Maddy Landa ’24 Majors: International Studies and Political Science Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies Concentration: International Global Studies
Maddy Landa is from Richmond, VA. She had this to say about why she chose CofC, “I never saw myself going to the College of Charleston as a high school senior. My parents are both graduates, so I applied because I loved the city. However, as I did more research about the school, I quickly found myself falling in love. The programs offered here are exceptional, especially within my fields of interest. I was promised one on one mentorship and an inclusive environment filled with professionals who would do their best to make my experience meaningful. CofC has most certainly delivered on that promise!”
When asked why she chose the International Scholars program she explained, “International Scholars was one of my biggest pull factors to CofC. I could find no other program that was as intensive and offered as many amazing experiences as this program! To begin with, we are given mentorship that rivals that of Ivy League schools. My mentor, Karen Mroz, is an invaluable connection to have and I have loved my experience working with her! Also, an all expenses paid trip to Greece is certainly an experience that not many other schools can boast. We are given the unique opportunity to use the vast CofC network to broaden our horizons as students and learn about cultures, world politics, etc. in hands-on ways that really build the foundation for our future careers.”
After graduation she wants to go into the Peace Corps and then enter into nonprofit work supporting womens’ education in Latin America.
Three CofC students have been named Goldwater Scholars for the 2022-23 academic year and two of those students are LCWA majors!
The scholarship is a federally endowed award that encourages students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering.
“Emily Grace Dombrowski, Abanob Hanna and Brison Shira, all of whom are in the Honors College, have each received a Goldwater Scholarship Award from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The students are among 417 students nationwide to be awarded the Goldwater Scholarship. The scholarship comes with an award of up to $7,500 per year for tuition, books and room and board.”
Read about the scholarship and these students in the College TODAY article below.
The deadline to apply to the Public Service Internship Award has been extended! Students now have until April 15th to apply for the award.
The Public Service Internship Award is to support increasing student interest and participation in public service, especially foreign service and/or globally focused civil service internships. These experiences give students a coveted and highly valuable inside look at service and diplomacy in action and reveal the wide range of careers associated with public service. These experiences are often unpaid and living and travel is costly.
The awards will be given to students who secure experiential learning opportunities during summer or semester abroad programs. Recipients will be able to apply their work experience to myriad endeavors and will gain a distinguished advantage compared to their peers because of their direct experience working with global issues.
Don’t miss out on the third issue of the newsletter of The M.Ed. in Languages Program at the College of Charleston!
Congratulations to the graduates this semester – everyone is so proud of all of your impressive accomplishments and all your hard work. Despite a global pandemic and all the additional challenges of teaching during the past 20+ months, you completed your degree! You did it! A special thank you to the M.Ed. in Languages Executive Committee: Dr. Shawn Morrison, Dr. Silvia Rodríguez Sabater, and Dr. Antonio Pérez-Núñez for their unwavering support and collaboration. Thank you so much to all who contributed to the newsletter and many thanks to Katie Agile, the Graduate Assistant for our program, for all her hard work in bringing this to fruition.
Students, alumni, and friends: if you have news or updates to contribute or if you’d like to be profiled in the next issue, please let Director Emily Beck know (firstname.lastname@example.org). She would love to hear from you!
Dyllon Gunsolus an International Studies major, minoring in Russian Studies and a concentration in Europe, here at CofC, enjoyed a little bit of fame recently when The College Today published a story about his having won a national championship event in bicycling. Evidently, that story led to an invitation from a teacher at Sangaree Elementary School for Dyllon to read “Bonapart Falls Apart” to the primary school grades pre-2nd. He also got to participate in a meet and greet with the parents that afternoon when they arrived to pick up their children and share his biking and activity initiatives with the Vice Principle and assist in coordinating a ride to school event in the spring.
We’re looking forward to watching Dyllon as he continues to excell in his academics and extracurricular activities!
The 15th Annual Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival has been featured in the CofC’s College TODAY!
We hope you will join everyone for the 15th annual Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival starting Thursday, November 4th through Saturday, November 6th at the Queen Street Playhouse. The festival will feature 10 award-winning films celebrating contemporary Italian cinema and culture. Students, Faculty and Staff can enjoy the festival free of charge, they will only need to show their college id at the box office.
Check out this outstanding article in the College TODAY about Foreign Language Education alumna, Martina Abbriano ’19.
“A talented individual with a love for languages, Abbriano knows Italian, Spanish, English and Sicilian fluently and has a strong base of Vietnamese and Ancient Greek. It’s clear the Italian native has a passion for foreign languages, which she decided to put to use when she began thinking about a career. She earned undergraduate degrees in foreign language education and Spanish from the College of Charleston in 2019, where she also minored in linguistics and Ancient Greek.”
“Since graduating two years ago, Abbriano has put those skills to use as a foreign language teacher at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where she teaches Spanish.”
“Her passion for languages and her journey as an immigrant having to learn a new language in a new country has led her back to CofC to help the next generation of English-language-learners as they begin their lives in the United States. Abbriano is now a graduate student at CofC taking an English as a Second Language (ESOL) course to earn ESOL certification, which is available online.”
The Mroz Global Leadership Institute is planning a busy semester with speaker series, mentoring and professional development programs for students.
1) Global Ambassadors Program. We recruited a group of nine students for the Global Ambassadors Program. This student leadership program is designed for students interested in civil and foreign service. Global Ambassadors will meet weekly with Mroz Institute’s director to learn about the US foreign service, foreign policy, and international agenda of US agencies. Students will work on practical skills required to function effectively in the foreign policy environment and will interact with guest speakers about foreign service and diplomatic work.
2) EWI History Project. We continue to move forward with the EWI History Project to preserve and make available EWI archives to students and scholars. The archives and oral history project will be launched in time for the inaugural convening in spring 2022. Our team received 1/8 TB of data (125.4 GB), which consists of over 26,000 digital objects, in addition to the the physical collection of 14 bankers boxes, which include published materials and photographs. Our archivist has begun processing the collection.
3) Visiting Global Fellows Program. We will launch the Visiting Global Fellows Program in spring 2022 by inviting prominent internationalists who will will spend 1-2 weeks at CofC interacting with faculty and students and engaging their professional networks.
4) We are planning the Mroz Institute inaugural convening for March 20-22, 2022 to celebrate the East West Institute and its many accomplishments. There will be panels and discussion sessions on international topics of vital importance. There will be opportunities to experience the EWI archives/history project and contribute to its oral histories. There will be time for networking with the members of the EWI Society and a special reunion for EWI alumni.
Read in the College TODAY about the recent discovery of an 1853 slave badge on the College of Charleston campus and how it has offered a profound opportunity to recognize the contributions of the enslaved people who were an integral part of the development of the institution.
“Every two years, the Hines Prize is awarded to the best first book manuscript relating to any aspect of the Carolina Lowcountry and/or the Atlantic world. Winners receive a $1,000 cash award and preferential consideration by the University of South Carolina Press for the CLAW Program’s book series. Since the first prize was awarded more than 15 years ago, graduate students, tour guides and researchers from all over the world have shared their manuscripts.”