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Fulbright Newsletter June 2011

  1. 1. Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission Education in the American Way Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission NEWSLETTER Bucharest, June 30, 2011 Volume IV, Issue 2COMMISSION NEWSGRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATETable of Contents:Commission News ► From Romanian Fulbrighters Now Open: Fulbright Senior Award 2011-2012 Now Open: Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship  Interview with Fulbrighter Cristiana Grigore 2012 in Romanian Media Fulbright Workshop on Management of Student  Fulbright Voices for Romania Services - June 10-11  Interview by Cristina Cheveresan, Romanian East-West Cultural Passage Conference - May Fulbright Alumna 6-7  News from Catalin Albu, Romanian Fulbright Book Launch – Fulbright Ripple Effect on Inter- Grantee national Education -April 16 Graduate and Undergraduate► From U.S. Fulbrighters  4 X Princeton and Counting! Sharing the Fulbright Experience in Serbia  U.S. Culture for Romanian High School Stu- News from Annie Pennell, U.S. Fulbright English dents: a Fond Introduction through Movie Teaching Assistant Landmarks U.S. Fulbrighter in the Romanian Media  “In the Embassy” Program for College Stu- Collaboration between U.S. Fulbright Grantee dents: A Close Up on Work in the U.S. For- Jake Shulman-Ment and Romanian Fulbright eign Service and Study in the USA Alumna Mariana Nicolae  Promotion of the Fulbright Core Programs Ileana Orlich, Fulbright Specialist – Awards, Ac-  U.S. Students Increase Advising Capacity tivities and Projects  The Win-Win Approach to Internships: Ro- manian and U.S. Students Polish their Pro- fessional Know-How at the Fulbright Educa- tional Advising Center (FEAC) http://www.facebook.com/ Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission 1 www.fulbright.ro
  2. 2. Bucharest, June 30, 2011 Volume IV, Issue 2COMMISSION NEWS Now Open: Fulbright Senior Award 2011-2012 Fulbright Senior Award is a very generous program for Romanian professors, re- searchers and professionals who have a doctoral degree or equivalent. Grants are available for conducting research at the U.S. institutions and/or lecturing in the U.S. institutions. The Romanian applicants are invited to submit applications no later than November 7, 2011. Click here for details. Now Open: Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship 2012 A new grant competition has just been opened this June. Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow- ship is a very generous program for mid-career professionals who have a proven track record of leadership, a public service commitment, and the capacity to take full ad- vantage of a self-defined program of independent non degree study. The Romanian applicants are invited to submit applications no later than August 28, 2011. Click here for details. Fulbright Workshop on Management of Student Services - June 10-11 On June 10-11, the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission in collaboration with the Embassy of the United States organized an event entitled Workshop for Improving the Romanian Higher Education System. Development and Integration of Student Services. The event is the first in a series of three workshops to address topics of interest for improving the Romanian higher education system, such as Research Management, Management of the Internationalization of Campuses and Management of Stu- dent Services. The first workshop – dedicated to the Management of Student Services – was hosted by Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj on June 10 and 11 and was designed to be attended by Provosts and other decision-making university staff members, as well as representatives of the Romanian Ministry of Education. The 2-day event included lectures on the topic and practical applications devised for the training of these educational managers. The workshop was conducted by Dr. Nancy Sherman, Ful- bright Alumna, professor and clinical coordinator at Bradley University, IL and a highly experienced visiting lecturer coming from the U.S., who shared knowledge and expertise about the practice of the fields in the American universities, translated into a better curricula design and content of the aca- demic programs for training and improving the efficiency of academic management in Romania. 2 www.fulbright.ro
  3. 3. Bucharest, June 30, 2011 Volume IV, Issue 2COMMISSION NEWS East-West Cultural Passage Conference - May 6-7 The 2011 edition of the “East-West Cultural Passage Conference: Contact Zones in the Global World” organized by the Department of British and American Studies, the Academic Anglophone Society and “C. Peter Magrath” Research Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies in association with the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission took place in Sibiu on May 6,7. Romanian and U.S. Fulbright alumni and grant- ees presented papers in different panels of the conference. Besides the scientific value, the conference was also an opportunity for the American Fulbrighters to meet as a group before finishing their schol- arship and leaving Romania. Let us use this opportunity to say a warm THANK YOU, DEAR FRIENDS! to all American Fulbrighters who are finishing their Romanian grant and will be leaving soon. Book Launch – Fulbright Ripple Effect on International Education -April 16 On April 16, the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission and Romanian Alumni Community organized the book launch of the 3rd Fulbright Anni- versary Volume - Fulbright Ripple Effect on International Education. Look- ing Ahead from a Romanian & American Perspective. The book launch en- joyed the presence of many alumni, some recently returned from U.S., others that benefited from the Fulbright experience more than 40 years ago, but also of students, graduates and professionals. For more details, please follow the link http://www.fulbright.ro/news/469-book-launch-fulbright-ripple-effect-on- international-education.html. Also, more pictures are available on our Facebook account: http://www.facebook.com/Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission?sk=wall&filter=1#!/media/set/fbx/? set=a.10150584247570008.649559.10150095647155008. 3 www.fulbright.ro
