Coe College again recognized as a top producer of Fulbright U.S. students

Extra: Rod Pritchard, Secretary of the College
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2018-02-19 13:25:06 - General

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For the third time in six years, Coe College has been named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. students when compared with higher education institutions across the country. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program.

For the 2017-18 academic year, Coe is ranked 17th nationally for the number of students and recent alumni who received Fulbrights among bachelor's institutions. Other colleges tied with Coe include Barnard, Davidson, Macalester, and Washington & Jefferson. The top-producing institutions were announced by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Coe has established itself as a leading national producer of Fulbright students, with 20 in the past five years, and 28 awardees in the past decade. This builds upon the tradition of Coe students, alumni and faculty who have received Fulbrights since the program was established.

"Once again this year, the Coe community is pleased to receive national recognition for the college's large number of Fulbright recipients," said Coe President David McInally. "The hard work and dedication of our bright scholars to earn these Fulbright grants results in life-changing experiences for each award winner. We are exceedingly proud of these recent Coe alumni, and we congratulate them for their achievements."

Last spring, six graduating Coe seniors and a recent alumna received prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for the 2017-18 academic year. The seven awardees represent a new record number of Coe students and recent alumni who have received Fulbrights in a given year. Each was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant.

All of the Coe recipients received guidance from Professor Amber Shaw, who serves as the college's national fellowship advisor, as well as other faculty members.

"It has been a privilege to work with these academically talented students who have a passion for civic engagement and service to others," said Shaw. "As cultural ambassadors for the Fulbright Program, Coe's awardees are exemplifying the college's mission by leading productive and satisfying lives across the globe."

The Coe Fulbright students serving in 2017-18 include:

  • Justine Arcand, class of 2017 from Bonne Terre, Missouri. An Asian Studies and film studies major with a minor in creative writing, she is teaching in South Korea.
  • Allison Bailey, class of 2017 from Webster City, Iowa. A political science major with minors in French and theatre arts, she is teaching in Bulgaria.
  • Andrew Koehler, class of 2017 from Bel Aire, Kansas. A chemistry and physics major with a minor in mathematics, he is teaching in Sri Lanka.
  • Gibson Odderstol, class of 2017 from Park Ridge, Illinois. A political science and religion major, he is teaching in Malaysia.
  • Leeann Oelrich, class of 2016 from Mount Vernon, Iowa. An English and Spanish major, she is teaching in South Korea.
  • Thomas Petrino, class of 2017 from Onalaska, Washington. A political science major with a minor in creative writing, he is teaching in Bulgaria.
  • Hannah Wiles, class of 2017 from Urbandale, Iowa. A major in communication studies with a minor in Asian Studies and creative writing, she is teaching in Thailand.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. More than 1,900 U.S. students, artists and early-career professionals in over 100 fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English and conduct research annually in over 140 countries around the world.

Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe's vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.