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Nazareth Named Top Producer of Fulbright Students

  • Published: October 24, 2011

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Nazareth Named Top Producer of Fulbright Students

A record-breaking number of five U.S. Junior Fulbright award recipients from Nazareth College have placed the institution in the number three spot (in the Master’s Institutions category) of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students, 2011–12 list. Nazareth was tied for third with the Monterey Institute for International Studies and Truman State University.

“The Fulbright program is an important part of a long-standing tradition of academic excellence at Nazareth College,” said Nazareth College President Daan Braveman. “The number of Fulbright awards granted to Nazareth students puts us on par with the top colleges of our size in the country. We are very proud of the members of our College who have taken part in the Fulbright program.”

"Every year, it is such a pleasure to work with the Fulbright candidates,” said   Professor of English and Fulbright Program Advisor Mark Madigan. “But, I’d also like to recognize the Fulbright Campus Committee. The Fulbright application process is intense and the applicants rely on the committee, which is made up of four additional Nazareth professors, to help them review and rework their essays and applications. The committee volunteers countless hours to the process and we are so grateful to them for their commitment to Nazareth’s Fulbright program.”

The members of the 2011–12 Fulbright Campus Committee were Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy Scott Campbell, Ph.D; Associate Professor of Spanish Hilda Chacon, Ph.D; Professor of Mathematics Heather Lewis, Ph.D; Mark Madigan, Ph.D; and Professor of English Joseph Viera, Ph.D.

The 2011–12 Junior Fulbright recipients were Jeri Beckens of Sodus, N.Y.; Alyssa Pantano of Amherst, N.Y.; Amanda Poppe of Jordan, N.Y.; Amber Powers of Webster, N.Y.; and Daniel Simmons of Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y. In the last five years, there have been 12 Fulbrights awarded to Nazareth College students.

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright program’s objective is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world. Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program is America’s flagship international education exchange. Approximately 279,500 “Fulbrights,” 105,400 from the United States and 174,100 from other countries, have participated in the program since its inception more than fifty years ago.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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