Erin McKinstry ’12 Selected for Fulbright Fellowship

Erin McKinstry, a Knox senior from DeSoto, Missouri, has been selected to receive a Fulbright fellowship for international study in Germany. She will teach English. She also plans to pursue an internship, perhaps with an organization specializing in international women’s issues, and work on a research project about the impact of Turkish-German women writers on contemporary German literature. McKinstry said one of the reasons she applied for a Fulbright in Germany is because she feels very comfortable with the language. McKinstry is majoring in modern languages (Spanish and German) at Knox, and she has two minors: in dance and international relations. Her extracurricular activities include serving as president of the Terpsichore Dance Collective, participating in German Club; and volunteering with Reading Buddies. She spent much of the 2010-11 academic year in Germany, first in a study abroad program and later completing an internship with TanzScout, an organization that offers workshops for people who want to gain a better understanding of dance. She also studied for a term in Barcelona, Spain.

Julia Sievert ’12 Earns Fulbright Fellowship

Knox senior Julia Sievert has been chosen for a highly selective Fulbright fellowship for international study. The Seattle, Washington, native will teach English in Germany. An environmental studies major, Sievert has two minors: one in German and the other in studio art with a focus on ceramics. She is president of the Knox Outdoor Recreation Club and a member of German Club and Friends of Green Oaks. She also attends and plays in the bell choir at Trinity Lutheran Church in Galesburg. As part of her Fulbright experience, she plans to immerse herself in her new community. One way to do that, Sievert said, will be to share her love of crafts. She spent time last year in Freiburg, Germany, an area known for ceramics.