Marist Magazine: Fall 2014 - page 4

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M a r i s t
M a g a z i n e
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R
ecent Marist graduates Kendra
McKechnie ’14, Kristen O’Brien ’14, and
Nicholas Homler ’13 are traveling abroad
to teach and pursue research projects
after becoming the latest group of Marist
Fulbright Scholarship winners. Student-
athlete Caylin Moore ’16 is the first Marist
undergraduate to be awarded a US-UK
Fulbright Summer Institutes scholarship,
which sent him to the University of Bristol
to study for four weeks.
Moore, an economics major and psy-
chology minor from Los Angeles, Calif.,
said he gained a much larger perspective
on his country and his community as a
result of the scholarship. “The
Fulbright experience was a
blessing like no other. I am
thankful because it made me
a better man, a better person.
We studied the transatlantic
slave trade primarily, but we were enabled to
learn about systematic oppression, implicit
social injustice, the development of our
country, and continuity from the slave trade
culture,” Moore says.
“We were also given the opportunity to
partake in activities such as archaeological
Meet Marist’s Newest Fulbright Scholars
digs, a meeting with a member of British
Parliament, travel to the major port cities
of England, and a large volume of other
cultural immersion activities. This expe-
rience provided insight, inspiration, and
knowledge on how to bring about a positive
change to my home community and our
world.”
Moore comes from a family with a
single mother, a younger brother, and older
sister. He has been deeply and extensively
involved in community service focused on
youth, both in his home community and
in Poughkeepsie. While at Marist he has
participated in the Special Olympics, the
White Ribbon Campaign movement to
end domestic violence against women and
girls, and the Take Back the Night event. A
quarterback on the Marist football team,
his long-term plan is to pursue a career in
the nonprofit sector, improving educational
opportunities for at-risk youth.
McKechnie, a French/adolescent educa-
tion major with a minor in global studies
and psychology from Red Bank, N.J., travels
to Thailand this fall to teach English for a
year. She spent the fall of her sophomore
year in Senegal and spent the fall of her
jun ior yea r in
Marseilles, France.
Outside of class,
she served as co-
captain of Marist’s
Kendra McKechnie ’14
CaylinMoore ’16
McKechnie, a French/adolescent education major
with a minor in global studies and psychology
fromRed Bank, N.J., travels to Thailand this fall
to teach English for a year.
Moore, an economics major and psychology
minor from Los Angeles, Calif., said he gained a
much larger perspective on his country and his
community as a result of the scholarship.
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