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Fulbright Scholars Galore

The Chronicle of Higher Education cited Ithaca College 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 master’s degree–granting colleges and universities category with two students receiving the prestigious Fulbright awards this year.

“We pride ourselves in providing our students with opportunities to expand their horizons by studying abroad,” says IC president Peggy R. Williams. “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 2006 graduates 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 traditions in the Korean peninsula.

In the last 15 years, 12 Ithaca College students have received Fulbright grants. This is 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 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 conduct research abroad.

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