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Powell Scholars Program
Callison Hall
Courtney Lehmann, Ph.D.
Program Director
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211


Dinelle Davis
Program Assistant
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95211

Dimen, China

From 2012 to 2014, the Powell Scholars Program taught English as a second language to elementary school children in the small village of Dimen, China. Inspired by Pacific Professor Marie Lee's work in this rural area, Powell Scholars collaborated with the program director, Dr. Cynthia Wagner Weick, to develop a five-phase plan for success.

The Village of Dimen in Guizhou Province, China

In the first year of the project Powell Scholars conducted a feasibility study. Three Scholars, Samuel Costigan (Mechanical Engineering), Lindsey Cunningham (Education, Mathematics), and Shelly Zeiser (Music Therapy), traveled to the village with the program director, Dr. Cynthia Wagner Weick, and her husband, Dr. Brian Weick.

Group and Music Teacher

Saturday Meeting

Learning How to Juggle

Learning from Songmaster Woo
Scholars Teaching Numbers

The second year of the project focused on curriculum development followed by implementation in the summer. This year more Scholars participated in the project, with five members traveling to Dimen: Sarah Wong (Pre-Dentistry), Shelly Zeiser (Music Therapy), Samuel Costigan (Mechanical Engineering), Michael Feliz (Computer Engineering), and Madelaine Matej (Music Performance: Voice).

Vocabulary Lessons

Number Relay Races
Regent Dr. Dianne Philobosian Teaching Colors

The third and final year was dedicated to continuing the curriculum and gathering data on program effectiveness, which resulted in an article published in Honors in Practice. A member of the Board of Regents, Dr. Dianne L. Philibosian, also traveled to Dimen this final year along with Dr. Cynthia Wagner Weick and six Scholars: Colleen Motoyasu (Bioengineering), Jennifer Iverson (Diversified Education), Katie Teague (Environmental Science), Jackson Campbell (Biological Sciences), Allison Kobayashi (Athletic Training, Exercise and Sport Science) and Lindsey Cunningham (Education, Mathematics).

Colleen Motoyasu Teaches Two Dong Girls

Group Awarding Certificates

Jackson Campbell Teaches Flash Cards

Group at Dance Recital