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The YWCA Cass Clay honored women whose work and passion benefit our community at the 2019 Women of the Year event. Concordia had eight alumni and faculty nominated for the awards and six were selected as winners.
The following are the winners:
- Dr. Dawn Duncan, professor of English, in the Advocating for Equality category
- Laura (Espedal) Caroon ’06, Office of Communications and Marketing, and Danyel (Schneider) Moe ’16, in the category of Leader in Women’s Empowerment for their startup organization for women called Ladyboss FM
- Maureen (Munt) Bartelt ’08, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier Properties, in the category of Community & Volunteer Service
- Kirsten (Gilbertson) Jensen ’97, MSUM, in the Communications category
- Sara (Hodsdon) Stallman ’01, Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, in the category of Youth Advocacy
In its 46th year of the event, the YWCA Cass Clay selects awardees in various categories to honor women in the region who stand out.
Duncan’s award in Advocating for Equality stems from her work with the international organization Narrative 4, a storytelling exchange program designed to build empathy and understanding among people who are different from one another. Duncan has used as her mantra both personally and professionally that “words have the power to harm or to heal; they are never neutral.” That’s one of the reasons she was drawn to Narrative 4 as an organization that relies on words to lead to healing.
“My work in the classroom, with Narrative 4 in our college community and far beyond, in Northern Ireland and through Irish studies, in Anti-Racism Training, and in diversity action on many levels is natural to me and necessary,” Duncan says. “As I listened to the bios of all the other nominees, I heard of other women who work daily to make our world better. I was honored simply to be among them.”
Caroon and Moe’s Ladyboss organization is a women’s empowerment model that is also used as a networking and mentoring platform for women primarily in the Fargo-Moorhead region. The duo started the organization when they both worked in the Communications and
Marketing office at Concordia. Moe has since moved to new opportunities but both are moving the Ladyboss platform forward.
“Danyel and I were so honored for Ladybosses of Fargo-Moorhead to be nominated for YWCA Women of the Year and totally blown away to leave with an award. This community is full of amazing women and we’re humbled to be recognized in this way,” Caroon says.
Front row: Cyndy Skorick, Sara Stallman, Katie Mastel, Kirsten Jenson
Back row: Susan Jarvis, Taya Spelhaug, Jana Bruhschwein, Britt Selbo, Danyel Moe, Laura Caroon, Dawn Duncan, Maureen Barteltywca-women-of-the-year-include-several-concordia-connects
More than 300 students gave poster or concurrent sessions throughout the daylong event April 10, with some students participating in multiple presentations. New at this year’s COSS was an art display with printmaking pieces and two sessions presented in Spanish.
“Our goal is to keep building on the diversity of research,” says Krys Strand, director of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity and coordinator of the Celebration of Student Scholarship.
From analyzing Alfred Hitchcock’s works to how field burns effect milkweed density, students covered topics across the curriculum. Tate Hovland ’20 researched the marketing of marginalized groups. He says this work gave him an opportunity to analyze societal situations of today and make them understandable to a wide audience.
“Research empowered me to better understand communication phenomena and further develop understandings of communication through personal and relatable examples,” Hovland says.
In addition to the presentations of research and scholarship, three awards were given. Samantha Engrav ’21 was selected as this year’s President Pamela M. Jolicoeur Endowed Memorial Scholarship recipient. The award was presented to Engrav by Jolicoeur’s spouse, Mike Doyle, and her daughter, Jessica Rich.
Alyssa Dalen ’20, received the library’s Exemplary Research Award for her research, “Violence Spreads: The Role of Behavior Learning in Transmission of Violent Acts,” mentored by Dr. Michelle Lelwica. Dr. Susan Lee, associate professor of art, received the mentor of the year award.
Photos: Justin Monroeresearch-reigns-at-coss
Concordia College honored Dr. Matthew Culloton ’98 and Betsy Grams ’98 as the 2019 Sent Forth recipients.
The Sent Forth Award is presented to young alumni who have made an impact early in their career, emphasizing service to others and demonstrating a strong vocational commitment. With an array of experiences and accolades, Culloton and Grams shared their stories of serving others throughout their careers.
Culloton earned his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota. He is currently choirmaster at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul, Minn., and an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas.
He is the founding artistic director of The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists. He has composed works for The Singers and the Dale Warland Singers, among others. He is editor of the “Christmas with The Singers Choral Series” and co-editor of the “Matthew and Michael Culloton Choral Series.”
