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Kelsey Lane Introduction


Hello fellow Pericleans!

My name is Kelsey Lane and I couldn’t be more excited to embark on this journey with you all. I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, specifically Malvern if any of you know the area. I’m a double major in Strategic Communications and Sociology with a double minor in Leadership Studies and Women/Gender Studies. On campus, I am involved in the LEAD program but I spend the majority of my time exploring the outdoor wonders of my new home state North Carolina with friends whenever I get the chance.

My parents are travel guru’s much like I am, so I was fortunate enough to see many foreign places growing up. Throughout high school, I was able to have numerous opportunities to both travel and volunteer. I spent three summers abroad each in a different country; Panama, Ecuador and the Galapagos, and Peru, with an organization called The Road Less Traveled. Our time was spent immersing ourselves into the respective communities while both exploring and lending a helping hand wherever possible. It was through these programs that my passion for travel really solidified.

I had done research before coming to Elon regarding the different organizations and opportunities that were present that involved any sort of international travel or service work. Through my initial findings and chats with Periclean’s in other classes, I knew that it embodied everything that I felt passionate about. I was especially excited to hear that our country of choice was Namibia, as I had never had the opportunity to travel to or learn in depth knowledge about Africa.

I don’t really have any preconceived expectations regarding this class. I think it’s such an honor to be a part of such a close knit group of students that share similar passions about travel and the world and I am just really looking forward to solidifying our bond as a class and our connection with Namibia. I already feel as though we will be extremely successful in whatever we do accomplish and I am so looking forward to seeing that through over the course of the next three years.

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Annie Phelan Introduction


Hi I’m Annie Phelan! I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the Periclean Class of 2017! A few close friends who have had wonderful experiences as part of Project Pericles drew me to apply for the program. Before applying, I did not know much about Namibia or the program itself. Nonetheless, I was also intrigued by the opportunity to be part of a sustainable change in a country I knew little about. In my Global Experience course freshman year, I wrote a lengthy final paper on how important it is to be a global citizen. In writing this, the idea struck a chord with me. Being a global citizen is everyone’s responsibility, and includes not only being aware of global issues but also always looking out for ways to help others in less fortunate circumstances, both locally and globally. In high school I was very involved in the local level, with service projects such as our local food pantry and Habitat for Humanity. Now I am excited to expand my service and learning to a much broader, global level.

Getting to know other cultures is also something that has always intrigued me, and I am looking forward to learning about Namibia. Making connections and forming relationships with people from other cultures and diverse backgrounds is one of the most beautiful things about humanity, in my opinion. We can learn so much about not only Namibia but also about ourselves and our own abilities as global citizens. As Elon students, we have so many opportunities and resources at our fingertips. Using these to make a sustainable change in even just a small part of the world is an incredible opportunity that we need to take advantage of.

I am beyond excited to work with such an amazing group of people. I know that if we work together on listening to each other and taking all opinions into consideration, we will have a strong project that everyone can get excited about. But before we even dive into that, learning about Namibia itself is our first step and I couldn’t be more excited. I can’t wait to see what we are capable of.

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Haley Jackson

Hi!  I am Haley Jackson, born and raised in Columbus, Ohio (O-H!).  Here at Elon, I am pursuing a B.S. in biochemistry with a minor in public health studies.  The plan is to attend medical school once I graduate from this wonderful place.

In addition to the Periclean Scholars program, I am also an active member of Habitat for Humanity, Lincoln Pre-Health Society, and various intramural teams (depending on the season).  I also work as a lab assistant for Elon’s chemistry department and as a tutor for America Reads.

I first heard about Periclean Scholars in my Global Experience class during the fall of 2013 and I was instantly intrigued.  I decided to apply to become a Periclean Scholar because I believe that we, as global citizens, have a responsibility to promote and implement social change wherever we are able.

I think it is clear that I love volunteering and reaching out to others, but I also love learning.  I think that these qualities, paired with my dedication and cooperation, will mesh well with the other amazing things brought to the table by the rest of my cohort.

Over the next 3 years, I hope to build lasting relationships with my cohort as we embark on this challenging, yet amazing journey to promote social change in Namibia.  I cannot wait to see what the coming years have in store for the Class of 2017 Periclean Scholars!

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Isabel Incorvati Introduction



Hello there, my name is Isabel Incorvati! I call several different places home, but my permanent address is in Alexandria, VA, about 20 minutes away from Washington, D.C. I am a political science and international studies (with a European concentration) double major, with a professional writing minor. When I am not in class or with other Pericleans, I enjoy spending time with my sorority sisters (I’m an Alpha Chi Omega!), going hiking with my boyfriend, practicing my French, and sampling all of the flavors at Smitty’s.

