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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Shinglehouse Woman One of Three UPB Students To Travel Abroad This Summer

3 Selected for Scholarship Program

Three students from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford have been selected to participate in the prestigious Vira I. Heinz Scholarship Program for Women in Global Leadership, which will enable them to travel abroad this summer.


This year’s winners are Vogue A. Bernard of Shinglehouse, Vanessa L. Durland of Meshoppen and Romainne D. Harrod of Peoria, Ariz.

Bernard, a sophomore in the English education program, will travel to Stellenbosch, South Africa, where she will focus on the Heinz programming area of arts and culture by learning about African dance.

A member of the Pitt-Bradford dance team, Bernard said, “Cultural dance and its functions have been a curiosity of mine ever since my grandmother took me to see an African folk group called Ax’e. I found the music enchanting and the dances extraordinary. Thus began my addiction to African arts.”

Durland, who is a sophomore in the criminal justice program, chose the Heinz programming area of children, youth and families. She will study at the American International University in London, where she will focus her research on youth crime.

“I will interview police officers and other members of the criminal justice system to examine how England deals with the issue of youth and drug-related crimes,” she said. “I want to improve my self confidence and become a future leader in the field of criminal justice.”

Harrod, also a sophomore in English education, will spend a month this summer in Madrid, Spain, and will focus on the Heinz programming area of education. She chose Spain so she could both improve her Spanish language skills and compare and contrast the Spanish and American education systems.

“This international experience will serve as a springboard for future leadership opportunities,” she said, “because I’m traveling with a goal in mind: to learn, explore, experience and apply everything that happens to me while in Spain.”

Each young woman will attend a leadership development workshop in Pittsburgh later this spring before traveling abroad. During the next academic year, each woman will design and complete a community-engagement experience, where they will be asked to “think globally, act locally.” More...

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