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Two Creighton Graduates Named Fulbright Scholars

Two Creighton Graduates Named Fulbright Scholars

Claire Climer, of Omaha, a 2008 graduate of Creighton’s College of Arts and Sciences, and Sarah E. Daley, O.T.D., of St. Louis, Mo., a 2008 graduate of Creighton’s School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, have both been named Fulbright scholars for the coming year. Climer has received a 2009-10 Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Ecuador, while Daley has been honored with a traditional Fulbright grant to Ukraine.

Climer is a summa cum laude graduate with a bachelor of arts in Spanish and philosophy. Her record at Creighton includes many leadership posts and numerous academic awards, from presiding over the Creighton Spanish Club to earning a place on the University’s dean’s list each year.

While in Ecuador, Climer will help adults with mid-level proficiency in English to develop skills in speaking, reading and writing.. Building on her service as an ESL volunteer and Spanish tutor in Omaha, she will be fully integrated into the host community, increasing her language skills and knowledge of Ecuador.

The Fulbright Program was established in Ecuador in 1956 through an executive agreement between the governments of the U.S. and Ecuador to increase cultural understanding through educational programs The Fulbright ETA Program, an element of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, places U.S. students as English teaching assistants in schools or universities overseas, thus improving foreign students' English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing their own language skills and knowledge of the host country. ETAs may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities.

Daley’s Fulbright award is in the form of a grant to conduct field research in a rural Ukrainian village.

Daley, who received both a clinical doctor of occupational therapy degree and a bachelor of sciences degree in health sciences from Creighton in December 2008, is a native of Overland Park, Kansas. Among many college honors and activities, the Creighton honors graduate was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society and Pi Theta Epsilon Occupational Therapy Honor society and was one of an interprofessional group of students from Creighton to visit Ukraine on a service learning trip in 2006.

Daley is currently employed as a pediatric occupational therapist at the Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center in Saint Louis. As a Fulbright fellow, Daley will conduct research with Ukrainian children raised in institutionally run orphanages. She will practice her skills at various orphanages and childrens’ hospitals as a volunteer.

Presently, Daley’s volunteer work includes membership in Families of Russian and Ukrainian Adoptees (FRUA) and work with a physician in Saint Louis who is the director of F.A.C.E.S. (Foreign Adoption Clinic and Educational Services). The latter organization provides occupational therapy evaluation and treatment for children adopted from foreign orphanages. Daley is active in the American Occupational Therapy Association, as well.

The Fulbright Program was opened in Ukraine at the beginning of 1992. Its goal is to increase the mutual understanding between people of the United States and Ukraine through scholarly and research exchanges. Since 1992 nearly 500 Ukrainian students, young faculty, and senior scholars have completed academic research or study in the United States, and nearly 400 Americans were involved in scholarly work and teaching in Ukraine.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright program was created by Congress in 1946, immediately after World War II. Former U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright sponsored the legislation, seeing the program as a step toward building international cooperation.

The Fulbright program remains the largest international exchange program in the U.S., offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. The Fulbright Program awards approximately 7,500 new grants annually and operates its program in more than 155 countries.