Kimelaskas Named Thirteenth Fulbright Scholar

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Liesa Kimelaskas, a senior English major from Hendricks, WV, will join the ranks as West Virginia Wesleyan College’s thirteenth Fulbright Scholar.

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

Kimelaskas applied and was accepted into the program’s English Teaching Assistantship program.  She will be an English Teaching Assistant at a high school in Martin, Slovakia called Gymnázium Viliama Paulínyho-Tótha for a 10-month period.  Because each country’s programs are so different, Kimelaskas is still awaiting all the details pertaining to her placement.

“At this point, I only have the very basic details such as which school I am assigned to, contact information, and a few dates,” Kimelaskas said. “I am waiting for more information in the mail.  Each country’s Fulbright Program is different.  In some cases, Fulbright-ers do not find out their assignments until a few weeks into orientation, so I am thrilled to know this much this soon.”

Kimelaskas will take part in an orientation process beginning the second week of September in Bratislava, as well as a mid-year conference the first week of February 2015.

During her time at Wesleyan, Kimelaskas has served as an ESL (English as a Second Language) tutor, worked as a Writing Center consultant, and assisted with the College’s literary magazine Vandalia.  She is an active member of Alpha Delta Pi and Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honorary.  Kimelaskas will be inducted into Alpha Sigma Pi (The National Society of Leadership and Success) and Sigma Tau Delta (The International English Honor Society).

A first generation college student, Kimelaskas was thrilled when she was accepted to Wesleyan.  Her experiences here helped shape her and fuel her drive for education.

During her sophomore year, she experienced Florence, Italy as part of the Honors Program.  It was during that trip that Kimelaskas realized her dream.

“It was wonderful spending spring break among ancient cathedrals, delicious Italian dishes, fabulous architecture, relics, and popular Renaissance painting,” she said.  “In that moment, Wesleyan inspired me to pursue educational opportunities that bring about cultural awareness.  The more I heard about Fulbright, the more determined I became to pursue the opportunity to travel to the Slovak Republic for this English Teaching Assistantship.”