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Romanian Alumni Community Newsletter - Volume I, Issue 11

  1. 1. Welcome to Romanian Alumni Community Romanian Alumni Community Monthly Newsletter Bucharest, November 30, 2011 Volume I, Issue 11 Alumni News From Alumni Table of ContentsAlumni News Romanian Alumni Community Celebrating Thanks- giving ► U.S. Alumni and Grantees  News from Yudit Kornberg Greenberg,From Alumni U.S. Fulbright Scholar► Romanian Alumni and Grantees  News from Dr. Mohsen Razzaghi, U.S. Ful- Interwoven American and Romanian Schools in bright Scholar Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program (TEA)  Conference Organized by Cornel Marian, U.S. Fulbright Alumnus Fulbright Alumni at the 12th National RATE Con- ference (Timişoara 2011) Romanian Fulbright Alumnus Virgil-Florin Duma at World Science Forum Alumni Information Testimonial from Diana Melian, Romanian TEA Alumna Alumni Links Fulbright Alumnus to be Named the First KPMG Fellow in Romania New Book Translated by Romanian Fulbright Alumna Cristina Chevereșan Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission 1
  2. 2. Bucharest, November 30, 2011 Volume I, Issue 11Alumni NewsRomanian Alumni Community Celebrating ThanksgivingOn November 23, the Romanian Alumni Community met to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. The eventbrought together over 100 Romanian alumni of U.S. Government-sponsored exchange programs tothe United States such as Fulbright, IVLP, Hubert H. Humphrey, Ron Brown, New Century Scholars,Benjamin Franklin Summer Institute, Young Leaders Dialogue with America and Study of the U.S. In-stitutes, but also U.S. Fulbright grantees and alumni who are currently in Romania.The event started with welcome speeches from Dr. Remus Pricopie, President of the Romanian Ful-bright Board of Directors, Ms. Patricia Guy, Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy and Ms.Edwina Sagitto, Cultural Officer at the U.S. Embassy. After welcoming the guests, U.S. Fulbright grant-ees Katelyn Arlene Browher and Nicole Kay Wells introduced us to the Thanksgiving history, customs &traditions.Besides the essential aspect of networking between alumni, becoming reacquainted, meeting newalumni, sharing experiences and increasing the visibility of the U.S. Government sponsored exchangeprograms brand overall, the event was an occasion to meet for a celebration of Thanksgiving, anAmerican tradition which tried to recreate the atmosphere lived by the Romanian alumni during theirgrants in U.S. and made the U.S. grantees in Romania feel more like home, in an open and relaxedatmosphere.We are grateful to all the Romanian and U.S. alumni and grantees who have joined us for the eventand we take this opportunity to thank our guest speakers. More pictures are available here. 2
  3. 3. Bucharest, November 30, 2011 Volume I, Issue 11From Alumni ► Romanian Alumni and GranteesInterwoven American and Romanian Schools in Teaching Excellence and Achievement Pro-gram (TEA)For three weeks, the Romanian TEA participant Mihaela Fodor, from “Petru Rares” National College,Suceava, had the chance to co-work with American teachers, in Mount Logan Middle School, Utah and tovisit classes in St. John’s school, Houston, Texas. “A fruitful and challenging exchange of teaching meth-ods, cultural elements and the use of technology in class made this experience rich and worthy. Stu-dents in American schools are respectful, disciplined and relaxed, all these due to a variety of teachingapproaches used by their teachers, i.e., TPR, pair/group work, games and simulations, case study/projects, story-based teaching, debates, experiments, and extensive use of technology, such as videoprojector, ppt. presentations, smart board, computer- based lessons, authentic video and audio materi-als. Either it is about state school (Logan Middle) or private school (St. John’s) a pleasant working at-mosphere floats in the air.” Mihaela Fodor Jennie Brasfield, Mount Middle School, Logan, Michael Seckman, St. John’s School, Utah (partner teacher in TEA program) Houston, Texas (former teacher exchange grantee)Fulbright Alumni at the 12th National RATE Conference (Timişoara 2011) “ELT – Skill, Art and Motivation”, the 12th National RATE (Romanian Association of Teachers of English) Conference, took place in Timi- şoara at the end of last month. For three full days (October 28-30), Romanian and foreign teachers, mentors, textbook authors and edi- tors shared their professional knowledge and experience with their peers, in an impressive array of plenary lectures, workshops, talks and group activities. Among the participants, two Fulbright alumni took the opportunity to introduce the program and its indisputable benefits to all those interested. Robert Manning (Quincy University, USA) and Cristina Chevereşan (University of Timişoara, Romania) used their own examples to encourage future applications, empha- sizing both the academic and the personal gains of living, traveling,teaching and doing research in different, yet fascinating, environments. In an interactive presentationentitled Transatlantic Exchanges: The Fulbright Experience from Both Sides, the two speakers capturedthe essence of the Fulbright spirit, giving the audience insight into a unique way of establishing lastingconnections between people(s) and cultures. Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission 3
