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Romanian Alumni Community Newsletter - Volume I, Issue 10

  1. 1. Welcome to Romanian Alumni Community Romanian Alumni Community Monthly Newsletter Bucharest, October 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 10 Alumni News From Alumni Table of ContentsAlumni News ► Romanian Alumni and Grantees  Romanian Alumna at World Bank Washington Romanian Alumni Community Celebrating Thanks- DC HQs giving  New Book in Psychology by Romanian Fulbright Orientation for 2011-2012 U.S. Grantees to Romania Alumnus Bogdan Tulbure  Romanian Event at Georgia TechFrom Alumni  Article in Local U.S. Newspaper about TEA Grantees► U.S. Alumni and Grantees  First Impressions by Mihaela Fodor, Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program Grantee Article by Fulbright Alumnus Bruce O’Neill  Romanian Fulbright Alumnus Chris Tanasescu in Collaboration between Fulbright Hays Alumni Poesis International  New Publication by Romanian Fulbright Alumnus New Book by U.S. Fulbright Alumna Victoria Seitz Virgil Florin Duma Blogs by U.S. Fulbright Grantees Alumni Information Exchange Programs between U.S. and Romanian Universities with the Help of a Fulbright Scholar Alumni Links Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission 1
  2. 2. Bucharest, October 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 10Alumni NewsRomanian Alumni Community Celebrating ThanksgivingRomanian Alumni Community Celebrating Thanksgiving is an event created for past and current Ro-manian participants in U.S. Government-sponsored exchange programs to the United States, as wellas for Americans who have had similar exchanges to Romania.Such gatherings create a time and place in the busy lives of alumni for them to become reacquaintedand to meet new alumni, to share information and strategies, and to inspire each other to transformtheir ideas into reality.Besides the essential aspect of networking between alumni and increasing the visibility of the U.S.Government sponsored exchange programs brand overall, the event will also be an occasion to meetfor a celebration of Thanksgiving, an American tradition which will try to recreate the atmosphere livedby the Romanian alumni during their grants in U.S. and will make the U.S. grantees in Romania feelmore like home, in an open and relaxed atmosphere.In U.S., on Thanksgiving Day families and their friends gather to celebrate and have the traditionaldinner together. In Romania, we are trying to recreate this very powerful tradition and gather theAlumni Community as a family and their friends.The event will take place on November 23 and will include welcome speeches from Dr. Remus Pricopie -President of the Board of Directors, Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission, Ms. Patricia Guy - Coun-selor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy, Ms. Edwina Sagitto - Cultural Affairs Officer, Embassy of theUnited States and a short Thanksgiving Day - History, Customs & Traditions presentation. All alumni are invited to celebrate with us Thanksgiving Day. For more details and confirmations, please contact us by email at loredana.bucuroaia@fulbright.roOrientation for 2011-2012 U.S. Grantees to RomaniaOn October 6-7, the Romanian - U.S. Fulbright Commission markedthe beginning of yet another year for American Juniors and Seniors inRomania. The event offered the participants the opportunity to meetface to face. They were briefed on their new environment by high offi-cials of the U.S. Embassy and met members of the Romanian FulbrightBoard of Directors, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, American and Romanian Fulbright alumni, professors and re- searchers. The second day of the event included a trip to Sinaia and Azuga, where the grantees had the opportunity to connect as a group in an informal environment. The Romanian and U.S. alumni conducted different sessions related with the Romania’s Higher Education System, Political and Cultural En- vironment, but also a dialogue on differences between teaching in the U.S. and Romania. A special Thank you to all alumni for their help and good luck to the new grantees! More photos here. 2
