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WKU to celebrate Fulbright Week April 4-8

WKU will celebrate Fulbright Week April 4-8 with events for prospective students and faculty applicants as well as the wider campus community.

fulbrightweekThe Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program and WKU’s Fulbright Week will highlight three programs to promote a “culture of Fulbright” at WKU: The U.S. Student Program, the U.S. Scholar Program and the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program. (More: Fulbright Week schedule.)

The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program provides fully funded opportunities for faculty to conduct research or teach abroad. Fulbright Scholar alumni are strong advocates for the Fulbright Program, as well as general international education opportunities. WKU’s Fulbright Scholars play an important role in promoting Fulbright to WKU students.

“With regard to teaching,” said Dr. Jeff Samuels, WKU Professor of Philosophy and Religion and Fulbright Scholar to Sri Lanka, “I bring my Fulbright experiences into the classroom quite often as it provides students with a more complete understanding of religion as a lived category in South Asia. By mentioning Fulbright in my courses, I encourage students not only to study abroad, but also to pursue Fulbright opportunities in countries that interest them.”

From April 4-6, the Office of International Programs is hosting Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Dr. Brian Sajko. Dr. Sajko completed a teaching Fulbright to Taiwan in 2002-03. As a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador, Dr. Sajko has been trained by the administrative body of the Fulbright Scholar Program, the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, to represent Fulbright at universities and conferences. He is the current Vice President of Enrollment and Student Success at Nebraska Methodist College.

On April 5, Dr. Sajko will present at the Potter College of Arts & Letters brown-bag luncheon at noon in Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center, room 221, and at the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport at 2:30pm in Smith Stadium, room 1011. He will also be available April 5-6 to meet individually with interested faculty members; email internationalization@wku.edu to schedule a meeting.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program funds an academic year abroad for graduating seniors and recent graduates to study for a degree, conduct research, or teach English. For Fulbright U.S. Students, the experience can clarify future goals as well as open doors to new avenues for research and creative activity or new professional directions. Win or lose, the application process alone can help students craft more compelling graduate and professional school applications, enhancing their prospects for admission to more competitive institutions.

Dr. Melinda Grimsley-Smith, Coordinator of International Scholarships in the Office of Scholar Development, will host three separate events related to the U.S. Student Program during Fulbright Week: a general information session on April 6 at 3:30 p.m., a personal statement workshop on April 7 at 1 p.m., and a Q&A with current and alumni WKU Fulbright grantees on April 7 at 3:30 p.m. All three events will be held in Honors College/International Center, room 2007, and prospective student applicants (particularly 2016 and 2017 graduates) are strongly encouraged to attend.

The Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program brings teachers of foreign languages to American colleges and universities to enrich students’ linguistic and cultural proficiency and promote cultural exchange. Since 2009, the Department of Modern Languages has usually hosted two FLTAs per year. More recently, the Chinese Language Flagship Program has hosted an FLTA as well. At 4 p.m. April 5 in Faculty House, current Foreign Language Teaching Assistants Narjess Hachena, Anna Kharitonova and Lily Zhang will discuss their experiences as FLTAs at WKU and in the broader community.

For a full calendar of events, visit http://www.wku.edu/oip/wkufulbright/fulbright_week/fulbrightweek2016.php

About the Office of International Programs: The Office of International Programs supports the internationalization agenda of the university by creating opportunities for faculty and staff development in a global context and supporting the development of meaningful co-curricular programming for student, campus and community audiences. Contact: Anna Yacovone, (270) 745-3975.

About the Office of Scholar Development: The Office of Scholar Development is committed to helping WKU students in all majors and degree programs develop the vision, experience and skills to be independent, engaged scholars. OSD welcomes the opportunity to work with students interested in national or international scholarships. Contact: Dr. Melinda Grimsley-Smith, (270) 745-5043.

Contact: Anna Yacovone, (270) 745-3975

 

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