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The Worcester Art Museum recently announced that Deborah Aframe, Ani Baronian, Eve Mayberger, Jacquelyn Stein and Sarah Williams are recipients of the Kinnicutt Travel/Study Grants for 2013. The annual grants, which were first awarded in 1949, are offered to women to travel abroad and acquaint themselves with the arts of other countries. The winners were chosen from a strong field of public entries.

"This year, we received quite a diverse collection of entries from women who aspire to travel to some pretty unique places around the world," said Kinnicutt Chairwoman Elaine Pusateri Cowan. "The Worcester Art Museum community is looking forward to hearing about and sharing their experiences once their studies are complete."

Ms. Aframe, the librarian at the museum, plans to travel to the Netherlands to continue research on her genealogical roots. She has a longstanding interest in the Golden Age of Dutch art, especially Rembrandt and Frans Hals.

During her stay she will visit the home of Rembrandt, the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank house, Frans Hals Museum and St. Brovo's Church.

Ms. Baronian lived in the United Kingdom for five years and received her master's degree from the Glasgow School of Art.

A practicing artist, she plans to reconnect with artist friends in the United Kingdom, attend the Frieze Art Fair and visit museums and galleries. She hopes to experience the influence of the United Kingdom on the international art scene.

Ms. Mayberger's interest in India began in college, inspiring her to major in art history with a concentration in Asian art. She plans to visit Mughal and Rajput as well as nearby Buddhist and Hindu caves and temple complexes.

Ms. Stein is looking forward to researching the Group of Seven by traveling to the various sites in Canada where they painted and re-created the same "plein-air" experiences.

Also known as the Algonquin School, this artist group believed a distinct Canadian art could be developed through direct contact with nature and used the Canadian landscape as the foundation of their movement.

Ms. Williams will use her award to travel to the Netherlands to study CAD/CAM at the European Ceramic Work Center.

As a ceramic artist, she sees great potential for using this three-dimensional technology in her work. While in the Netherlands, she plans to explore the countryside and visit a number of museums.

The awards, officially called the Frances A. Kinnicutt Travel/Study Awards, provide partial travel funding, up to 50 percent, and are granted based on merit.

Qualified applicants had to submit a narrative description of their travel and study, statement of purpose and an indication of how the award would be of value.

Michael Faggella-Luby, a University of Connecticut expert on special education, teaching reading to adolescents and helping students who are at risk for failure, has received an award from the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame.

Mr. Faggella-Luby, chair of the Special Education Program at the University of Connecticut's Neag School of Education, is the recipient of the 2012 Michael Pressley Award for a Promising Scholar in the Education Field.

He recently became an associate professor in the university's department of educational psychology. His teaching and research explore methods educators can use to better serve at-risk students with or without disabilities.

He received his Ph.D. in special education from the University of Kansas in 2006 and joined the faculty at UConn.

Intensive English Language Institute Director Susan Seibel told the 42 students receiving certificates, "You are all Olympians to me. You have all just won gold," at the IELI Summer 2012 certificate ceremony Aug. 3 at Worcester State University.

President Barry M. Maloney praised the students for their accomplishments and thanked them for contributing to the university. "The IELI is a shining example of our effort to provide a richer, more international experience to our campus. Your presence here is an incredible asset to this university. The rich array of countries and cultures you represent enriches us all."

Six student speakers from five different countries (China, Honduras, Italy, Ghana and Dominican Republic) reflected on what the experience meant to them.

All of them noted that in addition to improving their English reading, writing and speaking skills, they gained a broader global understanding from their classmates.

Carlos Alberto Bravo Castillo from Mexico said, "I met people from different countries and cultures. We gained self-confidence and I would come back again if I could to repeat great memories." Reina Ulloa of Honduras said that, in addition to learning English, she learned about Greece, Colombia and Brazil, just to name a few of the home countries of her fellow students. Monica Bedogni of Italy told the crowd she could not speak any English when she arrived in the U.S. in 2010. Her instructor tasked her with saying the words, "I can speak English," three times a day when she first arrived. "Now I can speak English," she said proudly.

Students receiving certificates were Yaw M. Adri, Rawan Saeed Abdulhaq, Omar Alaboud, Ingrid Alarcon, Raeesah Aldelaigan, Maab Alhazmi, Ahmed Alhazmi, Rihab Alhazmy, Nilva Allen, Hend Altalli, Violet E. Anabaka, Shahram Ariana, Lujain Ashoor, Rana Badawi, Monica Bedogni, Carlos Alberto Bravo Castillo, Bilal Camlibel, Eliana Correia Jahnke, St. Cyr Dimanche, Juliane Fernanda Dos Santos Pessoa, Lou Gohi Edwige Sarrah Gohon, Deisy Milena Gomez-Conde, German Gonzalez Alvarez, Ugur Hortum, Cristina Izquierdo Nunez, Mejvis Kore, Diana Maria Leon Zuluaga, Ji-Hyun Lim, Luzmary Lopez Beserritt, Jean-Phillippe Matondo, Keomanivanh Nuanhngam, Maria Azucena Ortega, Anjeza Papthemistokli, Roshaniben Patel, Jonathan Reyes, Anthony Rosa, Rana Saber, Cristian Santana Vargas, Laudiceia Silva, Reina Ulloa, Xi Shun Su, Salihcan Yaman and Rui Yu.

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