BGSU has a history of Fulbright Award winners, and this year is no exception. Timothy Cable of Painesville and Mary Beth Broadwater of Athens, Ala., both graduate students majoring in German, recently learned they are recipients of the prestigious honor. Cable will leave this fall for Germany, while Broadwater will study in Salzburg, Austria.
Cable’s love of Germany came by accident. He arrived at BGSU as a freshman English major and chose to take German for the foreign language requirement. A study abroad trip to Austria in 2005 through BGSU’s Summer Salzburg program changed his career path.
“I realized I had an aptitude for German. When I came back, I found out about an opportunity to spend an entire year in Germany. I spent a year in Hamburg and fell in love with the language and the country,” he said.
Cable received his bachelor of arts in German and English in 2008 and will graduate in August with a master’s degree in German. He will spend his Fulbright assignment teaching elementary school English.
“I really hope to get some insight into how the school system works in Germany below the university level. I’m excited to help German students improve their English and learn more about American culture, ” Cable said.
As for the future, he expects to get his Ph.D. in German back here in the United States and eventually hopes to find a job as a university professor.
Broadwater received her bachelor of arts in German at Wofford College and came to BGSU for the master’s program. Her father was stationed in Germany for four years, which sparked her interest in the country. A study abroad trip to Berlin in 2007 reinforced her desire to continue learning the language and culture.
“The connections I was able to make with people were fantastic,” Broadwater said. “I decided to keep going and do it well.”
Broadwater will receive her master’s degree in August and will spend her assignment teaching English to high school-aged kids. Post-Fulbright, she would like to continue working in Europe with different social or nonprofit organizations.
“The research for my master’s has focused on immigrants in Germany and the language barriers and culture integration that takes place—the challenges and successes of those immigrants,” she said. “I would like to do more work, be it teaching languages or just being a mentor to kids who are new to Germany.”
Both Cable and Broadwater plan to travel to Europe prior to the start of their Fulbright assignments. They are participating in BGSU’s program in Tours, France, to learn French.
The U.S. Congress established the Fulbright in 1946. It provides funding for students to participate in graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.