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Wheaton Wire editor wins Fulbright Scholarship to Germany

NORTON, Mass.–Karin Seeber ’05 of Groton, Mass., a double major in English and German, will teach English and American studies in Germany next year as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.

NORTON, Mass.--Karin Seeber '05 of Groton, Mass., a double major in English and German, will teach English and American studies in Germany next year as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.

<!-- -->The editor of the Wire--Wheaton's student newspaper--Seeber won one of the Padagogischer Austauschdienst Teaching Assistantships/Fulbright Grants. She hopes to share her interest in contemporary media and culture with German high school students to offer them ''a more personal view of our culture and its values.''

''Although English is becoming the common denominator for global communication, teaching the cultural component broadens learning experiences,'' Seeber said. When I studied abroad, the opportunity opened my eyes to a culture I had never fully understood. Not only will my presence in Germany change how my students think about Americans, but I would also gain more knowledge and experience from living and working abroad.''

Seeber has distinguished herself at Wheaton in several areas. She is a Dean's List student, a Community Scholar, a preceptor in the German Department and a member of the German and film clubs. She has been a writer, editor and photographer for the Wire for all four years and has written for her hometown newspaper and Wheaton's college magazine and Web site.

''What impresses me most about Karin is her ability to create significant skill-enhancing opportunities for herself,'' said Jayne Iafrate, advisor for the Wire. ''She parlayed her Junior Year Abroad semester into a 'foreign correspondent' position for several publications. During the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, Karin obtained a press pass and filed daily reports from the convention for the college's Web site. During the daytime lull in news, Karin shadowed media professionals, from the press staff of New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to reporters from the New York Times and Washington Post. These self-made experiences are emblematic of Karin's drive for knowledge.''

Five other Wheaton students have won major scholarships so far this year. Senior Carolyn Wills of Salt Lake City earned a Rhodes Scholarship; seniors Liza Semler of Middlesex, Vt., and Tyler Matteson of Epsom, N.H., won Watson Fellowships; and juniors Alex Dewar of Portland, Ore., and Myles Matteson of Epsom, N.H., won Truman Scholarships.