  4. 4. Bucharest, June 30, 2011 Volume IV, Issue 2COMMISSION NEWS ► FROM U.S. FULBRIGHTERSSharing the Fulbright Experience in Serbia Staci Defibaugh, ETA in Sibiu, recently traveled to Novi Sad, Serbia to present a paper at the annual English Language Teaching Associa- tion (ELTA) Conference held April 8-9. Staci’s paper, entitled, ‘A Discourse Analysis Approach to Grammar Instruction,’ focused on activities that language teachers can employ at a variety of levels in practically any teaching environment. The presentation was well received with positive comments by many of the audience members. While in Novi Sad, she was also invited to be a guest speaker in an advanced English course at a private language school, 4U. Staci spoke with the students about her experiences of living in Romania,about how it compares to life in the U.S. and about the Fulbright program: its mission and the opportu-nities it provides. She also talked with the students about education in Romania and Serbia and theneed for students in all countries to learn English in order to be successful professionally.“Overall, it was amazing, both professionally and personally. I am grateful that I had this opportunity toextend the Fulbright experience outside of Romania and learn more about one of Romania’s neighboringcountries.”News from Annie Pennell, U.S. Fulbright English Teaching AssistantIn April, Annie Pennell, U.S. Fulbright Grantee had the opportunity toparticipate in the conference Wounded Bodies - Wounded Minds: Inter-sections of Memory and Identity, hosted by Alexandru Ioan Cuza Univer-sity and the University of Konstanz. Besides representing Fulbright shealso was a representative of her alma mater, Arizona State University,with Dr. Maureen Goggin, the Chair of the English Department, and aplenary speaker at the conference. Annie presented a paper entitled"Back to Baghdad: Loss and Love in Jabers The Flying Carpet of SmallMiracles." and discussed about issues of violence, human rights viola-tions, trauma, suffering, memory, and identity with international schol-ars from a variety of disciplines. U.S. Fulbrighter in the Romanian Media On May 27, Barbara Mueller, U.S. Fulbrighter in Constanta held a pres- entation at the American Corner entitled "The Cowboy: An American Icon". The presentation in Barbara’s words: “ As an overview, I dis- cuss the Cowboy is an icon of America and a colorful symbol of "the west." Some of the legends regarding the cowboy culture are true; others have been exaggerated by Hollywood, artists, and novel writ- ers, mainly for profit. This presentation separates the myths from reality to present a more accurate picture of the American cowboy, past and present.” The presentation was covered by the Romanian media. To read the entire articled, please follow the links below. http://www.ziuaconstanta.ro/rubrici/social/the-american-cowboy-la-american-corner-galerie-foto- 66994.html; http://observator.ro/cowboy-la-universitate-89053.html 4 www.fulbright.ro
  5. 5. Bucharest, June 30, 2011 Volume IV, Issue 2COMMISSION NEWS ► FROM U.S. FULBRIGHTERS Collaboration between U.S. Fulbright Grantee Jake Shulman-Ment and Romanian Fulbright Alumna Mariana Nicolae Jake Shulman-Ment, currently a Fulbright Student grantee in Ethnomusicology in Romania, has brought together a group of musicians from the Republic of Moldova and the U.S. and had a series of concerts in several Romanian cities. On June 21, Jake Shulman-Ment & Basarabish performed a Klezmer concert at Curtea de Arges Mu- seum. On the same day, Jake also held a workshop about folk and Jewish music, but also about his Ful- bright experience in Romania. The event was organized by the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission, English-Speaking Union-Romania and Curtea de Arges Museum. Jake collaborated with Dr. Mariana Nicolae, Romanian Fulbright alumna and founding member of the English-Speaking Union-Romania in organizing the event. Also, on Sunday, June 19 Jake and his group performed during the Klezmer & More Festival in Bucharest at Green Hours jazz-café. The Basarabish group includes: Jacob Shulman-Ment (USA) – violin, Benjamin Fox-Rosen (USA) - bass, guitar, Efim Chorny (Republic of Moldova) – vocals, Suzanna Ghergus (Republic of Moldova) – piano and Adrian Receanu (Republic of Moldova) – clarinet. Congratulations to Jake for all his hard work and successful artistic endeavors.Ileana Orlich, Fulbright Specialist – Awards, Activities and ProjectsDr. Ileana Orlich, a distinguished Fulbright Senior Alumna, is a Professor of Romanian Studies and Com-parative Literature and Director of the Arizona State University Romanian Studies Program. She was re-cently awarded the title of Professor of the Year 2011 by the Arizona State University Parents Associa-tion. More details at http://asunews.asu.edu/20110413_poy. Let us also mention that Ileana is the Hon-orary Consul General