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Hall grants support student research at William Jewell
Contact: Cara Dahlor816-415-5223
March 19, 2013

The Hall Family Foundation’s Summer Academic Enrichment Program will send William Jewell College students on horizon-expanding journeys to Hong Kong, New York, Italy and Jerusalem.

Four students received individual awards ranging from $1,200 to $5,000 to seize academic opportunities and prepare for post-graduate experiences. The Hall Family Foundation Summer Academic Enrichment Program is unique to William Jewell, providing financial support for opportunities not typically available on campus, such as study abroad, workshops, intensive summer courses, conferences, programs in the student’s field of study and research opportunities at other institutions.

William Jewell College students receiving Hall Family Foundation Summer Academic Enrichment Grants for the summer:

Spencer Shanks, a political science, history and international relations major from Kearney, Mo., will study resistance to a national education program proposed by the provincial government of Hong Kong and backed by the People’s Republic of China. Shanks’ study will focus specifically on the work of protest leader Joshua Wong Chi-fung, a 15-year-old student who has emerged as a widely followed spokesperson for the resistance movement challenging the tenets of the propaganda-influenced national education program. Shanks will spend the month of July in Hong Kong interviewing Chinese student scholars and leaders of the national education movement. His research will reflect prominent themes running through the evolution of Chinese civil society, including debates about authoritarianism, generational change and democratic transitions.

David Sanchez, a vocal music performance major from Liberty, Mo., will attend this summer’s International Lyric Academy Summer Program for Undergraduate Opera Singers in Viterbo, Italy. The program offers a complete immersion into the culture, preparation and production of Italian opera, including public concert performances and master classes. He will study with world-renowned voice teachers to learn the work of opera scenes and arias for on-stage and concert performances. Sanchez will also study the Italian language, character development and elements of acting to play the leading role in Mozart's opera "Le Nozze di Figaro" and sing chorus in Mozart's "The Magic Flute" in the program's summer repertory.

Curshion Jones, a psychology major from Sacramento, Calif., hopes to pursue a career in counseling with an emphasis in drama therapy, which involves the use of drama to encourage therapeutic self-expression. He will attend a Summer Conservatory foundation-building course at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he will be a part of a training program focusing on acting techniques pioneered by the famed Stella Adler School of Acting. The cross-discipline training will provide a background for Curshion’s anticipated master’s degree studies in drama therapy at New York University.

Allison Lach, a triple major in international relations, political science and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry from Vadnais Heights, Minn., received a summer internship with an Israeli policy center working directly with the Knesset (Israeli parliament). George Mason University’s Israeli Summer Program includes a week of intensive Hebrew study followed by an eight-week internship with the Israeli Institute for Democracy in Jerusalem. Through this program, she hopes to gain insight into the realities of implementing a two-state solution to the Arab-Israeli conflict and the day-to-day Israeli policy process. Her future plans include pursuing a master’s degree in international affairs with focuses in Middle Eastern studies, conflict resolution and human rights, and she aspires to work in foreign policy with the State Department or an IGO.

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