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Lafayette has had 24 students receive awards in the past 10 years

Kristen Lahoda ’08, Ricardo Rodriguez ’09, and Elizabeth Roman ’09 have been awarded Fulbright Grants to study and teach abroad. Lafayette has had 24 students receive Fulbright Grants in the past 10 years.The students received assistantships to teach conversational English to secondary school students. Lahoda (A.B. international affairs) will be traveling to Russia, Rodriguez (A.B. international affairs) will be working in Indonesia, and Roman (A.B. psychology/French) will be going to France.

Thomas Voltz ’09 (B.S. civil engineering) is an alternate for an engineering position in Germany, and Joseph Haymaker ’09 (A.B. Spanish/economics & business) is an alternate for an English Teaching Assistantship in Spain.

While at Lafayette, Rodriguez has taken advantage of the College’s close proximity to New York City by participating in internships with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, New York University’s public relations office, and the Douglas Gould and Company public relations firm. He is a Posse Scholar and has been active in the Hispanic Society of Lafayette and Brothers of Lafayette. The Posse Foundation enrolls student leaders from urban public high schools in top-tier colleges and universities to promote cross-cultural communication. Rodriguez is one of a dozen members of the multicultural posse from New York that graduated this year.

Roman participated in an externship with Frank Hoffman ’70, assistant vice president of learning and development at the XL Global Services insurance firm. She had a teaching internship at a boarding school in Connecticut where she taught English as a Second Language classes to international middle school students. She also was an executive board member for Alternative School Break.

After their Fulbright assignments, Roman would like to pursue graduate studies in French and Rodriguez is considering law school.

Roman and Rodriguez both credit Lafayette’s focus on close student-faculty interaction in helping them obtain their Fulbright Grants.

“One of the things that first attracted me to Lafayette was the small student-professor ratio,” Roman says. “During my four years here, I have found it extremely beneficial to have such close interactions with my professors. I feel very lucky that all of my professors know who I am, and I have been fortunate enough to build relationships with many of them. My professors have been an invaluable source of guidance and advice.”

“Professors always make themselves available to you. It makes for a close community,” Rodriguez says.

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