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  1. 1. Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission Education in the American Way Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission NEWSLETTER Bucharest, March 31, 2012 Volume V, Issue 1 Commission News Graduate and Undergraduate Table of Contents ► From Romanian FulbrightersCommission News  Dialogue on Religious Architecture in the USA Now open: Fulbright Student Award 2013-2014  News from Ciprian Dumitrache - Georgia Institute of Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program Technology Still Open  Super Tuesday Seen by Romanian Fulbright Grantee Orientation for U.S. Fulbright Grantees Bogdan Dospinescu Romanian Winner of the Fulbright-Schuman  Articles by Romanian Fulbrighter Cristina Modreanu Grant Presentations of the Fulbright Student Award in Graduate and Undergraduate Romanian Universities  A New Opportunity to Highlight U.S. Study: “School the Other Way Round” Week, April 2-6 Romanian Fulbright Alumnus Cătălin Baba  “International Study Day”: A New Outreach Con- Appointed Minister of Education cept Launches April 4 Three Alumni Elected as Rectors of Romanian  Golden Rules for Successful Admissions to U.S. Mas- Universities ters and PhDs: Free Training Program in April-May  Ace Your Undergrad Application to U.S. Universities: Academic Partnerships with Two More Romanian Fresh Sessions in May-June Universities  Spring Visits to Cluj, Galati, Sibiu Add New Members Seminar for the Fulbright Student Award – April to the EducationUSA Family 11, 2012  Promotion of the Fulbright Program with Peace Corps Volunteers► From U.S. Fulbrighters  Creatively Celebrate U.S. Culture: Flag Day, June 14  U.S. Study in the Spotlight at RIUF Bucharest, Timi- New article by U.S. Fulbright Scholar Steve Cutler soara, and Iasi U.S. Fulbrighter Kelli Wilbert Interviews Director  Students at Top High Schools in Bucharest Won of The Joseph Foundation in Iasi to Learn about Over by the EducationUSA Approach Local NGO Scene  Expanding FEAC Online Advising Resources: Check Out the New FEAC eNewsletters News from Dr. Mohsen Razzaghi, U.S. Fulbright  From the Students to the Students: New Internships Scholar at FEAC Research by Fulbright Alumnus Jonathan Stillo  Multiplier Effect of Innovative FEAC Service: SAT Published on IREX Website Training http://www.facebook.com/ Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission www.fulbright.ro
  2. 2. Bucharest, March 31, 2012 Volume V, Issue 1Commission NewsNow open: Fulbright Student Award 2013-2014The Fulbright Student Award, for the academic year 2013-2014, is stillopen for the Romanian graduates, MA and PhD students from bothpublic and private universities. BA students are invited to apply aswell, if they are in their final year of study. The Fulbright StudentAward is a generous one-year program for masters’ study or researchin the United States, in any field except clinical medicine. The Roma-nian applicants are invited to submit applications no later than May 14,2012. Click here for details. Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program is Still Open Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program is still open until April 15, 2012. The program provides international teachers with unique opportuni- ties to develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States. Details at http://www.fulbright.ro/news/428-teaching-excellence-and- achievement-program.html Orientation for U.S. Fulbright Grantees – March 8-9, 2012 The Orientation organized in honor of the new U.S. Fulbright Grantees to Romania took place on March 8 and 9, 2012. In the first day, Ful- brighters had the opportunity to meet high officials of the U.S. Em- bassy, Fulbright Board members, American and Romanian professors and specialists in the field of economics, politics, education and culture who introduced them to their new Romanian environment. The day concluded with a re- ception organized at the Com-mission headquarters, an occasion for the new arrived granteesto meet more Romanian and U.S. alumni. On the second day ofthe event the group of American professors and students visitedthe Palace of Parliament, Cotroceni Palace and enjoyed a sym-phonic concert at the Romanian Athenaeum.Romanian Winner of the Fulbright-Schuman GrantAdriana Bunea, one of the European candidates selected among the finalists of the Fulbright-SchumanProgram, academic year 2012-13, is the first Romanian recipient of the Fulbright-Schuman grant.Our colleagues of the Fulbright Commission in Belgium and Luxembourg, who administer the competi-tion, informed us that “the pool of applicants was particularly strong this year and those who have beenselected are truly outstanding. We had roughly 200 applications in the preliminary round and 55 in thefinal round, of which 13 were selected and 7 were listed as alternates”.Adriana is currently a PhD candidate in Political Sciences at Trinity College in Dublin with the researchtopic: “Explaining interest group influence in EU policymaking. A network approach”. She has a BA de-gree from the Department of Political Sciences, University of Bucharest. Congratulations, Adriana! 2 www.fulbright.ro
