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Oakland, CA - Mills College proudly announces the selection of three alumnae  to receive prestigious Fulbright scholarships in 2006-07: Rufiena Jones, Rachel Niec, and Tara Rodgers.

Rufiena Jones (Class of 2003, majored in media studies and sociology) was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach English as a Foreign Language in Thailand. The Fulbright Committee’s statement of recommendation noted the following: “Rufiena has significant teaching experience across ages and cultures, particularly with disenfranchised children. At the time of application she was residential assistant at EF, an international English language program at Mills College for students from all over the world. Her proposal represents a conscious choice to use her position to help others communicate and move across cultures and ethnicities. Her project to serve as a teaching assistant in Thailand is an international extension of this commitment.” 

Rachel Niec (Class of 2006, chemistry and biology, with a minor in mathematics) received a Fulbright grant in Medical Sciences in Bali, Indonesia. The Committee noted: “We are aware that the Fulbright program for Indonesia indicates a preference for applicants at the MA and doctoral level.” They recommended her nevertheless for her knowledge of the medical situation of the HIV patient populations in her study, her knowledge of Indonesia, and for her plans to spend the summer preparing culturally and linguistically in country. She has secured a direct affiliation with an HIV research and outreach foundation, with UCSF School of Medicine, and with Udayana University in Indonesia.

Tara Rodgers (Class of 2006, MFA in Electronic Music and Recording Media) received a Fulbright grant in the Communications Department at McGill University, Montreal. Her recommendation stated: “Tara has extensive experience as a performer and multimedia producer, particularly focusing on women artists and has recently taught for a full academic year in a fine arts school in Boston. She is equally at home in cultural studies and popular culture, and has established contacts for numerous collaborations while in Canada. She intends this project to be a two-way exchange, learning from local resident artists while contributing her own resources and connections.”

The Fulbright Student Program will send 1200 U.S. citizens abroad in 2006-07. The Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering innovative degree programs for undergraduate women, and graduate degree and certificate programs for women and men. Consistently ranked among the top 75 liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Mills is also recognized as one of the country’s 20 most diverse liberal arts colleges. The Princeton Review selected Mills as one of 11 colleges for first-time inclusion in its Best 361 Colleges in 2005. Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California on 135 lush acres, Mills provides a dynamic liberal arts education fostering women’s leadership, social responsibility, and creativity.

Deborah Dallinger
Communications Consultant

Last Updated: 6/23/17