OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University has been recognized by the Institute of International Education for being among the leading institutions in the nation for producing Fulbright Scholars in 2010-11.
WSU was one of only 23 master’s institutions nationwide to produce two or more Fulbright Scholars this year.
WSU Child and Family Studies professor Paul Schvaneveldt received a Fulbright Scholarship to implement a child literacy program in Ecuador last fall. Visual Arts professor Suzanne Kanatsiz served as a visiting professor in the United Arab Emirates earlier this year.
In an e-mail acknowledging WSU’s success, Allan Goodman, president and CEO of the Institute of International Education, congratulated the university on its “exceptional achievement.” Goodman also commended the efforts of Chris Millard, who serves as WSU’s Fulbright Scholars Program campus representative.
“It’s an honor for WSU to be recognized in this manner,” said Provost Michael Vaughan. “Fulbright opportunities like these are a direct result of the outstanding scholarship of our faculty and their willingness to share that knowledge with students and peers in other cultures.”
Since 2000, WSU has produced eight Fulbright Scholars, including Schvaneveldt and Kanatsiz.
Hailed as the premier international education exchange program in the United States, each year the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends 1,100 American scholars and professionals to more than 125 countries to lecture or conduct research in a variety of academic and professional fields. The late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas proposed the international educational exchange program to the U.S. Congress in 1945 as a vehicle for promoting “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world.” President Harry S. Truman signed the program into law in 1946. Since its inception, the Fulbright program has provided more than 294,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Visit cies.org for more information about the Fulbright program.
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