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Fulbright Newsletter_June 2012

  1. 1. Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission NEWSLETTER Bucharest, June 30, 2012 Volume V, Issue 2 Commission News Graduate and Undergraduate Table of Contents ► From Romanian Fulbrighters Commission News  Article by Romanian Fulbrighter Cristiana Grigore  New Executive Director at the Romanian-U.S. in New York Times Fulbright Commission  Articles on Theatre & Performing Arts by Fulbright Alumni  Now Open: Fulbright Senior Postdoctoral Award 2013-2014  News from Romanian Fulbright Alumna Monica Stancu  Now Open: Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship 2013 Graduate and Undergraduate  What comes after successful U.S. admissions?  Follow us on Twitter! Pre-Departure Orientation in July  EducationUSA Romania Advising Expertise at the  Fulbright Roundtable at the International Con- OACAC Conference gress on Romanian Studies  Who’s Going Where? Full Admissions Success for  East-West Cultural Passage Conference 2012 Romanians this Year  FEAC as U.S. Admissions Hub and Maximizer  Flag Day: Celebrating U.S. Culture and Study  Innovative Outreach by FEAC in Response to New at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence High School Curriculum  Fulbright Student Award Competition: Notes  Article by FEAC in “International Student Guide” on a Promotion Campaign  Visit Over 100 Campuses with FEAC  Ivy League Highlights as Giving Back: A Roma- ► From U.S. Fulbrighters nian Success Story at University of Pennsylvania  “International Social Work: Working Together  Dynamic Promotion of U.S. Study to Fresh Audi- for Success” Conference ences: “International Study Day” in Five Cities  Beyond Intl Study Day: High School and Univer-  U.S. Fulbright Scholar at Cluj Conference on sity Students Discover U.S. Study Globalization  MBA Programs in the USA, with Funding: Online Session with Willamette University  Book Launch: TIMELESS AND TRANSITORY -  FEAC in Cluj: Promotion of the Fulbright Program Volume by U.S. Fulbright Alumnus Ernest with Peace Corps Volunteers and More Latham  New Member in the FEAC Team http://www.facebook.com/https://twitter.com/FulbrightRO Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission www.fulbright.ro
  2. 2. Bucharest, June 30, 2012 Volume V, Issue 2Commission NewsNew Executive Director at the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright CommissionRodica Mihăilă, Ph.D., Fulbright alumna and founder of the AmericanStudies undergraduate and graduate programs at the University ofBucharest, is the new Executive Director of the Romanian-U.S. Ful-bright Commission.Rodica Mihăilă is Professor Emerita of Literature and American Studiesand her main areas of research and teaching range from 20th Centuryand contemporary American literature to American Studies theory andpractice, cultural theory, methodology of cultural studies and Roma-nian/East European cultures in transatlantic perspective.She is also a translator of English and American literature and Found-ing President of the Romanian Association for American Studies. Moredetails here. Now Open: Fulbright Senior Postdoctoral Award 2013-2014 The Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission announces the annual competition for Ful- bright Senior Postdoctoral Awards for Romanian professors, researchers and profession- als who have a doctoral degree or equivalent (certified). Grants are available for con- ducting research and/or lecturing in the U.S. universities. The Romanian applicants are invited to submit applications no later than November 5, 2012. Click here for detailsNow Open: Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship 2013Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship is a very generous program for mid-career professionals who have aproven track record of leadership, a public service commitment, and the capacity to take full advantageof a self-defined program of independent non degree study. The Romanian applicants are invited to sub-mit applications no later than August 27, 2012. Click here for details.Follow us on Twitter!The Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission is now on Twitter. Follow us for the latest Ful-bright news, including scholarship announcements, educational and cultural events, up-dates from alumni & more! https://twitter.com/FulbrightROFulbright Roundtable at the International Congress on Romanian Studies - July 2nd On July 2-4, 2012, the Society for Romanian Studies (SRS) is organizing the 2012 International Congress on Romanian Studies at Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu. The theme of the congress is “Europeanization and Globalization: Romani- ans in Their Region and the World.” With this occasion, the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission