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UNI graduate receives Fulbright scholarship to study in Germany

August 24, 2003
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Jamie Schissel, UNI graduate, JSchissel@hotmail.com or (319) 266-4277
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Jamie Schissel, a recent University of Northern Iowa graduate from Dubuque, has received a Fulbright scholarship for the 2003-2004 academic year. The grant will send her to central Germany where she will be a teaching assistant through the Padagogischer Austauschdienst (PAD) program. The PAD sends recent graduates to Germany to assist in teaching conversational English and American studies to German students of varying ages.

Schissel, who received her B.A. in German in May, begins training in Cologne, Germany on Sept. 11. She will serve as a teaching assistant for 12 hours per week. In addition to assisting in the classroom, Schissel also plans to form a conversation and culture group with the students. She says she hopes her experience in Germany will help her with further studies in linguistics and second language acquisition.

While UNI has had a number of faculty teaching in foreign countries through the Fulbright program since its inception in 1946, Ella Sweigert, UNI study abroad program coordinator, said she believes Schissel is the first UNI student to receive such an honor. She added that the Fulbright commission offers more exchanges to Germany than any other participating country. The Fulbright Program's mission is 'to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills.'