In ceremonies held on Wednesday, May 29, two Senior Fulbright Scholars were honored for their significant contributions to the Department of American Studies at the University of Bucharest. Dr. Victoria Seitz, an economics professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Mr. Tom Smith, Director of Instrumental Music at Pfeiffer University were presented gifts by department director Rodica Mihalea for “significantly enhancing the lives of students by contributing far more than what was required.” Dr. Seitz was recognized for her tireless dedication to students and “ebullient classroom manner,” while Mr. Smith was singled out for his innovative teaching style during the Fall Semester. “Both of these professors were the darlings of our department and the finest examples of the Fulbright spirit,” said Professor Mihalea. The ceremonies were attended by university administration, Fulbright staff officers and Mr. Mark Wentorth, American Embassy Chief of Staff. Dr. Seitz was present, as was Mrs. Sarah Smith, the wife of Professor Smith, who accepted congratulations on his behalf. Professor Smith could not attend due to a previous comittment.
Most Rev. Dr. Chrysostomos
U.S. Fulbright Commission in Romania
Str. Ing. Nicolae Costinescu, Nr. 2
71277 Bucharest, Sector 1, Romania
commission website: www.usembassy.ro
“The essence of intercultural education is the acquisition of empathy — the ability to see the world as others see it, and to allow for the possibility that others may see something that we have failed to see, or may see it more accurately.” Senator J. William Fulbright