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For Immediate Release: August 11, 2011

Troy, N.Y. Resident Earns Fulbright Award to Teach in Turkey

Providence, R.I. –  Leah Glass ’11, a resident of Troy, N.Y., was recently awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to teach English and American culture at Mehmet Akif Ersoy University in Burdur, Turkey. Glass graduated in May from Providence College with magna cum laude honors as a global studies major with minors in black studies and Spanish.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. Each year, the program supports approximately 1,700 U.S. citizens to engage in study, research, or teaching assistantships in more than 155 countries.

Glass is the second recent PC graduate to earn a Fulbright ETA this year. In May, Alexandra BetGeorge ’11 (Syracuse, N.Y.) received an ETA to teach English in Bulgaria.

She said a long-term goal of hers is to earn a doctoral degree and become a higher-education professor--which she said has been mainly inspired by the “wonderful mentors and teachers” she had at PC. As for her short-term Fulbright experience, Glass said she wants to “help students learn the same way I was taught.”

“This is the perfect opportunity to take on a class, essentially by myself, and bridge a culture gap,” she said. “Not only am I going to learn a lot about myself as an educator, but I hope to give a positive image of Americans and learn a lot about Turkey and Turkish culture.”

She added, “I just plan on taking this entire experience one day at a time, allowing myself full immersion into such a rich and historical culture and helping my students grow as much as possible.”

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Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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