Grams is co-founder and executive director of CycleHealth. Founded in 2014, CycleHealth aims to equips kids with the knowledge and tools necessary to power their own wellness. Sweat Rx is an innovative platform created by CycleHealth that can be prescribed by pediatricians in more than 50 clinics in the Twin Cities.
Sweat Rx uses adventure and goal-attainment programs to encourage active engagement between children and their health and wellness. Prior to directing CycleHealth, Grams was a high school English teacher and director of an alternative school for students at risk of not graduating.
Culloton and Grams have embodied the qualities of the Sent Forth recipient throughout their careers and were honored by the college during commencement weekend.2019-sent-forth-recipients
Clements attended the three-day conference with Dr. Laurie Dahley, assistant professor of social work, and a group of senior social work students. Held in Minneapolis and attended by thousands of social service professionals, the MSSA conference presents opportunities for students to network and attend any of more than 130 educational sessions.
For Clements, being honored for her work in front of such a large gathering was a little intimidating but feels that her award is particularly meaningful as a first-generation college student who struggled academically early on.
“When I found the social work program, I found something that I was passionate about,” Clements said. “I went from almost flunking out of college to winning this award. My professors and my social work cohort have been a great blessing and have guided me through my journey here at Concordia. This award is a reflection of how great the social work program at Concordia truly is.”
Dahley remarked that the award is an affirmation of Clements’ hard work and dedication.
“For Mikayla to be recognized by this large organization for her past experiences and her future as a human service professional is highly significant,” Dahley said.
Dahley also sees the conference as an opportunity to introduce her seniors to the large network of social work professionals they’ll join after commencement. It’s an experience that consistently leaves an impression on her students.
“One of the student takeaways [from the conference] I hear over the years is the increased awareness of the profession they are entering,” Dahley said. “The impression that they are joining an important profession and will be engaged in vital work to the quality of life for our citizens has a great impact on the students who attend.”
After graduating this spring, Clements will pursue an advanced degree at Augsburg University. She hopes to work in the criminal justice system with families affected by incarceration as well as with black and underrepresented communities in regards to trauma and healing.cobber-named-outstanding-student-of-the-year
Rural broadband is a hot topic these days with many in rural areas not having access to high speed internet services, but Erich Hennig ’97 and his wife, Erica, have been working to change that. Together they started Zumacom, high speed wireless internet for Montezuma County and southwest Colorado.
After graduating from Concordia, Hennig moved to Boulder where he met his wife. They lived in Alaska, Northern California, Phoenix and Durango before moving to Dolores, Colo., located in Montezuma County. They discovered how poor the internet service was there and decided instead of just complaining about it, they’d do something to change it.
Hennig had 20 years of experience working in the IT field and he built their first radio tower in their backyard. They sold the extra bandwidth to their neighbors and Zumacom was born. Sites are connected to fiber or via licensed microwave backhaul and the facilities transmit signals picked up by a radio mounted on the outside of the client’s house.
“Zumacom was created to help bridge the ‘digital divide’ or the lack of modern internet service availability that is prevalent in the rural area of southwest Colorado that we call home,” he said.
Zumacom provided wireless internet to its first customer in February 2017. Since then they’ve slowly expanded the coverage area, using existing fiber-optic lines and cellphone towers. The Zumacom network currently provides service to three counties in Colorado and one resident just across the state line in Utah.
“Since its inception, we have seen massive growth and are currently helping families continue to prosper in a rural setting by providing internet service to their homes and farms that allows for telecommuting, home schooling, online college study, online livestock auctions and, of course, Netflix,” he said.
Zumacom has made a strong effort not to “oversell” its network so the Hennigs can maintain an adequate performance level for their current customers. They limit the customer count where necessary to maintain a good service level for all clients and, in some cases, have had to turn away business.
“This completely slays the business lobe of my brain, but it is a key differentiator between Zumacom and everyone else,” Hennig said. “We seek to be the provider of choice in our service area, and thus far we seem to have been successful in that effort based on feedback from our customers.”
The Hennigs work out of their home west of Dolores, where Erica runs the business and marketing side and Erich is in the field. They plan to expand Zumacom’s wireless infrastructure and the network to support as many customers as they can while they grow.
Image: The green shows Zumacom’s initial coverage area and the blue denotes where the company has expanded.bridging-the-digital-divide
As family and friends entered Memorial Auditorium for the graduation ceremony, spirits were high. The weather delivered a near-perfect day with sunshine and moderate temperatures. Those who had attended baccalaureate that morning may have been pondering the Rev. Elly McHan’s sermon on transitions and how their graduate would soon be living in liminal space – the time between what was and what is to come.