There are a lot of reasons why I applied for Periclean, and many of them have to do with the extraordinary opportunity to make a difference in the lives of people I may not ever meet. Making a lasting impact on a community is not something that everyone can do in their lifetime, and I was not about to pass up that chance. Regardless of whether or not I am able to go to Namibia, at the end of my time at Elon, I will have contributed to something that will enrich the lives of the people that live there, hopefully for generations to come. Moreover, bonding with faculty as well as my peers and developing strong relationships with both is an absolutely delightful outcome of Project Pericles that I cannot wait to experience.

I believe that above all else, I bring people skills to the Periclean table. I have worked in customer service for two years now, and it has been extremely valuable in terms of teaching me when it is appropriate to listen and when it is time to share my ideas. Those cooperation abilities are essential to work with a large group of people. Additionally, I have learned how to clearly and concisely explain concepts to people that they may not have ever heard of. Interactions between our cohort, as well as between our cohort and outside groups, are so central to Periclean that it would be impossible to get anything done without them. I look forward to the journey that is Project Pericles!


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Hello everyone! My name is Maria Idalia Gant. I’m from New Haven, Connecticut. I am an International Studies and Political Science double major with a minor in Asian Studies. Fingers crossed, by the time I graduate, they will have a Mandarin (Chinese) minor. At Elon, I am a member of the Asian Studies Club, which is a fairly new club. I hold the title of Publicity Chair to make sure that everyone is aware of our meetings and the events we hold on campus. I also have a job in Student Life as a Customer Service Representative under Dr. Jackson!

I first heard of the Periclean Scholars Program through my Global teacher, Dr. Carpenter, last year. He spoke very highly of the program and thought that I should apply. After learning more about the program I knew it was something that I would put my all into. I have always felt the need and want to help others; not only where I live but internationally as well (Hence my major J). I am very passionate in helping others, but also learning about different cultures.


I hope to learn all I can about Namibia. At the moment, I do not know much about the country but I am eager to learn with my peers! We have been told that being a Periclean Scholar is a lot of hard work, but I believe at the end, it will all be worth it. Africa, itself as a continent, has so many different people and cultures’. I am very excited to learn specifically about Namibia’s. During these next three years, I am confident that the Periclean Scholar’s Class of 2017 will accomplish the goals we will soon set for ourselves. We will grow as a group, sharing our thoughts and ideas with one another, and bond over this country we, at first, knew nothing about. I know we, as a unit, will make a difference!




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Shay Thomas Introduction



Hi y’all! My name is Shay and  I am from Charlotte, North Carolina. I am a double major in International Studies and Political Science, and am minoring in Poverty Studies and Social Justice. I am a Cummings High School Mentor, Best Buddies participant, Resident Assistant in the Global Neighborhood, member of the LEAD Program, and D.E.E.P (Diversity Emerging Education Program) peer mentor. I graduated high school with a standard diploma as well as a second diploma in Global Education. In high school I was involved in a few mentoring programs and a few service organizations, where I was able to work closely with children of all ages and further their education. In my spare time I like to hang out with my friends, travel, and cook.

Last year, I was lucky enough to stumble upon the Periclean Scholars Program on my own. I was looking through the Elon University website in attempts to find a list of the clubs on campus when I saw a reference to the Periclean Program. Having an avid interest in both international affairs and community service, I read the Periclean site and went looking through the Periclean Scholars blog to see what being a Periclean Scholar was all about. When I had learned more about the goals of the program, I decided that I had to apply. I was really nervous applying for the program because I did not know any other members and didn’t know anyone else who was applying. A few weeks later, I was thankfully accepted into the Program!

I am really excited about being a Periclean Scholar because of my interests in becoming a global citizen and service work, but also because being in this program allows me to branch out and meet other students who are interested in the same things as myself. I love learning about different cultures and human rights issues and I want to continue to expand my global education that I began in high school.

I am looking forward to learning about Namibia, forming strong bonds with the other Pericleans, and above all, executing our final project senior year!

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Sarah Moore’s Introduction

Hi! My name is Sarah Moore, I’m originally from Pennsylvania but my parents live in North Carolina. I am a Public Health major considering a minor in Biology.   I want to work in sustainable and effective hunger relief through responsible agriculture and nutrition counseling. I work with EV! at Alternative Breaks and to coordinate blood drives, and I am a Resident Advisor! I am also the assistant to the director of the Peace Corps Preparation Program at Elon. I work off-campus as an editor’s assistant for the Autism Asperger’s Digest.