is organizing a panel of discussion regarding the Fulbright program and the impact of the aca- demic and cultural exchanges between the two countries. The roundtable will be entitled “Romanian-American Academic and Scholarly Exchanges: Past Experi- ences, Future Prospects” and is scheduled on Monday, July 2nd, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. U.S. Fulbright alumnus Paul Sum, who is also a member of the na- tional board of SRS, agreed to be the moderator of the roundtable. The partici- pants are: Rodica Mihăilă, Executive Director at the Fulbright Commission, Ro- manian alumni Victor Neumann, Olesia Mihai, Silvia Florea, and U.S. Fulbright alumni Nicholas Sveholm, Paul Michelson , Jonathan Stillo. More details and pic-tures will be available on our website. 2 www.fulbright.ro
  3. 3. Bucharest, June 30, 2012 Volume V, Issue 2Commission NewsEast-West Cultural Passage Conference 2012The 2012 edition of the “East-West Cultural Passage Confer-ence: Literature and Music” organized by the Lucian Blaga Uni-versity, Sibiu, Romania, Faculty of Letters and Arts and Roe-hampton University, London, UK, Department of English andCreative Writing in association with the Romanian-U.S. Ful-bright Commission took place in Sibiu on May 10-12, 2012. Ro-manian and U.S. Fulbright alumni and grantees participated indifferent panels of the conference.Besides the scientific value, the conference was also an opportu-nity for the American Fulbrighters to meet as a group before fin-ishing their scholarship and leaving Romania. Let us use this op-portunity to say a warm THANK YOU, DEAR FRIENDS! to all American Fulbrighters who are finishingtheir Romanian grant and will be leaving soon. We will be missing you, we expect news from you, fromtime to time, and hope in future collaborations.Flag Day: Celebrating U.S. Culture and Study at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence On June 14, festivity filled the air as the Public Diplomacy section of the U.S. Embassy brought together over 250 students and English teachers from five Bucharest high schools. The participants cele- brated Flag Day through colourful projects on the 50 U.S. states. Honoring a cherished tradition, the Fulbright Commission took part in the event with an educational booth staffed by FEAC advisers and interns. We had with us students who had enjoyed the full range of FEAC services and who got admitted and funded by Middlebury Col- lege in Vermont, MIT, Princeton University, Grinnell College in Iowa, and Harvard University. Throughout the three hour event, the FEAC team interacted with the participants and introduced them to thestudy and funding opportunities U.S. campuses offer to top international students. Pictures at http://on.fb.me/FEACPics.Fulbright Student Award Competition: Notes on a Promotion CampaignMarch and April proved full and productive, in terms of FulbrightStudent Award promotion. In early March, the Academy of Eco-nomic Sciences in Bucharest hosted the first presentation on theFulbright Student Awards. Another presentation, this time togetherwith the Center of International Cooperation of Babes Bolyai Uni-versity, took place in Cluj on March 22. The audience enjoyed thepresence of three Senior Fulbright Alumni: Dr. Mircea Maniu, Dr.Levente Salat and Dr. Radu Catana, who shared their experienceas Visiting Scholars in the U.S. On April 4 the Fulbright StudentAwards were promoted to students of Politehnica University in Bu-charest. Professors Mihaela Albu and Stefan Trausan Matu assistedwith organizing the event. Drs. Dragulanescu and Ghenghea werealso present to share their Fulbright knowledge with the UPB students. On April 10, the Student Awardpresentation was hosted by the University of Bucharest. Last but not least, a seminar dedicated to writ-ing the Student application took place at our premises on Wednesday, April 11. Our special guests, Pro-fessor Mohsen Razzaghi, Fulbright Scholar and Corina Ileana Popa, Fulbright Alumna, whom we wouldlike to thank, offered their help and guidance. Also, a webinar for applicants in the Student Award com-petition took place on April 27. 3 www.fulbright.ro