But there was still one event left for these graduates, and The Concordia Band didn’t want anyone to forget this was a festive day. Dr. Peter Haberman nearly brought the audience to its feet during the prelude as he enthusiastically conducted the band in two vibrant marches. Then they reverently played the traditional “Crown Imperial” for the graduates, faculty and staff to process.
The ceremony began with conferring an honorary degree on guest commencement speaker Colum McCann. An author, artist, educator, and social activist, McCann first came to Concordia to speak at the National Book Awards event on his book, “Let the Great World Spin.” He has since been working with Concordia as it created its collegial chapter of Narrative 4, an exchange program McCann co-founded that brings awareness and empathy to the other through storytelling. McCann’s message to students was the hope they would raise their voices to make “one small crack in the wall” that is keeping people apart.
“If we want to be listened to, we have to be listeners as well,” McCann said.
He commended Concordia for its works toward greater understanding of differences in story exchanges. “This is a campus that believes we can forge a path through the great grace of storytelling.”
After the degrees were conferred, Concordia graduate Mikaela Herberg ’19 delivered the student response. Herberg, a biology major who is planning to go to med school in the fall, said she has many things she will personally miss about Concordia then went straight to the commonality for her and her fellow graduates.
“We share the strong foundation of a liberal arts education,” she said, noting the power and potential each graduate holds.
Herberg noted how faculty had taught the graduates to question the world around them and think critically. Now as the newest alumni of the college, they will leave with the confidence that this college can still be a home.
“Concordia will always still be here and this place will always be ready to welcome you home,” she said.
Out of six applicants, Concordia had four students receive scholarships. Seniors Toby Kindem, Alexandra Rankin, Hannah Allen and McKayle Carter have received Fulbright awards.
Fulbright coordinator and professor of English Dr. Jonathan Steinwand says nationally about 20% of applicants are funded and Concordia had 66% of applicants funded.
“I’m pleased with the results and I’m proud of these Fulbrighters,” Steinwand says. “Our World Language programs in particular deserve a lot of credit.”
Kindem, a K-12 German education major, was awarded an English Teaching Award to Germany and will be going to Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony). He has studied in Germany in the region in which he will be working. He’s excited about having a head start knowing the dialect of the area.
Rankin’s English Teaching Award to Taiwan will take her to either Kaohsiung or Taipei – her city will be selected later this summer.
“I am so grateful for this opportunity,” Rankin says. “I am excited to continue to improve my Chinese and also learn more about Taiwanese culture. I am also looking forward to learning more about the Taiwanese school system by working alongside Taiwanese teachers.”
Allen was awarded a Study/Research Award in Music Therapy and is going to be studying at SRH University in Heidelberg, Germany, pursuing a master’s degree in music therapy. She first went to Germany in 2017 for a year abroad and enjoyed the German culture and lifestyle.
Carter has been awarded an English Teaching Assistant Award to Bavaria, Germany. She spent a year in Germany during her sophomore year.
“I’m excited to have another opportunity to work on my German language skills, as well as to educate students on the importance of cultural awareness and diversity,” she says.
Every year, approximately 10,000 students apply for 2,000 awards worldwide in all fields of study and in over 140 countries. More than 380,000 Fulbrighters from the U.S. and other countries have participated in the program since it was established in 1946.
Photo (from left): Hannah Allen, McKayle Carter, Toby Kindem, Alexandra Rankinrecord-setting-fulbright-year
Andre Schaum ’20 has been awarded the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. Schaum, an ACS chemistry and biology major from Osage, Minn., is one of only 496 students from across the country to receive the award. He was selected from an initial pool of more than 5,000 students from 443 academic institutions. The scholarship is awarded to undergraduate sophomores or juniors who are intending to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.
“It is extremely humbling and rewarding to be selected as a 2019 Goldwater Scholar out of the large group of applicants across the nation,” Schaum says. “However, I could not have completed the four-month application process if it was not for the tremendous support and patience of my fellow applicants, friends and faculty mentors.”
Among those who Schaum says helped him through the process were Concordia’s Goldwater representative Dr. Althea ArchMiller, assistant professor of biology, and 2018 Goldwater Honorable mention Alexandra Ward ’20. Both provided assistance and advice.
