Elms College Students Receive International Post-graduate Opportunities

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Three Elms College seniors and one graduate student will work abroad next academic year.

Christopher Lyons has been accepted into the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. He will teach English to students in Japan during the 2012-2013 academic year.

“These four students exemplify our school’s mission to 'empower students to effect positive changes in the community and in the world,'" said Elms College Director of English Learning Language and International Programs Joyce Hampton, Ed.D.

Elms College has announced that four of its students have received international post-graduation work opportunities. While abroad, three graduates will teach English and one will provide valuable medical services.

Sarah Donovan, a senior Spanish and psychology major, has been accepted to teach through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Teach Abroad program in Spain. She is a past recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which allowed her to complete a study abroad semester in Spain. She will teach English to students in the Andalusia region of Spain during the 2012-2013 academic year. While volunteering at Gray House in Springfield, Ma., Donovan taught English to African refugees, migrant farm workers from Guatemala and Mexico, and a group of individuals from various Central and South American countries.

Christopher Lyons, a graduate student in the education program who also holds a bachelor’s degree from Elms, has been accepted into the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. He will teach English to students in Japan during the 2012-2013 academic year. Lyons currently is a student teacher at Westfield High School in Westfield, Ma. He also tutors his peers in the Elms College Academic Resource Center in English as a second language, writing and accounting. He traveled to Japan during the summer of 2011 through Elms College’s partnership with University of Kochi, where he served as a graduate assistant and spent three months immersing himself in Japanese culture.

David Peters, a senior English major and religious studies and Asian studies minor, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Taiwan in Teaching English as a Foreign Language during the 2012-2013 academic year. He is the first Elms student to apply for and receive the grant. Peters began teaching the Great Highland Bagpipe to others at the age of 14. During his time at Elms, he gained experience through tutoring at the Homework House in Holyoke, Ma., and as an assistant confirmation teacher at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Chicopee, Ma. Peters studied in China for a year through an independently designed program in cooperation with Elms College.

Charline Pysher, a senior nursing major, will travel to Ghana with Volta Aid Foundation after completing U.S. requirements to become a registered nurse. She will be in Ghana from August through December 2012 and will work in hospitals and clinics. Pysher traveled to Argentina in high school with World Challenge; to India on a medical mission trip with International Children's Heart Foundation; and completed several service trips with Elms College’s campus ministry program to West Virginia, Honduras and Jamaica.

“These four students exemplify our school’s mission to 'empower students to effect positive changes in the community and in the world," said Elms College Director of English Learning Language and International Programs Joyce Hampton, Ed.D.

Elms College is a co-educational, Catholic college offering a liberal arts curriculum that gives students multiple perspectives on life. Founded in 1928 by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Elms College has a tradition of educating reflective, principled, and creative learners, who are rooted in faith, educated in mind, compassionate in heart, responsive to civic and social obligations, and capable of adjusting to change without compromising principle.

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