  4. 4. Bucharest, June 30, 2012 Volume V, Issue 2Commission News ► FROM U.S. FULBRIGHTERS“International Social Work: Working Together for Success” ConferenceOn May 24 – 25, 2012 the University of Petrosani, Romania, Facultyof Sciences, Socio-Human Department, Social Work Specializationin partnership with the University of South Carolina College of So-cial Work and the Eastern European Sub Regional Association ofSchools of Social Work hosted an international conference entitled“International Social Work: Working Together for Success.”The event was organized with the help of U.S. Fulbright researcherKarla Buru who also held the opening remarks and conducted aworkshop on Public Health in Romania. Jennifer Feenstra, U.S. Ful-bright scholar and associate professor at Northwestern College,Iowa was a keynote speaker and held a lecture on VolunteerismWorldwide. Also, U.S. Fulbrighters Katelyn Browher and Jessica Miller participated in the event.The conference featured lectures, workshops, visits to local non-governmental organizations and a cul-tural evening including traditional Romanian costumes and music. More details are available in the con-ference report written by U.S. Fulbright grantee Karla Buru. Please click here to read it.U.S. Fulbright Scholar at Cluj Conference on Globalization U.S. Fulbright Scholar Paul Hamill, of Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu, participated in panel discussions of the conference on “Globalization in a Post-Crisis World,” held at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, on May 30-31. Dr. Hamill spoke initially on the U.S. history of globalization; later panel topics included “Has the Centre of the World shifted due to Globalization?” and “Does Globalization have to lead to greater inequality within nations?” The conference was hosted and organized by Prof. Vasile Puscas of Babes-Bolyai along with Ms. Josephine Chesterton, an Oxfam board mem- ber formerly with Chase Manhattan Bank in Hong Kong. Presenters included the cur- rent British Ambassador to Romania, H.E. Martin Harris, former British Ambassador to Brazil Dr. Peter Collecott, current Governor of the National Bank of Romania Mr. Mugur Isarescu, former British Ambassador to Russia Sir Anthony Brenton, former British High Commissioner in India and Ambassador to Germany Sir Michael Arthur, Mr. Patrick Docherty, an international banking expert formerly with Chase, UBS, andKPMG in Singapore and Vice Rector Mihaila Lutas of Babes-Bolyai. Former Fulbright Fellows who spokeincluded Prof Puscas, Dr. Ioan Aurel-Pop, Rector of Babes-Bolyai, Mr. Patrick Cocherty and Dr. OanaPopa, former Fulbright Executive Director and former Ambassador to Croatia, currently engaged in re-search at Babes-Bolyai University.Book Launch: TIMELESS AND TRANSITORY - Volume by U.S. Fulbright Alumnus Ernest LathamOn June 2, Ernest Lathams volume entitled TIMELESS AND TRANSITORY. 20th CenturyRelations Between Romania and the English-Speaking World was launched at BookfestInternational Bookfair. TIMELESS AND TRANSITORY is a collection of essays on Roma-nia in an international context, highlighting historical characters who, with the help ofthis talented historian and his exquisite art of the portrait, have the power to illustratethe much broader social and political phenomena of the 20th century. The preface ofthe volume is signed by Professor Paul Michelson, a three-time Fulbright fellow in Ro-mania (1971-1973, 1982-1983, 1989-1990).Ernest Latham is an American historian and diplomat who served as the American cul-tural attaché in Romania between 1983 and 1987. In 2000-2002 he was a FulbrightProfessor and he is the author of numerous articles and reviews about Romania. At thepresent time he is the coordinator of advanced area studies for Romania and Moldovaat the Foreign Service Institute (U.S. Department of State). 4 www.fulbright.ro
  5. 5. Bucharest, June 30, 2012 Volume V, Issue 2Commission News ► FROM ROMANIAN FULBRIGHTERSArticle by Romanian Fulbrighter Cristiana Grigore in New York TimesA new article by Romanian Fulbright alumna Cristiana Grigore was published inthe New York Times. In the article entitled “The Gypsy in me”, Cristiana talksabout her Roma identity and the transformation from denying her origins toembracing them. The article was also published in the International HeraldTribune Global Agenda magazine. Cristiana was a Fulbright grantee in 2009-2010, at Vanderbilt University, Peabody College of Education & Human Devel-opment.Read the entire story by following the link below:http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/22/opinion/global-agenda-magazine-the-gypsy-in-me.html?_r=2&pagewanted=1 Articles on Theatre & Performing Arts by Fulbright Alumni The most recent issue of Scena.ro, a Romanian theatre & performing arts magazine, includes a series of articles written by three Fulbright Alumni: Cristina Modreanu, who is also the editor-in-chief of the magazine, Saviana Stanescu and Theodor Cristian Popescu. The articles are diverse, covering themes like “Resistance through Theatre” – an article written by Cristina Modreanu after visiting the Under the Radar festival held in New York, “Death on Broadway” – article by Romanian Fulbrighter Saviana Stanescu about the invasion of the Broadway season with plays dealing with death, “Rethinking the critical stance” – article by Theodor-Cristian Popescu which analyzes the difficult relation of contemporary Romanian theatre with the