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Four US Fulbrighters Awarded Foreign Service Fellowships

Two US Fulbright alumnae and a current Fulbright US Student have been awarded the Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship, named for retiring Congressman Charles B. Rangel. Another US Fulbright alumna received a similar fellowship, the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. Both of these competitive fellowships provide generous scholarships for graduate study, as well as mentoring and summer internship opportunities, and prepare fellows for a career in the US Foreign Service. Read more about the fellowship-winning Fulbrighters in their own words:
New Fulbright Austria co-worker, Dr. Susanne Hamscha
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New Fulbright Austria co-worker, Dr. Susanne Hamscha

Dr. Susanne Hamscha joined the team at Fulbright Austria this July and will use her expertise in the Austrian and American academic landscapes to assist scholars on both sides of the Atlantic and ensure that their Fulbright experience will be successful and memorable.
New Fulbright Austria co-worker, Mag. Belona Berchtaler
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New Fulbright Austria co-worker, Mag. Belona Berchtaler

In August, Mag. Belona Berchtaler joined the Fulbright Austria team as Program Officer responsible for the Austrian and US Teaching Assistantship Programs. As a Fulbright alumna she is looking forward to facilitating unique opportunities to young graduates interested in education from both sides of the Atlantic. 
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USTA Kick-Off Event, October 7, 2016

The Fulbright Austria Team was pleased to welcome 26 second-year US Teaching Assistants to the office in q21/MQ for a workshop on lessons learned and best practices in teaching led by Program Officer Belona Berchtaler, and a session on EducationUSA resources introduced by EducationUSA Adviser Molly Roza. It was great to see all of our seasoned USTAs and connect with more than 30 new ones, that joined us for a glass of wine on the balcony.
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USTA Second-Year Kick-Off: October 7, 2016

Fulbright Austria will host an afternoon of brainstorming, discussion, and just plain fun for the second-year teaching assistants to start the new school year off with enthusiasm. The program will include group activities were TAs can share what lessons and strategies worked best for them in the previous year, as well as share what ideas they have for making their second year even better than the first. The afternoon will be followed by a reception where first-year teaching assistant can mingle with and ask advice from second-year teaching assistants.
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USTA Orientation, September 26-30, 2016

Over 100 new USTAs got oriented in beautiful Saalbach Hinterglemm and historic St Pölten Austria before starting their new positions as TAs in secondary school classrooms across all nine Austrian provinces. Executive Director Dr. Lonnie Johnson, Program Officer Belona Berchtaler, and Program Assistant Betsy Akins welcomed the new cohort as part of the Fulbright Austria community.
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US Fulbright Orientation, September 20-23, 2016

Twenty-two new US Fulbright student grantees and seven scholars participated in the Fall 2016 US Fulbright orientation, which included lectures and discussions in Fulbright Austria's Q21 offices, a walking tour of the Vienna's Ringstrasse, a reception at the home of U.S. Embassy Vienna Deputy Chief of Mission Eugene Young, and a field trip to the beautiful Stift Klosterneuburg.
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Talk: "Philosophy, Politics, Money, and Memory: The Fulbright Program at Seventy, 1946-2016", November 2, 2016

Fulbright Austria executive director, Lonnie R. Johnson, will be giving a talk on “Philosophy, Politics, Money, and Memory: The Fulbright Program at Seventy, 1946-2016”, at the University of Arkansas on November 2 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program.
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Fulbright Alumni Andy Proctor gave a talk about his Fulbright experiences at NAWI Graz at the University of Arkansas

US Fulbright Alumni Andy Proctor who was a visiting professor at NAWI Graz last semester held a seminar on his recent Fulbright sabbatical in Graz with a discussion on the related national and local Food Science teaching/research programs and regional food industries at the University of Arkansas.
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Newsletter August 2016

It may be the "Summerloch," but we're still busy here at Fulbright Austria! Read our August 2016 newsletter for opportunities in the US (apply by October 30!), international lectures, new institutional partners, 5 things you should know about the Fulbright Act, and more.
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Going Away Heuriger June 17, 2016

On June 17, Austrian Fulbright students, scholars and FLTAs spent the afternoon in pre-departure orientation sessions, then met up with the US students and scholars for a going-away party at a traditional Viennese wine tavern (Heurigen).
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Announcement: Media Intern

Fulbright Austria is seeking a media intern to work directly with their social media coordinator.
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70th Anniversary of The Fulbright Program

It's the 70th anniversary of The Fulbright Program! The Fulbright Act that made it possible was signed 70 years ago today and on this festive occasion, our resident historian Dr. Lonnie R. Johnson has summed up the five most important things about the Fulbright Act.
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Fulbright Specialist Robert Trim (Utah Valley University) teaching at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences

Prof. Robert Trim (Utah Valley University) will be sharing his extensive experience in television, film and the Sundance Film Festival with students at FH St. Pölten this summer through the Fulbright Specialists Program.
New MCI-ASU Dual Degree Master’s Program in Mechatronics and Engineering Physics
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New MCI-ASU Dual Degree Master’s Program in Mechatronics and Engineering Physics

One of the goals for US Scholar Judson Clements (Appalachian State University/MCI) for his Fulbright grant was to implement a dual degree Master's program between the two institutions. The mission of the dual program is to provide graduate education in two-country and two-university environments in order to graduate future interdisciplinary science and engineering experts.
Invitation: Fulbright Lecture US Scholar Christian Renschler, Keys to Integrated Extreme Events Management, June 10, 2016
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Invitation: Fulbright Lecture US Scholar Christian Renschler, Keys to Integrated Extreme Events Management, June 10, 2016

US Fulbright Scholar Christian Renschler (University at Buffalo) will be giving a Fulbright lecture on "Keys to Integrated Extreme Events Management", at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, on June 10, 9 a.m.
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Fulbright Austria Redesign

We unveiled a new website and overall design at the 65th anniversary celebration. The website is straightforward, fresh, and easy to navigate, with a relational red and blue color scheme based on Austria’s Rot-Weiss-Rot and the American Stars and Stripes. The design allows us to emphasize what this program is about: people and partnerships. These bright people and bright partners with whom Fulbright Austria is associated provide the basis for our claim: Full of Bright Minds. It has been a pleasure to connect (or re-connect) with so many of the bright minds in our community over the course of our 65th anniversary year!
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Invitation: Fulbright Alumna Judith Eiblmayr and Iris Meder "Die Stadt als Bühne Von der Hochstraße zur Herrengasse 2000 Jahre Leben in Wien"

Fulbright Alumna Austrian architect and architectural critic Judith Eiblmayr and Iris Meder will give a guided tour of the history of Herrengasse, its building and neighborhood on Thursday, June 9, 6.30 pm.
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Invitation: Exhibition "Encoded Elucidations" works by Heather Beardsley, June 3, 2016

Heather Beardsley's work deals with the aesthetics of data and statistics, whether they are related to American football or geographical renderings. By creating her own languages for visualizing these statistics she allows for their meaning and importance to be reinterpreted.
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Newsletter: 65th Anniversary Special Edition

It's been an exciting year at Fulbright Austria! This special 65th anniversary edition of the newsletter highlights our many anniversary celebrations and the debut of our new design.