Stephens College will host representatives from a wide range of colleges and universities across Missouri for a discussion around the Fulbright Scholar Program this Friday, March 9. The 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition just opened and the inaugural forum will center on scholar opportunities, the Fulbright in Missouri and ways to integrate international experiences on campuses.

 “Fulbrighters address critical global issues in all disciplines, while forging lasting connections, and building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States,” said Dr. Brian Sajko, Fulbright Scholar Alumni Ambassador, a vice president at Stephens College, and organizer of the event. “Stephens College is honored to host this Forum and by inviting college faculty and higher education professionals from throughout Missouri to learn more about the program, we are supporting a more multicultural learning experience– one that will prove vital in our emerging world.”

Dr. Maria Crummet, Executive Director of the Fulbright Scholar Program for the Institute of International Education, will be the keynote speaker and open the forum, said Sajko. “Her perspectives will be invaluable to anyone interested in the program or intrigued by the power of international experiences to enrich our classrooms,” he said.

The event will be held in Kimball Ballroom of Lela Raney Wood Hall on the Stephens College campus from 12:30-5:30 p.m. with a closing reception at 4:30 p.m.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. It is one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has awarded more than 370,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 57 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

Founded in 1833, Stephens College is an institution committed to her mission: Learn. Grow. Lead. Stephens is resilient and optimistic, faithful to her traditions, and eager to embrace whatever the future may bring. Focused on the creative arts and health sciences, Stephens continues to prepare graduates for lives of distinction, integrity and service.


12:30-12:45      Welcome: Dr. Brian Sajko                                         

12:45-1:45       The Fulbright Scholar Program (Dr. Maria de los Angeles Crummett)                                   

1:45-2              Break                                                  

2-3                   Internationalism/Fulbright in Missouri - Panel                                              

3-3:15              Break                                                  

3:15-4:15         The Fulbright Scholar Ambassador Program: A Fulbrighter’s Story (Dr. Brian Sajko)       

4:15-4:30         Closing Remarks: (Dr. Crummett and Dr. Sajko)                             

4:30-5:30         Reception        


Panel: James K. Scott, Ph.D. Interim Vice Provost – International Programs Director U of MO-Columbia; Patrick Parnell Director of International Services, Missouri State University; Dr. Kevin Timlin, Executive Director of International Education and Services, Southeast Missouri State University

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