  3. 3. Bucharest, March 31, 2012 Volume V, Issue 1Commission NewsPresentations of the Fulbright Student Award in Romanian UniversitiesOn April 4, at 1 pm, the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission is or-ganizing a presentation on the Fulbright Student Award 2013-2014at Politehnica University of Bucharest. The event will be held in theSenate room and the participants will have the opportunity to be fa-miliarized with the program and to participate in the Q&A section.On April 10, at 12 pm, another presentation of the Fulbright StudentAward will be held at the University of Bucharest. For more detailsplease follow the link: http://startub.unibuc.ro/2012/03/prezentarea-fulbright-student-award-2013-2014-la-universitatea-din-bucuresti/.Two more presentations on the outgoing competition were hosted byAcademy of Economic Studies and by the Centre for InternationalCooperation, Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj on March 12 and March 22. Also, on March 17, the Fulbrightawards were highlighted at the Romanian International University Fair. Romanian Fulbright Alumnus Cătălin Baba Appointed Minister of Education Cătălin Baba was a Fulbright Scholar in 2007-2008 at University of Dela- ware, in the field of Public Policy. Recently he was appointed as the Min- ister of Education, Research, Youth and Sport. Mr. Baba also served as a Head of Prime Minister Chancellery, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Education and Dean at the Faculty of Political, Administrative and. Com- munication Sciences, Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj-Napoca.Three Alumni Elected as Rectors of Romanian UniversitiesIn March, two Romanian Fulbrighters and one News Century Scholar alumnus became the rectors of dif-ferent Romanian universities: Fulbright alumnus Mircea Dumitru is the new Rector at the University ofBucharest, Remus Pricopie, New Century Scholar alumnus and chair of the Romanian Fulbright Board ofDirectors, is the elected Rector at National School of Political Studies and Public Administration, Bucha-rest and Fulbright alumnus Ioan Aurel Pop is the new Rector at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca.Academic Partnerships with Two More Romanian UniversitiesTwo more partnership agreements have been recently signed by the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commis-sion with the University of the West, Timisoara and the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies. Mutualpromotion of the institutional image, informing the local students and professors, through variousmeans of communication, about the study and research opportunities offered by the Fulbright awardprograms and planning academic joint events such as conferences, symposiums, orientation seminarsand summer schools - at national and international level - are the main points included in the recentlysigned agreements. Although collaboration initiatives have been constantly carried out between ourCommission and the above mentioned universities, such agreements are a good proof of the long timecooperation with these prestigious academic centers in Romania.Seminar for the Fulbright Student Award – April 11, 2012The seminar for the Romanian applicants for the Fulbright Junior Award Preparing the Fulbright Applica-tion. Guidance and Recommendations for Writing Successful Essays will be held on April 11, 2012, from4.00 to 5.00 p.m. The seminar will provide tips and advice for the preparation of the application file andwill recommend useful strategies on how to plan and structure the essays which stand at the core of theapplication. The seminar will benefit from the presence of Fulbright scholars who will share their experi-ence and knowledge with the Romanian participants. 3 www.fulbright.ro
  4. 4. Bucharest, March 31, 2012 Volume V, Issue 1Commission News ► FROM U.S. FULBRIGHTERS New article by U.S. Fulbright Scholar Steve Cutler Steve Cutler published an article entitled “Long-term Implications for Widowhood of Romania’s Decree No. 770” in the Social Work Review, a journal edited by the Sociol- ogy and Social Work Faculty - University of Bucharest, Romania. To read the entire article, please click here.U.S. Fulbrighter Kelli Wilbert Interviews Director of The Joseph Foundation in Iasi to Learnabout Local NGO Scene“Before I arrived to Iasi I knew I wanted to volunteer at anNGO and learn more about the role of charitable organiza-tions and civil society in Romania. I currently volunteer atThe Joseph Foundation (Fundatia Iosif) which helps disad-vantaged children in deprived