Committed to addressing social issues, Wamala has learned first-hand about diplomacy as a Rangel Scholar and political intern at the US Embassy Belgrade in Serbia and at the State Department Office’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. She has received numerous awards for her scholarship and leadership including the 2012 Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the Pamela Harriman Foreign Service Fellowship, and she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa –the National Honors Fraternity for Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She plans to do the M.Phil. in modern middle eastern studies at Oxford, in preparation for a career in the Foreign Service as a political officer.
The Rhodes Scholarships were created in 1902 by the Will of Cecil Rhodes, British philanthropist and African colonial pioneer, and are provided in partnership with the Second Century Founder, John McCall MacBain and other generous benefactors. The first class of American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904; the newest recipients elected will enter Oxford in October 2014. Mr. Gerson called the Rhodes Scholarships, “the oldest and best known award for international study, and arguably the most famous academic award available to American college graduates.”
The 32 Rhodes Scholars chosen from the U.S. will join an international group of Scholars chosen from 14 other jurisdictions around the world. In addition to the 32 Americans, Scholars are also selected from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, the nations of the Commonwealth Caribbean, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Pakistan, Southern Africa (South Africa, plus Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia and Swaziland), Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Approximately 80 Scholars are selected worldwide each year, usually including several who have attended American colleges and universities but who are not U.S. citizens and who have applied through their home country.
Rhodes Scholars are chosen in a two-stage process. First, applicants must be endorsed by their college or university. This year approximately 1750 students sought their institution’s endorsement; 857 were endorsed by 327 different colleges and universities. Committees of Selection in each of 16 U.S. districts then invite the strongest applicants to appear before them for interview.
“Applicants are chosen on the basis of the criteria set down in the Will of Cecil Rhodes,” Gerson said. “These criteria are high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership,
and physical vigor. These basic characteristics are directed at fulfilling Mr. Rhodes’s hopes that the Rhodes Scholars would make an important and positive contribution throughout the world. In Rhodes’ words, his Scholars should ‘esteem the performance of public duties as their highest aim.’”
As for the connection to the Greenhouse School, Welch and Nambalirwa-Lugudde have a more practical agenda. “True, it’s all reflected glory,” says Welch, “but we really like our kids to see what they can aim for. It sets a pretty high bar! And of course we can’t help being proud of the fact that she learned to read and write and add here.” Then, with a grin, he adds, “I mean, even Villanova only has three, so we’re not far behind!”]]>
Crazy World Creations is the fine art and crafts label of Ms. Julia (Greenhouse School Director Julia Nambalirwa-Lugudde), which donated this very special item to the school’s auction this year: a limited edition of her renowned Crazy Creatures with a Red Sox theme. Made by hand from repurposed cotton sweaters, each Crazy Creature is always a one-of-a-kind work of art. But the Sox being in the Series prompted her to make this one extra special, and donating it to the school’s auction seemed appropriate.
Among the interesting developments to come out of this year’s Gala was the saga of Captain Goodluck. An anonymous donor won the bidding, and wants to donate the creature to Dana Farber as a good luck charm for the Sox and for those being treated for cancer. Dana Farber is particularly appropriate not only because of its affiliation with the Red Sox, but also because it was where both Ms. Welch and Mr. Frank (the school’s founder and her husband) were treated for their cancers.
Julia makes Crazy Creatures all year long, each a unique and special creature which can be adopted by a loving home. These and other special items can be seen in the Crazy World Creations catalogue (scroll to bottom), or by contacting the artist at the school through firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greenhouse School Displays Mural
Public art piece is the culmination of art residency in memory of SHS grad
In 2013 The Greenhouse School established the Richard George Rousseau, Jr. Art Residency Award, in memory of a high school friend of Director Dan Welch. Rousseau passed away suddenly in 2013. As part of the Art Residency the recipient Marcus McKenzie is charged with helping to bring about a display of art in which he and Director Julia Nambalirwa-Lugudde collaborate, and involve the kids in completing the work.
The Mural is a collaboration, in design, spirit and execution, between an emerging artist and an accomplished artist (though Ms. Julia scoffs a bit too modestly at this characterization, imho). When finished, it will be a 4’ x 16’ explosion of massive color and energy that will grace the fence facing north on the front of the school.
Mural swag! Handmade colorful handbags inspired by our mural design, along with other merchandise and crafts to help fund our programs!
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"Barn in the Sunlight," Special Gold Medal Winner
Maxwell Gieg, tempera on paper
Two students won silver medals: Sixth grader Marcus McKenzie and fourth grader Adorie Troche. Two also won bronze awards: preschooler Jonah Harrison and first grader Jordan Olatilu.
“I can’t believe we took half of the whole country’s Special Golds for our tiny little school. We’re very proud of all the kids,” says Director Dan Welch. “And of course of Ms. Julia as well. She’s a bit too modest, but they couldn’t do it without her prodding.” Ms. Julia, aka Assistand Director Julia Nambalirwa-Lugudde, does indeed seem a bit too modest. “It’s the kids’ work, she insists. It’s just a matter of making them follow through and do the best they can. A lot of people don’t realize what they can do until they’re pushed.”
