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Alumni from 2008, '09 and'10 receive Fulbrights

Lynne Stillings ´09 earns a U.S. Fulbright-mtvU Award.
Lynne Stillings ´09 earns a U.S. Fulbright-mtvU Award.

Lynne Stillings '09 has been selected to receive a U.S. Fulbright-mtvU Award to conduct music research in Indonesia.

Her award brings the number of Fulbrights at Connecticut College this year to four. Ivy Chippendale '09, Jacob Daniels '08 and Johanna Gregory '10 also applied through the College and won awards. Other alumni won awards as "at large" applicants and are not included in the total.

Stillings, who majored in music, will examine relationships between children´s musical expression in Indonesia, and Indonesia´s model of cultural diversity that is outside the perspective of many American youths.

"The goal of my project is to empower Javanese children through music. Ultimately, I would like to present my research to international NGOs, encouraging organizations to use music to promote children´s rights," Stillings said. "Connecticut College intertwined the concept of being an active global citizen within my studies in music and language. I hope to continue my work and studies in ethnomusicology for children´s rights with that perspective."

Ivy Chippendale ´09, Fulbright Research Award, Italy

Chippendale, who currently lives in New York City and works for a nonprofit organization that provides services to the homeless, plans to spend the year researching the correlation between Sicilian food culture and HIV opportunistic illness specific to the region.

"I will be working with ANLAIDS, an AIDS organization in Palermo, Italy, to better understand the ways that food can be an important preventive measure against co-infection in a region where eating and cooking are at the heart of daily life," she said.

Jacob Daniels ´08, Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, Vietnam

Daniels, who majored in government at Connecticut College, has been traveling and living abroad since his graduation.

In Cambodia, Daniels founded Cambodian Threads, a socially responsible company that sells fairly traded silk scarves made by a family of artisans from a small Cambodian village. A portion of the proceeds from every scarf is used to buy education necessities, including pencils, notebooks, calculators and rulers, which are donated to disadvantaged schools in the same region.

"The Fulbright Fellowship will be a great opportunity for me to continue living abroad and expanding my international and cultural knowledge," he said.

Johanna Gregory ´10, Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, Germany

Gregory, a German studies and history double major from Upper Montclair, N.J., plans to start an afterschool program to examine American influence on German slang and pop culture at the German school where she will be teaching. A scholar in the college´s Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts, she completed an internship in Germany during her junior year.

"I want to give back a little to Germany, which has given me so much," she said.

Connecticut College is consistently recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Fellows, with 18 winners in the past four years. Fulbright Fellows receive round-trip transportation to the host country, a living stipend, research allowances and medical insurance. Each year, approximately 1,150 students are awarded Fulbright grants, while the Fulbright-mtvU Award is given to up to four U.S. citizens each year.

Read more about the four winners.

June 14, 2010