CONWAY, Ark. (June 24, 2012) - Dan Gibbens-Rickman '12 recently accepted a
post-graduate award to teach in Austria for the upcoming year.
The program is financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.
"This is an honor," said Gibbens-Rickman, a German major from Tulsa, Okla., who graduated from Hendrix in May. "I've envisioned myself teaching for a while … [The award] feels like a great chance to dip my toes in foreign waters and maybe then I'll know if it's my calling."
Hendrix German professor Dr. Wayne Oudekerk supported Gibbens-Rickman's application.Applications are administered by the Austrian-American Educational Commission.
"Dan has a tremendous talent for the language, a passion for the culture, great self-discipline and a winning personality," said Oudekerk. "He'll be a great teacher over in Austria and an excellent representative of the College and the country."
Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. Hendrix was named the country's #1 "Up and Coming" liberal arts college for the third consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2011 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 376 colleges and is listed in the 2012 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of 25 "Best Buy" private colleges included. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit www.hendrix.edu.