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In Remembrance of Dr. Charles A. Ryerson

I am deeply saddened to inform you of the passing of Charles A. Ryerson (Shansi Representative to Madurai from 1955-58). Dr. Ryerson graduated from Oberlin College in 1955, and landed in Madurai, India soon after. In a time when Shansi was debating its presence in Madurai due to new governmental regulations, Dr. Ryerson renewed Shansi’s interest in being in Tamil Nadu and being connected with American College. For the next three years, as Dr. Ryerson noted, “It might seem paradoxical, but the deeper I led my students into English, the more I was drawn into Tamil culture.” Dr. Ryerson (far left) with Joe and Joann Elder (Reps to India 1951-53), and Gail Baker (Rep to India 1955-58) After his

Shansi House Welcomes Nesren Hefnawy and Hengyu Zhang

Elaine Vukov, Assistant Director with Hengyu Zhang and Nesren Hefnawy This year Shansi House will be home to Nesren Mohamed abd el Mohsen Hefnawy, Fulbright Arabic Language Teaching Assistant, who is teaching all three levels of Arabic: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. She’s originally from Cairo and graduated from Cairo University in 2011 with a degree in Egyptology from the Department of Archeology. Although she is deeply interested in archeology, she found herself drawn to teaching English after graduation. With this passion as her guide, she worked at several companies as an English Instructor, New Horizons in Alexandria being her final stop before applying for a Fulbright. In addi

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