Groomed to Guide World Diplomacy

Carl D'Oleo-Lundgren '14 (CLAS) at the School of Business cafe on May 10, 2013. (Photo by Frank Dahlmeyer '10 (CLAS))

Carl D’Oleo-Lundgren ’14 (CLAS) at the School of Business cafe on May 10, 2013. (Photo by Frank Dahlmeyer ’10 (CLAS))

What are the characteristics of the people who staff our nation’s embassies around the world? If the traits and skills that Carl D’Oleo-Lundgren (CLAS ’14) has developed while at UConn are indicative of America’s Foreign Service officers, the future is in competent hands.

Fluent in Arabic and Spanish, and conversational in Japanese, D’Oleo-Lundgren has also studied French, Italian, Latin, and German “on the side. I found I have a knack for languages,” he says.

To advance his plan to be a career diplomat with the U.S. State Department, D’Oleo-Lundgren studied in an intensive Arabic language program funded by an endowment that UConn President Emeritus Philip Austin established. It’s one of about a dozen scholarships that UConn has awarded to D’Oleo-Lundgren.

“Carl has intellectual curiosity and a passion for international affairs and government,” says Austin. “He thought out what his interests were, and then he created an academic program that drove his ability to pursue his passion.”

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By Lauren Lalancette

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