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Wheatland UW Student Receives Langlois Fellowship to Study Abroad

February 7, 2017

Trena Tackitt, a University of Wyoming student from Wheatland, is the recipient of the Sheila Langlois Memorial Fellowship for Study Abroad in Art History and the Humanities offered through UW International Programs.

Tackitt is a Russian major. Fellowships are for up to $10,000 for a semester or yearlong study abroad experience, says Mary Katherine Scott, International Programs acting director. This is the third year fellowships have been awarded.

The Langlois fellowship is for UW students in disciplines within the humanities, including art, art history, history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, languages, international studies or interdisciplinary fields.

Named in honor of Sheila Langlois, an accomplished watercolorist, the fellowship preferences intensive study at the undergraduate level or research at the graduate level. Through a generous donation in 2014 from her husband, Walter Langlois, UW professor emeritus in French, the fellowship helps support students to study abroad.

The scholarship supports students who share Sheila Langlois’ artistic passion, and also the couple’s shared belief in the importance of international education, Scott says. The couple each spent their junior year studying in France and found the experience of being in a foreign culture to be life-changing.

Tackitt will travel to Saratov, Russia, studying for 11 months beginning this fall. She hopes to become a Russian/English interpreter, with illustration, art and freelance writing as side careers.

“I hope to have a more authentic taste of Russian culture,” she says. “In order to become an effective interpreter, I need a solid grasp of not only the language itself, but also on Russian expressions, sayings, idioms and euphemisms that cannot be interpreted directly.”

Tackitt will participate in extensive cultural programs including visits to Saratov museums, churches, opera, ballet, city businesses and local points of interest. She will participate in the summer program in Russia that will help familiarize her with Saratov State University, some of the faculty, her host family and, potentially, other students.

“The artistic inspiration such as the architecture, literature, music and artwork in relation to the Russian culture is unique, and having this opportunity will be extremely beneficial for my art career,” Tackitt says.

After finishing her study abroad program and UW graduation, she hopes to pursue a master’s degree at Saratov State University.

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