ITHACA, NY—Ithaca College has been cited by the “Chronicle of Higher Education” as one of the top producers of student Fulbright recipients for the 2006–7 academic year. Ithaca is one of only 14 institutions in the category of master’s degree–granting colleges and universities that had at least two students receive the prestigious Fulbright awards this year.
“We pride ourselves in providing our students with opportunities to expand their horizons by studying abroad,” said Peggy R. Williams, president of Ithaca College. “I am so pleased to see our students honored for their knowledge and expertise through their selection to participate in the Fulbright program. That reflects directly upon the quality of the educational experience offered by the college.”
Two Ithaca students who graduated last May were awarded Fulbrights that have taken them to Asia for the year. Julie Perng, who earned her degree in organizational communication, learning, and design, is studying the effects of migration on local families in China’s Shaxi township. Philosophy major Kiehl Christie is in South Korea, where he is teaching English to secondary school students and researching religious transitions in the Korean peninsula.
In the last 15 years, 12 Ithaca College students have received Fulbright grants. This year marks the first time two have been awarded Fulbrights in the same year.
The Fulbright program was established at the end of World War II to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. In addition to the student program, Fulbright grants are awarded to faculty and professionals who wish to teach and do research abroad.