December 7 Daemen Event Hoping to Inspire Applications for Fulbright Grants

Fulbright Scholar Will Share His Experiences in Higher Ed in U.S., Ethiopia, in Talk at Daemen December 7


Presentation by Education Management Specialist Will Be Open to the Public


November 20, 2012


Information: Dr. Shannon M. Risk

 Assistant Professor of History

 Niagara University


 President, WNY/NW Pennsylvania Chapter

 Fulbright Association

 Fulbright Campus Program Adviser, Niagara University

 2008-2009 Canadian-U.S. Fulbright Fellow


Media: Mike Andrei

             Director-College Relations

             Daemen College

             (716) 839-8472



Professor Assefa Bassa, an education management specialist with degrees from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, will deliver a presentation to the WNY /NW Pennsylvania Chapter of the Fulbright Association at Daemen College December 7, 2012.


The event, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., will be held in Room 20 of the Haberman Gacioch Center for Visual & Performing Arts on Daemen College campus, 4380 Main Street in Amherst. This event is free and open to the public.


            Daemen President Dr. Edwin Clausen, a former Fulbright Scholar to China, will deliver welcome remarks for the evening’s program.


The Fulbright Scholar Program


The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government flagship program in international educational exchange, was proposed to the U.S. Congress in 1945 by then freshman Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. In the aftermath of World War II, Senator Fulbright viewed the proposed program as a much-needed vehicle for promoting "mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world." His vision was approved by Congress and the program signed into law by President Truman in 1946.


The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) has helped administer the Fulbright Scholar Program for more than 60 years. The program is the U.S. government's flagship academic exchange effort, on behalf of the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.


“Our Fulbright Chapter is hoping this will inspire others to apply for Fulbright grants to study or work abroad – students, professors, teachers, and non-teaching professionals – as well,” said Dr. Shannon M. Risk, assistant professor of history at Niagara University, and president of the Western New York/Northwestern Pennsylvania Chapter-Fulbright Association.


            “The Fulbright Program has provided over 300,000 participants – who were chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential – with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.


            “Anyone who is interested in the program is welcome to this event December 7 at Daemen.”


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