Bevins granted Fulbright assistantship to teach in South Korea
Post Independent Staff
GEORGETOWN, Ky. – Glenwood Springs native Will Bevins will graduate from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., this May. But his education will be far from over.
This week, Bevins, who has a double major in English and European studies and a minor in classical studies, received official word he has been granted a Fulbright assistantship to teach in South Korea. He will leave the United States in early July and teach English 20 hours a week in a South Korean secondary school for 13 months.
“I have never been to Asia,” he said. “It will be interesting to be part of culture that is not Western in its values.”
Security was a concern for Bevins’ parents, William and Janice Bevins of Glenwood Springs. But his grandmother, Ann Bolton Bevins of Georgetown, Ky., said Will, like his father, is self-possessed in pursuing risky exploits.
“I’m not really worried about the political situation,” Bevins said. He agrees with the American director of the Fulbright Program in South Korea, who said the tension between North and South is not as hyped as the American press portrays it.
Bevins said he wants to learn the language and culture. He believes English teaching assistants are needed in South Korea now so that the youth of South Korea receive a balanced view of the United States.
Bevins is no stranger to other cultures. He traveled widely and studied Spanish, French and ancient Greek in school, and Japanese and Russian on his own. He has visited Costa Rica, British Virgin Islands, Mexico and Canada, and has studied in Paris and London.
An Eagle Scout, Bevins became known in Glenwood Springs during high school for his George Sudworth re-photography project. Working with Bill Kight of the U.S. Forest Service and a group of volunteers, Bevins re-photographed more than 50 places in the White River National Forest 100 years after they were originally photographed by Sudworth.
Jim Durham, director of public relations at Georgetown College, is proud of Bevins and what he has been able to achieve at college – and beyond.
“Glenwood Springs has contributed one heckuva fine young man to Georgetown College,” Durham said.
Following his assistantship, Bevins plans to marry Wendi Lammey in 2004. She is a senior at Georgetown College, majoring in French.
Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518
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