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2022 graduates win two classes Fulbright

Two members of The University of Scranton’s Class of 2022 have been awarded the 2022-2023 Fulbright Grant, a prestigious international academic exchange program sponsored by the US government, which gives recipients one year to conduct research or teaching abroad. Offers competitive, merit-based scholarships to spend.

Through the 2022–2023 Fulbright US Student Program, Peter Amikuchi ’22 won the Fulbright-Lapirenta University of Technology Graduate Award to Finland, and Krista O’Donnell ’22 secured an English teaching assistantship to Andorra.

Widely considered the premier international educational exchange program sponsored by the US government, the Fulbright Program awards grants based on the recipients’ record of academic achievement, as well as their demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

“Both graduates will greatly benefit from their Fulbright experience. Krista’s penchant for languages ​​and appreciation of different cultures makes her well suited for careers in the Foreign Service. Peter will absorb and learn sustainable supply chain management practices from a world-renowned institution And will put that knowledge into practice throughout his career,” said Susan Trasler, PhD, associate professor of economics and finance and University of Scranton’s Fulbright program advisor.

Since 1972, a total of 127 university students have been awarded Fulbrights.

The Fulbright US Student Program is funded by the US Congress through an annual appropriation made to the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.

Peter Amicuchi, Poffquag, New York

Growing up in the beautiful Hudson Valley, Peter Amikuchi has always been in awe of nature.

“I enjoy hiking and being in nature. Mount Beacon is a favorite place I visit year-round with my family and friends. The views are beautiful,” said Amikuchi. “Being near the Hudson River Made me aware of the harmful effects of pollution on the environment as well as the positive impact of cleanliness initiatives. That’s where my interest in sustainability began.”

Peter-Amikuchi-7646.JpgAmikuchi studied sustainable practices in his research in Scranton. His class in quality management included the study of environmental management systems.

As a Fulbright student, he plans to learn even more about sustainable practices.

Amikuchi will pursue a two-year Master of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration with a concentration in Supply Management at Lapiranta University of Technology in Finland. Dr. Ani-Caisa Kankonen, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Professor of Supply Management at Lappiranta University will serve as his mentor.

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“Lapiranta University of Technology is known for its expertise in supply chain management and Finland is one of the most sustainable countries in the world,” said Amikuchi.

The focus of his research will be on sustainable supply chains, particularly for the tourism industry. He will look for ways to make eco-friendly improvements to the service sector’s supply chain. His planned courses include a project course on “Green Logistics” and “Sustainable Business”. He will also take courses on Finnish language and culture.

Their ultimate goal is to create a consulting firm that specializes in helping businesses in the tourism industry, such as hotels, theme parks and commercial transportation companies, develop and support their sustainability efforts by purchasing, manufacturing and distributing their goods and services. Huh.

In addition to course study, Amikuchi plans to immerse himself in the local Finnish community through his love of music and sports. He has played the trumpet since the fourth grade and was a member of the University Performance Music Concert Band and Strings Ensemble. He was also a member of Scranton’s varsity wrestling team. In Finland, he plans to join a musical ensemble and a wrestling club.

Amikuchi holds a bachelor’s degree in Operations Management, summa cum praise, from Scranton with minors in Mathematics and Business Analysis. He is also a member of the Business Honors Program, one of the University’s Five Programs of Excellence. In class night, he received the University’s Excellence in Operations Management Award.

A Dean’s List student at Scranton, Amikuchi was inducted into Omicron Delta Epsilon, (the international economics honor society), and Alpha Sigma Nu (the national Jesuit honor society), where he served as vice president. In 2021, he came in sixth place in both Future Business Executive and Organizational Behavior and Leadership at the Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference, and first place for Future Business Executive and second for Organizational Behavior and Leadership in 2021 Pennsylvania State . Leadership Conference Qualifier. He was the president and founder of Scranton’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter. He was also a member of Business Club, PRISM (Portfolio of Responsible Investments under Student Management), Business Honors Club and Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

His study abroad semester at the Fordham University London Center was cut short in 2020 due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the summer of 2021, he participated in a leadership development internship at Hershey Park with nearly 200 college students from across the country.

In the Greater Scranton community, he volunteered with Big Friends, Little Friends.

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Christa O’Donnell, Regalsville, Pennsylvania

Christa O’Donnell was born in Nicaragua to a multi-ethnic household where French and Spanish were spoken daily.

As a Fulbright Teaching Assistant, O’Donnell will travel to Andorra, a small country that borders Spain and France, where Spanish and French are both major languages. She will teach English and American culture at the Andorran school.

Christa-Oconell-7697.Jpg“Andorra’s official language is Catalan,” said O’Donnell, who is eager to learn yet another language. “As a Fulbright student, I will also have the opportunity to learn and practice Catalan.”

Languages ​​come easily to O’Donnell, who learned English at a very young age at a prestigious elementary school he attended. He is fluent in Spanish and English and is advanced in French. She also has a natural love for and interest in learning about different cultures.

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Award will allow them to develop their other passions: teaching and diplomacy.

O’Donnell enjoyed teaching his younger sisters the languages ​​he had mastered. While serving as an English as a second language tutor in Scranton, he developed creative approaches to helping students learn English.

“I used images, art, and songs by popular artists to help students understand words, meaning, and culture,” O’Donnell said. “I plan to do the same with my students in Andorra.”

O’Donnell’s interest in a future career as a diplomat began when she and her mother and sisters immigrated to the United States. He looked at the challenges and obstacles faced by those entering the country, as well as the importance of the resources and support it can provide to others. O’Donnell wants to be a resource to others in the future.

As a Fulbright student, O’Donnell would volunteer to coach youth football. In addition, she will research how the cultural and linguistic diversity of the Andorran people relates to their loyalty and engagement with the game of football.

O’Donnell holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Hispanic Studies, summa cum praisefrom Scranton with a minor in French and a concentration in Latin American Studies.

A Dean’s List student, O’Donnell was inducted into Alpha Mu Gamma (National Foreign Language Honor Society), Phi Alpha Theta (International History Honor Society) and Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society). In Scranton, she was president of the Spanish Cultural Society and a member of the Mountain Sports Club, Archery Club, and Fencing Club. He also volunteered at the university’s Lehi Clinic, serving as an interpreter for expatriate families.


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