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5/12/2006 Linfield student earns Fulbright award

McMINNVILLE ? Linfield College senior Rachyl Stupor of Dundee will spend next year teaching in Chile after earning a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

Stupor, the daughter of Stan and Teresa Stupor of Dundee and a 2002 graduate of Newberg High School, will earn a bachelor?s degree in creative writing and a minor in Spanish from Linfield during commencement exercises Sunday, May 28.

Stupor will spend nine months teaching English to Chilean university students and sharing her love of poetry through reading groups and helping develop a student publication. She said she was inspired to apply because many of her favorite authors, including Isabel Allende and Pablo Neruda, are from Chile.

"I love Latin American literature," said Stupor, who originally planned to apply for a Fulbright to Mexico but changed her mind when she realized the Chilean Teaching Assistantship was a better fit for her interests.

While at Linfield, Stupor has taught English as a Second Language to local children and adults and served as an interpreter at middle school parent-teacher conferences. In spring 2005, she took a semester off of school to teach English and start a Spanish Club at Yamhill-Carlton High School. Stupor said her four years of work on Linfield's literary magazine, Camas, will also help her develop an outlet for university students to publish original works of poetry.

Stupor said that her study abroad experience in Oaxaca, Mexico, in spring 2004 deepened her interest in other cultures and she is excited to expand her knowledge of Spanish and Latin America beyond Mexico.

"I feel a strong connection between Spanish and Mexico," said Stupor. "It will be interesting to see how that changes in Chile."

After her Fulbright, Stupor plans to earn a master?s degree in translation and interpretation and continue teaching English to speakers of other languages.

"I'm really excited to go to Chile," said Stupor. "I'm excited to use skills I've learned in intercultural communication at Linfield to go to a completely different area and meet new people.

Stupor is one of 10 students nationwide selected for the Teaching Assistantship to Chile. She is the 12th Linfield student to win a Fulbright Award since 1999, according to Deborah Olsen, Linfield's Fulbright adviser. She is also the third creative writing major to win.