Edwards awarded Fulbright scholarship
Every year, the Fulbright Program awards 8,000 merit-based grants to scholars, students, artists and others, for the furtherment of international educational exchange. This year, Dr. Mark Edwards was one of those recipients. The grant will allow him and his family to move to South Korea for four months, beginning in March of 2018. There, Dr. Edwards will lecture on the history of U.S. foreign policy at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. “In my letter of intent, I stressed relationships,” says Edwards, “with people I had met from around the world, with their families and colleagues.” Through these relationships, he’s become interested in learning what people outside of the United States think about U.S. history, the U.S. president and U.S. politics. Edwards acknowledges that it also reflects well on SAU. “The university invests in faculty research, and they understand we need the time and resources,” says Edwards. “When they do that, we can produce records of accomplishment that outside bodies will recognize as significant.”
Each One, Reach One conference highlights higher ed for local high schools
Last October, Drs.Sharon Joplin ‘85 and Kristine Gullen organized and facilitated the Each One, Reach One conference on the Spring Arborcampus of SAU. For one whole day, the conference hosted approximately 140 area high school students, showing them the possibilities and importance of higher education. The students participated in workshops, met in groups interested in the same majors and ate lunch in the dining commons with current SAU students, getting an “on the ground” perspective of college life at SAU. Joplin and Gullen put together Each One, Reach One as a higher education opportunity for high school students, funding it with grants awarded by SAU.
“It was a tremendous opportunity for everyone involved,” says Gullen. “For the students we brought in, for the students here on campus who acted as leaders and shepherds, and for the school itself. I already have other schools asking if they can send students to this year’s conference!” In the meantime, Joplin and Gullen have written about the experience and plan to publish in the near future.