“I would also like to thank my recommendation letter writers – Dr. Donald Krogstad, professor of chemistry, and Dr. Graeme Wyllie, assistant professor of chemistry, both of Concordia College, and Dr. Stanley May of the University of South Dakota,” Schaum says. “I am excited to join the community of past and future Goldwater Scholars and to see how this award will influence and propel my life beyond Concordia.”
And faculty members who have worked with Schaum know his abilities will take him far.
"Andre Schaum has a natural love for nature and curiosity about science,” Krogstad says. “He does things the right way and for the right reasons. Andre has the drive, ambition, intelligence, and creativity to make a real impact as a researcher and world leader."
Schaum has already been immersing himself in research. He spent last summer at the University of South Dakota where he studied the luminescence of nanoparticles on patterned metal surfaces as part of a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates.
This summer, Schaum is headed to Prague for an International Research Experience for Students program. He will be studying the recycling of industrial coolants in the European Union.schaum-earns-goldwater-scholarship
Senior McKayle Carter, originally named an alternate for a Fulbright Scholarship, has now been awarded an English Teaching Assistant Award to Bavaria, Germany.
“We now officially have a record year with four Fulbright Award winners as McKayle Carter has now been offered an award,” exclaimed Dr. Jonathan Steinwand, professor of English. “Nationally, around 20% of applicants are funded. This year at Concordia, 66% of our applicants were funded.”
Concordia had six applicants for the 2019-20 Fulbright Awards.
Carter was named an alternate when Toby Kindem, Alexandra Rankin and Hannah Allen recently received their Fulbright awards. At the time, it was noted that while not currently selected as a principal candidate, Carter’s selection as an alternate offered the chance of promotion to finalist.
Shortly thereafter, Carter was indeed promoted to finalist.
“It’s a huge honor to be selected and I am so humbled to have the privilege to be a part of the Fulbright program,” Carter said. “I’ve wanted to apply for a Fulbright since I found out about the program my freshman year. Having spent a year in Germany my sophomore year, I’ve seen how valuable it is to learn about cultures that are different from our own. It was such an eye-opening experience for me that drastically changed my perception of the world.”
While in Germany, Carter is encouraged to engage in the community through volunteering and various types of involvement, and she plans to do so. She also expects to attend meetings and conferences with other Fulbright recipients and possibly government officials.
“I’m excited to have another opportunity to work on my German language skills, as well as to educate students on the importance of cultural awareness and diversity,” she added.
Every year, there are approximately 10,000 applicants for 2,000 awards worldwide in all fields of study and in over 140 countries. More than 380,000 Fulbrighters from the U.S. and other countries have participated in the program since it was established in 1946.
For information about the other three Fulbright award winners, see Fulbright Selects Concordia Students.concordia-adds-fourth-fulbright-award
Dr. Olin Storvick was born in Chicago, Ill., in the July of 1925. He received a public school education in Mason City, Iowa, until 1943 when he enrolled at Luther College. However, his education was put to the side when he enlisted in the Army and was deployed from 1943 to 1945. During his time in the Army, Storvick served in the Pacific Theater and Okinawa. He was awarded the Purple Heart after being injured by shrapnel. Upon his return from service, he finished his undergraduate education at Luther. He continued on to get a master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1950 and a doctorate in 1968. In 1979, he was awarded an honorary doctorate honoris causa from Luther College, and in 2017 he was awarded the Doctor of Human letters honoris causa from Concordia College.
Storvick joined the faculty of Concordia College in 1955 and actively taught until he retired in 1995. He served as the associate dean of the college from 1979 to 1985 and from 1989 to 1990. During his tenure at the college, he taught Ancient History, Greek, the Greek New Testament, Classic Literature and Translation and many other classical studies courses. Teaching was chief among his many interests and joys. He said “that even though he enjoys an archaeological dig, he is a teacher first and foremost.”[i] He was known among his students as being very supportive and caring. Former students would recall how he would see them in passing and take time out of his day to help them solve problems outside of the classroom. Storvicks’s teaching was not limited to the confines of Concordia’s campus. He led many students to Greece and Israel on a variety of trips including archaeological digs and May Seminars. Even after his retirement, he continued to lead May Seminars to expose students to the ancient world. After his retirement, he became an professor emeriti and Classicist-in-Residence in order to still have a role on campus while being able to focus on writing. He stated “he feels a responsibility to write about all of his archaeological finds. He would like to publish them so the public can know more about his work.”[ii]
Archaeology was Storvicks’s main area of research outside of his duties as a teacher. In 1970, he was invited to participate in a summer dig at Khirbet Shema in Israel. He would go on to lead two groups of students to Khirbet Shema before becoming involved with the archaeological excavation at Caesarea Maritima. In 1973, Concordia joined a consortium of 20 American and Canadian universities and colleges under the direction of Dr. Robert Bull that was conducting a dig at Caesarea Maritima. Storvick would, ultimately, lead 12 trips to Caesarea Maritima that included Concordia students. While on one of these digs in Caesarea Maritima in 1993, Storvick and his group of students came across a grindstone. Upon opening the grindstone, they found 99 gold Roman coins that dated to the fourth-century B.C.E. This find attracted both national and international attention due to the unique nature of the items. He stated that “most hordes have been discovered accidentally…I think that only one other horde like this has been found on a dig in Israel.”[iii] He served on the executive committee and as the chairperson of the publication committee on the project which ultimately ended in an exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum.
