February 22, 2016

NJCU Is a Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Students

Jersey City, N.J.  February 26, 2016 — The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently announced the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Students.  The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.  Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
 
Three students from New Jersey City University (NJCU) won Fulbright awards for 2015-2016.  NJCU was one of just two public institutions of higher learning in New Jersey to be recognized as top producer of U.S. Fulbright students for 2015-2016.
 
NJCU’s Fulbright U.S. Students are Jacqueline DaSilva of Kearny, Claudia Severino of Jersey City, and Bridget O’Neill of Red Bank, all of whom are teaching English abroad for the 2015-2016 academic year. 
 
DaSilva ‘15, who majored in English with dual certification in elementary education and special education, is teaching in Brazil, where she is also conducting English language workshops for special needs students.
 
Severino ’11, an NJCU graduate student in multicultural education, is teaching undergraduates in Colombia, where she is working with an organization, Sisma Mujer, to raise awareness about violence against women.  A language arts teacher in Paterson Public Schools, Ms. Severino holds a bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education.
 
O’Neill ’14 is teaching in Malaysia, where she is also partnering Malay and American students as virtual pen pals and promoting female leadership skills through physical fitness.  A 12th-grade English teacher in Lacey Township High School, O’Neill majored in English with a certification in secondary education.
 
The Fulbright competition is administered at NJCU by Dr. Irma Maini, an NJCU professor of English and Fulbright Program Adviser.
 
“It is truly an honor for NJCU to be recognized as a Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Students,” NJCU President Sue Henderson, said.
 
She continued, “We are delighted to recognize our students’ fine work and to commend Dr. Maini for her diligence and devotion to NJCU students and to this select international exchange program which fosters communication and problem-solving so well on a global scale.“
 
NJCU itself is a global experience with more than 60 ethnicities represented and more than 30 languages spoken on campus.  Washington Monthly recently ranked NJCU “Best Public School in New Jersey for Ethnic Diversity. The global experience provided by Fulbright study makes the learning experience even richer.
 
Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,900 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in over 140 countries throughout the world.  Lists of Fulbright recipients are available at: www.fulbrightonline.org/us.
 
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ABOUT New Jersey City University (NJCU)
The mission at New Jersey City University (NJCU) is to provide a diverse population with an excellent education. The University is committed to the improvement of the educational, intellectual, cultural, socioeconomic, and physical environment of the surrounding urban region and beyond.  Established in 1927 as a training school for teachers, today NJCU is among the most comprehensive universities in the state.  Located in Jersey City, NJ, and minutes from New York City, NJCU's fully accredited College of Arts and Sciences, Education, Professional Studies, and School of Business offer 43 undergraduate degree programs and 27 master’s programs and 2 doctoral programs, including emerging and interdisciplinary fields.
 
NJCU students engage in rigorous applied-learning experiences that include opportunities to study abroad, and cooperative education internships.  NJCU operates two additional campus sites—NJCU School of Business at Harborside Plaza 2 in Jersey City’s financial district and NJCU at Wall in Monmouth County. 
 
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