surrounding reality. For more details about the magazine, please visit http:// www.revistascena.ro/.News from Romanian Fulbright Alumna Monica Stancu"I am glad to announce that this spring I got a chance to share mywork at three universities in the US. On March 23, 2012 I have pre-sented a paper at a history conference at Syracuse University, NYwhere I talked about the research I conducted on Romanian immi-grants.Two of my other papers were chosen for the Gender and SexualityGraduate Colloquium at Princeton University and the Graduate StudentConference on World Historical Social Science at Binghamton Univer-sity, NY. These two papers were based on my MA thesis on Romawomen’s activist movement in post-communist Romania. This spring, I also conducted a workshop ondiscrimination in Romania at the School for Excellence, a high school in Bronx, NY. I am so grateful tothe Fulbright Commission and all the professors that guided me at Sarah Lawrence College and Colum-bia University! This would not have happened without their support!"Monica Stancu was a Fulbright Student grantee in 2009-2010, at Sarah Lawrence College, NY. She iscurrently conducting research in the area of Women Studies as an international visiting scholar at Co-lumbia University. 5 www.fulbright.ro
  6. 6. Bucharest, June 30, 2012 Volume V, Issue 2Graduate and Undergraduate► Upcoming Events What comes after successful U.S. admissions? Pre-Departure Orien- tation in July Every summer, the Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission and FEAC organize the Pre-Departure orientation, a full-day event meant to facilitate the admit- ted students’ academic and cultural adjustment on a U.S./U.S.-like campus. The event will be topped off with networking opportunities and fun. Current Romanian students and alumni of U.S. universities will grace the event. EducationUSA Romania Advising Expertise at the OACAC Conference The session initiated by the Fulbright Educational Advising Center “Attracting the Stars of Eastern Europe to U.S. Campuses” will be offered at the OACAC Annual Conference bringing together experts on undergraduate advising and admissions to University of Denver, CO. The FEAC session, co-presented with the admissions director at Wellesley College, is one of the 62 sessions accepted out of a total of 117 submissions. As such, the advising center in Bucharest will represent EducationUSA Europe at the event with funding offered by EducationUSA.► Past Events Who’s Going Where? Full Admissions Success for Romanians this Year This summer, FEAC will be “traveling” alongside the students we worked with over the past year to- wards their successful applications to a variety of campuses in the U.S. – Yale, Princeton, Harvard, MIT, Duke, Boston U, Middlebury, Wellesley, Sarah Lawrence, Rochester, Worchester Polytechnic Institute, Babson, Bryn Mawr, Loyola Marymount, Wellesley, etc. - as well as to U.S.-like campuses – Jacobs, modeled on Rice University in Texas, and the European Liberal Arts College - Bard College. FEAC as U.S. Admissions Hub and Maximizer With all the tight economic circumstances both in the US and Romania, FEAC has been able to maintain and even increase the enrollment rate. In FY 2011 FEAC had 15 undergrad students and 5 grad students in the US, while this year we have 20 undergrads, with chances to increase to 22, and 5 grads. In numbers, this year we have $1.2 million in financial aid and $210,000 in personal contributions. A signifi- cant increase reflecting the additional support services developed by FEAC. The grants awarded to FEAC by the US Embassy and EducationUSA made it possible for FEAC to diversify and solidify its guidance and support services and to conduct comprehensive outreach campaigns. Innovative Outreach by FEAC in Response to New High School Curriculum: “School the Other Way” in April Over April 2-6, U.S. study was prominent during the “School The Other Way” week included in the high school curriculum starting this year. In addition to a pilot “International Study Day” at “Lazar” National College, FEAC organized and hosted students from “Lovinescu” and “Cuza” high schools in Bucharest, who visited the Advising Center. Article by FEAC in “International Student Guide” Building on FEAC’s success record and advising expertise, this year FEAC contributed to “International Student Guide to the United States of America” (Spindle Publishing Company) an article on financial aid opportunities for international students in the U.S. The guide is an annual publication directed at international students who wish to pursue their higher educa- tion in the United States. Read the piece at http://bit.ly/FEACarticle and visit FEAC for the new edition of the “Int’l Study Guide” which comes out in July! FEAC Initiative: Visit Over 100 Campuses with FEAC Visit FEAC to access the latest version of our “College Profiles”! The “College Profiles” col- lection includes around 100 one-page snapshots of different colleges, universities, and in- stitutes across the U.S., The profiles highlight schools in the same range, the university culture as reflected in the motto, mission/vision, values, etc., admissions and financial aid statistics, average SAT and TOEFL scores, most popular majors offered, etc. 6 www.fulbright.ro