Storvick passed away on June 16, 2018. However, the influence he had on Concordia and its students will live on. For the college, his influence lives on in the endowed chair of Classical Studies that bears his name and in the toast during the 125th Anniversary celebrations to “the Concordia that is yet to be!” His influence on students’ lives can be seen in the advice he gave while a professor, the care he displayed while teaching and the passion he had for his field.
Contributed by Allison Bundy, archives associate, Concordia College Archives
[i] Deines, Ben. “Dr. Olin Storvick: A Faculty Profile, Truly a Classic.” The Concordian vol. 90 nu. 17, 10.15.1993.
[ii] Brislin, Jonathan. “Professor Storvick Tells All.” The Concordian vol. 91 nu. 15, 9.23.1994.
[iii] Deines, Ben. “Dr. Olin Storvick: A Faculty Profile, Truly a Classic.” The Concordian vol. 90 nu. 17, 10.15.1993.
Len Jepson’s new book, “Cosmically Curious: Perceptions from a Speck Called Earth,” is a perfect read for Cobbers.
Jepson ’66 says though the subject matter may seem deep – philosophy, theology (even quantum theology), and physics – the book is full of true “corny” stories including some from his days on Concordia’s campus. They are conversation starters, prompting readers to explore topics they may not have contemplated in depth before.
“The foundation of the book is ‘epistemic curiosity,’ an ongoing imaginative intellectual openness that leads to an enriched general knowledge,” Jepson says.
Curiosity tends to increase early in life and decrease as life goes on, but some people retain this curiosity and Jepson is one of those. He embraces curiosity with passion.
A lifelong pastor and philosopher, Jepson has had various leadership roles over the years including parishes, synods, and regional, state and national settings. Personal and professional development and studies have also taken place globally in Helsinki, Hong Kong, Germany, South Africa, and Japan.
Jepson believes that curiosity can be compared to the way an artist looks at the world, preparing to put it on canvas. He encourages the reader to continually question, explore unknowns, and by all means always remain curious.
The book can be ordered online from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble.new-book-sees-value-in-curiosity
Schaum, an ACS chemistry and biology double major, studied the luminescence of nanoparticles on patterned metal surfaces as part of a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates. The research was done through the Center for Security Printing and Anti-Counterfeiting Technology at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Schaum looked at how luminescent inks, when placed on patterned metal produce more light when excited with another light than those same inks on a non-patterned surface.
“What we were finding is the surface enhances the luminescent properties so they can be more viable in commercial use,” Schaum says.
Schaum recently presented the research at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Florida. Schaum worked on this research with a team in Dr. P. Stanley May’s lab. The goal of the project was to find a way to amplify the luminescent ink so when used for security purposes such as for computer components or military objects they could be detected without shining as much light on them. Currently, the level of light needed with these particular particles is too intense to replicate inexpensively for business purposes. Schaum says the process was good to gain an understanding of how sporadic research can be.
“It was a really good mock graduate school experience,” Schaum says. “The first five weeks were hard. Nothing was working. And then it clicked.”
While the research was fruitful, Schaum says it also served another goal he had in mind.
“I wanted the opportunity to present on a national scale,” Schaum says.
Schaum did just that when he joined hundreds of chemistry professionals at the ACS National Meeting. In addition to his own presentation, he had the chance to learn from other experts in the chemistry field. Schaum is excited about his next summer research opportunity that will take him to Prague for an International Research Experience for Students program. There he’ll be studying the recycling of industrial coolants in the European Union.
