Recent EKU Graduate Receives Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

Alban Holyoke in firefighter gear

A recent Eastern Kentucky University graduate will be heading to Nepal this fall on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

Alban Holyoke, a December 2009 Honors Scholar graduate from Yellow Springs, Ohio, will teach English approximately 20 hours each week during his 10-month stay as well as learn Nepali and teach fire safety courses.  He may also volunteer for a local fire department if time allows.

Holyoke said he’s excited about the opportunity to work in the Himalayan nation.

“When I was applying for the grant, I spoke with half a dozen exchange students from Nepal studying at Eastern,” Holyoke said, “and they are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I’m incredibly excited to meet more people from Nepal, learn the language, and experience a culture vastly different from my own. It will help me career-wise by developing me as a more rounded person with world experience and a better sense of who I am, and what may values are.”

 Holyoke, who chalked up a perfect 4.0 GPA while earning a baccalaureate degree in fire protection engineering technology from EKU, was active in the Student Government Association, the Association of Fire Science Technicians and the University’s nationally prestigious Honors Program.

“The Honors Program has developed in me a love of learning,” he said. “By providing an intellectually stimulating atmosphere, it helped me solidify my values. It is truly one of the best programs at Eastern, and I cannot speak highly enough of it. The professors are top-notch and pushed me to challenge myself to achieve things I never thought possible.”

Holyoke also credited Eastern’s Study Abroad Program as an “important” component in his academic and personal development.

“Without a doubt one of the best semesters I had at college was studying abroad in Vietnam,” he said. “If I could suggest just one thing to students, that would be to step outside their comfort zone, travel abroad for a semester, at least to Europe, but better still to South American, Asia or Africa.”

Holyoke also credited several “influential” professors and program directors at EKU: Dr. Larry Collins, Jim Pharr, Dr. Bruce MacLaren, Dr. David Zurick, Dr. Richard Freed, Dr. Linda Frost, Michele Gore and President Doug Whitlock, “who took time out of his incredibly busy schedule to meet with and mentor me.”

Published on July 08, 2010

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