Time to Teach the Fulbrights!

At Trim Castle with the 2012-13 Fulbrights to Ireland and their families (on 7 September 2012). Try playing “where’s Waldo?” and find Dave, Heather, and me.  You’ll also see the pipers (Jonathan and Amanda), Erin Eife, and many other folks I’ve blogged about.

There are so many things I meant to share but haven’t had the time to post.  This is one of them.

These are photos that Fulbright Communications Officer, Joanne Davidson collected during our September 2012 Fulbright orientation events.

I hope they’ll give you the feel for some of what we learned.

Colleen Dube, the Head of the Fulbright Commission in Ireland, orienting us all (on 6 September 2012).

Learning Irish with Sioban, a former Fulbright to the USA and the niece of the Cobblestone pub’s proprietor, Tom Mulligan. (Photo from 6 September 2012.)

Ann and Bob Trumble from Williamsburg, Virginia. Bob teaches at VCU and he used to work at NIH and NSF. I’ve enjoyed spending time with them — they have been living here in Dublin. (Photo from 6 September 2012.)

Fulbrighters Sharing Ideas

I just received great news about my article from one of the editors of Planning for Higher Education.  Terry Calhoun left me this comment:  “Shannon, as of this morning, we have 345 article/summary downloads. So, people are reading, even if not yet commenting.”

I have to say: that’s a truly amazing number of downloads.  It’s a testament to the quality of the organization (the Society of College and University Planners) and its new platform for sharing ideas.

Erin Eife and I discussed the ins and outs of applying to grad schools in between programmed sessions at the Fulbright Orientation.

On another note, Fulbright Ireland just posted a piece on taking the GRE in Dublin that was written by Erin Eife who is a recent college graduate who is conducting research on recidivism among females who have been jailed.

Erin and I sat next to each other at the Fulbright Orientation in September.  We got to talking about grad school and I answered some of her questions about degree paths and about selecting and applying to grad schools.
Erin has since written to thank me for the advice and let me know that she’s following through!  I love getting this type of feedback!  It’s not often that you hear you’ve made an important difference simply by sharing your experiences.
 Erin has got big dreams and I have every confidence that she’ll succeed with the applications she’s submitting this fall.

Learning the Fulbright Ropes

2012 Irish Fulbrighters visiting Trim Castle. (All orientation photos by Dave Chance.)

Fulbright Ireland welcomed us to to the country with Irish warmth and hospitality.

Although I haven’t sorted through my own photos from the September 6-7, 2012 orientation that Fulbright Ireland hosted, Dave edited his long ago.  Some of them are here for you to see.

Hamming it up on top of Trim Castle, with Joanne Davidson, my guardian angel.

During the orientation, we spent a day visiting the Hill of Tara and Trim Castle.  We also had a day of informational sessions including sessions on culture and language.

The Fulbright Commission in Ireland is very family-friendly.  You’ll see we all have family member with us.  For instance, Dave (my husband) and Heather (my sister) came along for the Friday festivities.

I’ll also take this opportunity to introduce you to Joanne Davidson–one of my guardian angles from the Irish Fulbright Commission.  Colleen Dube, another angel and the Head of Fulbright Ireland, is pictured in the photo gallery (walking with Jonathan Kennedy, who you’ve seen playing elbow pipes at the Cobblestone Pub).

Fulbrighters: if you want to download high-resolution copies of these and other images that Dave took, please email me and I’ll give you access to the Dropbox folder where we keep them.