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||Contact: Dr. Gerald Ramey, Business Division -
College's First Fulbright Scholar
Still Looking Forward to Romania Project
Lewis-Clark State has a bright star on its faculty roster: Dr. Gerald Ramey, Professor
of Business at LCSC was named as a Fulbright Scholar last spring. He is the school's first
Fulbright Scholar and the college "couldn't be more proud," said President Dene
For his project, Ramey expects to travel Romania in spring of 2002. His plans have not
been finalized, and last month's terrorist attacks and America's subsequent response have
added some new concerns. However, Ramey said he and the Fulbright Foundation are
proceeding with plans as originally intended. " The Fulbright Foundation is now even
more committed to international exchange activities, and so am I," he said.
Ramey will go to northeastern Romania to work with the University of Iasi
("Yosh"). His project there will encompass three areas: teaching management and
leadership classes, assisting with development of a university business curriculum, and
working with local businesses and non-profit entities.
His project was chosen from the pool of proposals submitted to the Council for
International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) each year. The Presidentially-appointed J
William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board is responsible for final selection of all
Fulbright grantees. After a proposal is formally accepted in the U.S., it is sent the
country of choice for additional review. Award criteria include academic credentials,
teaching record, work and research, as well as professional experience and expertise in
the applicant's content area.
The Fulbright Program is recognized as the U.S. government's flagship program in
international educational exchange, providing Americans and people of other countries
"opportunity to better comprehend the institutions, cultures and societies of other
parts of the world." It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State - Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs. Under a cooperative agreement with the bureau, CIES
assists in administering the Fulbright Scholar Program.
Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety
of education-related activities, including advanced research, lecturing, teaching and
graduate study in elementary and secondary schools.
Since the program's inception, more than 85,000 U.S. Fulbrighters have traveled abroad to
lecture or conduct research, and more 144,000 foreign citizens have come to this country.
Each year, program grants send 800 scholars and professionals to more than 140 countries,
where they lecture or conduct research in a variety of academic and professional fields.
While abroad, Fulbright Scholars are expected to serve as cultural ambassadors, speaking
about their countries and culture to both academic and community groups.
Twenty-one of Ramey's 24 years in teaching have been at LCSC, where he is a full professor
in the Business Division. He received the Lewis-Clark State College Educational
Foundation, Excellence in Teaching, Outstanding Faculty Award for 1994-95, School of
Professional Studies, Excellence in Teaching, Outstanding Faculty Award for 1988-89,The
Outstanding Teacher Award for 1980-81 and 1981-82 and nomination and recognition for
faculty achievement for 12 other years
Ramey was notified of his Fulbright Scholar status Monday, March 26 of 2001. Gerry and his
wife Marsha volunteered on a "blitz build" for the organization Habitat for
Humanity in Beius, Romania two years ago and are excited about renewing friendships with
Romanians they met, as well as the prospect of working with new friends from that country.