The phrase “last but not least” rings true for Katie McFarland of North Tonawanda, N.Y. who graduated from Nazareth College just this May. Back in April 2012 the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board selected four of her peers and a Nazareth alumna as recipients of the 2012-2013 U.S. Junior Fulbright awards. This tied the College with last year’s record-breaking number of five Fulbright recipients in one year. But McFarland was notified just this week that she indeed will be traveling to Germany to teach English making her the sixth recipient in 2012 and therefore breaking the record for the highest number of Fulbright recipients for Nazareth College in one year.
“I’m so excited [to receive the Fulbright award],” says McFarland. “What a great opportunity to go abroad and improve my language skills and spread the mission of the program – to be exposed to different cultures.”
McFarland will postpone her application to the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) graduate program at Nazareth College until she returns from her Fulbright year in Germany.
McFarland will now join 2012-2013 Fulbright recipients Liam Connolly of Stratham, N.H., Hannah East of Williamson, N.Y., Julie Saltrelli of Rochester, N.Y., Maria Seewaldt of Warsaw, N.Y., and Jessica Tette of Livonia, N.Y. In the last five years, there have been 17 Fulbrights awarded to Nazareth College students.
Connolly '12, a history and philosophy double major, will teach English in South Korea, with the hopes of using his experience on the Nazareth College soccer team to work in community outreach involving athletics. Upon his return, Connolly plans to attend graduate school in the field of international relations.
East '09 graduated from Nazareth’s social work program. She is currently serving as a Peace Corp volunteer in Cambodia. East will study Finnish anti-corruption policy as a best practices model to better understand the low levels of government corruption in Finland.
Saltrelli '12G, a student in the master of arts in liberal studies program at Nazareth College, will act as a language-learning assistant at an English teacher training college in Argentina. Saltrelli earned her bachelor's from the University of Buffalo with a double major in Italian and women’s studies, and is currently the assistant to Stella Plutino-Calabrese, director of the Casa Italiana at Nazareth.
Seewaldt '12, a German and inclusive adolescent education double major, will teach English in Germany. Upon her return, she plans to attend graduate school to become certified to teach English to students of other languages or search for a full-time teaching position in German or special education.
Tette '12, a Spanish and adolescent education double major, will teach English in Colombia. She hopes to start a youth club to foster community service and team building. Upon her return, Tette plans to attend graduate school for linguistics and eventually teach.
Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program’s objective is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world. Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program is America’s flagship international education exchange. Approximately 279,500 “Fulbrights,” 105,400 from the United States and 174,100 from other countries, have participated in the Program since its inception over fifty years ago.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.