Release: May 12, 2011
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golfer Mike Lemp earns coveted Fulbright Scholar Award
will teach English to high school students in Germany next year
VESTAL, N.Y. -- Senior golfer
Mike Lemp was named one of four Binghamton
University Fulbright Scholars for the 2010-11 academic year.
Lemp represents one of three Binghamton University graduating
seniors who will be teaching English abroad as part of an English
Teaching Assistantship (ETA), granted by the Fulbright Commission.
Lemp, who has a minor in German, will be teaching English in
Germany next year.
The Fulbright Program, which started in 1946, is sponsored by
the United States Department of State. This flagship U.S. international
exchange program aims to increase mutual understanding among
nations through educational and cultural exchange. Each year,
the Fulbright Program offers fellowships to U.S. students for
research and study in nearly all disciplines/fields, including
the sciences and Creative and Performing Arts, or to teach English.
"I think I know what Michael Lemp's secret for success is:
He is really interested in what he is doing and studying, and
he follows through on his interests," Assistant Professor
of German and Undergraduate Studies Director (German), Harald
Zils said. "On the golf course or in the classroom, people
who have the motivation and the discipline to be there every
day, doing the work, going the extra mile, they will be successful.
Mike is one of these people. With his leadership skills, commitment,
academic excellence, he will be a great ambassador for Fulbright."
Although Lemp hasn't been officially placed in a school or specific
location yet, the Fulbright Commission has notified him of his
acceptance and guarantees a placement in the near future. Lemp
will be teaching for the entire academic year as the grant runs
from September 5 through June 30.
The ETA dictates that Lemp will be working with high school students,
grades 9-12. As a scholar well versed in the German language,
he will be helping students with their English conversation skills.
In addition to the teaching aspect of the grant, Fulbright Scholars
are also expected to carry out some type of community service
or project on the side. Lemp plans on using his background as
a three-year letterwinner on the Binghamton University golf team
to engage the students and members of the community with a golf
camp that he will set up and manage.
Although he hasn't pinpointed any particular career aspiration,
Lemp will have numerous doors open up for him in a variety of
different career paths as a result of his degree from Binghamton
University's School of Management and an ETA with the Fulbright
Program. "At this point, I'm not exactly sure what I want
to do," Lemp said. "I think the Fulbright grant would
be a great way for me to get into working for the Department
of State, but I am also very interested in getting into the financial
world. I will be applying for jobs from Germany so I will see
how I am feeling when I'm there and let the chips fall into place."
Through the fall semester, Lemp had attained a 3.73 cumulative
GPA in management with a concentration in finance and a minor
in German. He was one of nine student-athletes to receive the
Academic Achievement Award at Binghamton University's Athletic
Department Awards Banquet last Thursday.