first_imgThe end of the year is usually a time seniors scramble to make decisions on post-graduation opportunities, but Saint Mary’s senior and accounting major Meghan Flanagan finally knows what awaits her.Flanagan was awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to Germany and an acceptance into the U.S. Teaching Assistant Program of the Austrian Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs. After comparing the two opportunities, she confirmed her acceptance to the Austrian Program over the weekend.“I chose the one in Austria because the location is better [and] there’s less of a risk,” Flanagan said. “For the program in Germany, I wouldn’t have known where I was living until after I committed. People that I have talked to said to go with the Austria program because the one in Germany could either be in a university city or in the middle of nowhere, and I wouldn’t know that until I was already in.“The dates work out a lot better too because I have to take the CPA exam this summer,” Flanagan said. “My orientation for the Germany program would have begun September 12th. … It just seemed like everything was pointing to Austria as the better option.”Flanagan said many students are chosen as alternates for the program and do not find out if they can teach until late summer. She said she believes her eight years of learning German benefited her in gaining acceptance into not one, but two language related programs.“I was pretty proud of myself when I found out,” Flanagan said. “It’s really rewarding because I feel like the past four years I’ve been working really hard and now it’s finally starting to pay off. It was really nice to have the option between the two countries. I’m really thankful that I heard right away, and that I was accepted as a candidate for both rather than an alternate.”During her time at Saint Mary’s, Flanagan studied abroad in Innsbruck, Austria. She said this time she is excited to return as a teacher rather than a student.“It’s not so much about teaching English, but it’s more so a really good way to spend time abroad long term,” Flanagan said. “I’m not just traveling and I’m not just seeing a big city for a few days but I’m actually living there, and I’ll be immersed into the culture. It’s kind of like a post grad study abroad, but I’m not the one studying.“It’s more about pushing myself out of my comfort zone.”Tags: Austria, foreign language, fulbright program, germany, post-graduation, saint mary’slast_img read more


first_imgUniversity of Vermont,A gift from James Edward “Ted” and Danielle “Dani” Virtue of Rye, New York, will fund construction of a new synthetic turf field on the campus of the University of Vermont. Virtue Field, as the new facility will be called, will serve as the home for the UVM men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s soccer teams and will also be used for campus recreation activities. It is the first phase of a planned stadium project that will include grandstand seating for 3,000 spectators, game-day locker rooms, public restrooms, concessions, and storage space.”The generosity and commitment of the Virtue family to our athletic program is truly remarkable,” said Dr. Robert Corran, UVM associate vice president and director of athletics. “I cannot overstate the impact this project will have on our lacrosse and soccer programs, and indeed the entire campus community. Our coaches and student-athletes are more than excited to see this project come to fruition, and I am thrilled to join them in extending our most sincere thanks and appreciation.”The new field is located next to Moulton Winder Field and UVM’s new outdoor track facility slated for completion in approximately three weeks. Phase one of construction, which began in early August, includes the field installation, perimeter fencing, temporary seating, and a scoreboard. Completion is expected by the end of October, weather permitting. The UVM men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will play their 2012 home games at Virtue Field.”We are tremendously grateful to the Virtue family for this generous gift, which allows us to proceed immediately with construction of an impressive new addition to UVM’s athletics facilities,” said O. Richard Bundy, III, UVM vice president for Development and Alumni Relations, which oversees fundraising for the university. “By elevating our competition space for lacrosse and soccer so dramatically, Virtue Field is a powerful and visible example of the significant impact that private giving can have on the quality of the student experience at UVM.”The 127×87-yard surface will be made of Revolution fiber manufactured by FieldTurf, which the company says is the most durable of its kind. A patented FieldTurf infill formula ensures player safety and is one of the most player-friendly surfaces on the market.”We could not be more excited for UVM and the Catamount administration,” said FieldTurf President Eric Daliere. “We take great pride that UVM has put their trust in our product and our company. We look forward to providing our innovative turf system in Virtue Field. The student-athletes will truly enjoy competing on this surface for many years to come.”The UVM Athletic Department is currently raising funds for the second phase of the project. Alumni and supporters of UVM Athletics are encouraged to contact Pat McBride, senior director of major gifts for UVM Athletics, at 802-656-7720 if they are interested in contributing to the project.last_img read more