neighborhoods in Iasi, andaims to prevent school abandonment while providing an af-ter-school program, enriching cultural activities, and a sum-mer camp for the children. The Foundation was founded in1993 shortly after the 1989 Revolution in hopes to provideassistance for many of Iasi’s abandoned youth. I sat downwith The Foundation’s Executive Director, Mr. SebastianGhica, to learn more about the non-profit sector in Iasi and in Romanian society, in comparison to theUS.” - Kelli Wilbert, U.S. Fulbright grantee at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi. The interview isavailable here.News from Dr. Mohsen Razzaghi, U.S. Fulbright Scholar Dr. Mohsen Razzaghi, the Head of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at Mis- sissippi State University, who is currently a Fulbright scholar at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Technical University of Civil Engineering, Bucharest was invited by school inspector Elena Motas Project manager and professor Tudor Stanciu, a member of the project team to attend a workshop in Gura Humorului, in the Suceava County, March 23-25, 2012. Gura Humorului is about 160 Km from Iasi and is located in the province of Moldavia in the northeastern part of Romania. This work- shop concerned the project entitled “The continuous training for Mathematics teachers in the knowledge society.” Read more here. Research by Fulbright Alumnus Jonathan Stillo Published on IREX Website Since he first came to Romania in 2001, U.S. Fulbright alumnus and medical an- thropologist Jonathan Stillo constantly returned to continue his research on TB and to raise awareness through conferences, media interviews and various presenta- tions. His research examines the relationship between socio-economic conditions and TB in Romania. He focus on the most difficult to cure cases, people who have serious problems such as homelessness, severe poverty, mental illness, alcoholism or a lack of spousal or family support. A brief part of his work was published on IREX website and is available online at: http://www.irex.org/resource/all-my-problems-started-TB-ethnographic-analysis- treatment-failure-romania-research-brief#.TzrqdijQEEw.facebook www.fulbright.ro 4
  5. 5. Bucharest, March 31, 2012 Volume V, Issue 1Commission News ► FROM ROMANIAN FULBRIGHTERSDialogue on Religious Architecture in the USADr. Augustin Ioan, Romanian Fulbright Professor, currently involved in a research pro-gram in Religious Architecture at the University of Cincinnati, has lecturedon “Retrofuturism: Sacred Spaces Today” on Monday, March 12. The event was hostedby the College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado, Denver. On the fol-lowing day, Dr. Ioan met and discussed with the PhD students of the same department.Dr. Ioan visited the University of Colorado, Denver at the invitation of Dr. Taisto H.Mäkelä, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture. We are lookingforward to learning more about Dr. Ioan’s activities in the U.S.News from Ciprian Dumitrache - Georgia Institute of Technology Ciprian Dumitrache, Fulbright master’s student in Aeronautical Engi- neering at Georgia Tech has sent us news about his recent activities. Two weeks ago he participated in the Fulbright Enrichment Seminar in Chicago, where he had the opportunity to meet and interact with Ful- brighters from 80 countries. Ciprian was very impressed with this seminar, a great occasion to build friendships as well, and told us that never had he met such a cultural diversity.At Georgia Tech, his host university, Ciprian and Adina, his wife, took partin voluntary activities dedicated to people with disabilities. Ciprian addedthat the event " The Amazing Race: Shine the Spotlight on disability aware-ness" is well known in his academic center and carefully organized. The ac-tivities included in the agenda, sports - such as basketball in wheelchairsand goalball combined with debates addressing ways of improving availableresources for people with disabilities in the campus.Super Tuesday Seen by Romanian Fulbright Grantee Bogdan DospinescuBogdan Dospinescu, Fulbright researcher in the field of Political Communication at Rutgers, The StateUniversity of New Jersey wrote an analysis on Super Tuesday for the Romanian newspaper EvenimentulZilei. Two articles appeared in the online version of the newspaper:http://www.evz.ro/detalii/stiri/exclusiv-analiza-super-tuesday-goliat-vsdavid-romney-isi-confirma-statutul-de-favorit-970247.html and http://www.evz.ro/detalii/stiri/profesorul-richard-lau-sunt-sigur-ca-obama-se-roaga-ca-santorum-sa-castige-970326.html Articles by Romanian Fulbrighter Cristina Modreanu Cristina Modreanu is a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at New York University, Performance Studies Department. Since she started her Fulbright grant in USA, she published a series of articles about American theatre in Art Act Magazine. The articles are available online by following the link: http://www.artactmagazine.ro/corespondenta-din-ny.html. She also published some articles on social-political aspects in Dilema Veche. Please find them below:http://dilemaveche.ro/sectiune/dileme-line/articol/festivalul-democra-iei-occupy-wall-streethttp://dilemaveche.ro/sectiune/tema-saptaminii/articol/nu-vrem-sa-ocupat-doar-wall-street-vrem-sa-ocupam-i-sa-eliberam-minhttp://dilemaveche.ro/sectiune/tema-saptaminii/articol/cum-am-ajuns-totii-subiecti-financiari 5 www.fulbright.ro
