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Salgado Heads to the Louvre

April 17, 2009

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UAlbany's Humberto Salgado has won a scholarship to study in Paris.

UAlbany's Humberto Salgado, a junior raised in a bilingual home, has won a scholarship to study in Paris for seven weeks. (Photo Mark Schmidt)

Raised in a bilingual home, Humberto Salgado learned to love languages at an early age. He now dreams of working in the United Nations. Next month, he leaves for Paris on a scholarship that will help him work toward that dream.

Salgado, a junior French/Spanish major and linguistics minor from Fishkill, N.Y., is leaving for the American University in Paris on May 28 for seven weeks.

Salgado, who envisions becoming a diplomat or an ambassador, wants to attend graduate school at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Diplomacy and Law.

"It was very much a giant dream of mine to go to Paris, a dream that was instilled by my Dad and by my love of languages," said Salgado, whose native language is Spanish and who has spent much time with his extended family in Colombia over the years.

Salgado is one of three winners of the Joseph Yedlicka scholarship, funded by Pi Delta Phi National French Honor Society. The scholarship covers all of his expenses, including the cost of a course that grants him a free pass to the Louvre, where he won't even have to stand in line.

In the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Salgado has found his niche. "I have met many excellent professors at UAlbany," he said. They include Mary Beth Winn, professor of French Studies and moderator of the Zeta Gamma chapter of Pi Delta Phi, who nominated him for the award; Eloise Brière; lecturer Veronique Martin; and Cynthia Fox, associate professor of French Linguistics.

Salgado is the president of le cercle français. He is active in gymnastics, swimming, and is a soccer coach.

"Humberto is a well-rounded student who will delight in Paris and its cultural attractions and possibilities," said Brière, who noted the connections he has made at UAlbany are an example of the many ways in which faculty help students open doors to international experiences.

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