Monday, September 21, 2015

Gloria Wenman, a 2014 graduate of the School of Urban and Regional Planning, has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award to Mongolia. She is spending the 2015-2016 school year in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator) at the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST). Her duties include teaching English to students majoring in technical translation, organizing speaking clubs, organizing the regional ‘best speaker’ competition and English Olympiad, providing English language workshops/seminars for fellow MUST teachers, and participating in cross-cultural formal and informal activities.

After completing her M.S. degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Gloria spent the following year earning a teaching certificate at the University of Iowa. She also holds an M.P.A. in public administration from Upper Iowa University, and a B.A. in psychology and creative writing from the UI.

While in Mongolia, Gloria is also working with local grass-roots organizations on environmental awareness strategies and helping them bridge the divide between national policy and regional implementation. She is taking advantage of the opportunity to reconnecting with her friend, another former graduate of URP and Fulbright recipient, Tuya Zorig, who lives in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. Tuya and Gloria are pictured in front of the giant statue of Chinggis Khaan.