“We plan to develop a procedure for the determination of silicate in coolants and the quality control for the recycling process,” he says.research-for-brighter-security
Colum McCann, artist, author, educator and social activist, will speak at the commencement ceremony at Concordia College on Sunday, May 5. McCann will also receive an honorary degree during the ceremony.
McCann holds a degree in journalism from the Dublin Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in history and English from the University of Texas at Austin. He teaches in the Master of Fine Arts program at Hunger College in New York City and works with educators and artists around the world through the global organization Narrative 4, which he co-founded and for which he serves as president.
His novels, short stories, screenplays, and song lyrics have published in more than 40 languages and have received highest honors internationally. His sustained association with Concordia College began in 2009 when his book, “Let the Great World Spin,” won the National Book Award for fiction and he subsequently headlined the National Book Awards at Concordia. He returned to campus for the 2011 Faith, Reason and World Affairs Symposium, “The Role of the Artist in Society.”
Concordia College will present approximately 437 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees, seven Master of Education in world language degrees, and eight Master of Science in nutrition degrees during commencement.
Commencement is a ticketed event to ensure families of graduates are able to attend. There is overflow seating available without a ticket in Birkeland Alumni Lounge.
Seniors Toby Kindem, Alexandra Rankin and Hannah Allen have received Fulbright awards, and McKayle Carter was named an alternate.
Kindem was awarded an English Teaching Award to Germany and will be going to Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony). He chose Germany because he’s graduating with a K-12 license in German. He was studying in Germany at the time of the application process.
Kindem applied to Fulbright for another opportunity to spend more time in Germany since that would enhance his teaching abilities and knowledge about Germany, the German language, as well as the German culture. He had already learned the dialect spoken in that region and knew it would help him.
“I will be placed in the same state that I was in during my semester abroad and chose it because of the connections that I had already made in that state,” said Kindem. “The road ahead is intimidating, but it will be a great experience and leave a lifelong lasting impression.”
It’ll be sometime this summer before Rankin finds out exactly where she’s going, but her English Teaching Award to Taiwan will take her to either Kaohsiung or Taipei. She chose Kaohsiung – a coastal city in southern Taiwan – as her first choice, but will be happy anywhere.
“Taiwan is a relatively small island with high speed trains so travel is convenient,” said Rankin. “I am so grateful for this opportunity; I am excited to continue to improve my Chinese and also learn more about Taiwanese culture. I am also looking forward to learning more about the Taiwanese school system by working alongside Taiwanese teachers.”
This will not be Rankin’s first time abroad. She’s been to Ecuador on a mission trip, Tanzania to teach English as part of a partnership between Concordia Language Villages and the Singita Grumeti Fund, and to China on a class trip in high school and a semester abroad last fall.
Allen was awarded a Study/Research Award in Music Therapy and is going to be studying at SRH University in Heidelberg, Germany, pursuing a master’s degree in music therapy. She originally went to Germany in 2017 for a year abroad and loved the German culture and lifestyle.
“I applied for the Fulbright because during my year in Mainz, Germany, I had found an intense passion and specific purpose to help others who suffer under mental illness using music as an alternate form of therapy,” said Allen. “When I discovered that there is still a lack of research in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders (specifically Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) using music, I realized that I wanted to pursue further research in this area.”
Allen hopes to get involved in the Heidelberg community and possibly find a “mini-job” to help pay for extra expenses.
“I am receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance, and am currently looking to join an opera chorus in this region of Germany and teach voice lessons to youth in the area,” she added.
Allen plans to stay beyond her year funded by the Fulbright scholarship and continue her second year of the master’s program to earn her degree from SRH.
Carter is an alternate for an English Teaching Award to Germany. While not currently selected as a principal candidate, her selection as an alternate offers the chance of promotion to finalist.
Concordia had six applicants for the 2019-20 Fulbright Awards. Every year, there are approximately 10,000 applicants for 2,000 awards worldwide in all fields of study and in over 140 countries. More than 380,000 Fulbrighters from the U.S. and other countries have participated in the program since it was established in 1946.
“This year, we beat the odds with three awards and one alternate from our six applicants,” said Dr. Jonathan Steinwand, professor of English. “This is the third time (along with 2011 and 2017), according to my records, that we have had three award winners. If McKayle is called upon as a replacement, it will be a record year for us.”
“Elite schools often have several award winners, but, for a school of our size and stature, I am pleased with the result and proud of these Fulbrighters!” he added. “Our world language programs in particular deserve a lot of credit.”
Photo l-r: Hanna Allen, Toby Kindem, Alexandra Rankinfulbright-selects-concordia-students