of Romania in Arizona. Please find details about the consular program conductedby Ileana at http://www.public.asu.edu/~orlich/.Among many other activities and projects, during the 3 weeks in Ro-mania Ileana Orlich spent in Romania as a Fulbright Specialist, she wasa key-note speaker at the International Conference organized by theDepartment of International Economic Relations within the Academy ofEconomic Studies in Bucharest. Ileana also has accepted the invitationof Adina Ciugureanu, Dean and Professor of American Studies at theOvidius University in Constanta, to give a talk on Saturday, May 28, tothe graduate students and faculty in the program. The title of the talkwas “Writing between Two Cultures: The Novels of Herta Muller”. Asalways, Ileana has helped the Fulbright Commission carry out its otherprograms, this time as a member of the panel for Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program inter-views. Here is Ileana’s comment to the event: “Its always a privilege to be a part of the Fulbright officeactivities here, in Bucharest, and todays interviews were no exception. I am confident that the success-ful candidates will bring a world of talent and positive energy to the teaching profession and that theirefforts will make a difference in the lives of American and Romanian students.” 5 www.fulbright.ro
  6. 6. Bucharest, June 30, 2011 Volume IV, Issue 2COMMISSION NEWS ► FROM ROMANIAN FULBRIGHTERSInterview with Fulbrighter Cristiana Grigore in Romanian MediaCristiana Grigore, Fulbrighter in 2009-2010 at Vanderbilt University din SUAtalks about her experience in U.S., her articles published by InternationalHerald Tribune and New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/03/opinion/03iht-edgrigore.html), her Roma identity and her studies in the fieldof international education policy. To read the entire article, please follow thelink below.http://www.romanialibera.ro/opinii/interviuri/cum-mi-am-spus-povestea-in-new-york-times-229281.htmlFulbright Voices for Romania On April 3rd, the online version of the Romanian daily “Evenimentul zilei” published an interview with Dr. Victor Neumann, well-known Romanian his- torian, political analyst, and a Professor at the University of the West in Ti- mişoara. Dr. Neumann was a Fulbright Scholar at the Catholic University of America. The article may be accessed at the address http://www.evz.ro/ detalii/stiri/victor-neumann-spre-deosebire-de-universitatile-romanesti-in- cele-occidentale-nu-se-pierde-ti.html The interview is one in a series of articles published as part of Ovidiu Coci- eru’s “Voices for Romania” initiative. Ovidiu is a Junior Fulbright Alumnus who has a Master’s degree in Sport Management at the University of Massa-chusetts in 2009-2010. While in Massachusetts, Ovidiu started the “Voices for Romania” project, withthe aim of increasing the visibility and involvement of professional people in Romanian society. For moredetails about the project, please access www.vocipentruromania.ro. Interview by Cristina Cheveresan, Romanian Fulbright Alumna Cristina Cheveresan, Romanian Fulbright Alumna in 2010-2011 interviewed the American writer Gish Jen. The interview was published in the Romanian publication entitled “Orizont”. To read the entire interview, please follow the link below: http://www.fulbright.ro/media/pdf/Gish%20Jen%20Interview.pdfNews from Catalin Albu, Romanian Fulbright GranteeDr. Catalin Albu of the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania, cur-rently a Senior Fulbright Grantee at the University of Dayton, Ohio, reports onhis visits to three major American Universites. Two of these visits were fi-nanced via the Occasional Lecturer Fund (OLF), namely Temple University (FoxSchool of Business and Management) and San Diego State University (CharlesW. Lamden School of Accountancy). The third lecture took place at DePaul Uni-versity (School of Accountancy). Catalin has lectured during his visits on thetheme of accounting developments in emerging economies, with a focus on ac-counting education, profession and International Financial Reporting Standardsimplementation in Romania to an audience comprised of faculty, PhD students,graduate and undergraduate students. These visits served as excellent oppor-tunities to develop the level of understanding between American and Romanianaccounting researchers, and possibly create professional and personal relationships. 6 www.fulbright.ro
  7. 7. Bucharest, June 30, 2011 Volume IV, Issue 2GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE4 X Princeton and Counting!4 Romanian friends of the Fulbright Educational Advising Center willincrease the Romanian contingent at the second best university in theUnited States according to the U.S. News & World Report 2011.Their relationship with the EducationUSA Center in Bucharest goes along way. They all: - participated in our comprehensive 10-hour training program on undergraduate admissions, - scheduled repeat individual advising sessions, - enjoyed FEAC’s thorough critique of their admissions essay, - were inspired by the U.S. university highlights featuring Ro- manian students thriving at top U.S. schools organized by the center, - attended (and loved!) the U.S. Culture Club sessions held in spring-summer 2010, - diligently studied for the standardized tests under our guidance, - took the SATs at our Advising Center, and much more.They will be part of the Pre-Departure Orientation in early July.In addition, they will help generate inspiring success stories for more Romanian students to follow intheir footsteps.U.S. Culture for Romanian High School Students: