Kathryn Shrader receives US Student Fulbright award to teach English in Germany

Kathryn Shrader has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for Germany for the 2014-2015 academic year. This prestigious program places recent American graduates in schools around the world to improve foreign students’ English language abilities and to act as an ambassador for the United States.

She will graduate from OSU in May 2014 with a degree in German and a degree in English, and will leave for Hamburg, Germany in September. “None of this would have been possible without Dr. John te Velde and Dr. Karin Schestokat of the German department, and Dr. William Decker in the English department. They have pushed me to succeed and supported my interest in Fulbright from day one.”

While at OSU Kathryn also received the competitive Bailey Family Memorial Scholarship for a 6-month study abroad program in Bamberg, Germany and served as President of the OSU German Club. Along with her graduation this May, she will also be inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honors society.

Marcy Montgomery received US Student Fulbright award in Interdisciplinary Studies for research in the Philippines

Marcy Montgomery, a 2004 graduate of the Oklahoma State University program in Design Housing Merchandising, has been awarded a United States J. William Fulbright Grant in Interdisciplinary Studies for 2014-2015. She will represent the US as an ambassador and conduct research in the Philippines. Marcy will collect and preserve the intangible cultural heritage possessed by the endangered human resources of traditional textile artisans. This unique research will take her to the jungles and remote highland areas of Luzon, Philippines. Her Fulbright research project will be hosted by the Third World Studies Center at the University of The Philippines.

Marcy is also an artisan; she enjoys fusing and blowing glass. Her first exhibit is being shown at the AHHA Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa, OK spring 2014. In addition, she is an avid yoga practitioner.

Her culturally significant research aims to be a valuable resource for both local and international audiences, and lay the groundwork for further exploration in the areas of economic development, art history, textile and apparel design, anthropology, and Filipino studies.