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Lalaina Rideout '04 Awarded Grant to Teach, Study in France

Lalaina Rideout '04Lalaina Rideout '04 came to Pitzer for the usual reasons. She likes the ideals of the College. The size of the College holds many attractions. And she feels Pitzer fits perfectly with who she is and what she wants out of life.

The end result of that decision? She has been selected through the Institute of International Education (IIE), the organization that oversees Fulbright fellowships, to go to France from October 2004 through May 2005 to serve as an assistant-Anglais in Grenoble. Rideout was recommended by IIE to the French government, which administers the award and is funding her teaching assistantship.

Rideout, from Alameda, Calif., majored in French and International Intercultural Studies at Pitzer. She worked closely with Professor Lako Tongun.

During the spring semester of 2003, Rideout studied French language and culture in Aix-en Provence, France. She said her selection for the grant was due to the preparation she received in the International Studies class taught by Carol Brandt, vice president of International Programs at Pitzer.

Rideout participated in the Model United Nations while at Pitzer and plays the piano as a hobby. This summer, she plans to go to Madagascar to visit relatives.

After her time in France, she intends to go to graduate school to pursue French cultural studies with the ultimate goal of becoming a consultant for U.S. companies with ties to France.