  6. 6. Bucharest, March 31, 2012 Volume V, Issue 1Graduate and Undergraduate► Upcoming Events A New Opportunity to Highlight U.S. Study: “School the Other Way Round” Week, April 2-6 During April 2-6, the Advising Center will make the most of the “School the Other Way Round” week in- cluded in the high school curriculum starting this year. In this timeframe, regular classes are suspended, allowing students and teachers to engage in a multitude of extracurricular activities. Apart from the in- novative International Study Day on April 4, on Apr 2 and 6, FEAC will host students from high schools “Lovinescu” and “Cuza”, respectively, alongside their teachers. We will offer dedicated presentations that will match the students’ specific interests regarding U.S. admissions. The events will include appli- cation strategies and TOEFL insights for “Lovinescu” students and admissions essay and recommenda- tion letters case studies for our guests from “Cuza”. “International Study Day”: A New Outreach Concept Launches April 4 The Fulbright Educational Advising Center together with Campus France, DAAD, and British Council have partnered up to set up joint outreach programs meant to introduce students to the benefits and opportunities of the educational systems in the USA, France, and Germany, and to help them make the most of study- ing abroad. The pilot program will be launched on April 4 at “Lazar” National College in Bucharest and will start traveling to underserved academic communities in the country at the end of April. Details at http://bit.ly/feac_events. Golden Rules for Successful Admissions to U.S. Masters and PhDs: Free Training Program in April-May Join us for a new Graduate Admissions Training program starting April 3! The five weekly sessions, Tuesdays 5-7 pm, will present U.S. application strategies leading to admissions and funding. This train- ing program is open to everyone interested in pursuing a U.S. Master’s, PhD, MBA, or any other gradu- ate degree. Full info at http://bit.ly/feac_events. Ace Your Undergrad Application to U.S. Universities: Fresh Sessions in May-June A new Undergraduate Admissions Training program is set to start in May. The sessions scheduled every Tuesday 3-5 pm will highlight U.S. application tips and strategies leading to success: admissions with funding. Join us and learn how to select U.S. study programs and connect with American universities. How to negotiate strong recommendation letters. Details at http://bit.ly/feac_events. Spring Visits to Cluj, Galati, Sibiu Add New Members to the EducationUSA Family In late March-April, FEAC will continue traveling across Romania to share U.S. admissions and financial aid insights and tips with dynamic prospective applicants. The interactive presentations and training pro- grams hosted by the American Corner in Cluj on March 28-29 will be followed up by International Study Day in Galati on April 26 and presentations in Sibiu on May 11-12. Promotion of the Fulbright Program with Peace Corps Volunteers As a result of its steady cooperation with Peace Corps Romania, FEAC was invited to participate in the Career Options seminar organized on April 26 in Cluj for Peace Corps Volunteers finishing their program in Romania. The training will include a panel discussion highlighting the options available to PC volun- teers upon their return to the USA, as well as a career options fair that will allow for in-depth conversa- tion. Alongside the FEAC rep, the panelists will include former PCVs who will offer advice in their current capacities as members of the Foreign Service, Peace Corps, and the PC Return program. The FEAC rep will emphasize the graduate school options and the Fulbright Student program, with the support of the U.S. Fulbright grantee in Timisoara. Creatively Celebrate U.S. Culture: Flag Day, June 14 Every June, the American Embassy’s Public Diplomacy section brings together over 300 students from 5 Bucharest high schools, who celebrate Flag Day through various lively, innovative projects developed on the 50 states in the USA (plus Washington D.C.). To honor a cherished tradition, the Fulbright Educational Advis- ing Center will be there with a booth and students admitted to universities in the USA. Come meet us! You’ll learn more about the U.S. undergraduate education and discover how you can successfully apply to U.S. colleges and universities. Get more info on Flag Day and check out colorful pics at http://on.fb.me/FEACPics. 6 www.fulbright.ro
