Dr. Cecile Arquette, associate professor of teacher education, will travel to Chile as a Fulbright Scholar next spring.
Professor, Three Alumnae Receive Prestigious Awards
THE FULBRIGHT PROGRAM — named for former U.S. Sen. William J. Fulbright — is open to graduating college seniors, alumni, and graduate students from any discipline. Fulbright grants enable individuals to conduct research or serve as teaching assistants in more than 140 countries. Over the next six months, four recipients from Bradley will embark on their own adventures.
Dr. Cecile Arquette
Arquette has been an associate professor of teacher education at Bradley for eight years. Add in a love of international travel developed during her stint in the Peace Corps, and it’s easy to understand why she was named a Fulbright Scholar.
Beginning in March 2014, Arquette will spend a semester teaching English as a foreign language at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso in Chile. She will work with future English teachers while also establishing networks that she hopes may one day result in a reciprocal visit to Bradley. “To make that international connection and build a relationship by having a visiting scholar here would be very beneficial to my own students,” she explained.
Arquette is the 11th Fulbright Scholar on Bradley’s faculty.
Anna Treesara ’13
One of two new graduates entering the distinguished program, Treesara received her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in April while she was student teaching at Elmwood High School. She will teach English as a second language in Thailand beginning in October.
As a grade schooler, Treesara found her calling as an English secondary education major by teaching her parents — Thai immigrants — English pronunciation and grammar. She also worked in several local classrooms from early on in her Bradley career.
Treesara anticipates two substantial benefits of immersing herself in her family’s homeland: “I’ll be able to reconnect with my Thai culture and have a newfound appreciation for my American culture.”
Nausheen Farishta ’11
Later this month, Farishta will leave for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Spain. Although the trip will be her first to the Iberian Peninsula, the public relations major previously traveled to France and Italy, as well as to London as part of Bradley’s Study Abroad program.
She recently completed a two-year commitment in Houston with Teach for America, an organization that places college graduates in urban and rural public schools.
Farishta is grateful for the guidance of Dr. Timothy Conley, associate professor of English and chair of the Bradley Fulbright Advisory Committee, during the application process: “Without Dr. Conley’s support, I don’t know if I would have received my assistantship.”
Julie Mohedano ’13
Another new graduate, Mohedano will journey to Brazil as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant beginning in early 2014. While she will have many opportunities to practice foreign languages, the double major in French and Spanish chose her host country for other reasons.
Her father is from Brazil; however, Mohedano only has visited the South American country once, when she was 10. “My dad already told his mom that I will be in Brazil, and my grandmother is very excited,” Mohedano said.
Additionally, she plans to use the experience as a way to explore new career paths.
Dr. Kyle Dzapo, Caterpillar Professor of Music, was named director of the Honors Program beginning with the fall 2013 semester. She replaces Dr. Robert Fuller, who created and led the program for 27 years.
“The program brings our brightest and most motivated students into a community that offers stimulating interdisciplinary courses and special social and cultural events.”
— Dr. Kyle Dzapo
The Honors Program brings students with a record of outstanding academic achievement into a community that values development of knowledge, versatility and independent thought. It features special, smaller class sections; seminars; events; and opportunities for individual, interdisciplinary research. About 100 freshmen are admitted to the program every year, and there are 350 to 400 total Honors students at Bradley. Participants who successfully complete the program’s requirements receive permanent recognition, including designation on their transcripts and special cords worn at graduation.
“The program brings our brightest and most motivated students into a community that offers stimulating interdisciplinary courses and special social and cultural events,” Dzapo said. “In addition, we get together throughout the semester for camaraderie, the lively exchange of ideas, and to become acquainted with some of the prominent visitors to campus.”
She praised Fuller for his stewardship of the program. “When I participated in a national conference for new honors program directors and deans, I listened to people trying to restart programs and bolster tiny ones,” Dzapo commented. “I realized how lucky I am to be leading a program that has such a strong foundation. As many of my colleagues at other schools try to reinvent programs, I am focusing on getting to know the students, offering events that will prepare them for the interviews that will launch their careers, helping them achieve admission into top graduate schools, and assisting them in every way I can to make the most of their time at Bradley.”
Visit bradley.edu/honors for more information.
Admission to the Honors Program is based on several criteria, including high school class rank, standardized test scores and other individual considerations. Admitted freshmen with composite ACTs of 28 or equivalent SAT scores who rank in the top 10 percent of their high school classes are sent applications for the program. Students majoring in any department of the University are eligible to participate.
Dzapo has attended several orientation sessions over the summer to connect with incoming Honors students. “I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting them and guiding them through the registration process. Their enthusiasm is invigorating, but our interactions also remind me how important it is to provide the best possible curricular offerings and guidance as they select classes. As I begin my new position, it’s nice to look ahead and know that I will enjoy the orientation sessions next summer.”