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Romanian Alumni Community Newsletter - Volume II, Issue 3

  1. 1. Welcome to Romanian Alumni Community Romanian Alumni Community Monthly Newsletter Bucharest, April 30, 2012 Volume II, Issue 3 Alumni News From Alumni Table of ContentsAlumni News ► U.S. Alumni and Grantees AEIF 2012 Finalists Announced  Lectures by U.S. Fulbright Scholar Steve Cutler International Congress on Romanian Studies  New York. Old and New: An American Romanian Intellectual Feast at Bloomington Studies Afternoon at the American Corner, TimișoaraFrom Alumni  News from U.S. Fulbright Alumnus David► Romanian Alumni and Grantees Weindorf Collaboration between Romanian and U.S. Institu- tions Mediated by Fulbright Alumna Ileana Un-  East-West Cultural Passage Conference gureanu Theater Contribution to Social Communication Alumni Information Testimonial by Monica Pomohaci, Romanian TEA Alumna Alumni Links Fulbright Alumnus in the Media Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission 1
  2. 2. Bucharest, April 30, 2012 Volume II, Issue 3Alumni News AEIF 2012 Finalists Announced Out of nearly 700 project ideas from all over the world, 154 finalists were se- lected for the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund. These project ideas are now available on the State Alumni website at: finalist. Until May 7, finalist project leaders and teams will have a chance to finalize their proposals. Once the finalist teams have finalized their proposals, all State Alumnimembers will be invited to vote for their five favorite finalist proposals! Voting begins May 8 and endsMay 15.Congratulations to the all the finalists and good luck.International Congress on Romanian Studies On July 2-4, 2012, the Society for Romanian Studies (SRS) is organiz- ing the 2012 International Congress on Romanian Studies at Lucian Blaga University, Sibiu. The theme of the congress is “Europeanization and Globalization: Romanians in Their Region and the World.” As mem- bers in the national board of SRS, U.S. Fulbrighters Paul Sum, Matthew Ciscel and Jill Massino are among the organizers of the event. Romanian and U.S. Fulbrighters Hermina Anghelescu, Gabriel Badescu, Magda Carneci, Caius Dobrescu, Ronald King, Marin Marian-Balasa, Olesia Mihai, Mihai Mindra, Mihaela Miroiu, Victor Neumann, MarianaNicolae, Domnica Radulescu, Jonathan Stillo, Nicholas Sveholm, Gabriel Troc are also involved in theevent by presenting papers and/or moderating panels.The program, logistical information, and an online pre-registration system are available on the SRSwebsite, at Intellectual Feast at BloomingtonOn March 30-31, Indiana University hosted the fifth edition of the Ro-manian Studies Conference. Irina Costache and Ruxandra Pop - currentFulbright Grantees - and the American Fulbright Alumni Cristina Bejanand M. Benjamin Thorne presented their work at the conference.Professor Dennis Deletant, the key note speaker of the conference,shown his interest on the research conducted by the younger genera-tion of scholars focused on Romanian issues. “I am glad to see such ayoung gathering of post-graduates working in the field of Romanianstudies, who had the opportunity to access the archives in ways in which some of us in the older gen-eration didn’t have, and the fact that they are using that access to such good effect, opening our eyesto a more nuanced understanding of Romanian realities which are sometimes glossed over, especiallyin the press. The whole series of Romanian studies conferences in Indiana consolidates the view thatRomania is an extremely complex country, one which always offers surprises”."Like the past events that we had, this conference was an intellectual feast where scholars had a greatdeal to share and offer to each other in terms of making different connections between disciplines, be-tween topics and of course, between generations, and in terms of the ways in which Romania is a richsite for research and scholarly endeavors", said professor Maria Bucur-Deckard, John W. Hill Chair ofEuropean History, Department of History and Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, one of theorganizers of the conference. Romanian.US.Fulbright.Commission 2
  3. 3. Bucharest, April 30, 2012 Volume II, Issue 3From Alumni ► Romanian Alumni and GranteesCollaboration between Romanian and U.S. Institutions Mediated by Fulbright Alumna IleanaUngureanuIleana Ungureanu was a Fulbright grantee in the field of Social Psychology at Syracuse University, in2004-2005. Now she is an assistant professor at Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago( and she is also working with the Areopagus Institute of Family Therapy and SystemicPractice ( Ileana is one of the coordinators of a collaboration project between the two or-ganizations. The project entitled the “Adler Global Scholars in Romania inaugural project, Summer2012” aims to provide support to youngsters coming from placement centres and low-income families,youngsters with physical and mental disabilities as well as teenagers and young adults infected withHIV/AIDS. Please find