I heard about the Periclean Scholars program when I first came to Elon and I knew immediately that this was a program that I wanted to be involved with. The opportunity to collaboratively explore human rights and social justice and then be able to have a positive impact is an incredible experience.  I am also excited to learn more about the people and culture of Namibia.

This semester I want to learn about Namibia as much as possible as well as about Project Pericles and what other classes have done. I’m excited to explore what we can do, from so far away, that will sustainably and positively impact Namibia.  I’m looking forward to developing my leadership skills and growing individually, as well as a class. I also hope to develop a passion for the people, culture and stories of Namibia with my fellow class of 2017!




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Danielle Baker Introduction



Hi my name is Danielle Baker but I mainly go by Dani. I am from Weston, Florida (which is somewhat in between Miami and Ft. Lauderdale). I have a younger brother and sister and a dog. I am a Psychology/Neuroscience major/minor. Here at Elon I am involved with LEAD as well as Greek life. I have been volunteering since I was in middle school and have continued to do so at Elon. I spent my summer in Israel doing a social justice/service learning initiative for 6 weeks and touring/doing another program for 3 weeks.

At the beginning of last year I found out about Periclean scholars and knew I had to be a part of the program. It was everything I was looking for to add to my life. In addition to volunteering, being around and helping people is a huge passion of mine and I try to expose myself to different cultures as much as possible. All of this is included in being a Periclean Scholar and made me want to be involved.

My goals for this semester are to become familiar with all different aspects of Namibia including the culture, language, and government system. In addition, I hope to form a cohesive and strong bond with our class of 2017 as I think it is important for us to do so. I really believe that we will be able to accomplish something great and something that is not just short term but is sustainable. I also hope to incorporate in our group different aspects of service learning and social justice. I believe these are important concepts to know about when trying to help a community that is not your own. I look forward to these following years and seeing what we will be able to develop.

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Christian Kowalski – Introduction

My name is Christian Kowalski and I am from Durham, NC which happens to be less than an hour away from our amazing university. Currently, I’m double majoring in Political Science and English Literature with minors in International Studies and Peace/Conflict Studies. Along with the Project Pericles program, I am involved with Model UN, the LEAD Program and am training to become a Writing Center Consultant. This past summer I worked at the Duke Global Health Institute and was able to learn the ins-and-outs of an office than works internationally with medical facilites in sub-Saharan Africa. While the work I did there I personally classify as “glorified office assistant work”, by interacting and meeting professionals in the Global Health I gathered quite a bit of knowledge about civic engagement and service work. Working at Duke was a wonderful opportunity and I hope to apply some of the concepts I learned to our program.

The reasoning for my interest in International issues and my eventual application to the Periclean program starts with an opportunity where I went to China the summer of 2013. I went with a study abroad program where we toured the country and learned about the culture with students from Mexico, New Zealand and China. By collaborating and interacting with these different students, I learned a great deal about East-West relations, Chinese culture and current political trends and movements that envelope the world today. While our focus for the Periclean Program is on Namibia, my experience and time in Beijing instilled a passion for understanding and exploring the world around us.

So as a member of the Periclean team, I hope to contribute to the program the various insights and ideas I’ve come across and hope to come across while studying Namibia. I’m also looking forward to collaborating with my classmates as we discuss the best methods to reach our goals for this program. For the next three years we have the ability to establish some form of sustainable change in Namibia, and I can’t wait to see what our finished vision is for the country.



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Melanie Mackin Introduction


Hi, my name is Melanie Mackin and I am from Long Island, New York. I am a Finance/Accounting double major with a minor in Economics. On campus I am involved in relay for life, club volleyball, the Pendulum, and Greek life. 

During my fall semester of last year I had the wonderful opportunity of having Carol talk to my global class about the Periclean Scholars program. From the minute that Carol started describing the program I knew that I wanted to be a part of this very special organization. I am interested in global health issues, human rights, and world cultures- and I want to continue to expand my knowledge of these topics during the duration of this program. I was able to travel to Malawi, Africa this past summer and met so many incredible individuals. I learned so much about not only that area of the world, but about myself as well. I’m looking forward to continuing my education on African culture and then having the ability to execute our service project come senior year.
My expectations for this semester are simple: To bond together as a group and to learn as much about Namibia as possible. I think that if we can accomplish these two things over the next three months we will have the ability to start tackling all of the goals that we have in mind. Im very excited to see what issue(s) our project will aim at and how we can positively effect the lives of the people of Namibia. I cannot wait to begin this journey with each and every one of you!
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