a Fond Introduction through Movie Land-marksRomanian students have had the chance to explore U.S. cultural values asreflected in iconic movies. The U.S. culture sessions were hosted by HighSchool “Caragiale” and were open to everybody interested in the U.S. cul-ture. Participants interacted with U.S. Consular staff, FEAC advisers, aswell as BA and MA students in the American Studies program in the Bucha-rest University.Each session include pre-viewing activities providing information on the U.S. historic and economicbackground, while-watching activities and then an insightful discussion. The movies selected for the first4 sessions were “Rocky” (May 4), “Dead poets society” (May 18), “The Shawshank Redemption” (June1), “Good Will Hunting” (June 15). This initiative took off so well this spring that high school students,now on vacation, suggested two more sessions exploring U.S. history and diversity, which we developedon Native Americans. Wednesday June 29 and Tuesday July 5 were thus dedicated to watching and dis-cussing “Thunderheart” and The Last of the Mohicans”.“In the Embassy” Program for College Students: A Close Up on Work in the U.S. Foreign Ser-vice and Study in the USAThrough the "In the Embassy" program organized every month at the beginning of 2011 by leading stu-dent organization “Ambition”, the U.S. Embassy and FEAC informed and inspired participants about workin various sections of the U.S. Embassy and about U.S. graduate programs.On April 21 and May 19, the FEAC reps teamed up with the Management Counselor and the Consul Gen-eral, respectively, at the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest. FEAC shed light on U.S. graduate admissions andfunding and answered the participants’ questions on the independent EducationUSA approach to the ap-plication process. 7 www.fulbright.ro
  8. 8. Bucharest, June 30, 2011 Volume IV, Issue 2GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE Promotion of the Fulbright Core Programs Through extensive outreach in Bucharest, Craiova, Baia Mare, Sibiu, and Oradea, the Fulbright Educational Advising Center granted U.S. study and the Fulbright programs prominence in person and online. All outreach campaigns combined visits and presentation to high school students with discussions with the teaching staff and a highlight of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement program administered by the Romanian-U.S. Ful- bright Commission. The outreach was productive for college stu- dents as well: at all locations visited, they had the opportunity to attend presentations on graduate study in the USA, both through the Fulbright Programs and also as independent students attract- ing extensive financial support from U.S. universities. U.S. Students Increase Advising Capacity Nathan Merlin recently graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Hu- man Development and Family Sciences. He is currently planning on going to Portland State University in fall to get a master’s degree in education in order to become an in- ternational advisor. In the meantime he is thrilled to have an opportunity to intern at the Fulbright Educational Advising Center of the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission. In this way he gets a chance to share his educational experiences in the U.S. and at international campuses, while being able to learn about a different culture and educa- tional system. The Win-Win Approach to Internships: Romanian and U.S. Students Pol- ish their Professional Know-How at the Fulbright Educational Advising Center (FEAC) Over the years, the strong partnership between the Fulbright Educational Advis- ing Center within the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission and a range of top local universities and U.S. institutions - such as IE3 Global Internships - has re- sulted in an exciting range of internships at FEAC. With one dynamic U.S. intern back in the United States after a productive 10-week collaboration with the Advising Center, this spring, we welcomed five new interns into our team: four students from the American Studies Department at the University of Bucharest – three undergrads and one Master’s - as well as a Bucha- rest Academy of Economic Studies undergrad. All five additions to the energetic FEAC office shared a passion for the U.S. culture and higher education. They were engaged in diverse offline and online projects and provide input on website and Facebook page; helped organize and took part in various upcoming events such as U.S. Culture Club, U.S. Flag Day, and outreach to local high schools & universities. 8 www.fulbright.ro
  9. 9. Bucharest, June 30, 2011 Volume IV, Issue 2PARTNERS Need more info? Contact us! Public hours Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission: Tue: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Wed: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Thu: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Phone: 021 230 7719; 021 231 5500 Public Hours Fulbright Educational Advising Center: Tue: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm Wed: 1:00 am - 5:00 pm Comments? Suggestions? Thu: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Phone: 021 231 9015 E-mail us: office@fulbright.ro Website: www.fulbright.ro Location: 2, Ing. Costinescu St., Sector 1, Bucharest 011878, Romania Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission This Newsletter is produced by the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission in Romania. If you wish to cancel your subscription to this newsletter contact office@fulbright.ro 9 www.fulbright.ro