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Danielle Sclafani '08 Awarded Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to South Korea

Posted April 9, 2008
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Danielle Sclafani '08 a candidate for May graduation from Hamilton, has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to South Korea, where she will teach English.

Sclafani, a psychology major, teaches English at the Oneida County Refugee Center as a member of the Seminar in Teaching ESOL Students class. She is a Writing Center tutor, a teaching assistant/researcher for the psychology department and is a member of Psi Chi, the honor society in psychology. Sclafani spent the spring 2007 semester studying abroad in Denmark. 

She is a member of Hamilton Action Volunteer Outreach Coalition and participates in Hamilton Alumni Leadership Training. Sclafani has participated in Study Buddies, where she tutored Utica high school students, and took part in Alternative Spring Break in 2005. 

She was a resident advisor for the Center for Talented Youth at Roger Williams University in 2006 and a YMCA Camp Counselor in New Hampshire durign the summers of 2002 to 2005. 

After her return from South Korea, Sclafani plans to pursue a degree in student personnel services/higher education administration and hopes to work with an international population at a college or university as a career counselor or as a psychologist. 

The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. The program is designed to give recent college graduates opportunities for personal development and international experience. 

It offers invaluable opportunities to meet and work with people of the host country, sharing daily life as well as professional and creative insights. The program promotes cross-cultural interaction and mutual understanding on a person-to-person basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity and intellectual freedom. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by Congress to the Department of State. The U.S. Student Program awards approximately 900 grants annually and currently operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.

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