Global citizens: Meet the Eisenhower Institute Undergraduate Fellows

EI Fellows

Gettysburg College's Eisenhower Institute (EI) has selected six students to serve as Undergraduate Fellows for the 2011-2012 academic year.

The EI Undergraduate Fellows program offers a select group of students the chance to develop their leadership skills and grow in their knowledge and understanding of public policy.

Fellows serve on the Eisenhower Institute's College Advisory Council, act as liaisons for EI events, and serve as hosts for campus visitors. Students engage fully in the planning and promotion of specific programs and projects. They are responsible for selecting, developing, and promoting a public policy theme with programming in both Washington and in Gettysburg.

Meet the fellows:

Stan ChihuriStan Chihuri is a senior health sciences major and biology minor from Harare, Zimbabwe. In summer of 2010, he received a Mellon grant to conduct public health research in Ghana. He also studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, attending health seminars in Sweden and Estonia. Chihuri is the vice president of the International Affairs Association and has represented Gettysburg at collegiate model UN conferences. He was also the vice president of the pre-health professions club for the 2009-10 year. This past summer, he interned at Wellspan Health and was an extern at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. After graduation, he plans to study public health and public policy.

Why did Chihuri want to be an EI fellow?
"I wanted to develop my leadership skills and enhance my public policy knowledge with guidance from the living legacy of President Eisenhower," he said

Brian EngelsmaBrian Engelsma is a senior political science and philosophy double major from Orono, Minn. He is president of the International Affairs Association and writes for the Gettysburgian newspaper. He also studied abroad in Copenhagen, primarily focusing on the European Union. Engelsma interned for former Congressman James L. Oberstar and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. He's in the process of applying for the Peace Corps, and has also considered going to graduate school.

Why did Engelsma want to be an EI fellow?
"I was excited to embrace the opportunity to both learn more about leadership and decision-making strategies, and also create a program based on a public policy issue and really gain an in-depth appreciation for some of the issues facing our generation," he said.

Luke FeltzLuke Feltz is a senior with a double major in political science and globalization studies who hails from Williamston, Mich. He is a member and former vice president of International Affairs Association, former research assistant for Prof. Shirley Anne Warshaw and Prof. Caroline Hartzell, current research assistant for Prof. Amy Evrard, and member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. Feltz also led the College's first Model Arab League team to Georgetown last year. Like several EI fellows, he studied abroad in Denmark with a focus on European politics. Feltz is exploring his career options and has considered graduate school for security studies with a focus on Eurasia.

Why did Feltz want to be an EI fellow?
He said, "I've wanted to be an EI Fellow since I was a freshman. To be involved in public policy at such a deep level and to learn from actual policymakers is a fantastic opportunity -- not only to advance my own learning and leadership skills, but also to make valuable connections for the future."

Lyndsie GuyLyndsie Guy is a senior sociology major and religious studies minor from Halifax, Pa. She is the sergeant at arms for Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, a work study student at The Gettysburg Review, and teaches English as a second language through the Center for Public Service (CPS). In summer 2010 Guy was a CPS Heston intern in Uganda, where she taught at a primary school for orphaned and impoverished youth. She also studied abroad in Copenhagen, focusing on immigration and identity. She would like to work in the non-profit or education sector, either in the United States or overseas.

Why did Guy want to be an EI fellow?
Guy also expressed that she wanted to be an EI fellow since her first year on campus, "At time I wasn't quite sure what public policy was, but I was aware that the Eisenhower Institute allowed for opportunities that were unlike anything else found on campus. I was excited to delve into the role of modern public policy and to see how my views as a sociology major would differ from the views of my peers who were majoring in other things."

Sarah HecklauSarah Hecklau, a senior from Clinton N.Y., is majoring in environmental studies and globalization studies, with concentrations in public policy. She also studied in Copenhagen, focusing on renewable energy, sustainability, and public health. Hecklau is a campus tour guide and is involved in admissions events. She formerly acted as an El Centro program tutor, and is a member of the College Life Advisory Committee. After graduation, she would like to gain real-world experience in her field, and eventually attend grad school for environmental education or law school for environmental law.

Why did Hecklau want to be an EI fellow?
"I wanted to increase my involvement on campus and create lasting relationships with the other fellows and my advisors. It is a valuable networking opportunity that allows you to meet many highly intelligent and influential people," she said.

Ping ZhuPing Zhu an International Student from China and is a senior majoring in management and economics. Zhu has experience in the fashion industry, and was crowned "Miss Ocean of China." She has taken advantage of internship opportunities with international business organizations in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Qingdao. Zhu also received a Freeman Grant to perform a comparative study on Chinese and American Women in the Business World by interviewing female executives in both countries. After graduation Zhu plans to combine her business knowledge and linguistic skills to begin a career in the Washington D.C. area.

Why did Zhu want to be an EI fellow?
She said, "Being an EI fellow is a good opportunity for me to interact with experienced practitioners of public policy, which will help me gain some insight into American history and politics, develop my leadership skills, and enhance my knowledge and understanding of public policy in order to become a better global citizen."

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Nikki Rhoads, assistant director of communications, 717.337.6803

Posted: Thu, 29 Sep 2011

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