School founder Patricia Jennings-Welch is also thrilled. Art was always important to the small school, but watching the program blossom in recent years has been fun for the recently-turned-80 year old Founder. “We’ve done Pentel for years, but this is incredible!” she gushes, adding that excellence in art is completely in line with her founding vision.
"Lost Girl," One of 4 Special Gold Medal Winners in all of US
Olafunmilola Olatilu, acrylic on recycled cardboard
Greenhouse School 2008 Pentel Winners: Marcus McKenzie 6th
grade, flanked by, from right, Jordan Olatilu, 1st grade, Adorie Troche,
4th grade, Max Gieg, 1st grade, Jonah Harrison, PreK, and Funmi
Olatilu, 2nd grade
Final bid was $175, by an anonymous donor who is donating the Crazy Creature to Dana Farber [see accompanying story at right]
[This story also appeared in the Lynn Item]
When Greenhouse School Directors Dan Welch and Julia Nambalirwa-Lugudde watched the Red Sox clinch the ALCS in a local pub, they shared the fans’ sense of jubilation—until a bit of dread crept in. You see, the couple also runs the small, independent Greenhouse School in Salem, and plans for the annual Fall Festival Fundraiser are already set for Saturday night. When the game schedule came out, sure enough the event came smack into conflict with Game Three.
“I can’t believe our luck,” says Nambalirwa-Lugudde. “We’ve never had it at night before, and now when we do, everyone is going to be home watching the game!” For the past 20 years, the event has always been a daytime affair. This year, the couple decided to change the format to an evening, Gala event.
“We’ll adapt,” says husband Dan Welch, adding dryly, “We always do. Someone has a huge TV—we’ll just make it the best series watching venue on the north shore, I guess.”
Indeed, Nambalirwa-Lugudde has another idea to make fortune smile on the school’s silent auction. Crazy World Creations, her fine art and crafts label, will be donating a very special item to the auction this year: a limited edition of her renowned Crazy Creatures with a Red Sox theme. Made by hand from repurposed cotton sweaters, each Crazy Creature is always a one-of-a-kind work of art. But the Sox being in the Series prompted her to make this one extra special, and donating it to the school’s auction seems appropriate. “I’m hoping it will be the most sought-after item in the auction,” she muses.
Fall Festival Gala is this Saturday starting at 7 p.m. at the school on Loring Ave. The school will also hold a yard sale and other festival activities earlier in the day—another concession to the conflict with Game Three. School officials stress, however, that you don’t have to come to the Gala to bid on Ms. Julia’s “Captain Goodluck” and can get in touch through the school’s website at www.greenhouseschool.org
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“The green eggs and ham theme goes way back to when Ms. Welch was teaching at Horace Mann in the 1970s,” says GHS Director Dan Welch. “She would cook it up in an electric frying pan in the classroom and make a big deal out of the book and the food and everything.”
“We love Dr. Seuss!” says Assistant Director Julia Nambalirwa-Lugudde, who started the school’s own version of the essay and poster contest about 10 years ago. But more importantly, she adds, the book allows teachers to expand on a green theme and provoke thought about curiosity and trying new things. “Kids are so picky in their eating—which is one of the things that Geisel was getting at. Some will just push it around and refuse to eat it. But when they try it, their reaction is exactly like the character in the book. It’s a very useful epiphany.”
This realization is what learning is all about, and expands far beyond food, explains Welch. “Geisel was trying to say that people who are narrow and inflexible limit their experience and shrink their world—it’s a great lesson for learning. We try to get kids—and even parents sometimes!—to see that trying a bite of something a child hasn’t had before won’t kill them. The spillover to other areas is very useful.”
As for the St.Patrick’s Day theme, well, green is green. “We know it’s a bit of a stretch,” says Welch. It’s just fun for the little guys because of the colors and the book and the theme, but our St. Patrick’s Day curriculum has evolved into something much more serious. The green eggs and ham is only a small part of it.”
Nambalirwa-Lugudde, who is also Welch’s wife, is even more enthusiastic. “We have the best St. Patrick’s Day anywhere!” She crows. “It’s my favorite holiday after Halloween.” An interesting comment from a woman who emigrated from Uganda at age 9 and boasts no Irish roots at all. “But the rest of the curriculum is so important,” she adds. These activities involve studying The Great Hunger—the potato famine of 1847-8—and learning countless songs about the Irish struggle for freedom, along with cooking a traditional boiled dinner with the kids. “My Dad is in love with Frank McCort—he sees so many overlaps between the Irish and African experiences. Cooking a boiled dinner gives us so much to teach the kids about the ingenuity that comes from poverty—I guess that links back into the essay contest fairly well.”
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