"Students have take responsibility to understand what's going on around them when studying abroad. Many of the cultural differences are very subtle and some students don't break through that barrier as fully as they should. It's very inspiring--a life changing thing--it stays with you."
Michael Fisher '08
International Politics and German
Students and Alumni
Jonathan Cohen '08 is currently pursuing a master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Immaculata University following his career as a geologist at Earth Engineering, Inc. in Norristown, Pa. He credits Juniata geologists Ryan Mathur and Larry Mutti as well as Russian Literature professor Jim Roney as laying the foundation for both of his career paths. From igneous rock to Tolstoy, Jonathan feels that Juniata prepared him "academically, professionally and personally."
Elise Ebert '10 is employed as an Assistant Product Manager for Creative Designs International-JAKKS Pacific, an international toy company. "I work daily with a wide range of people both intra-office and internationally to coordinate product development projects," Elise says. "Studying International Business and Spanish at Juniata gave me both the cultural and business understanding I need to succeed at my job. By attending a liberal arts school like Juniata, I was also exposed to classes not directly in my major that have enhanced my creative thinking, team-work ability and communication skills, both written and verbal."
Jessica Labella ’09 is currently a translator in Arlington, Va. She translates Russian to English and vice versa and says that her study abroad experience and Juniata mentor James Roney enable her to succeed in her current role.
Sarah Lieberman ’12 is pursuing a graduate degree in international relations at Pablo de Olavide in Seville, Spain.
Bahiya Maouelainin '06 graduated with distinction with a Program of Emphasis in Spanish/Hispanic Cultures. She returned from her semester of study abroad in Spain at Universidad Pablo de Olavide to give a presentation on her research project for distinction, which was titled "Erotismo, prostitucion, virginidad y liberacion de la mujer en la obra de Gabriel Garcia Marquez."
Cheryl Mariani ’12, whose POE at Juniata was international studies, French and economics, is pursuing a graduate degree in international educational development at the University of Pennsylvania.
Stephanie Metz ’12 is enrolled at the Alliance Theological Seminary, seeking her master’s degree in Old Testament studies. Stephanie says, “I really enjoyed studying religion at Juniata because the department is so small so I had a lot of classes with all of the professors. They provided a wide variety of courses which changed every year, so I always had plenty to choose from.” While at Juniata, she served as Religious Studies Club Secretary and Treasurer for Omicron Delta Kappa.
Shiloe Mokay '08 is pursuing her master's degree at the University of Wurzburg and teaching a class called Modern Thinkers. Study abroad in Lille, France and the Gambia as well as French and Politics classes like International Law and Human Rights with Emil Nagengast have most helped her in her current role as graduate student and professor.
Jessica Labella '09 is currently a translator in Arlington, Va. She translates Russian to English and vice versa and says that her study abroad experience and Juniata mentor James Roney enable her to succeed in her current role.
Kristen Robinson '06, who participated in Juniata's French immersion program in Lille following her sophomore year and who studied in Germany during her junior year and in Mexico during her senior year, where she completed an internship in the U.S. embassy in Mexico City during the Spring 2006 semester, has accepted an internship in Shanghai for the spring semester of 2007. The internship is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and will enable Kristen to study Chinese and to work with a number of U.S. businesses that are trading extensively with China.
Brianne Rowan ’12 is attending the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Elizabeth Snyder '09 is currently pursuing graduate study of Art History and Museum Studies at Case Western Reserve University with an assistantship. In the meantime, she is also interning at the Cleveland Museum of Art. She credits internships at the Juniata College Museum of Art and at the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Tourcoing in France as her best learning experiences thusfar.
Michael Thompson ’12, whose POE at Juniata was international politics and economics, will pursue a graduate degree in Chinese studies at the University of Michigan after a year abroad in Taiwan thanks to a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship.
Rebecca Vonada '06 made a trip back to Ecuador to visit friends following graduation prior to enrolling this fall at the University of Pittsburgh in their Center for Latin American Studies. She also continues to work on the web site of Guatemalan partner Colegio Miguel Angel Asturias (www.colegiomaa.org).
Jennifer Wright ’11 is currently living in A Coruña, Spain, teaching English in a high school through the North American Language and Cultural Assistants program. “My study abroad experience at Juniata was so amazing that I knew I had to go back to Spain before continuing my education,” Jennifer says. “All of my professors encouraged my decision to apply for this program, and I couldn't be more grateful.”
Eagles Abroad International Scholarships - Eight members of the class of 2010 have been awarded Eagles Abroad International Scholarships, which provide a four-week immersion experience in the target language and culture following the freshman year and a $3,000 scholarship for the junior year abroad at one of Juniata's exchange sites. Alana Bauleke, Tim Breya, Stuart McHenry, and Jen Snider received the award in French, Alex Barnes in German, Ashley Gordon and Kristie Hilliard in Spanish, and Kathleen Vanderau in Russian.