May 27, 2010
Dear Friend of Idaho State University,
For more than 60 years, the federal Fulbright program has provided opportunities for students and professors to travel to another country, become involved in another community and culture, and bring new knowledge and awareness home.
At Idaho State University, we have benefited from both the students and faculty from our institution who have been accepted into the program and from those from other countries who we have welcomed into our community.
Master's student Bethany Hundley is going to a small village in Nepal to study deaf literacy at a school for the deaf. Bethany, who is 80 percent deaf herself, will live, work and learn in a remote village in a country where there can be a negative cultural view of deafness in some areas. She will not only study and learn Nepalese sign language, but, hopefully, will change the lives of children in that country.
This fall, we will be welcoming Sebnem Kurt, from Kirklareli, Turkey. Sebnam is a university instructor at Akdeniz University, and will be teaching Turkish language classes at ISU. While here, she hopes to study world languages and cultures, teaching and learning, and comparative literature.
English professor and folklore program director Jennifer Attebery will travel to Uppsala, Sweden in spring 2011 as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in American Studies at Uppsala University. She will give lectures on American Studies and pursue her research on Swedish immigration folk culture.
Attebery's designation as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair is an honor not many receive. Fulbright Distinguished Chair positions are a highly selective part of the Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholar Program, an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government with additional support from host nations. The Fulbright Distinguished Chairs Program awards are among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program and are awarded to candidates who are "eminent scholars and have a significant publication and teaching record."
Idaho State University is honored to have 15 Fulbright U.S. Senior Scholars among its faculty. The benefits of having so many faculty and students who have been able to take part in the program are incredible. They gain new knowledge that helps them in their research and teaching in our institution, and, perhaps, equally important, they share the knowledge they have, and bring a part of ISU to the world.
Arthur C. Vailas, Ph.D.
President, Idaho State University