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Three University of Portland graduates are awarded Fulbrights to study overseas

Randy Howell, who graduated last spring with a political science degree and a German minor, is the third University of Portland student to be awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany and Austria this year, according to language professor Laura McLary.

Howell, who been an alternate for a scholarship, has been offered a Fulbright English teaching assistantship in Austria. He has been placed in the town of Bruck an der Mur, located south of Vienna.

Two other University of Portland students received Fulbright Scholarships this year. Claudia Halfen, a German studies and political science double major, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany, and Jeffery Fanning, a global business major with a German minor, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Austria.

In addition, Amy Kintner, an English and German double major, is an alternate on a list for a Fulbright Scholarship to Austria, according to McLary.

Halfen and Fanning will be working in schools assisting English teachers and acting as a native-speaker resource for German and Austrian students learning English. Kintner has been offered a position in the graduate program at University of Dortmund to pursue research in German and Austrian Literature.

Nine German language students from the University have won Fulbrights, including three 2004 graduates: Kristen McGillivray, Sam Barbara, and Jared Frye. Other German language students from the University who won Fulbrights were Manny Duenas, a 2003 graduate, Jennifer Cournia, a 2001 graduate, and Shawn Baxter, a 1995 graduate.

The United States Fulbright program began in 1946 after World War II, to “assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the United States and other counties of the world” through the exchange of students, scholars and professionals. The program operates in over 140 countries worldwide.

For more information contact McLary at (503) 943-7255 or

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