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Romanian Alumni Community Newsletter - Volume I, Issue 5

  1. 1. Welcome to Romanian Alumni Community Romanian Alumni Community Monthly Newsletter Bucharest, May 31 2011 Volume I, Issue 5 Alumni News From Alumni Table of ContentsAlumni News 2011 Hours Against Hate: Stand up and Speak out ► Romanian Alumni and Grantees East-West Cultural Passage Conference  Interview by Cristina Cheveresan, Romanian Fulbright AlumnaFrom Alumni  Interview with Maria Niculescu, Romanian Hubert H. Humphrey Alumna► U.S. Alumni and Grantees  News from Catalin Albu, Romanian Fulbright Grantee Jake Shulman-Ment Talks about his Latest Concert in Botosani News from Michael S. Jones, U.S. Fulbright Alumnus in 2000-2001 Alumni Information News from Dan Ratliff, U.S. Fulbright Scholar Exhibition by Aline Cautis, U.S. Fulbright Alumna Alumni Links Ileana Orlich, Fulbright Specialist - Awards and Ac- tivities U.S. Fulbrighter in the Romanian Media Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission 1
  2. 2. Bucharest, May 31 2011 Volume I, Issue 5Alumni News2011 Hours Against Hate: Stand up and Speak outSecretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recorded a video supporting the2011 Hours Against Hate campaign ( In her video message, Secretary Clinton called on citizensaround the world to “stand up and speak out against hate.”The focus of this campaign is to encourage people to take action againsthate and bridge divides across lines of culture, religion, class and gender byvolunteering their time for someone different from themselves. People canpledge hours and help someone who “doesn’t look like you, live like you, orpray like you” through the 2011 Hours Against Hate Facebook website( This site is a forum for peoplefrom every corner of the globe to come together and share ways they are standing up against hate.- Join the campaign at Take a pledge to do something for someone who doesnt look like you, pray like you, or live like you.- Share your pledge with State Alumni on Twitter: #StateAlumni #2011AgainstHate.- Tell us how alumni work to stop hate at Cultural Passage ConferenceThe 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 conferencewas 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. 2
  3. 3. Bucharest, May 31 2011 Volume I, Issue 5From Alumni ► Romanian Alumni and GranteesInterview by Cristina Cheveresan, Romanian Fulbright AlumnaCristina Cheveresan, Romanian Fulbright Alumna in 2010-2011 interviewed theAmerican writer Gish Jen. The interview was published in the Romanian publicationentitled “Orizont”. To read the interview, please follow the link below.Gish Jen Interview by Cristina Cheveresan Interview with Maria Niculescu, Romanian Hubert H. Humphrey Alumna The interview featuring Maria Niculescu, Romanian Hubert H. Humphrey Alumna in 2004-2005 and entitled “Never Say Never” is available online at: 80%93-un-interviu-cu-maria-niculescu/ News from Catalin Albu, Romanian Fulbright Grantee Dr. Catalin Albu of the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania, currently a Senior Fulbright Grantee at the University of Dayton, Ohio, reports on his visits to three major American Universites. Two of these visits were fi- nanced via the Occasional Lecturer Fund (OLF), namely Temple University (Fox School of Business and Management) and San Diego State University (Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy). The third lecture took place at DePaul University (School of Accountancy). Catalin has lectured during his visits on the theme of accounting developments in emerg- ing economies, with a focus on accounting education, profession and International Finan- cial Reporting Standards implementation inRomania to an audience comprised of faculty, PhD students, graduateand undergraduate students. These visits served as excellent opportu-nities to develop the level of understanding between American and Ro-manian accounting researchers, and possibly create professional andpersonal relationships. Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission 3
  4. 4. Bucharest, May 31 2011 Volume I, Issue 5From Alumni ► U.S. Alumni and GranteesJake Shulman-Ment Talks about his Latest Concert in BotosaniOn April 28, Jake Shulman-Ment, U.S. Fulbright grantee and violinist held a Jewish recital during a con-cert entitled La Zi de Sarbatoare (On Celebration Day) in Botosani. The event was organized in collabo-ration with the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest and one special guest was Mark H. Gitenstein, the U.S. Am-bassador in Romania.The event in Jake’s words:„Performing this music in front of 700 Botosaneni, the Jewish community, and especially in light of theAmbassadors beautiful remarks was a deeply emotional experience for both Eleonore (note: EleonoreWeill is a musician from France who played with Jake during the concert) and I. I must say that I haveplayed countless concerts in all kinds of situations all over Europe and North America, and never, untillast night, have I experienced emotion to the point at which I thought that I would cry on stage. Someof the Romanian singers backstage, who grew up