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In Coming School Year, UC Students, Faculty Continue Strong Fulbright Tradition

Five of UC's best and brightest students will travel abroad during the 2010-11 academic year to teach or conduct research as recipients of prestigious Fulbright Scholarships.

Date: 8/5/2010 12:00:00 AM
By: Amanda Chalifoux
Phone: (513) 556-5215
Photos By: Lisa Ventre and Submitted by Andrea Sisson

UC ingot   Four University of Cincinnati students and one new graduate have received Fulbright U.S. Student Program Scholarship awards for academic year 2010-11.

That number is on par with the number of UC Fulbright participants in previous years, said Kurt Olausen, director of UC's international programs, adding that UC's success rate in the program is generally high, with five out of 14 applicants receiving awards this year. This year's student recipients will study in Albania, Austria, Germany and Iceland.
Andrea Sisson
Fashion design graduate Andrea Sisson during her co-op in Iceland, where she will return during her Fulbright program.

"UC's Fulbright winners for 2010-11 are, once again, a wonderful representation of our strengths as an institution," Olausen said. "I am confident that they will all be successful with their projects, and look forward to their return to campus so that they can inspire future students to follow their lead."

The following UC students have been awarded Fulbright grants for the 2010-11 academic year:

Sarah Lima of Lombard, Ill., is a doctoral student in classics and will study archeology in Albania. Lima's Fulbright project will examine how prehistoric communities in Epirus, an ancient territory that spanned what is now the modern border between Albania and Greece, interacted during the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age periods, c. 1500-700 B.C.

Andrea Sisson of Western Hills, has recently completed her bachelor's degree in fashion design. During her time at UC, Sisson spent co-op quarters working with noted fashion designer Sruli Recht in Iceland, where she will return for her Fulbright program.

Angela Carota (formerly Kanerva) of Florence, Ky., is a master's student in music education and will travel to Salzburg, Austria, to study Orff Schulwerk, a holistic music education philosophy developed by the composer Carl Orff. Carota has nine years of professional experience teaching music at all grade levels, including four years as a music teacher in Cincinnati Public Schools, where she hopes to return after graduation. Read more about Carota.

Thomas Heuser of St. Louis is a doctoral student in conducting and has received a Fulbright for orchestral conducting in Germany. Heuser will live in Munich, where he will serve as resident conductor with the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. Heuser will join the conducting studio of Bruno Weil and will study how conductors can achieve historically informed performances with modern orchestras. Thanks to his doctoral candidate status with the UC's
College-Conservatory of Music, Heuser has been awarded a Doctoral Fellowship through the Fulbright-Kommission and will travel to Germany with his wife, violinist Lauren Avery.

Jacqueline Arrington of Philadelphia is a master's student in flute performance and will study in Germany. While in Berlin, Arrington will discover how the Berlin Philharmonic has redefined the concept of a 21st century musician through artistry and service and how their concept of progressive orchestral playing may be a model for American orchestras and musicians. Her project combines individual study with Andreas Blau, principal flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic and a historical survey of Zkunft@BPhil, the Berlin Philharmonic's Education Department.
Angela Carota
Angela Carota, a CCM graduate student, has received a Fulbright award to travel to Austria to study music education philosophy.

A sixth student, Stacey Sands, of Florence, Ky., is a master's student in voice and is currently on the Fulbright alternate list to study in Italy. She will receive a scholarship if a current recipient is unable to accept the award. Her Fulbright experience would focus on learning three full opera roles: the Countess from Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" (1786), Anna Bolena from Donizetti's "Anna Bolena" (1830) and Mimì from Puccini's "La bohème" (1896). Sands would study at the Accademia Internatzionale della Musica in Milan.  

In addition, the Fulbright program has honored three UC faculty members:

Don Bogen of Clifton is a professor of English and comparative literature and has been named a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing, affiliated with the Seamus Heaney Poetry Centre at Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. As a scholar there, Bogen will give readings and take part in the Centre's activities, which promote the development and dissemination of creative writing in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Bogen will also focus on writing his fifth book of poetry, tentatively titled "Immediate Song," and continue work in his role as poetry editor of The Cincinnati Review by developing a feature on recent Irish poetry. In addition, he will strive to develop connections between UC's graduate creative-writing program and the program in Belfast, helping to set up future visits by Irish poets to Cincinnati as well as a graduate-student exchange program between the two schools.

Steven Bowman of Cincinnati is a professor of Judaic studies and has received a 2010-11 Faculty Research Award. The award will assist Bowman in completing parts of his long-term project of translating a seminal medieval Hebrew history of the Second Temple period, known as Sepher Yosippon. The work was for centuries considered the authentic work of Josephus, a first-century Jewish historian and hagiographer who recorded first-century Jewish history. The translation will be part of a new series published by Harvard University beginning in 2011. He will spend time at Cambridge University in the UK and Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, where he has received a Lady Davis Visiting Professorship. Bowman also will lecture on this topic and on his latest book on the Holocaust in Greece, "The Agony of Greek Jewry 1940-1945," in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Hungary.

Read more about Don Bogen and Steven Bowman and their upcoming work as Fulbright recipients.

Randall Cottrell of West Chester is professor and program coordinator for UC's health promotion and education program and has been awarded a Fulbright for study in China beginning in January 2011. Cottrell is scheduled to be placed at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, where he will teach research methods and health education planning to public health and medical students. Cottrell has also proposed to work with their faculty to develop cross-cultural research projects related to the health of college students. In addition, he hopes to study health education efforts in China and share information on the global domains of health education and quality-assurance mechanisms for health education in the United States.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 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. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education and athletics. Forty Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 75 have received Pulitzer Prizes. The international academic program awards scholarships to approximately 1,500 student applicants per year.