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Miranda Lahr ‘09 Selected for Assistantship in France

April 21, 2009

The Hartwick College Department of Modern and Classical Languages recently announced that it has selected Miranda Lahr '09 to fill the position of Teaching Assistant in the English program at the University of Nice in France during the 2009-10 academic year.

Lahr, a Hartwick French and Chemistry major, is from Vestal, NY. She will take part in the ongoing student exchange between Hartwick and the University of Nice.

"At Hartwick, I've explored a dual degree program in Chemistry and French language. I appreciate this opportunity to blend my passions at the Université de Nice teaching English to science majors," Lahr said. "I look forward to improving my technical French while lending my skills in the labs part-time. I'll be drawing on previous cultural experiences in France and Madagascar and the research I have done in our labs. The current adjunct, Anees Gharzita, had an amazing time in Nice. I know this will be one of the most incredible years of my life."

Each year, Hartwick welcomes one student from Nice, who serves as a Native Adjunct in French. During their year on Oyaron Hill, the students teach both introductory and intermediate language courses to students on the Hartwick campus.

"The student exchange with the Université de Nice offers a wonderful opportunity for Hartwick graduates to put the language they have learned into practice," said Mark Wolff, Assistant Professor of French. "The experience is valuable not only for those who are considering careers in education but also for those who want to demonstrate to prospective employers that they can handle the challenge of living abroad, adapt to a different cultural environment, and negotiate differences between their own backgrounds and their new surroundings.

"The French Native Adjuncts are students pursuing teacher certification in France who come to Hartwick to teach language courses on campus," he continued. "As natives of France, they contribute to the internationalization of Hartwick's campus by living in student residence halls, dining in the Commons, and participating in campus activities."

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum merges traditional liberal arts study, personalized teaching, and experiential learning approaches to emphasize Connecting the Classroom to the World. Add to that a wide range of off-campus internships, collaborative research, study-abroad opportunities, and a unique January Term, and Hartwick prepares students for the world ahead. Strong financial aid and scholarship programs keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Christopher Lott
E-mail: lottc@hartwick.edu
Phone: 607-431-4030