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Newly Selected Fulbright Award Grantees Hail From Rhodes

Publication Date: 4/16/2012

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Rhodes senior Jake Groves of Louisville, Ky., has been selected a Fulbright student grantee for 2012-2103 to work as a Teaching Assistant through the ETA (English Teaching Assistant) program in Russia.

An English and Russian double major, Groves plans to teach English language courses at a university there. In addition, he will research Russian folk music, exploring its potential as a means of cultural exchange.

The Fulbright Program, America’s highly prestigious international educational exchange sponsor, is administered by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright, the program awards grants to students, scholars, administrators and professionals to study, teach, lecture or conduct research abroad.

At Rhodes, Groves has served as an International Peer Advisor and has studied abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia where he took courses in Russian history, Russian literature and contemporary Russian issues. As a 2009 Rhodes Summer Service Fellow, he also taught fifth through eighth graders leadership and public speaking skills at Memphis University School.

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Rhodes alumnus Richard Hurd ’08, who majored in Spanish, is headed to Brazil as part of the English Teaching Assistantship through Fulbright. He is an M.A. student in Spanish Language and Literature at Georgia State University. At Rhodes, Hurd was a standout baseball player all during his four years, a two- time Academic All-American and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

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