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Loyola University New Orleans Produces Three Fulbright Award Recipients

Loyola press release - April 12, 2017

Graduates going global! Loyola University New Orleans is pleased to announce that two Loyola graduates and one Loyola senior—Natalie Jones ’14, Mathew Holloway ’16 and Lauren Stroh ’17—are 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Award recipients.

Loyola was honored to have a total of five students receive Fulbright award offers including graduate Emily Edwards ’16 and Michael Pashkevich ’17. Edwards and Pashkevich—both members of Loyola’s acclaimed Honors Program—had the rare opportunity to decline this award in pursuit of other exciting ventures.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. During the experience, Fulbrighters meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of the host country, engaging in daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, giving recipients an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think.

In 2016, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs named Loyola University New Orleans among the Top U.S. Fulbright Producers for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Jones, Holloway, and Stroh were each selected for the Fulbright program’s English Teaching Assistant program, which places Fulbright recipients in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs help teach English while serving as cultural ambassadors for the United States. In addition to teaching English, each student will take on a supplementary research project of their own creation based on their interests and studies.

Graduating from Loyola with a double major in Spanish and theatre arts, Jones will be placed in Argentina teaching English at a university, elementary school, or high school. In addition to her teaching duties, Jones will travel around Argentina investigating accents in pursuit of creating a database of accents from various regions of the country that language researchers can utilize.

“If you think about it, accents are like wearing a hat or wearing a mask,” Jones said. “It’s a voice coming out of your mouth. It changes the way you are perceived."

Since graduating from Loyola with a major in sociology and a minor in Spanish, Holloway has been traveling around the world in preparation for his upcoming Fulbright journey to Panama. While in Panama, Holloway will ignite a research project called Open Spaces, a program he created in order to open a forum for students to discuss important topics related to activism, advocacy, and ally-ship.

“From comparing racism between Panama and the United States to learning about the effects of global warming, I want to empower students to know how they can support and address issues affecting our global community,” Holloway said.

Graduating this upcoming spring with a contract major in cultural studies through Loyola’s English department and a member of Loyola’s Honors Program, Stroh will embark on a new chapter of her life teaching English at a bi-national center in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

With an acute interest in Venezuelan political graffiti, Jones is excited for the opportunity to research and investigate the Venezuelan street art scene and curate an exhibition of political graffiti spotlighting and generating exposure for the underrepresented art form.

“As a curator, I want to expand scholarship and representation of this medium in the Western context and abroad,” Stroh said.

Each of these global gladiators will embark on their journeys in the upcoming year pursuing social justice and research and sharing their knowledge they garnered at Loyola.

Edwards and Pashkevich, who will not be accepting their positions with Fulbright, will continue to go on to exciting global ventures, as well. Pashkevich received the prestigious international Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which will allow him to pursue doctoral studies at Cambridge University. Edwards accepted the Max Weber Fellowship at New York University’s Center for European Culture and Studies. As part of the fellowship, Edwards will be the primary research assistant to Dr. Christian Martin, the Max Weber Chair of German and European Studies. This opportunity will also allow her to continue her studies abroad, as well.