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Eckerd Alumna Constancia Vilomar '12 is 2013-14 Brazil Fulbrighter

posted on 04/05/2013

Eckerd College alumna Constancia "Connie" Vilomar '12 has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to serve as an English teaching assistant in Brazil for the 2013-2014 academic year. In the past two decades, Eckerd students have won more than 20 Fulbright Scholarships.

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The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. In addition to teaching English and participating in cultural activities with students, Connie will conduct research focused on the impact of social media on learning languages and regional integration in Latin America.

Connie Vilomar '12Connie credits her time at Eckerd as having prepared her to be a Fulbrighter. "I can never say enough how much my experiences abroad and the service learning trips offered through Eckerd shaped a bit more of who I am and what my goals are for the future," says Connie. "Being able to do a human trafficking field study in Thailand and Cambodia, study one of my many passions - International Law - in The Netherlands, and live in Brazil for seven months, are unique opportunities that have definitely prepared me for this exciting experience."

Connie, who hails from the Dominican Republic, earned a B.A. degree from Eckerd in May 2012, double majoring in International Relations and Global Affairs and Political Science and double minoring in Spanish and Law and Justice. While at Eckerd, she was named a Ford Scholar and inducted into the Pi Sigma Alpha, Omicron Delta Kappa and Sigma Delta Pi honor societies.

Active in the campus community, Connie tutored other students in Spanish, was a member of the Academic Honor Council, was a student ambassador for the Office of Admission, served as an assistant residence coordinator (ARC) in Residence Life, and served as president of the Amnesty International and Model United Nations clubs.

Connie expresses her appreciation for two faculty members who influenced her most when she was a student. "I would like to recognize Assistant Professor of Spanish Yanira Angulo-Cano and Professor of Political Science Mary Meyer-McAleese for always being there for me and advising me throughout my academic career, inside and outside of the classroom. They both saw the potential in me to do big things, to have a positive impact on those around me, and I will always be grateful for that!"

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