Carnegie Mellon Press Release: May 14, 2004
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Jonathan Potts

For immediate release:
May 14, 2004

Future Teacher Receives Scholarship From Devoted Carnegie Mellon Alumna

PITTSBURGH—A Carnegie Mellon University student who plans to teach English as a Second Language will get a boost from a devoted Carnegie Mellon alumna.

Every year, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon gives the Gretchen Lankford Award to a senior who plans to go on to graduate school in order to pursue a career in education. This year's winner is Alicia Sanderman, a professional writing major from Warren, N.J., and the daughter of Barbara and Robert Sanderman. She will receive $2,500 and a book written by a faculty member or other distinguished author in her field of study. Sanderman will attend Georgetown University to earn a master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language. She plans to teach middle school students and eventually travel abroad to teach adults.

"I am very grateful and honored to receive the Lankford Award. I find teaching ESL to be an incredibly rewarding and worthwhile endeavor, especially as English is now a worldwide language," Sanderman said.

The award is named for Gretchen Goldsmith Lankford, a 1943 graduate of Margaret Morrison Carnegie College, which closed in 1973. Margaret Morrison was an all-women's school that was one of the four original colleges in the Carnegie Institute of Technology, a predecessor of Carnegie Mellon. Lankford, a Pittsburgh native who now lives in Upper St. Clair, received a master's degree in public management in 1990 from what is now the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management.

Lankford met her late husband, Bill, while he was a doctoral student at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. Several other members of her family are alumni of Carnegie Mellon, including her son, John, who is the executive director of Executive Education at the university's Tepper School of Business. Lankford's brother, William Goldsmith, is an alumnus and an emeritus member of the university's board of trustees.

"Carnegie Mellon is my home," Lankford said.


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