Mount Union Staff Member Receives Fulbright Award

May 24, 2010

doak-rebeccaBecky Doak, executive director of career services and lecturer in the Department of Economics, Accounting and Business Administration at Mount Union College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to do research at The Fulbright Kommission in Germany during the 2009-2010 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Doak will participate in the scholarly exchange of ideas, information and experiences with German colleagues. The program begins in Berlin with an immersion experience in the German culture and higher education system. She and others will have the opportunity to visit universities and schools, Parliament and businesses to discuss current issues, dialog with officials and promote friendship and cooperation. She is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 294,000 people – 108,160 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 178,340 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States – with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. Some of the prominent Fulbright alumni are Muhammad Yunus, managing director and founder of Grameen Bank and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006; Javier Solana, foreign policy chief of the European union; Ruth Simmons, president of Brown University; Craig Barrett, chairman of the board of Intel Corporation; Shamshad Akhtar, the first woman to hold the position of governor, State Bank of Pakistan; Alejandro Jara, deputy director-general of the World Trade Organization; Raoul Cantero, justice of the Florida Supreme Court; Renee Fleming, soprano; Gish Jen, writer; Daniel Libeskind, architect; Aneesh Raman, CNN middle east correspondent; and Sibusiso Sibisi, president and CEO of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa.

Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit their website at http://fulbright.state.gov or contact James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs at (202) 453-8531 or via e-mail at fulbright@state.gov.

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