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Arcadia University Recognizes Marielle Lynch With 2018 Global Scholar Award

Arcadia University Recognizes Marielle Lynch With 2018 Global Scholar Award

Arcadia University – The College of Global Studies has announced that Ohio State senior Marielle Lynch is the winner of the 2018 Global Scholar Award. A health sciences major and dance minor from Wexford, Pennsylvania, Marielle studied abroad via Arcadia at the University of Sydney in Australia for fall semester 2018.

“I am pleasantly surprised and extremely honored to receive this award. It feels wonderful to know that I made an impression on those who I didn't even know were watching, and I thank them for their nominations,” said Lynch. “It is gratifying to be recognized for my efforts both in school and experiencing the world.”

Wendy Lombardo, associate director at Arcadia University, visited Ohio State on April 17 to personally present the award, share comments from the nominators and honor Marielle for her outstanding accomplishments and engagement while in Australia. In addition to taking courses in Greek and Roman Myth, Diet and Nutrition for Health and Sport, and Creative Arts, Marielle completed the Arcadia Co-Curricular Learning Certificate. The Global Scholar Award includes a monetary prize, a commemorative plaque, and a formal recognition at Arcadia's Honors Convocation.

In nominating her for this honor, Katrina O'Neill, coordinator, Student Services Arcadia in Australia, noted that Marielle totally immersed herself in the study abroad experience. “She attended most of the Arcadia events, in addition to University and accommodation events. When she was at events and activities she actively participated and always with a bright smile,” said O’Neill.

Wendy Lombardo presents Marielle Lynch with 2018 Global Scholar Award

“We took a group of students to the Invictus Games wheelchair basketball when it was hosted here in Sydney. Marielle was engaged, thoughtful, socially conscious and compassionate,” said Resident Director Arcadia in Australia, Gavin Turner. “I wholeheartedly second Marielle’s nomination. She evidently was committed to getting the absolute most out of her study abroad experience, which I thoroughly appreciate!”

For Marielle, her international experience revealed how connected people are. “My time in Australia, and my travels after, taught me that people are connected even when they grow up on opposite sides of the world. Sometimes all it takes to break cultural barriers is one small gesture, like saying "I like your shoes," to open up a world of commonalities and communication,” reflected Marielle. “I learned how important it is to be open and share your own experiences while listening to others' experiences. In doing so, I was able to make lifelong friends and other connections that I would never have made before.”

The Global Scholar Award and a Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence have been given out annually since 2013 and serve as benchmarks of the highest level of teaching and learning within The College of Global Studies at Arcadia.