more details here.Theater Contribution to Social Communication Ioana Moldovan, Fulbright Alumna has informed us on the international conference on “Theater and Social Communication” which took place in Bu- charest, on March 22-26. Ioana was among the organizers of this event hosted by the “I. L. Caragiale” National University of Theater and Cinemato- graphic Arts in Bucharest. The conference was part of a human resources development project, co- financed by the European Social Fond (2007 -2013). The speakers were theater professionals and practitioners that use theater for educational pur- poses and practice Community Theater – an art form that involves particu- lar communities and cater for those. Guests included: Sylvia Rotten(Viennese Theater for Children), Professor Chrissie Tiller (Goldsmiths University London, UK), LynneGagliano (Royal Court Theatre, London, UK), Jonathan Peterbridge (London Bubble Theatre Company,London, UK), Geoff Korf (Cornerstone Theatre Company, Los Angeles, USA). For further details, pleaseclick on: by Monica Pomohaci, Romanian TEA AlumnaMonica Pomohaci is a teacher at the National College I.L.Caragiale Bucharest. Shespent 6 weeks in the USA as a Teaching Excellent and Achievement Program (TEA)fellow. Monica talks about the American experience of a Romanian Math teacher in atestimonial sent after she finished her TEA program.Read more about her activities in the USA by following the link below: Alumnus in the Media Ovidiu Cocieru, Fulbright Student Alumnus, has let us know about his most re- cent presence in the media, that is on Radio Romania 3Net online channel. He was invited to Intamplator, a broadcast session moderated by actor Adrian Pa- duraru, where he had the opportunity to speak about his master’s program in Sports Management, as a Fulbright grantee at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Ovidiu is also one of the team members carrying out Voci pentru Ro- mania/Voices for Romania a project which tries to promote the Romanian pro- fessionals in different fields who asserted themselves at national level and abroad. 3
  4. 4. Bucharest, April 30, 2012 Volume II, Issue 3From Alumni ► U.S. Alumni and GranteesLectures by U.S. Fulbright Scholar Steve CutlerOn April 5, U.S. Fulbright Scholar Steve Cutler gave a lecture enti-tled "In the Countries of the Old: Population Aging and the Future ofSocial Change" at the University of Oradea, Faculty of Social Human-istic Science. A summary of the presentation is available at: part of the Fulbright Intercountry Lecturing Program, Dr. Steve Cutler also gave two lectures in Tar-anto, Italy entitled "Population Aging: The Case of the United States" and "Aging and Ethics: Barriers toAutonomy and Informed Consent." New York. Old and New: An American Studies Afternoon at the American Corner, Timișoara On March 22, 2012, the American Corner Timișoara hosted an event which reunited American Studies scholars at the West University of Timișoara with colleagues teaching at the King Khalid University (Abha, Saudi Arabia). Guest lecturers Sorin Ciutacu (Associate Professor, PhD) and Joseph Frank Uddo III (Lecturer, MS) spoke about two different hypostases of the American metropolis: New Amsterdam. The Dutch Tradition of 17th Century New York and, respectively, Post 9/11 New York. Places and People. Romanian Fulbright alumna CristinaChevereșan (Assistant Professor, PhD) and American Junior Fulbright Lecturer Jessica Miller used theirown experiences to introduce the Fulbright Awards to the audience and encourage enrolment in thisyear’s competition. Their interactive presentation entitled Dreaming of New York? Fulbright Can Make ItHappen proved particularly interesting for the BA and MA students who attended the meeting.News from U.S. Fulbright Alumnus David WeindorfDavid C. Weindorf was a Fulbright grantee in 2010-2011. The topic of his Fulbright pro-ject was Agriculture and Soil Morphology and he was affiliated with the University of Ag-ricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Cluj-Napoca. He recently published an ar-ticle in the European Journal of Soil Science, a highly respected, internationally ac-claimed journal in the field, directly pertaining to his work in Romania. The abstract isavailable here.East-West Cultural Passage ConferenceThe 2012 edition of the “East-West Cultural Passage Conference: Literature and Music” organized by theLucian Blaga University, Sibiu, Romania, Faculty of Letters and Arts and Roehampton University, Lon-don, UK, Department of English and Creative Writing in association with the Romanian-U.S. FulbrightCommission will take place in Sibiu on May 10-12, 2012. Romanian and U.S. Fulbright alumni and grant-ees will participate in different panels of the conference.Besides the scientific value, the conference will also be an opportunity for the American Fulbrighters tomeet as a group before finishing their scholarship and leaving Romania. Details and pictures will followin the next issue. 4
  5. 5. Bucharest, April 30, 2012 Volume II, Issue 3Alumni 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 Community 5