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CNR Student Awarded Scholarship to Support Language Study Abroad

May 3, 2019
Professor Emerita Ann Raia, Fernando Santos SAS'20, and SAS Dean Rebecca LaFleur

On May 1, CNR students who participated in the Bridging Cultures trip to Spain during spring break shared their academic projects and observations from their trip, with topics ranging from the analyses of the travels of the poet Federico García Lorca and the cohabitation of religious traditions in the architecture of Andalucía to Flamenco culture and Catalonian street art, at a luncheon in Maura Ballroom. Faculty and guests in attendance included SAS Dean Rebecca Lafleur, former SAS Dean Richard Thompson, and Professor Emerita Ann Raia, had the opportunity to speak with the participants individually to hear about their travels and what they discovered abroad.

During the event, Raia presented Fernando Santos SAS'20 with the John N. Colaneri Scholarship for Language Study Abroad to support coursework in Spanish, and an internship in video editing and production that he will complete in Bilbao, Spain this summer through the Instituto Hemingway. Photo of Student with Study Abroad Presentation

“As a Media Arts major, I am sure that with this internship I will be able to learn new editing and video production skills relevant to the media industry, such as camera angles/movement, sound, and new editing software, that will benefit me as I pursue my plans for a career as a producer,” said Santos. “I will be also be reinforcing my Spanish, since I was granted the opportunity to take advanced Spanish courses, which will help me in the completion of my major in Spanish. During this experience, I hope to get to know new people, learn a lot about Bilbao and its history, try new foods, and have an amazing time while learning.”

Santos is the 15th student to receive the Colaneri Scholarship, which was instituted in 2004 to encourage the study of language in international settings and is named in honor of the late Professor John Colaneri, whose teaching career at Iona and CNR spanned more than 40 years. Student with Study Abroad Presentation

“I am really grateful to have been awarded the John N. Colaneri Scholarship to fulfill my dream of studying abroad in Spain and truly happy that I will be able to travel once again to that country to see more of its beauty and learn even more about its history,” said Santos. “I am thankful to everyone who has helped me throughout this scholarship process, especially the John N. Colaneri Scholarship Committee for reviewing my application and seeing that this opportunity will be beneficial for my academic career. I am also thankful to Drs. Nereida Segura-Rico, Aaron Boalick, and Anne Mckernan who have helped me and supported me tremendously throughout the application process.”