Alex Dryer Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant
Posted: June 25, 2013
Alexandria (Alex) Dryer, a University of Evansville junior from Columbia City, Indiana, has received a study abroad grant from Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s most selective academic honor society.
Dryer, a classical studies and social studies education major, will use the $1,000 grant to spend the Spring 2014 semester at Harlaxton College, the University of Evansville’s British campus in Grantham, England. There, she will continue work on her capstone project for UE’s Honors Program, which focuses on the different reactions of the Roman government towards various religious cults of the time.
The grant will help cover Dryer’s travel expenses to Harlaxton and to sites such as the Temple of Sulis Minerva in Bath, England, and the Temple of Isis in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, Italy.
“I was so surprised and honored to receive the Phi Kappa Phi study abroad grant,” Dryer said. “It will help me bring a new depth of knowledge to my project as well as new experiences in my undergraduate career.”
Phi Kappa Phi awards 50 study abroad grants each year to U.S. undergraduates with grade point averages of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The grants are designed to support students as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.
Shannon Galyan '13 Awarded Fulbright Teaching Grant in South Korea
Posted: May 28, 2013
Shannon Galyan, a 2013 University of Evansville graduate, will spend her first year out of college halfway across the world in South Korea, where she has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English for the 2013-14 academic year.
Galyan, a native of Bloomington, Indiana, graduated May 4 with a Bachelor of Science in social studies education. She will leave the United States in July and complete a six-week orientation in Goesan, South Korea, during which she will receive her specific school assignment.
“We at the University of Evansville are incredibly proud of Shannon for earning this opportunity to make an impact on the lives of young students while serving as a cultural ambassador,” said Earl Kirk, UE director of study abroad. “As a UE student, Shannon compiled an impressive résumé of international experience, and her year in South Korea will be a tremendous asset to her continued growth as an educator and a global citizen.”
As a UE student, Galyan studied abroad four times, spending a semester at Harlaxton College (UE’s British campus in Grantham, England) and three summers in South Korea at Hansung University and Ewha Womans University.
“I’ve been interested in Korean culture and language since I was in high school, but my first study abroad experience, to Ewha Womans University in Seoul, really opened up my view of the world,” Galyan said. “I learned so much that summer and during the study abroad opportunities that followed. I’m very excited to be able to do what I love, teaching, in a place that is so close to my heart.”
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries, the program offers opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. It was established by Congress in 1946.
UE's Matthew Knoester Publishes New Book on Democratic Education
Posted: November 28, 2012
Matthew Knoester, assistant professor of education at the University of Evansville, has published a new book, Democratic Education in Practice: Inside the Mission Hill School.
Published through Teachers College Press, the book evaluates and describes a high-performing public school in Boston. The book describes the school’s successes — such as a high college attendance rate by its graduates and the portfolio process required for graduation — and also the challenges faced by schools like Mission Hill, including pressure to teach to standardized tests.
“The Mission Hill School is a small, personal, but informal K-8 learning environment where teachers hold high standards for children, who rise to those standards while taking a large amount of ownership over their own learning,” Knoester said. “Even if school leaders elsewhere cannot replicate the school due to various constraints, I hope there are parts that educators will find useful."
“Matthew Knoester has done us an enormous favor by showing us, in detail, what could be — one example of how schools can be the building blocks for democracy, recreating community for all to taste, feel, hear, and see,” said Deborah W. Meier, author of the book’s foreword and a MacArthur Fellow who founded Mission Hill School.
Knoester is a National Board Certified Teacher and former teacher at the Mission Hill School in Boston, as well as schools in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College, his Master of Education degree from Harvard University, and his PhD in curriculum and instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Knoester has published articles in journals such as Educational Policy; Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy; Pedagogy, Culture & Society; and Schools: Studies in Education. He is also the editor of the book International Struggles for Critical Democratic Education (Peter Lang Publishing, 2012).
Democratic Education in Practice: Inside the Mission Hill School is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Teachers College Press.