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Three Students Get Prestigious National Honors

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … It’s the time of year that national awards are presented to students – and three of Le Moyne’s best and brightest have recently been honored by various organizations.

Kelsey Woodrick ’13 has been selected for a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for 2013-14 to Thailand. Woodrick will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in English with a literature concentration and a minor in anthropology. She is also pursuing an education concentration in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Woodrick, who was one of only 20 students from across the country chosen for the Thailand Fulbright program, will serve as an English teaching assistant in Thailand. According to the Fulbright site, “During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.”

Fellow senior Caitlin McGuire has been named by Campus Compact as a 2013 Newman Civic Fellow, the first Le Moyne student to be so honored. Majoring in communications and Spanish, Caitlin uses her skills in social media, blogging, web-design and public relations to motivate and inspire her peers to engage in social justice advocacy. She is co-president of Le Moyne’s Projects in the Community and also served as project leader for two service immersion trips to Ecuador. Read the full text of Caitlin’s write-up here.


Newman Civic Fellow awards are made in memory of Dr. Frank Newman, a founder of Campus Compact, who dedicated his life to creating systemic change through education reform. At the core of Dr. Newman’s leadership was a belief in the power of individuals to make a difference and in the power of connection with others. Frank Newman had a tremendous impact on American education and its role in the development of citizens who want to make a difference. Caitlin is one of the Newman Civic Fellows that embodies this spirit and dedication. Click here for a full list of the 2013 Newman Civic Fellows.

Finally, senior Tyler Sperrazza, a history and theatre arts double major, has been honored as a History Scholar by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. This prestigious award is given to only 15 graduating seniors across the country who specialize in American history. The award honors students who “are thoughtful and dedicated in their studies, and who have also shown leadership in and out of the classroom.”

Sperrazza will join the other honorees for a weekend in New York City at the Gilder Lehrman Institute where he will tour various archives, participate in private seminars with eminent historians, and receive his award at a celebratory banquet.

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posted on: 4/10/2013