Marlboro College

NewsPress Release: 6/10/02

MARLBORO, VT – Two newly appointed Marlboro College fellows will bring with them to campus next year a love for language and a green thumb. The college announced recently that Haiyan Hu, from China, and Mario Sousa-Pena, from Mexico, will join the campus community in the fall.

HAIYAN HU was recently awarded a new position at Marlboro College as Asian languages fellow. Born in a small town in China’s Yunnan Provance, she began learning English at age 12 and has since picked up Japanese and three Chinese dialects in addition to her own. Haiyan says learning about the languages came from a drive to learn more about the people who spoke them.

“I enjoy language learning because what I learn is not only the language itself, but also its people and culture. I want to know more about this world,” she said.

Hu is now set to teach both Japanese and Chinese with students at Marlboro.

“Even large universities offer instruction in very few of the world’s hundreds of languages,” Dean of Faculty John Hayes said, “At Marlboro, we have provided instruction in over 50 languages in the last ten years. With our new focus on East Asia, the faculty decided it was time to put more resources into Asian languages.”

Haiyan holds a Master’s degree from Beijing Foreign Language University.

MARIO SOUSA-PENA will bring a vast knowledge of botany and the sciences to students at Marlboro College after being granted a World Studies Fellowship for the upcoming year.

Sousa-Pena has worked since 1998 as an Associate Researcher for the Department of Botany at the Instituto de Biologia, UNAM. He has had several books, book chapters, and journal articles published on his research and work in the field.

He said that while he has enjoyed the research end of his work, he now hopes to inform people about his field in a more direct fashion – through teaching.

“In essence, I feel it is important to teach the subject matter but I feel it is equally important to teach the methods of acquiring further knowledge, in light that everything is questionable and thus either testable or rejectable,” he said. “All this, I should transmit with a love of knowledge and its acquisition, something that is my responsibility to convey.”

He is a member of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists, the Botanical Society of America, and the Sociedad Botanica de Mexico.

Sousa-Pena holds a PhD in Botany from the University of Connecticut at Storrs.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers its 300 undergraduate students a 7:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community, and a strong foundation in the liberal arts. The cornerstone of Marlboro's academic program is the Plan of Concentration, an in-depth, self-designed exploration of a field or fields of each student's choosing. The Plan culminates in a major independent project involving research, one-to-one study with faculty in tutorials and a three-hour oral examination with Marlboro faculty and an outside examiner who is an expert in the student's field.

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