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Fulbright Scholar to Teach at Averett

August 13, 2013

Averett University is pleased to announce that it will host a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence from Kazakhstan for the 2013-14 academic year. Professor Sholpan Gaisina, an expert in business and economics, teaches at KIMEP University's Bang College of Business in Kazahkstan. She will arrive in Danville in mid-August.

"The Fulbright is a prestigious award, and this is a first for Averett," said Dr. Michael Parsons, associate vice president of the University's Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Program. "We are one of fewer than 800 institutions across the U.S. to be awarded a scholar. It's an exciting accomplishment for us." Averett competed against a large number of universities from around the U.S. for this honor.

Gaisina will work with students in both the traditional program and the GPS Program, team teaching in some of the business administration classes. She will also give public lectures during her time in Danville.

In addition to Gaisina joining Averett through the Fulbright Scholar Program, one of Averett's own — Dr. Catherine Clark, assistant professor of French and English and director of the study abroad program — was selected to participate in the Fulbright International Education Administrators Program this October. She is one of 12 participants nationwide selected to travel to Paris, Bordeaux and Strasbourg for a series of briefings, campus visits, appointments with selected government officials, networking and cultural activities, and meetings with French international education professionals.

"Averett students will benefit from exposure to our Fulbright scholar and from the knowledge that Dr. Clark brings back to campus from Europe," Parsons said.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.