Senior Becomes 37th UD Student to Earn Fulbright Award

Philosophy Major Becomes 37th UD Student to Earn Fulbright Award

When philosophy major Michaela Sobrak-Seaton '13 (right) received the email informing her that she had been granted a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Germany for the 2013-2014 academic year, she was sitting in the Cap Bar at a table of friends.

"It took a while for it to sink in," she said. "I tried to refrain from dancing since I was in the middle of the Cap Bar."

Sobrak-Seaton, who previously studied abroad during the Sophomore Rome Program and at the Catholic University of Eichsttt (Germany), will spend next year teaching English at a German school.

"I'm still waiting to get my school assignment, but once there I will be assisting in classes, tutoring students individually and organizing extracurricular events," said Sobrak-Seaton.

Sobrak-Seaton's primary goal for her Fulbright year is to form personal connections between the U.S. and Germany.

"I hope to bring my German students an appreciation for the English language and to bring back to the U.S. a deeper understanding of German culture and language," she said.

Looking beyond her year as a Fulbright teaching assistant, Sobrak-Seaton is considering graduate school in either philosophy or German. After studying German for years and earning a concentration at UD, she is nearly fluent in German and hopes to be completely fluent by the end of her Fulbright year.

"It's an absolutely beautiful language," she said. "We're so steeped in the Romantic languages in the U.S. and as English speakers. Sometimes I think people don't give German enough credit for its complexity and precision."

News

Recent DBA Alumnus Begins Tenure-Track Position at UNI

Gabe Dickey, DBA '19, recently successfully defended his dissertation, titled "Exploring the Human Side of Audit Quality: Team Engagement and Partner Leadership Behaviors," for UD's Doctor of Business Administration. Dickey has spent his career in the accounting profession, the vast majority as a certified public accountant working in auditing. He began UD's DBA program three years ago, drawn in by his interest in broader business issues and the program's practitioner-oriented focus.

+ Read More

Longtime Campus Safety Officer Sworn In to UDPD

Carlos Tijerina came to UD as a Campus Safety officer 23 years ago. He has loved the camaraderie of the CSO, but it has always been his dream to become a police officer. Then, a little over a year ago, UD finally got a police department. On Sept. 10, Tijerina was sworn in by President Thomas Hibbs as an official part of the UDPD team.

+ Read More

New Trustee Brings Vast Array of Experience to UD's Board

"I guess I'm a man for all seasons," said Irving City Councilman Al Zapanta, who was elected to the University of Dallas Board of Trustees on May 31. Zapanta has had, as he explained, three different, often overlapping careers: in the military, in the private sector, and in both federal and state government and politics.

+ Read More