Thanks to the generosity of Evan and Elizabeth Davis, a fluent Welsh-speaking young adult is hired to work at the Madog Center for Welsh Studies for a two-year period. That person receives a small stipend, along with tuition and room & board towards a MA in Integrated Arts Program through URG. This brings a great Welsh dynamic to all of our programs and activities.
We welcomed Alis Newberry from Cross Keys to our campus in August, 2014.
Below is information of some of our previous interns!
Lisa Jones with the Amazing Kids Choir from Oak Hill Elementary
Lisa Jones, from near Aberystwyth, Wales, is the third Davis Intern. Lisa is a graduate of Trinity Saint David in Carmarthen, Wales, and first visited Rio Grande in the spring of 2009 when she participated in the Welsh exchange program. Lisa is working on a variety of projects and loves teaching Welsh language and songs to school children.
The Davis Internship program grew out of the need to have a fluent Welsh-speaker on campus to help with the projects and programs of the Madog Center and also to do out-reach in the surrounding Welsh-American community.
Thanks to the generous support of Even and Elizabeth Davis, Of Oak Hill, the internship has been ongoinging since the summer of 2007 when the terms of the Davis Scholarship were transmuted into the Davis Internship.
Sioned Wyn, from Cardiff, Wales, was the first Davis intern. She was working as a translator for the Cardiff Counsel when she saw our advertisement and decided to interview for the position. After being selected, Sioned packed up her things and flew over to Rio Grande to spend the next year working in the Madog Center.
Sioned Wyn with one of the fourth grade students from Addison Elementary during a presentation on Welsh hsitory and culture.
Lucy Hannah Thomas, from Nantycws, near Carmarthen, was the second Davis Intern. Lucy has spent the spring term of her second year at the University of Rio Grande as a participant in the exchange program we have with University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. After she graduated in 2009, she planned a visit to campus as part of her summer in the US. It was during that month she spent with us as a volunteer at the center that we knew she would be our next intern. Because of her background in theater, Lucy worked with Dr. Greg Miller on a number of theatrical productions while she was in Rio Grande.
Lucy and Lucy Colley in the fall Rio homecoming parade advertising for the production Prince Madog.