  3. 3. Bucharest, October 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 10From Alumni ► Romanian Alumni and GranteesRomanian Alumna at World Bank Washington DC HQsRuxandra Costache has recently relocated to the World Bank’s Washington D.Cheadquarters to work as a lawyer for the Legal Department on countries fromEurope, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa.After graduating the LL.M. studies at University of Connecticut School of Law asa Fulbright (Ron Brown) scholar, Ruxandra has returned to Romania where shetaught International Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Bucharest, fromwhere she was awarded a magna cum laudae Ph.D. degree in July 2011. Inparallel, she dedicated her professional carrier to the World Bank, where shehas been working since 2005 in the Bank’s country office in Bucharest, promot-ing rule of law and judicial reforms. Since the Faculty of Law remains one ofRuxandra’s professional priorities she will go on providing her support in thepromotion of the Romanian education in the field of Law.New Book in Psychology by Romanian Fulbright Alumnus Bogdan Tulbure “Anxiety Information Processing and their Assessment” is the name of the book written by Bogdan Tudor Tulbure, Fulbright Alumnus in the field of Psychology, University of Virginia. The volume successfully tries to make connection between Psychopathology and Social cognition and incorporates, in an interdisciplinary approach, new methods and ideas from both fields. It is also an interesting comparative study due to the inter- cultural connections the author succeeded to build. During his research, Bogdan Tul- bure was supervised by renowned U.S. and Romanian specialists in the field, from Uni- versity of Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj. Also, two of the studies included in the volume were carried out during his Student Ful- bright grant in 2007-2008. The book was issued by ASCR Publishing House in 2011. More details at:;RI_INFORMA_354;IONALE__536;I_EVALUAREA_LOR Romanian Event at Georgia Tech Ciprian Dumitrache, presently a Fulbright Student grantee in the field of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech University, has informed us on his recent initiative dedicated to his friends and colleagues in the cam- pus. Last Thursday, October 6, he organized the event “Let’s Learn about Romania” - a special opportunity for him to speak about our coun- try and to promote its culture, traditions and history. Last but not least: Adina, Ciprian’s wife, cooked Romanian dishes for all the participants, a challenging approach which, we are sure, provided the invitees with in- teresting notions about Romania’s tastes, flavors and customs. Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission 3
  4. 4. Bucharest, October 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 10From AlumniArticle in Local U.S. Newspaper about TEA GranteesDiana Melian and Radu Velica, two of the Romanian Teaching Ex-cellence and Achievement Program (TEA) grantees are affiliatedwith Claremont Graduate University. An article about their ex-perience and activities was published in Claremont Courier, a lo-cal U.S. newspaper.To read the article, please follow the link below. Impressions by Mihaela Fodor, Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program Grantee “A Myriad of Activities in TEA Program at Utah State University The days are rolling on unnoticeably in the hectic American life here in Logan, Utah. During the workshops we have had so far, we covered a diver- sity of topics, from curriculum, lesson planning, class management, to lead- ership and the use of technology in class. At week-ends, we had the chance to explore breath-taking places, such as Antelope Island, Bear Lake, Salt Lake, Timpanagos cave, which reminded us, the participants, that nature is worth fighting for to be preserved and respected. Last but not least, we hadthe chance to work with American teachers, in their schools, and find out more about their system ofeducation, to actually teach their students and make them familiar with the Romanian culture and ourschool life. Overall, it’s an experience which any teacher should have, at least once in their lifetime!” (Mihaela Fodor, ‘Petru Rares’’ National College, Suceava) Romanian Fulbright Alumnus Chris Tanasescu in Poesis International Romanian Fulbright Alumnus Chris Tanasescu was interviewed in Poesis International, no 6, a quarterly basis magazine about and with poetry and poets. The interview is available online at page 44, by following the link below. Also, Chris and his wife Raluca translated Gary Snyder’s poetry in Romanian. The original poems, as well as the Romanian translations are available in the same maga- zine at page 90.New Publication by Romanian Fulbright Alumnus Virgil Florin Duma Dr. Virgil Duma published an article entitled “Experimental investigations of the scan- ning functions of galvanometer-based scanners with applications in OCT” in “Applied Optics” journal, a highly regarded, premium quality must read for everyone in the op- tics field that offers applications-centered research in optics. The article was written in collaboration with his colleagues from the host institution of the Fulbright grant. To read the article, please follow the link: URI=ao-50-29-5735. Dr. Virgil Florin Duma was a Fulbright Senior grantee in 2009- 2010 at University of Rochester. 4
