Slavic and Eastern Language Students Earn Fulbrights

Slavic and Eastern Language Students Earn Fulbrights

Slavic and Eastern Languages Department faculty applauded word this month that Matthew Lyberg, a recently graduated Russian major from Howell, Mich., had been named to the inaugural class of Fulbright Scholars to the Ukraine.

The news meant one of the smallest departments on campus could claim a hand in all four Fulbright Fellowships won by graduating seniors this year.

Lyberg, who will photograph Ukrainian monastery life, became the second Slavic and Eastern Languages major to win a Fulbright this year, joining Sara Davidson '00, of Springfield, Va., a linguistics major traveling to Poland to research linguistics and Jewish-Catholic relations.

Boston College's other two Fulbright winners this year took language instruction in the department. Scott Lee Purdy '00 of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, a biochemistry major, is traveling on a teaching grant to Poland, and John V. Skerry '00, of Pembroke, a political science major and future Marine officer, will study emerging democracy in Bulgaria.

"We can be proud of the department this year," said Slavic and Eastern Languages Department Chairman Assoc. Prof. Margaret Thomas. "We're a small department and we hand-train our students. We work closely with them."

The department counts only a dozen or so full-time majors, she said, but offers instruction to several hundred students each year in languages from Czech to Chinese and in linguistics, the study of language itself.

- Mark Sullivan

 

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