SJU Among Top Producers of Fulbright Scholars Nationwide

Sunday, November 11, 2012

PHILADELPHIA (November 9, 2012) - A record number of U.S. Student Fulbright recipients from Saint Joseph’s University have placed the institution among the top master’s institutions nationwide in the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students, 2012-13.

Saint Joseph’s had the second highest number of Fulbrights among those institutions noted in the master’s category, with five awardees out of thirteen applicants.

“It is truly an honor for the University, and a testament to our academic distinction to be recognized as a leading producer of U.S. Fulbright students among peer institutions in the country,” said University President C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. ’72.  “And we are tremendously proud of our Fulbright students and all that they have accomplished and are contributing around the globe.”

The five Saint Joseph’s Student Fulbright Scholars for 2012-13 are: Kerry Burns ‘12, a Spanish major with minors in linguistics and philosophy who is teaching English at a university in Colombia and pursuing coursework in speech pathology and bilingual education; Erin Butler ‘12, a Spanish and elementary education major and secondary education, Latin American studies and faith/justice triple minor, who is in Peru at an English teacher training college; Victor DiNoia ‘12, a double major in economics and finance, with a minor in German who is studying behavioral finance within international banking at the Duisenberg School of Finance in the Netherlands; Margaret Myers ‘12, a double major in international relations and German who is teaching English at a new university in Turkey, and Kimberleigh Pulford ‘12, an international relations major with minors in Latin American studies, Spanish and history who is teaching in Malaysia.

There was a significant investment of time and talent by Saint Joseph’s faculty members who served on the University’s Fulbright committee, providing mentoring and evaluating candidates, according to Peter Norberg, Ph.D., associate professor of English,who served as director of fellowships and oversaw the application process for three years before stepping down to assume the chairmanship of the English department. Brent Smith, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing, has succeeded him.

The members of the 2012-13 committee were: Jo Alyson Parker, Ph.D., professor and immediate past chair of the English Department; Jay Carter, Ph.D., professor of history and director of international relations; David Carpenter, Ph.D., associate professor of theology and director of Asian studies; James Hebbeler, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy and a former Fulbright recipient; Lisa Baglione, Ph.D., professor and chair of political science; Benjamin Leibman, Ph.D., chair and associate professor of economics; Richard Warren, Ph.D., associate professor of history and former director of Latin American studies; Heather Hennes, Ph.D., associate professor of Spanish and current director of Latin American studies; Elaine Shenk, Ph.D., assistant professor of Spanish; Robert Shannon, Ph.D., professor of Spanish; Thomas Buckley, Ph.D., associate professor of German and director of German major; Deron Albright, M.F.A., associate professor of film and former Fulbright recipient.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education administers and coordinates the activities relevant to the U.S. Student Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.

The Fulbright Program also awards grants to American teachers and faculty to conduct research and teach overseas.  In addition, some 4,000 new foreign Fulbright students and scholars come to the United States annually to study for graduate degrees, conduct research and teach at U.S. universities, colleges and secondary schools.

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Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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