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Husson University Fulbright Alumni Discuss Experiences and Opportunities at Gracie Black Box Theatre Reception

Published on: February 24, 2022

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BANGOR, MAINE – Students and higher education faculty members who become Fulbright Scholars hold a special place of distinction in academic circles. Becoming a Fulbright Scholar is one of the highest honors accorded to students, professional college educators and researchers. Many of the individuals who earn these awards become leaders in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy and education.[1] Among the ranks of Fulbright alumni are 61 Nobel Prize recipients, 75 MacArthur Foundation Fellows, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners and 40 current or former heads of state or government.[2] At Husson University, there are five faculty and staff members who have earned this prestigious honor.

On Saturday, February 26, 2022, from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Gracie Black Box Theatre, Husson University will be hosting a joint reception with the Maine Chapter of the Fulbright Association. During the event, three Husson Fulbright recipients will be making presentations. Welcoming participants to the event will be Fulbright Scholar and Husson University President Robert A. Clark, PhD, CFA. The Fulbright program gave him the opportunity to go to Norway and teach at the Norwegian School of Management. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of finance.

“Getting a Fulbright award can be a life-changing experience. This event will provide faculty and students with an overview of the opportunities available to them,” said Clark. “The presentations by Husson Fulbright alumni at this event are designed to encourage students and alumni to participate in this program and expand their academic horizons.”

In addition to President Clark, Dr. Sandip Wilson and Dr. Greg Winston will talk about their Fulbright Scholar experiences. Wilson served as a Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in 2012-2013 in the Faculties of Education and Engineering of Avinashilingam University in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. She conducted classes and workshops with student teachers and faculty in the methods and practices of teaching, apprentice and project-based learning, response theory, assessment and the integration of children’s literature in instruction. Wilson also served as a resource person in the supervision of student teachers in the field, and provided invited lectures and seminars for universities, colleges, and schools in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Currently a professor in the School of Education, she serves as a faculty member in the English Department of Husson University’s College of Science and Humanities.

Winston was a Fulbright Scholar for the 2019-2020 academic year and named a distinguished scholar in Irish literature at Queen's University-Belfast (QUB) in Northern Ireland. From January to June of 2020, he served as a visiting faculty member at the QUB’s School of Arts, English and Languages – the home of the Seamus Heaney Center for Poetry. He teaches a range of English and humanities courses, from the general education sequence in writing, rhetoric and literature to upper-level electives including world literature, environmental writing and Irish studies. His scholarship takes historical and environmental approaches to Irish and British modernist writers. 

The reception is complimentary for faculty and students interested in applying for a future Fulbright award. Individuals interested in attending the reception can register for the event by contacting Kandi Hale in Husson University’s President’s Office. Her email address is halek@husson.edu and her phone number is 207-941-7138.

After the reception has concluded, there will be a concert by the acclaimed progressive Acadian folk music band, Le Vent du Nord, on the Gracie Theatre’s main stage at 7:30 p.m. As a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement, the group draws their musical inspirations from both traditional sources rooted in the Celtic diaspora and original compositions.

Anyone interested in staying for the concert is welcome to purchase tickets through the Gracie Box Office. Tickets for the concert range from $23.50-$30.00 and are available by calling 207-941-7888 or visiting the theatre’s website at gracietheatre.com.

More about the Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is considered our nation’s flagship international academic exchange program.[3] Sponsored by the U.S. government, it has fostered mutual understanding between the United States and other countries since 1946.[4]

The program provides awards to approximately 8,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals each year from the United States and 160 countries.[5] Fulbright is unique in its binationalism and noted for its merit-based selection process and academic prestige.[6]

For more than 120 years, Husson University has shown its adaptability and strength in delivering educational programs that prepare future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent a superior value in higher education. The hallmarks of a Husson education include advanced knowledge delivered through quality educational programs in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. According to a recent analysis of tuition and fees by U.S. News & World Report, Husson University is one of the most affordable private colleges in New England. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit Husson.edu.

[1] United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, “Fulbright Program Overview,” https://eca.state.gov/fulbright/about-fulbright/fulbright-program-overview, Accessed: February 23, 2022.

[2] Ibid

[3] Ibid

[4] Ibid

[5] Ibid

[6] Ibid

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