  4. 4. Bucharest, November 30, 2011 Volume I, Issue 11From AlumniRomanian Fulbright Alumnus Virgil-Florin Duma at World Science ForumFAST (Fulbright Academy of Science and Technology) has formed agroup of over 30 Fulbright Alumni from around the world to partici-pate in a dedicated Fulbright Alumni delegation at the World Sci-ence Forum ( that has been held on Nov.17-19, 2011 in Budapest. The Fulbright delegation has been in-vited by the Hungarian Academy of Science which is fully support-ing its participation to this prestigious international event, focusedon latest scientific development, but also on policy issues in Re-search and Higher Education. Global issues are addressed at theWSF by UNESCO, AAAS, Royal Society and other international or-ganizations, while the Forum has benefited from the participationof several Nobel laureates and prestigious academia. Dr. Virgil-Florin Duma, Fulbright Alumnus at The Institute of Optics of the University of Rochester, NY (2009-2010) has been selected by FAST to represent Romania at the WSF as part of the Fulbright delegation.Testimonial from Diana Melian, Romanian TEA Alumna “Everybody wonders about the American dream. I had the chance to live the dream, due to the Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program. Interna- tional teachers had the opportunity to develop their expertise, to learn and teach. (….) Words are not enough to express my gratitude to the Fulbright Commission, United States Department of State, IREX and Claremont Graduate University for ones in a life time chance. The story will not end here. This is only the turning point for my professional life.” Diana Ioana Melian—History teacher, Technical High School of Comunication “N.V.Karpen”, Bacau, Romania.To read the entire testimonial please click here.Fulbright Alumnus to be Named the First KPMG Fellow in RomaniaDr. Catalin Albu, currently Associate Professor of Accounting at the Bucha-rest Academy of Economic Studies (ASE), Romania, has been named thefirst KPMG Fellow in Romania. Catalin is Fulbright Senior Fellow 2011 at theUniversity of Dayton, where he taught and conducted research with Ameri-can colleagues. The KPMG Foundation has initiated professorships at the USlevel since 1974 , to acknowledge the central role faculty play in the aca-demic process. Wanting to be the first to contribute to the development oflocal faculty in our country, KPMG Romania has initiated KPMG Professor-ships for deserving local academics within the cooperation agreement withASE. Considering his Fulbright experience, KPMG awarded Catalin the firsttitle of KPMG Fellow, wanting to encourage excellence in teaching and re-search by local faculty. KPMG Romania and Catalin are committed to engagein a process of bringing ever closer the accounting academic and business environments, in the mutualbenefit, and especially, of ASEs students. New Book Translated by Romanian Fulbright Alumna Cristina Chevereșan Cristina Cheveresan, Romanian Fulbright Alumna in 2010-2011 translated into Romanian a book by entitled “The Memory Chalet” by Tony Judt. Cristina was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University. More details about the book at: 4306/ 4
  5. 5. Bucharest, November 30, 2011 Volume I, Issue 11From Alumni ► U.S. Alumni and GranteesNews from Yudit Kornberg Greenberg, U.S. Fulbright Scholar “After about a month of teaching at the University of Bucharest, I was pleased to re- ceive an invitation to lecture at Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu. As much as I am enjoy- ing the rich cultural and intellectual life in Bucharest, i also appreciated the opportunity to travel to another city in Romania, especially one as beautiful as Sibiu. My lecture was titled: “Love in the Bible: the Original Reality show.” It was attended by approximately 100 students, faculty and staff. In the course of the presentation, I also referred to my recently published Encyclopedia of Love in World Religions (cover photo attached) and explained its genealogy, scope, and my on-going scholarship on love and religion. One of the profes- sors in attendance invited me to his class in Comparative Literature which met immediately after my lecture. There were approximatelytwenty students in his class and we continued to discuss issues pertaining to love inJudaism, Christianity, and Islam. After both presentations, I enjoyed my conversationwith Dr. Alexandra Mitrea, Dean and Professor of American Studies, and two otherFulbrighters who are teaching and conducting research in Sibiu. I am grateful for theFulbright Program for enabling and encouraging such deep and profound cross-cultural dialogue.”News from Dr. Mohsen Razzaghi, U.S. Fulbright Scholar Dr. Mohsen Razzaghi, a Fulbright scholar at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Technical University of Civil En- gineering, Bucharest was invited by Professor Constantin Popovici, head of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department of the Technical University "Gheorghe Asachi" Iasi to visit the University and present a seminar on his research at the University. Iasi is the most important political, economic and cultural centre of the prov- ince of Moldavia as well as one of the oldest cities in Romania. The city prides itself with publishing the first Romanian newspaper and establishing the first Romanian university. Today, Iasi is home to five universities. On November 17, Dr. Razzaghi presented a re- search talk entitled "Orthogonal and Hybrid Functions in DynamicalSystems." During his visit he met with Professor Ion Giurma, the Rector of "Gheorghe Asachi" Universitywho gave Dr. Razzaghi a very nice book about Iasi and University Catalog. Dr. Razzaghi also met withseveral faculty members in the Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Engineering, and in particu-lar he met with Professor Corneliu Botan who signed and gave him his book on Optimal Control.Also, an article about Dr. Razzaghi’s Fulbright experience was published in in Starkville Daily Newspaper, a local newspaper in his hometown in USA: Organized by Cornel Marian, U.S. Fulbright AlumnusOn January 19, 2012 U.S. Fulbright alumnus Cornel Marian is organizing a conference entitle FreezingThose Costs: A Swedish-Romanian Dialogue on Controlling Arbitration Costs. The event is created underthe auspices of Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and Stockholm Arbitration & Litigation Center and willtake place at Athenee Hilton Palace, Bucharest, Romania. More details and the program of the event areavailable at Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission 5
  6. 6. Bucharest, November 30, 2011 Volume I, Issue 11Alumni 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