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For Immediate Release: May 12, 2011
Contact: Kevin Solan (sports1@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Senior golfer Mike Lemp earns coveted Fulbright Scholar Award
Lemp 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.

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