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Cal Maritime Cadets Selected for Prestigious Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program

William Lindsey and Rachel Neuharth receive full scholarships for 15-week program

(VALLEJO, Calif. – September 14, 2012) – CSU, California Maritime Academy cadets Rachel Neuharth, GSMA '14, and William Lindsey, GSMA '15, have been awarded the Admiral Douglas H. Teeson Scholarship to attend the Maritime Studies Program at Williams-Mystic in Mystic, Connecticut for the Fall 2012 term.

Housed at Mystic Seaport – The Museum of America and the Sea – and administered by Williams College, the prestigious Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program brings together approximately two dozen students hand-picked each term for a one-semester interdisciplinary ocean and coastal studies program integrating marine science, maritime history, ocean policy, and literature of the sea. Sailing on the Atlantic, traveling the Pacific Coast and exploring the Gulf of Mexico on field seminars, students spend 15 weeks studying the 75 percent of our world that is covered in water.

Neuharth and Lindsey, who are both majoring in global studies and maritime affairs, were selected based upon their demonstrated character and interest in integrating their major concentration with a comprehensive and interdisciplinary study of the world's oceans and seas. The studies and work of Teeson Scholars reflect Admiral Douglas H. Teeson's commitment to the health and safety of the oceans, through his career service in the United States Coast Guard and at Mystic Seaport Museum.

"The Williams Mystic Program has a long and distinguished record of providing the kinds of hands-on experiential learning in which Cal Maritime takes such pride," said Dr. Timothy Lynch, associate professor and chair of Cal Maritime's Department of Maritime Policy and Management. "It is a tremendous honor for our students to be selected. This opportunity speaks volumes about not just their individual talents and abilities, but also the reputation that our global studies and maritime affairs program has earned on a national level. We hope that their contributions to Williams-Mystic matches those they have shown to our own program."

Lindsey, who is from Huntington Beach, Calif., says what he is anticipating most through his participation in the Williams-Mystic program is having a chance to learn from faculty who are at the forefront of their fields. He is also looking forward to having an opportunity to sail on a tall ship during the 10-day voyage the group will make this semester. Both Lindsey and Neuharth agreed that their experience as a Cal Maritime cadets prepared them well for their semester at Williams-Mystic.

"Cal Maritime is a special school in that it allows me to have a close association with my professors, who have a passion for what they are teaching," said Lindsey, who hopes to join the FBI when he graduates from Cal Maritime in 2015. "They have given me the inspiration and guidance I have needed to succeed."

"My favorite part of Cal Maritime is the people," added Neuharth, who is from Yelm, Wash. and will graduate in 2014. "My friends and students are like family, and the faculty is amazing in how helpful they are and how they are concerned for your personal success. The experience of Cal Maritime is like none other, with the training ship and strait giving an amazing backdrop to an education I can't get anywhere else."

The Admiral Douglas H. Teeson Scholarship is valued at $37,000 and covers all expenses, including tuition, airfare, books and lodging, associated with the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies Program. Since it was first awarded in 2008, four Cal Maritime cadets have been honored with the Teeson Scholarship.

Established in 1929, The California Maritime Academy, a campus of The California State University, is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Cal Maritime was recently ranked by Forbes magazine as being among the Top 25 "Best Value Colleges" in the nation, providing students with the highest quality education for their academic dollar. Located in Vallejo, Calif., the campus serves approximately 900 students and offers undergraduate degrees preparing students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. It also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses. For more information about Cal Maritime, visit www.csum.edu.


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