Congratulations to our three 2016 U.S. Study of the United States Institutes participants!

L to r: Sarah Spicer, Anthony Franklin-Ross, Lisa Mave. Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

By Phil Mckenna and Mara Hosoda, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Consulate General, Auckland

The U.S. Consulate warmly welcomes and congratulates its 2016 U.S. Study of the United States Institutes (“SUSI”) participants—Sarah Spicer of Dunedin’s Logan Park School, Anthony Franklin-Ross, the Methodist Minister in Napier, and Lisa Mave of Auckland’s Diocesan School for Girls.

The SUSI program is a 6-week exchange program to the United States including an academic residency and study tour to different regions of the United States.  During the Institutes, scholars engage in rigorous academic coursework and panel discussions, interact and establish networks with American scholars, meet with experts in respective disciplines, and visit civic institutes.  The SUSI program is highly competitive as U.S. Embassy posts around the world nominate top candidates from their respective countries.  For more information on this year’s SUSI program, check out: exchanges.state.gov/.

SUSI Meet & Greet: SUSI alumni Graeme Ball and Andrea Bossenger meet with 2016 Participants Lisa Mave, Sarah Spicer, and Anthony Franklin-Ross; hosted by Phil Mckenna, Public Affairs Section of U.S. Consulate General (left). Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.
SUSI Meet & Greet: SUSI alumni Graeme Ball and Andrea Bossenger meet with 2016 Participants Lisa Mave, Sarah Spicer, and Anthony Franklin-Ross; hosted by Phil Mckenna, Public Affairs Section of U.S. Consulate General (left). Photo credit: U.S. Department of State.

2016 is an exceptional year for the U.S. Embassy in that all three of our candidates nominated were selected by Washington D.C.  We are proud of this year’s SUSI high caliber participants. Participants will be taking part in SUSI programs on Religious Pluralism in the United States, hosted by the University of California Santa Barbara (Tony); Secondary Educators and Teachers, hosted by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Lisa); and Contemporary American Literature, hosted by the University of Louisville (Sarah).

On Friday May 27, 2016, the 2016 Participants met with New Zealand SUSI alumni, Graeme Ball and Andrea Bossenger to learn more about what to expect and to prepare best for their exchange program.  For more on Andrea and Graeme’s experiences check out their blogs at:

nz.usembassy.gov/my-susi-experience-the-american-dream/

blog.nz.usembassy.gov/

We wish our 2016 Participants all the best for their travels and exchange experiences. We look forward to them sharing their stories upon their return!

For an article on Sarah Spicer’s upcoming SUSI program in her local Otago Daily Times, check out: odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/.