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Last modified: Tuesday, January 29, 2002

IU student named Mitchell Scholar

Emily Mark, a graduate student in arts administration at Indiana University Bloomington, has been named one of 12 George J. Mitchell Scholars nationwide.

During the 2002-03 academic year, Mark will study for her master's degree in the history of art at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Mark is the second IU student in the three-year history of the program to be named a Mitchell Scholar. Elisabeth Yu, a 2001 IU graduate, is currently a Mitchell Scholar at Queen's University in Belfast.

Along with studying for her master's degree at IU, Mark serves as assistant to the director of IU's African American Arts Institute, and was the road manager for the African American Choral Ensemble. She is a teaching assistant for the Indiana University Foundation, working with courses in fund-raising for non-profit organizations. She also has been active with Bloomington United, the community anti-hate organization.

Mark, who is originally from Los Angeles, received her bachelor's degree in art history from the University of Southern California. She began her studies at IU in the fall of 1999. Last academic year, she worked in an internship for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

The Mitchell program recognizes outstanding American students with strong records of academic achievement, leadership and community service.

The program, administered by the U.S.-Ireland Alliance, is named in recognition of former U.S. Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell, who has played an important role in encouraging the peace process in Northern Ireland. The program is supported by an endowment established by the government of Ireland.

"The quality and public service commitment of the new Mitchell Scholars are an inspiring signal of hope for the future of America's relations with the island of Ireland," Mitchell said.

More information on the program, along with pictures and biographical sketches of the members of the new class of honorees, is available on the organization's website at