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Summer 2009 • Volume 15, Issue 3  

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Promising enrollment for fall | High graduation rate | MBA students place first — again | Getting down to business | Fulbright prof in Romania | “Most promising find of 1952” | Coach Orsborn honored | Building leaders | Blagojevich impeachment | Student impressions of India | Academic hall of famers | Top tour guide | Biotech fellowships | Slideshows and Video: CHRIS ROBERTS ’10 75-foot bank shot video; Undergraduate commencement; Graduate commencement; Air Force commissioning story and video; NCAA softball tournament; Team Bradley, Peoria’s Race for the Cure; A Celebration of Bradley University: St. Louis and Washington, D.C.; Bradley rocket engineering camp

 

Sherman awarded second Fulbright scholarship

By ABBY WILSON ’10

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Dr. Nancy Sherman

 

When Dr. Nancy Sherman realized it was time for her sabbatical, she knew what she wanted to do — apply for a Fulbright scholarship. Sherman, professor of educational leadership and human development, had been a Fulbright scholar in Latvia in 2001. “I knew I wanted the experience again because it was so good,” said Sherman.

The Fulbright Program is an exchange program that enables scholars to travel abroad to learn, teach, and do research. Sherman found a posting that described her perfectly. A Romanian university wanted someone who could teach career development, which Sherman teaches at Bradley. She applied for the grant and was accepted.

Sherman, her husband, and their teenage son left for Romania in August 2008. After many flight connections, they arrived in Romania with the six suitcases they would live out of for the next five months. They spent those five months in the small city of Oradea on the eastern border of Romania, next to Hungary.


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In addition to teaching career development counseling at the University of Oradea, Sherman held workshops on counseling skills at other universities in the Transylvania region, served as the keynote speaker at various conferences, and published three articles in journals. She also began researching career development in Romanian universities, particularly for first-year students. “What we’re hoping is that the result, which we hope to have ready to publish this summer, will provide evidence for the need for further development of career counseling centers at [Romanian] universities,” Sherman reported last spring.

The language barrier is a challenge to teaching in Europe, and Romania was no exception. While most of Sherman’s 40 students spoke English, a few did not, so she had to have a translator. The language barrier helped her teaching, however. “I really had to get back to the basics,” she said. “I had to think about what is it that I want people to learn and what’s the best way for us to work together to learn that.”

One of the many benefits of going to Romania was the accessibility of the rest of Europe. Sherman’s son is a history buff and particularly likes studying World War II. The family was able to travel to the beaches of Normandy for a day. “My son could tell us everything about it,” she said. She added that the memorials and cemeteries made World War II more real for her son.

Sherman is returning to Oradea for a month this summer to finish the research she began, and will go back for one more month in the fall or winter. An instructor at Bradley since 1992, she is also looking into the possibility of an exchange program between Bradley and the University of Oradea. Sherman would like to see Bradley graduate students take a class in Oradea, and students from Oradea take a class at Bradley.

 

Promising enrollment for fall | High graduation rate | MBA students place first — again | Getting down to business | Fulbright prof in Romania | “Most promising find of 1952” | Coach Orsborn honored | Building leaders | Blagojevich impeachment | Student impressions of India | Academic hall of famers | Top tour guide | Biotech fellowships | Slideshows and Video: CHRIS ROBERTS ’10 75-foot bank shot video; Undergraduate commencement; Graduate commencement; Air Force commissioning story and video; NCAA softball tournament; Team Bradley, Peoria’s Race for the Cure; A Celebration of Bradley University: St. Louis and Washington, D.C.; Bradley rocket engineering camp