Luther graduate Kirsten Hash to teach in Austria

The Austrian-American Educational Commission has selected Luther College graduate Kirsten Hash to serve as a U.S. Teaching Assistant for the 2014-15 academic year.

Hash, daughter of Lee and Linda Hash of Appleton, Wisconsin, is a 2008 graduate of Appleton East High School. Hash was inducted into Delta Phi Alpha, the national German honorary society, as a senior at Luther. She graduated from Luther in 2013, majoring in English with a minor in German.

Hash will serve as an English teaching assistant in Austrian secondary schools. Her duties in the classroom setting include teaching lessons, leading small-group book discussions and engaging in one-on-one conversations with students. As part of the program's goals, it will be her duty to make learning English a lively, cross-cultural experience.

Administered by the Fulbright Commission, the AAEC has sent more than 2,900 college graduates to teach in Austria since 1962. Teaching assistants are provided with a salary to cover health insurance and living expenses and are expected to act as cultural ambassadors and promote mutual understanding across national borders. 

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by Senator J. William Fulbright, the purpose of the Fulbright Program is to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the peoples of other countries. The Fulbright Program has more than 310,000 alumni and currently operates in 155 countries, including 50 countries with binational Fulbright commissions such as the AAEC.

Funded primarily by direct contributions from the governments of the U.S. and Austria, the Fulbright Program provides grants for U.S. citizens to study, teach or pursue research in Austria and for Austrian citizens to engage in similar activities in the U.S.

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