  5. 5. Bucharest, October 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 10From Alumni ► U.S. Alumni and GranteesArticle by Fulbright Alumnus Bruce O’NeillBruce O’Neill is the recipient of a Fulbright Student Program grant in 2007, a Ful-bright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad alumnus in 2010-2011 and aPhD candidate at Stanford University.His dissertation research focused on “Boredom as Practice: Boredom, Space andHomelessness in Post-Socialist Romania” was featured in the "Legal & PoliticalAnthropology" column of this months "Anthropology News" (the American An-thropology Associations monthly newsletter). To read the article, please followthe link below: between Fulbright Hays AlumniOn November 16, U.S. Fulbright Hays alumni to Romania Jack R Friedman, Jonathan J Stillo and BruceONeill are on a panel together at the 2011 American Anthropological Associations annual meeting inMontreal. The panel will be highlighting issues of poverty and social justice. More details at: New Book by U.S. Fulbright Alumna Victoria Seitz Dr. Victoria Seitz, U.S. Fulbright Alumna to Romania in 2002-2003 published a new book entitled “I Don’t Wear A Suit! A Guide to Style for ALL OF US”. Victoria Seitz is an internationally recognized speaker, author, quoted expert and consultant with over 30 years experience in fashion and marketing. Dr. Victoria Seitz: “As a former fashion coordinator and retailer, and now a market- ing educator, I can assure you that marketing yourself is just as important as hav- ing another business do this for you. Your image matters. It’s no longer “Dress for Success” with just suits; nevertheless, what you wear has to communicate the best about you.“Blogs by U.S. Fulbright GranteesRecently arrived U.S. Fulbrighters Jennifer Sue Feenstra and Katelyn Arlene Browher are sharing theirFulbright experience in Romania through their blogs. To read on their perspectives, experiences and ac-tivities, please follow the links below: by Jennifer Sue Feenstra by Katelyn Arlene BrowherThank you for sharing, Jennifer and Katelyn!Exchange Programs between U.S. and Romanian Universities with the help of a FulbrightScholarDr. Seyed Mahmoud Mehdian, U.S. Fulbright scholar in 2006-2007, has visited us recently, bringinggood news again. After the cooperation agreement concluded between University of Michigan-Flint andAl.I.Cuza University of Iasi, the Romanian University was included in the University of Michigan-FlintStudy Abroad 2011-2012 program. Students from University of Michigan-Flint will have the opportunityto study for a semester at Al.I.Cuza University of Iasi and to explore the Romanian culture. 5
  6. 6. Bucharest, October 31, 2011 Volume I, Issue 10Alumni InformationJoin STATE ALUMNI Romanian Alumni CommunityThe State Alumni website is a dynamic, Help to build the Romanian Alumni Communityinteractive secure community for more than by sending articles, news, sharing ideas, pictures1,000,000 alumni of exchange programs. and professional opportunities. Find out about upcoming local events, stay connected with fel-►Network with other alumni from around the globe low alumni, find information about alumni-related► Share information about exchange programs and programs and research funding opportunities.alumni activities with a global audience►Participate in Q&A Live discussions with experts If you would like to submit an article, announce-►Access resources such as grants, jobs and research ment of an event, testimonial, job or grant op-databases portunity, please contact the alumni coordinator►Access more than 20,000 free periodicals, newspa- at: and more. Visit the Romanian Alumni Community onIn order to enroll, visit the site https:// and click on “Join Now” or “Clickhere to register”. Please wait for verification andconfirmation of your account by the administrativeteam of the State Alumni website. Alumni Links United States Government Alumni U.S. Embassy in Bucharest Community Romanian-U.S. Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Fulbright Commission Commission Facebook Page Romanian Alumni Community If you wish to cancel your subscription to this newsletter contact This Newsletter is produced by the Romanian Alumni Coordinator 6