earn trips to Europe
the past year, four of Sacramento State’s best and brightest
professors have been chosen to represent the University in
several countries around the world. They are the recipients
of Fulbright Scholarships and will travel to Romania, Germany,
Russia and Ukraine to give students and faculty an American
perspective in their respective fields.
The Fulbright Scholarship program has allowed students and
professors to journey overseas to study, teach or conduct
research since 1946. The program allows the exchange of ideas
and cultures to all corners of the world in order to increase
cultural and educational diplomacy. This year, approximately
850 U.S. faculty and professionals received Fulbright grants
to study and conduct research in some 150 countries.
Dilworth, a trumpet professor in Sacramento State’s
Music Department leaves for Romania in January. He will be
teaching at the National Conservatory of Music in Bucharest.
“I’m sure I’ll help the students in Romania
deal with some of the same issues as I do with students here,”
he jokes. Dilworth will lecture in music education, brass
pedagogy and performance practice for six months before returning
to the classroom at Sacramento State.
Foreign Languages Professor Marjorie Gelus attended a Fulbright
German Studies Seminar in Berlin titled, "Current Tendencies
in Contemporary German Literature." From June to July
of this year, Gelus helped examine the society and culture
of contemporary Germany and economic, social and political
issues that the country faces. The seminar also took Gelus
on a tour of several institutions within Europe’s most
populous nation. Gelus remarked that the trip "gave me
valuable contacts and resources for future work, provided
me with a lot of new material for my students and, incidentally,
greatly perked up my spoken German."
Criminal Justice Professor Robert Hurley will be traveling
to Russia in February as he embarks on a six-month trip to
teach at one of the country’s oldest universities, Kazan
State University. A previous Fulbright assignment had him
teaching about consumer protection in the Republic of Georgia.
English Professor Emeritus Hortense Simmons was also the recipient
of a Fulbright Scholarship—for the second year in a
row. Simmons is currently in Eastern Europe lecturing on African
American literature and culture at Petro Mohyla Mykolayiv
State University in Ukraine. She has been also been teaching
English workshops and has delivered a lecture to first-year
law students on the United States court case Brown vs. Board
her return home in early December, Simmons will give a two-part
lecture series on the works of popular African American writers
Langston Hughes and Gwendolyn Brooks to both faculty and students.
“My Fulbright grant activities have exceeded my expectations,”
Sacramento State is also hosting a Fulbright scholar as well.
Zita Iren Zoltayne Paprika is an associate professor in the
Department of Business Economics at the Budapest University
of Economics and Public Administration in Budapest. Paprika
has been researching decision-making skills in upgrading business
performance at Sacramento State since September and will continue
her research until January of the upcoming year.
For more information of the Fulbright Scholarship program,