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Fellowship Sends Students to Germany

Posted on Monday, January 30, 2012

Emily Nugent '13 is one of eight HWS students who is studying in Germany this semester thanks to the Julius G. Blocker '53 Endowed Fellowship. She will be the first Blocker Fellow to study in Leipzig, Germany.

Offering programs in five German cities, the Blocker Fellowship is also helping Devan Mizzoni '13 in Berlin; Paige Belanger '13, Emily Potter '13 and Tim Zacher '13 in Bramen; Karolina Jewett '13 in Landau; and Silene Binkerd-Dale '12 and Emma Lowenberg '13 in Tübingen.

"The Blocker Fellowship not only gives me the chance to indulge my passion for German culture, but it also provides me with a unique opportunity to share my love of German area studies with the Hobart and William Smith community," explains Nugent, who also studied abroad in Germany while in high school.

Established by Julius G. Blocker '53, the fellowship provides recipients with financial assistance for study abroad expenses, as well as a stipend to support their academic studies. Blocker, who spent a life-changing year in Germany as a Fulbright scholar, created the fellowship in order to help as many students as possible to have a life-changing experience and to promote the understanding of German culture. Last year, the fellowship helped send Keegan Visser '12 to Landau and Gwen Osserman '14 to Tübingen.

Department Chair and Associate Professor of German Eric Klaus strongly supports the program and encourages all students at HWS to learn about the new offering. "This fellowship offers students the opportunity to explore places and ideas that will expand their horizons and contribute to their growth as global citizens, something central to the ethos of Hobart and William Smith Colleges," he explains.

Nugent is excited to be able to return to Leipzig. "When I studied abroad in high school in Leipzig, I fell in love with the city," she says. "That experience abroad made me want to continue with my German education and gave me a wealth of life experiences that a lot of people at the young age of 16 don't really get."

During her time abroad this semester, Nugent will complete a cultural project as part of the requirements of the Blocker Fellowship. The project helps document student encounters with German culture in creative ways and shares the experiences with a broader audience, and it also brings those experiences into the German-language classroom at HWS, says Klaus.

Nugent decided to do a blog as her cultural project, hoping to combine reflections of her high school experience in Germany with her current visit. As a William Smith student, Nugent also studied abroad with the education program in Auckland, Australia. An individual major in German area studies with a minor in education, she is a member of the Laurel Society and works in the Hobart Dean's Office.

For more information, contact either the Center for Global Education or e-mail klaus@hws.edu.

In the photo above, Emily Nugent '13 talks with Associate Professor of German Eric Klaus in his office.

 


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