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April 20, 2011

A Good Week for La Salle University Student Claire Fisher:
She Was Awarded an Internship in Russia
and Received a Scholarship

Jean Watson, Ph.D.

La Salle University student Claire Fisher recently had a good week: she learned she would spend the summer in Moscow to study Russian, and she received the University’s Flubacher Scholarship, given annually to an outstanding economics student.

“I was very, very happy. It felt very rewarding to see that all of my hard work had been recognized and paid off,” said Fisher, who is a junior and in the University’s Honors Program. “I called my parents right away and was in a daze for the rest of the week.”

Her Russian trip is through the Summer Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh's Slavic and Eastern European Languages Department.  She will spend five weeks in Pittsburgh taking language, culture, and contemporary history and politics classes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.  She and other students will travel to Russia to continue with language classes at Moscow State University for five weeks. Fisher will also spend weekends in the nearby cities of Vladimir, Yaroslavl, and Suzdal. The last four days of the program will be in St. Petersburg. Fisher received a full-tuition scholarship and stipend for her trip to Russia.

“Claire is easily one of the best students I have taught during my 45 years of teaching Russian at La Salle,” said Dr. George Perfecky of the University’s Foreign Language Department. “She is always in the classroom asking probing questions and studying everything to perfection.”

A double major in Economics and International Studies as well as Political Science, Fisher developed an interest in international affairs and world politics, especially those surrounding the former Soviet Union and its satellite states. “I have also found Russian history and culture to be very interesting, so during high school I read many books and novels about Russia. I took a non-credit course in Russian language at a local community college my senior year of high school and decided it would be a good language to learn. I plan to apply for a Fulbright (Scholarship) this summer, and I hope to attend graduate school for international relations and eventually work in academia, or the government, such as the State Department, or an international governmental organization, such as the United Nations.”

At Souderton Area High School, Fisher took several Advanced Placement Economics courses and attended the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for International Studies in her junior year, so she decided to major in Economics and International Studies at La Salle.  “I started taking classes that interested me, and most of these were in the Political Science department. I decided that since I had more than enough room in my schedule, I should just complete a double major,” she said.

“Overall, I hope that the combination of economics and political science will provide a strong foundation for me to continue my studies at the graduate level,” said Fisher.

The Flubacher Scholarship was established in 1996 by grateful and generous alumni, friends, and faculty to honor the late Economics Professor Joseph Flubacher, whose was a deeply admired and respected educator.  The scholarship is open to Economics or Economics and International Studies majors of outstanding intellectual achievement to assist them financially in their junior and/or senior years of their undergraduate studies at La Salle University.