  7. 7. Bucharest, June 30, 2012 Volume V, Issue 2Graduate and UndergraduateIvy League Highlights as Giving Back: A Romanian Success Story at Universityof PennsylvaniaThe five-week Undergraduate Admissions Training offered by FEAC over May 22-June 19was topped of by an enrichment session on June 26. Alexandra, FEAC friend and risingsophomore at UPenn, helped participants get ready for the admissions season with herinspiring U.S. stories. Our former advisee shared her academic and cultural experienceon a top campus ranking 5th in this year’s U.S. News & World Report. She also offeredtips on how to win the heart of the admissions committee.Dynamic Promotion of U.S. Study to Fresh Audiences: “International Study Day” in Five Cities FEAC together with Campus France, DAAD, and British Council partnered up to set up a comprehensive joint outreach program meant to introduce high school and col- lege students outside Bucharest to the benefits and opportunities of the educational systems in the USA, France, and Germany, to standardized tests like the TOEFL, SAT, IELTS, DELF/DALF, and to help them make the most of studying abroad. The pilot program, successfully launched in early April at “Lazar” National College in Bu- charest reached out to underserved academic communities in Galati, Sibiu, Oradea, and Petrosani in April-May. The events were promoted through the joint efforts of the four institutions behind the “International Study Day” project and attracted over- all almost 1,000 students, parents, and teachers. The Intl Study Day fall schedule will be included in FEAC’s online calendar at http://bit.ly/feac_events.Beyond Intl Study Day: High School and University Students Discover U.S. Study in Bucharest,Cluj, Galati, and SibiuOver April-June, the Fulbright Educational Advising Center visited 12 high schools and 8 university de-partments in Bucharest, Cluj, Galati, and Sibiu and connected with a great number of students andteaching staff. FEAC highlighted study and scholarship opportunities in the USA. Prospective applicantswere introduced to the wealth of online and face-to-face U.S. admissions support services FEAC makesavailable free of charge.MBA Programs in the USA, with Funding: Online Session with Willamette UniversityBy working directly with Willamette University, FEAC was able to set up an informative session includingstrategies for preparing a successful application to an MBA program in the U.S. and financing grad studyin the USA. Among other things, participants learned about Romanian MBA success stories, which in-cluded a former FEAC advisee who thrived on the Willamette MBA on most generous financial aid.FEAC in Cluj: Promotion of the Fulbright Program with Peace Corps Volunteers and MoreAs a result of its steady cooperation with Peace Corps Romania, FEAC was invited to participate in theCareer Options seminar organized on April 26 in Cluj for Peace Corps Volunteers finishing their programin Romania. With the support of Jessica Miller, U.S. Fulbright grantee in Timisoara, the FEAC rep empha-sized the graduate school options and the Fulbright Student program. EducationUSA Family News: New Member in the FEAC Team Laura, a graduate of the American Studies BA at the University in Bucharest, has tem- porarily joined FEAC thanks to a grant awarded by the U.S. Embassy. Laura has all the makings of a great adviser thanks to her previous internship with the advising center and her passion for the U.S. culture and higher education. Among her projects: develop- ing a video library for Romanian students interested in U.S. study, helping with the re- vamp of the comprehensive FEAC advising website, and more.New Energy at FEAC: Internationally-savvy U.S. Intern at FEAC in July-AugustAnne, our newest U.S. intern, graduated from Miami University in Ohio and, up until theend of June, taught English to university students in Beijing, China. She will intern withFEAC for almost two months and will be involved in a range of far-reaching FEAC pro-jects. Stop by for a chat starting July 5!FEAC Open All Summer: Jumpstart Your U.S. Application at FEAC! www.fulbright.ro 7
  8. 8. Bucharest, June 30, 2012 Volume V, 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: 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 Twitter: https://twitter.com/FulbrightRO 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