Rowan students, professor selected as Fulbright Scholars

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The Fulbright Program, the United States government?s highly competitive international exchange program, has selected two Rowan University students and professor to take part in its educational exchan
The Fulbright Program, the United States government?s highly competitive international exchange program, has selected two Rowan University students and professor to take part in its educational exchange program for 2001-2002.

Kelly Hayes, 21, of Westmont, has been selected to spend the year as a Fulbright Fellow in South Korea. She is due to travel to Korea in July to teach conversational English to middle school students.

Hayes, a native of Korea and daughter of Joseph and Sally Hayes, is a biology major and anthropology minor at Rowan University. She has always wanted to study abroad, but her previous major in chemical engineering kept her from doing so. After transferring majors, she considered the study abroad program again, only to find she would not be able to graduate in four years. <+>So essentially, this is my studying abroad experience,<+> says Hayes. <+>Only I?m not taking classes, I?m teaching them.

<+>I chose Korea because I was born there and know very little about my Asian culture,<+> says Hayes. <+>I have always been interested in different cultures, hence my anthropology minor, and felt that this opportunity was a great chance to learn about another one by experiencing it first hand. The fact that it is my native culture just makes the whole experience more exciting to me.

<+>Working and living in Korea will probably take some getting used to. Here everything comes so easy to me because it?s a familiar setting where I?m used to the people and things that are done. Over there, I will know no one and probably won?t even be able to speak much of the language. But I love challenges, so I am looking forward to it.<+>

Charles Bassinski, 22, from Union, will study accounting practices in Canada from January to September, 2002. He will also examine and compare the historical changes in accounting in both Canada and the United States. Sixty-six students applied for Fulbright grants to Canada, yet only 22 scholarship were awarded.

<+>I decided to apply to the Fulbright program because I felt that it would be an honor to receive such a prestigious scholarship,<+> said Bassinski. <+>I know that I can make my parents proud, Rowan University proud. I?ve always wanted to study abroad and the firm that I am going to work for, Deloitte & Touche LLP, gave me its blessing when I asked about applying. I chose Canada because I?ve always been interested in the country and adjusting to the culture and lifestyle there shouldn't be too difficult.<+>

Bassinski, who graduated from Union High School in 1997 and is the son of Robert and Olga Bassinski, earned his accounting degree from Rowan this spring. He joins Westmont resident Kelly Hayes, who will teach English in South Korea, as the second Rowan student to receive a Fulbright Scholarship. Rowan law/justice professor Allan Jiao also received a Fulbright fellowship and will study the relationship between Western due process rules and the Chinese traditional governing principles as manifested in the police practices and the criminal justice system in Hong Kong.

Dr. Allan Jiao, of Glassboro, a professor in the Law/Justice Department, will spend the year as a Fulbright Scholar in Hong Kong. During his one-year fellowship, Jiao will research the relationship between Western due process rules and the Chinese traditional governing principles as manifested in the police practices and the criminal justice system in Hong Kong. He also will teach at a university in Hong Kong.

Born in Beijing, Jiao earned a Ph.D. in criminal justice at Rutgers University and an M.A. in public administration at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. He also received an M.A. degree in economics and a B.A. in English, both in China. His family will travel to Hong Kong to visit him during his tenure.

<+>This is a once-in-a-life-time opportunity,<+> says Jiao. <+>I?m looking forward to studying police behaviors and a whole range of political, social, legal and economic problems related to them, especially in the most exciting city in Asia, which is known to possess a split personality between Western culture and Oriental values.<+>

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Sen. J. William Fulbright. Approximately 140 countries participate in the program, which is designed <+>to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of other countries.<+> The Fulbright Program awards grants to Americans and foreign nationals to study, teach, lecture and conduct research abroad. More than 144,000 foreign nationals have come to the United States and more than 85,000 Americans have gone abroad as part of the program. Alumni include Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners, Supreme Court justices, governors, senators, ambassadors, prime ministers, heads of state, CEOs, professors, scientists, artists and others.

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