Going their separate ways
As Transylvania’s newest graduates venture out to begin their careers or continue their learning in graduate or professional schools, here are three members of the class of 2007 with interesting outcomes.
Blythe Duckworth, a sociology major from Harrison, Ohio, planned to enter the field of speech language pathology. However, a recent internship with AIDS Volunteers of Lexington turned her focus to the non-profit sector and specifically to a newly designed internship program with the Jessie Ball duPont Fund in Jacksonville, Fla. Now Duckworth has been named to one of the two internship positions offered by the fund.
In the first year of the internship, Duckworth will learn about grant-making by handling grants herself, visit programs that are already up and running, and sit in on board meetings. In the second year, she will participate in a certificate program, most likely at Georgetown University, and spend two or three months working at a different non-profit.
Duckworth was one of 17 applicants interviewed for the position following a national search. The Jessie Ball duPont Fund makes grants to more than 330 eligible organizations identified by duPont in her will, including Transylvania.
“I am very excited about this opportunity to work with the duPont Fund,” said Duckworth. “This really is a perfect fit for me as I leave Transylvania and explore the non-profit sector.”
Brian Epling, a political science major from Owensboro, Ky., received the 2007-08 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award to teach English conversation in a secondary school in South Korea.
Epling will work in South Korea for one year, living with a host family provided by the school. His duties will include 20 hours a week of class time teaching English conversation under the supervision of a certified Korean teacher. Additional time will be spent for class preparation and assisting Korean teachers in planning lessons.
“While in South Korea, I hope to pursue academic interests through learning the language and exploring Korean culture,” said Epling. “More importantly, I want to avoid being a yearlong ‘tourist’ and help dispel stereotypes about Americans abroad by becoming involved in the local community.”
Haley Riney, an exercise science major from Owensboro, Ky., received the University of Kentucky Cralle Fellowship to enter the graduate physical therapy program this fall.
The one-year $15, 000 fellowship also includes a tuition scholarship and student health insurance. It is for an entering student who is a graduate of one the 20 four-year independent colleges and universities affiliated with the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities. The recipient is chosen annually by the Joan Cralle Day/Cralle Foundation Fellowship selection committee from a pool of applicants.
“The Cralle Fellowship is a wonderful honor, and I am extremely grateful to have received this scholarship as a reward for my efforts as a student and athlete for Transy,” said Riney. “My solid educational background at Transy has been pivotal in preparing me for a future in the field of physical therapy. Being awarded the Cralle Fellowship will further enable me to reach my future academic and professional goals at UK and within the community.”