italy in 2001. She won first-year academic distinction and has been nominated for the Three Generations Writing Prize and the Women in French competition for undergraduates. President and senator of the International Students' Association, she volunteered as an English teacher and program assistant. She has taken courses at Studio Art Centers International and the Rhode Island School of Design. Before coming to Wellesley, she attended the Jakarta International School.

She plans to use the Fulbright grant to gain language teaching experience. Upon its completion, she will study Russian language and apply to Ph.D. programs in comparative literature, after which she aims to teach college-level literature courses.

Lindsay Nelson, a senior from Vancouver, Wash., has won a Teaching Assistantship Fulbright Grant to Germany. Majoring in comparative literature with a minor in religion, she earned first-year academic distinction and served as musical director and member of the a cappella group, Wellesley Widows. A member of the Shakespeare Society and the Café Hoop cooperative, she studied abroad at the Albert-Ludvigs University and the International Education of Students Freiburg in Germany. She has attended the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics.

She aims to use the Fulbright grant to teach English as a foreign language in Germany, to study European ethnology and to focus on contemporary creative writing as a way to build cultural bridges. Upon her return to the United States, she plans to attend Columbia School of Journalism and pursue a career in publishing or ESL and German education.

Natalie Ondiak, a senior from McLean, Va., has won the Teaching Assistantship Fulbright Grant to Germany. Last summer, she received the Susan Rappoport Knafel International Human Rights Internship in which she spent six weeks on independent research at the International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague, the Netherlands, for the former Yugoslavia. She pursued an independent study in Wellesley's Sociology Department on the topic and then made a presentation at the college's Tanner Conference, a forum for off-campus work and research experiences.

The daughter of Wayne and Susan Ondiak, she has been a member of the Wellesley College Choir. Educated at international schools in Germany and Luxembourg and a graduate of the International School of Luxembourg, she hopes to make a contribution as a teacher during her Fulbright experience. She also plans to attend graduate school, studying international relations with the goal of working in international affairs for the United Nations.

Nalyn Siripong, a senior from New Castle, Pa., has received the Fulbright Full Grant to Thailand. Majoring in chemistry and economics, she was named a 2000-2001 Beckman Scholar for outstanding ability in biological sciences, chemistry or biological chemistry and received a National Science Foundation-Research Experiences for Undergraduates Grant for work with chemistry department faculty.

Having earned first-year academic distinction, she has been a pianist and president for the college instrumental group, Prism Jazz, and a teacher at Summerbridge Manchester, a program for high-school and college students. She has been a campus volunteer coordinator for Teach for America and vice president of Habitat for Humanity. She is a graduate of Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, Pa.

"My Fulbright grant is to study and to try to lower the cost of treating AIDS in Thailand, specifically, but in a manner that may be adaptable or applicable to other developing countries," Siripong explained. "Thailand has made great strides in the prevention of AIDS through education programs and other channels but millions of people continue to acquire AIDS every year. My plan is to study for a master's of science in health economics in an international program at Chulalongkorn University."

Her award covers travel, living expenses and a portion of her tuition. She also plans to attend graduate school to study organic chemistry and to continue research in anti-viral and anti-cancer drugs. Her career goals include making drug treatments affordable for citizens and governments around the world.

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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