  7. 7. Bucharest, March 31, 2012 Volume V, Issue 1Graduate and Undergraduate► Past EventsU.S. Study in the Spotlight at RIUF Bucharest, Timisoara, and IasiIn March, U.S. study and EducationUSA admissions support services wereprominent at the Spring edition of the Romanian International UniversityFair (RIUF), the foremost educational fair in south-east Europe. The fair wasorganized in Bucharest on March 17-18 and in Timisoara and Iasi on March20 and 22, respectively. Fulbright Educational Advising Center staff and in-terns discussed U.S. study opportunities with visitors who stopped by ouralways busy booths, open throughout the fair in all three cities. Peace Corpsand U.S. Embassy reps, together with U.S. Fulbright program reps, werealso available at the booths and inspired applicants with vibrant stories fromtheir own successful U.S. study experiences. Participants also learned about the exciting academic andfinancial aid opportunities available to Romanian students interested in continuing their studies in theUSA during the interactive presentations we offered to undergraduate and graduate applicants. At thebooths and during the presentations offered during the fair, FEAC reached over 1,500 visitors in Bucha-rest, around 700 in Timisoara and over 750 in Iasi – a total of around 3,000 prospective applicants,teachers, and parents. More pictures on our Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/FEACPics. Students at Top High Schools in Bucharest Won Over by the Edu- cationUSA Approach In February, FEAC visited three high schools in Bucharest – “Lazar”, “IL Caragiale” and “Central School”. On two visits we were accompanied by a U.S. university rep. In addition, on behalf of EducationUSA we offered an interactive presentation on U.S. study at the World Education Fair held at the Hilton Hotel on Feb 12. The sessions reached over 300 students and teachers. The participants were thrilled to learn about a range of appeal- ing features of U.S. campuses: liberal arts education, the personalized curriculum, hands-on learning, the comprehensive support system, aswell as the significant financial aid available for international students. Inspiring Romanian success sto-ries together with information on the free online and face-to-face admissions support services providedby our EducationUSA Advising Center wrapped up the events.Expanding FEAC Online Advising Resources: Check Out the New FEAC eNewslettersStarting February, FEAC launched two new eNewsletters featuring comprehensive information on onlineseminars and training opportunities for undergraduate and graduate applicants to U.S. universities. Thenew resources can be accessed in the Services section on the FEAC site at http://bit.ly/FEAC_Services.Every month, the eNewsletters highlight upcoming FEAC and EducationUSA webinars, digital video con-ferences, virtual fairs, as well as other online resources and events inspired or offered by EducationUSAto promote U.S. study.From the Students to the Students: New Internships at FEACFour undergraduate internships took off at the end of January, followed by six graduateones in March. Our undergrad interns come from high schools “Cosbuc”, “Caragiale”, and“Central School” in Bucharest, and the graduate ones from the American Studies depart-ment at the University of Bucharest. They bring to the Center a variety of skills and acommon passion for U.S. study. Our interns are involved in an exciting range of variedresearch projects on U.S. universities, in EducationUSA promotional activities includingschool visits and participating in educational fairs such as RIUF, educational video editingand production, and more. Multiplier Effect of Innovative FEAC Service: SAT Training In order to support a Romanian scholarship to Babson College, MA, FEAC developed a full-day SAT training program for the five short-listed candi- dates competing for a full-ride undergraduate scholarship offered by a Ro- manian foundation. The innovative training identified the students’ specific SAT problem areas and highlighted best practices and personalized strate- gies for each of the three sections of the test. An in-depth essay writingworkshop and an insightful discussion with a FEAC friend, now a freshman at Trinity College, CT, andowner of an impressive 2250 cumulative score in the SAT, rounded off the program. www.fulbright.ro 7
  8. 8. Bucharest, March 31, 2012 Volume V, Issue 1Partners 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: E-mail us: Tue: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm office@fulbright.ro Wed: 1:00 am - 5:00 pm Thu: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Phone: 021 231 9015 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 8 www.fulbright.ro