Three Fulbright Award Winners at Rowan UniversityApril 17, 2000
Glassboro-The Fulbright Program, the United States government's highly
competitive international exchange program, has selected two Rowan
University students and one professor to take part in its educational
exchange program for 2000-2001.
Sue-Lyn Erbeck, 22, of West Milford, and Dawn O'Leary, 23, of
Parsippany, have been selected to spend the year as Fulbright Fellows in
South Korea. They are due to travel to South Korea in July to teach
conversational English to middle or high school age students.
Erbeck, a native of South Korea and daughter of Walter and Mary Jane
Erbeck, is a 1996 graduate of West Milford Township High School and a
senior journalism major/political science minor at Rowan University. She is
features editor of The Whit, the Rowan student newspaper, and has
been a member of the lacrosse team.
<+>This is going to be a life-changing experience for me. Even though I?m
going to be the teacher over there, I have a feeling they're going to be
the ones teaching me,<+> Erbeck said.
O'Leary, daughter of Don and Mary O'Leary, is a 1995 graduate of
Parsippany High School. She is a senior history major who will be certified
in secondary education. She is a member and former vice president of
the Delta Lambda chapter of Phi Beta Delta, the international honors
society, and a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society. She
has worked with international students at Rowan, starting conversation
groups to help them expand their communication skills.
<+>I was very excited,<+> O'Leary said of hearing about the award. <+>It's very
prestigious, very competitive.<+>
Both women will live with South Korean families during their time abroad.
<+>It's an amazing opportunity for these two students,<+> said Corinne Blake,
Rowan history professor and Fulbright Program advisor. <+>We're really
proud of all the work they did . . . and we?re very happy they were
Dr. Sanford Tweedie, of Woodstown, an associate professor in the
College Writing Department, will spend the year as a Fulbright Scholar in
Germany teaching writing theory and American culture to undergraduate
and graduate students at the University of Erfurt. For Tweedie, whose
wife and two children will join him, the exchange will take him back to the
country in which he taught from 1990-92 at Justus Liebig University in
Giessen as part of another exchange program.
Tweedie, 38, earned a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in rhetoric and
composition from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, an M.A. in English
language and composition from Eastern Michigan University and a B.A. in
English literature from the University of Michigan.
<+>I think everyone should spend time outside of the country to better
understand the culture we live in,<+> Tweedie said.
<+>It's a wonderful opportunity,<+> he said of the Fulbright. <+>We're very
excited to have a chance to go.<+>
A Fulbright representative said Rowan University <+>did very well<+> in having
three people selected by the program.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation
introduced by former Sen. J. William Fulbright. Approximately 140
countries participate in the program, which is designed <+>to increase
mutual understanding between the people of the United States and
people of other countries.<+> The Fulbright Program awards grants to
Americans and foreign nationals to study, teach, lecture and conduct
research abroad. More than 144,000 foreign nationals have come to the
United States and more than 86,000 Americans have gone abroad as
part of the program. Alumni include Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners,
Supreme Court justices, governors, senators, ambassadors, prime
ministers, heads of state, CEOs, professors, scientists, artists and