On Campus: Student News

Two Students Receive Fulbright Teaching Assistantships

Two students who graduated from Southwestern in May were awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships in Germany. Chelsea Edge ’08 and Amy Tanguay ’08 will spend nine months teaching English to students in Germany.

“I hope the experience will enhance my understanding of German culture,” said Edge, who served as president of the German Club during the past year.

Edge graduated with a major in English and a minor in German. After completing her teaching assistantship, she hopes to attend graduate school in library science.

Tanguay graduated with a double major in English and German. After she returns from Germany, she will enroll in the Ph.D. program in Germanic Languages and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship program is one of several academic exchange programs administered by the U.S. Department of State. Prospective candidates are interviewed by faculty members on their campus, who then rank and recommend students to the Fulbright Commission. The commission reviews the applications and selects a number of candidates to recommend to partner countries, who then screen the applicants again and match the candidates with schools in different cities.

“Fulbright Teaching Assistantship awards are very competitive and very prestigious,” said Erika Berroth, associate professor of German.

Students Organize Bike Collective

A class project at Southwestern during the past year evolved into an initiative that could encourage people in Georgetown to rethink transportation and conservation.

As part of a new course titled Introduction to Sustainability, students were asked to participate in a project that would get them thinking about ways of living that are more sustainable.

One group of students decided to form a bike collective that would teach bike repair and give refurnished bikes to people who need one, paying in work-trade rather than money.

The students spent the year fixing up a shed located across the street from campus to serve as a home for the collective, which they named the Giracion Bike Collective. Giracion refers to the revolution of a wheel and its gears, but can also refer to a literal revolution or change.

“Starting the bike collective was a great experience,” said Sarah Reesor, a junior studio art major who was one of 10 students involved with the project. “I have met new people, learned a lot about bikes, and it has been really rewarding to see the project develop into something we hope will be able to benefit many people as well as bring Southwestern and the Georgetown community closer together.”

The bike collective obtained $2,500 in start-up funds from a $50,000 “Vision Grant” Southwestern received from the 3M Foundation. Giracion held an open house for the community in May and hopes to have regular hours beginning in the fall.

Whatever happened to ... the Class of 2007?

As the Class of 2008 was preparing to graduate this spring, Career Services released the results of a survey about the Class of 2007.

47% of those who went to work after graduation said they found their jobs through networking.

Others found their jobs through the internet (15%), Career Services (9%), classifi ed ads (2%), Southwestern professors (2%) and employment agencies (2%). Another 11% said they were directly contacted by prospective employers.

Another interesting tidbit: Of the 287 graduates in the Class of 2007, 44 completed programs for two or more majors.

Here is what the survey found:

  • 64% of the class went to work after graduation.
  • 28% of the class went on to graduate or professional school.
  • 8% of the class was doing volunteer work or seeking jobs.