Loyola University Maryland students Flora Zambakari, ’14, and Kevin Molyneux, ’14, studied abroad during the spring 2013 semester after they each won a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship that covered $3,000 of their expenses. This summer both students have had an opportunity to reflect on their experience overseas.
Zambakari, from Pheonix, Ariz., spent the semester in Copenhagen, Denmark, with other students from U.S. colleges and universities at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. The accounting major and information systems minor was drawn to Denmark out of pure curiosity; she grew up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but had never visited Europe.
“It was an opportunity to explore an area I know nothing about,” said Zambakari. “It ended up being the best time of my life. You learn so much when you’re outside of your comfort zone.”
She also had the opportunity to travel to Germany, Belgium, Italy, and the Czech Republic. What resonated most were her visits to large companies located in western Denmark, including Grundfos, a manufacturer of large-scale water pumps. Grundfos pumps are installed in various locations in Africa, giving communities in resource-limited areas access to clean water.
Zambakari says the experience has inspired her to pursue a career with an organization or company committed to helping others around the world.
Molyneux, from Philadelphia, Pa., is an interdisciplinary chemistry and biology major who spent the spring semester in Rome, Italy. He chose Loyola because so many students study abroad, and he’s been planning a stint in Rome since the first time he set foot on campus.
“My mother’s side of the family is from Italy, but I’ve never been there and I’ve always wanted to experience true Italian culture,” Molyneux said.
Though his excursions to Capri, Tuscany, Bay of Naples, Pompeii, and Venice immersed him in Italian culture, his most memorable – and unexpected – experience was the election of Pope Francis. It was raining, St. Peter’s Square was packed, Molyneux had just gotten out of class, but he couldn’t ignore the potential for white smoke.
“I thought to myself, ‘If the Pope gets picked tonight and I don’t go, I’m going to regret it forever,’” said Molyneux.
He took the 10-minute walk from his class to the Vatican. White smoke happened, and Molyneux stood with Catholics from all over the world when Pope Francis made his first public appearance.
Back stateside, Molyneux is interning at the National Institutes of Health this summer, assisting in research into the genetics of ADHD. He’s considering another internship at NIH after he graduates next year, and the next big step is medical school.
About the Gilman Sholarship
The Gilman Sholarship eases the financial burden for exceptional U.S. undergraduate students who embark on an academic or internship abroad. More than 2,300 scholarships of up to $5,000 were awarded this year through the program, which is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education through its office in Houston, Texas.
More information on international programs for Loyola students is available at loyola.edu/internationalprograms.
In an effort to increase access to Loyola University Maryland’s Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program, Loyola theology faculty will raise scholarship money through revenues from a new Summer Theology Institute that offers critical continuing education credits to religious leaders.
The MTS program is more affordable than similar programs at Loyola’s peer institutions, but theology faculty recognize the program is still too expensive for many prospective students who’ve devoted their lives to a career in religion. Unfortunately, scholarship money is not readily available because MTS is one of Loyola’s newest graduate programs.
“From the inception of the MTS program we’ve been committed to ensuring its accessibility to a diverse group of exceptional students seeking advanced theological education in a rigorous academic environment,” said Stephen Fowl, Ph.D., professor of theology and director of the MTS program. “This summer institute allows us to accomplish two important goals: First, we can enhance the theological education of educators in parishes, which is something everyone in the department thinks is crucial. Secondly, we can lighten the financial burden on some of our MTS students.”
The institute, scheduled for Aug. 5-8, 2013, will feature seminars led by Loyola’s internationally-renowned theology faculty and challenge catechetical leaders, youth ministers, and pastoral associates to explore and discuss recent developments in scripture, moral theology, comparative theology, and parish-oriented theology. The cost for attendees is $300, and revenues to the theology department will be directed toward a scholarship earmarked for the MTS program.
Those who attend all four days and successfully complete the assessments will earn 1 CEU (10 hours) toward a national certification in catechetical leadership and instruction. Attendees will have access to the Loyola-Notre Dame Library and lunch will be provided. Convenient, on-campus parking will be available at no additional charge.
Roberta Sabin, Ph.D., professor emerita of computer science at Loyola University Maryland, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach computer science at the University of Malawi.
Sabin and her husband, a retired sociologist, will travel to Malawi in September 2013 and return the following February. She will teach at the university’s Polytechnic College.
“For many years I’ve been interested in reaching out to developing countries, so this is both an honor and an opportunity for me to offer a community my skills where there is great need,” said Sabin. “I’m told the students are wonderful. It will be a tremendous adventure.”
The Polytechnic is located in Blantyre, the commercial hub of Malawi and home to more than 800,000 people. Despite widespread poverty, the country has a thriving business community due in part to its central location in Sub-Saharan Africa. Commerce is increasingly dependent on technology, and Sabin hopes she can help provide future business and technology leaders with a comprehensive understanding of the innovation computer systems are capable of unlocking.
“Technology may be the key to the advancement of the country,” Sabin said.
Sabin recently became professor emerita at Loyola after a teaching career that spans 47 years. She has previously taught at Coppin State University, Parkville and Franklin high schools in Baltimore County, Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, and several other schools. She is one of four co-principal investigators and a member of the steering committee of ASAP, a mentoring network that offers professional and personal support for female math and science professors at undergraduate institutions across the country. As an active researcher she focused on natural language processing.
Sabin is the second Loyola faculty member to receive a Fulbright this year. In June, Barbara Vann, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of sociology, was awarded a Fulbright program grant to teach and study at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, for the spring 2014 semester.
The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals will travel abroad through the program in 2013-14. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.
Pictured: Roberta Sabin (second from left) with her son John, husband Ed, and sister Janet Evans.
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