with Jews in the Botosani area, told us the same thingabout themselves. So, I think this event touched a lot of people in a special way.”News from Michael S. Jones, U.S. Fulbright Alumnus in 2000-2001Michael S. Jones, U.S. Fulbright alumnus in 2000-2001 and currently professor of Philosophy at LibertyUniversity published an article about Lucian Blaga’s philosophy in the "Internet Encyclopedia of Philoso-phy".Lucian Blaga was a Romanian philosopher, poet, playwright and a prominent personality of the Roma-nian culture during the period between the two world wars.To read the entire article and find more about Lucian Blagas work, please follow the link below. News from Dan Ratliff, U.S. Fulbright Scholar Fulbright Senior Scholar Dan Ratliff presented on “Systems of Care for Children and Families: American and Romanian social services” at the 3rd Annual International Conference on Social Services hosted at LUMSA University in Taranto, Italy, on 8 April, 2011. Dr. Ratliff, currently teaching at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, shared the program with the Romanian Consul George Teseleanu, who spoke on “Romanian Minors in Italy: Between Exclusion and Integration.” Dr. Ratliff addressed the need for a comprehensive, culturally re- sponsive system of social services that serve the needs of children and families. He illustrated such an approach in community-based interventions for juvenile offenders in one city in the USA. Using the USAID NGO Sustainability Index for Romania, Dr. Ratliff described the needs of Romanian social services and highlighted two Romanian NGOs that are having an impact on social needs of Romanian children and families. Dr. Ratliff and Prof. Ing. Teseleanu discussed the need for research to assess the social inclusion needs of Romanian immi- grants in Italy. An important starting point is how Romanian immigrant children are succeeding in Ital- ian schools. Utilizing LUMSA University’s social service partnerships with 11 communities in the region, such research would identify social needs of this prevalent immigrant population and encourage the use of EU initiatives that encourage inclusion and intercultural education. 4
  5. 5. Bucharest, May 31 2011 Volume I, Issue 5From Alumni Exhibition by Aline Cautis, U.S. Fulbright Alumna Exhibition by Aline Cautis, U.S. Fulbright Alumna at Sabot Gallery in Cluj- Napoca. The exhibition entitled With, For and Against Each Other is open until June 30 and features recent experiments with painting alongside two 16mm films transferred to dvd projections. More details by following the link below. Congratulations, Aline! Orlich, Fulbright Specialist - Awards and ActivitiesDr. Ileana Orlich, a distinguished Fulbright Senior Alumna, is aProfessor of Romanian Studies and Comparative Literature andDirector of the Arizona State University Romanian Studies Pro-gram. She was recently awarded the title of Professor of theYear 2011 by the Arizona State University Parents Association.More details at Let usalso mention that Ileana is the Honorary Consul General of Ro-mania in Arizona. Please find details about the consular programconducted by Ileana at many other activities and projects, during the 3 weeks inRomania Ileana Orlich is currently spending in Romania as a Ful-bright Specialist, she was a key-note speaker at the International Conference organized by the Depart-ment of International Economic Relations within the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest.Ileana also has accepted the invitation of Adina Ciugureanu, Dean and Professor of American Studies atthe Ovidius University in Constanta, to give a talk on Saturday, May 28, to the graduate students andfaculty in the program. The title of the talk was “Writing between Two Cultures: The Novels of HertaMuller”.As always, Ileana has helped the Fulbright Commission carry out its other programs, this time as amember of the panel for Teaching Excellence and Achievement Program interviews. Here is Ileana’scomment to the event: “Its always a privilege to be a part of the Fulbright office activities here, in Bu-charest, and todays interviews were no exception. I am confident that the successful candidates willbring a world of talent and positive energy to the teaching profession and that their efforts will make adifference in the lives of American and Romanian students.”U.S. Fulbrighter in the Romanian MediaOn May 27, Barbara Mueller, U.S. Fulbrighter in Constanta held apresentation at the American Corner entitled "The Cowboy: AnAmerican Icon". The presentation in Barbara’s words: “ As anoverview, I discuss the the Cowboy is an icon of America and acolorful symbol of "the west." Some of the legends regarding thecowboy culture are true; others have been exaggerated by Holly-wood, artists, and novel writers, mainly for profit. This presenta-tion separates the myths from reality to present a more accuratepicture of the American cowboy, past and present.”The presentation was covered by the Romanian media. To readthe entire articled, please follow the links below.; 5
  6. 6. Bucharest, May 31 2011 Volume I, Issue 5Alumni 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