When Katherine Marino ’13 studied abroad in Mendoza, Argentina, she fell in love with the culture, the people – the country. Now, Marino has been named as one of the newest Fulbright U.S. Student Award recipients for a 2013-2014 English Teaching Assistantship, enabling her to return to Argentina later this year to pursue a once in a lifetime teaching opportunity.
As a Fulbright winner, Marino will expand upon her scholarly interests in education to fully explore the opportunity of teaching English and possibly dance, while completely immersed in Agentine culture.
As part of her supplemental project in Argentina, Marino also hopes to leverage her HWS education, including her background teaching ballet, modern dance, and dance improvisation, in order to create a movement education program in a local community in Argentina through the Fulbright assistantship.
“I am so excited at the prospect of bringing my love of dance to Argentina. When I am not assisting in English classes, I hope to have the opportunity to teach dance classes within the local community,” Marino says. “During my past experiences abroad I have always found that regardless of any cultural or language barriers, dancing together is an amazing way to connect with people, and it can be a great way to share one’s cultures and make new friends.
Marino says her many experiences with dance education at HWS have helped prepare her to not only share her passion with others, but also to be a successful teacher.
While at HWS, Marino says there are many who have helped her along the way, offering particular thanks to Luce Environmental Studies Postdoctoral Fellow Robin Lewis and Associate Professor of Religious Studies Richard Salter for all of their assistance and support. Marino also thanks the HWS dance department for providing her “with my second home and family.”
“I am so thankful that I was able to attend HWS where I could take courses on everything from Spanish, to philosophy, to dance composition, to environmental law,” Marino says. “Having the opportunity to take such a wide array of courses helped me understand how incredibly interconnected all these different subjects are and how important it is to understand these connections within my own life.”
At the Colleges, Marino is a double major in dance and environmental studies. During her time on campus, she has been a member of the LiberTango student dance club, Koshare Dance Collective, Campus Peer Ministry, Alternative Spring Break Program, and the Campus Activities Board. Off campus, she worked this year at Penn Yan Academy as a dance teacher and the spring musical choreographer, as well as a substitute ballet teacher at the Hochstein School of Dance in Canandaigua, N.Y. This summer Marino will perform with the company Push Physical Theater, based in Rochester, NY.
Marino also is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, and has been awarded a number of HWS honors, including the President’s Civic Leadership Award (2012) and the Seeley Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance (2012). In summer 2012, she traveled to China to study sustainability and the environment.