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Dr. Jones receives Fulbright Scholar award

Released: 05/09/2006

Ginger Jones, associate professor of English at LSU Alexandria, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the University of Montenegro beginning this fall.

Jones will conduct seminars in American literature, specifically the influence of identity and place on American letters. Once part of the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Montenegro is located near Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia.

Jones is one of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals chosen to travel abroad to some 150 countries for the 2006-07 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program. She is the first LSUA faculty member to earn the Fulbright distinction.

“This is a first for LSUA and it adds to our reputation, not just in the state and in the nation, but internationally as well,” said LSU Alexandria Chancellor Robert Cavanaugh. “Ginger is a relatively new faculty member to our campus. She has made a major impact in the short number of years she’s been here.”

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

“I hope that by being granted a Fulbright, I can contribute positively to the future of LSUA and its students,” Jones said. “I hope my experience lecturing about American literature to foreign students who are fascinated with it will encourage LSUA students to learn more about the world outside of central Louisiana.”

Jones plans to post a blog on the LSU Alexandria Web site to let her students and the public keep up with her activities in Montenegro.

Since Slobodan Milosevic was forced to step down in 2000, Serbia and Montenegro have embarked on far-reaching reform and reconstruction projects in all areas of society. One of the most important changes has been the greater openness of the country to the outside world. The Fulbright Program restarted in Serbia and Montenegro only in academic year 2002-03 after a decade hiatus, according to information supplied by Fulbright.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Recipients of the Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields. Among the thousands of Fulbright Scholar alumni are Nobel prize winners, CEOs poets, heads of state, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, professors and teachers.