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Graduating Senior Awarded
Fulbright Teaching Assistantship

 MAILED:  May 4, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — When University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire senior Kerri Grube was in the second grade, she enrolled in a summer school German class. The experience laid the foundation for high school and college studies in German language and culture, which have led to the award of a prestigious Fulbright Teaching Assistantship for 2004-05.

Grube, a Wisconsin Rapids native who will graduate from UW-Eau Claire May 22 with majors in German and English literature, will teach English to students in the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen. She will be assigned to a German teacher of English to assist him or her in the classroom for up to 12 hours per week.

“I am to prepare a few materials ahead of time, bringing ideas for discussion groups, CDs, books, pictures and so forth from America with me in order to supplement normal classroom activities with perspectives from a native speaker,” said Grube, who studied in Germany for a semester in 2002. She will find out the specific city and school for her Fulbright experience later this month.

Fulbright adviser Cheryl Lochner-Wright, a study abroad coordinator in UW-Eau Claire’s Center for International Education, said Germany is active in Fulbright and offers 80 teaching assistant slots. There were 162 applications from around the country and 80 were funded.

“The Fulbright program provides a fully funded year abroad, a year of teaching experience and intense language exposure,” Lochner-Wright said. “Kerri will find that the experience is highly respected by graduate schools and future employers. Since she wants to pursue a career in international education, the experience will be especially valuable because of the contacts she will make.”

Grube said the application process began in October 2003. Besides a one-page biography, she had to submit a project proposal to implement while teaching in a classroom abroad. Her proposal is aimed at establishing communication between a German and an American classroom using an e-mail list serve along with an online news exchange. The goal is to promote global awareness through pertinent world events.

“I am dedicated to the advancement of information between diverse nations for the purpose of promoting global understanding and I believe an interactive exchange of news media is a powerful basis from which to promote this awareness,” Grube said.

In February she learned that she had made it past the first round. Soon she received another application package that had to be all in German. Two of the documents were to be one-page, hand-written essays.

“It’s quite humbling to realize that the Fulbright is the next step on the path to where I’m headed, and I’m grateful for all the circumstances and to all the individuals who were put in my life to make it happen,” she said.

Grube, who is the president of UW-Eau Claire’s German Club, plans to attend graduate school after she returns to the United States to earn a master’s degree in international and comparative education. She believes the Fulbright experience will provide her with the time and skills to better understand the German culture and her place in it.

“It can only be a positive step in furthering my goals to someday work with programs advancing international awareness,” Grube said.

Grube is the vice president of Delta Phi Alpha, a national German honor society. She worked for a summer as a senior German counselor at Concordia Language Villages and works in the Center of International Education. She has been a volunteer at the university’s annual International Folk Fair, Viennese Ball and recently volunteered to teach a newly immigrated German student English. She has mentored and taught freshman English students English skills and worked as a grading assistant in the German department.

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Updated: May 4, 2004