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Nicholas Homler ’13
Kristen O’Brien ’14
Ultimate Frisbee team and was a member of
the College’s Deans’ Circle. She fulfilled her
student-teaching responsibilities by serving
during fall 2013 at Arlington High School in
Lagrangeville, N.Y., and taught at Marlboro
(N.Y.) Middle School during the following
semester. Her Fulbright travels will launch
the career she plans in international educa-
tion.
O’Brien, an English major with a minor
in music and global studies from Islip
Terrace, N.Y., will teach English in South
Korea. In the spring of 2013, she spent a
semester in South Korea with the support
of the Freeman-ASIA Scholarship. Both
Kristen and her twin sister, Allison, were
among the last recipients of this competi-
tive grant as it ended its awards following
that semester. During her studies in South
Korea, Kristen was able to locate and meet
her birth mother and her sister; the twins
were adopted from South Korea when they
were infants. During that semester in Korea,
Kristen was also given the opportunity to
tutor a young girl in English, using her skills
in both English and music to enrich her
lessons. Her Fulbright travels will launch
a career in education, with an emphasis on
teaching English as a second language.
Homler, a 2013 graduate fromMahwah,
N.J., and a dual major in radio/TV/film and
interactive media/
game studies while
at Marist, will pursue
a film project on cin-
emas in New Zealand.
At Marist, he served as senior class presi-
dent (2012-13) and also received a Robin
Pell Emerging Filmmaker Award at the
Lake Placid Film Forum in 2013. He was
technical director for the Marist College
Club of Theatre Arts (MCCTA) and director
of Time Check, Marist’s male a cappella
group. His greatest ambition is to become a
producer of feature stories for television pro-
grams such as CBS News Sunday Morning
and 60 Minutes.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship
international educational exchange program
sponsored by the U.S. government and is
designed to increase mutual understanding
between the people of the United States and
those of other countries. The primary source
of funding for the program is an annual
appropriation made by the U.S. Congress
to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients
of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis
of academic or professional achievement as
well as demonstrated leadership potential in
their fields. The program operates in more
than 155 countries worldwide.
The US-UK Fulbright Commission
offers special Summer
Institutes for U.S. citizens
to come to the United
Kingdom. These sum-
mer programs provide
the opportunity for U.S.
undergraduates (aged over
18), with at least two years of undergraduate
study left to complete, to come to the U.K.
on a three-, four-, five-, or six-week academic
and cultural summer program. Participants
receive the opportunity to experience an
academic program at a highly regarded
university, explore the culture, heritage,
and history of the U.K., and develop their
academic ability by improving presentation,
research, and communication skills.
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Homler, a 2013 graduate fromMahwah, N.J., and
a dual major in radio/TV/film and interactive
media/game studies while at Marist, will pursue
a film project on cinemas in New Zealand.
O’Brien, an English major with a
minor in music and global studies
from Islip Terrace, N.Y., will teach
English in South Korea.
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