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Sharing the Fulbright Experience From Russia

A recent issue noted that Associate Professor Phillip Imel (AN; Accounting) was awarded a Fulbright award for the 2012-2013 academic year and he is teaching at Urals University of Economics in Yekaterinburg, Russia, from September 2012 until June 2013. Imel has now settled into life in Russia and will be sharing regular updates on his adventures as a Fulbrighter both inside and outside of the classroom.

Imel and his wife are going to Moscow next week to meet with the public affairs officer for the American Consulate in Ekaterinburg. They would like to link some of the poorer elementary and high schools in outer Ekaterinburg with some Southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky schools. For many of these children, it will be their first contact with any other culture. They hope to visit the schools and do a few days of intensive English and American culture work with them. They are also working with the English Center in Ekaterinburg and will present a cultural program on November 7 and help with ACT prep for students who are going to the U.S.

Imel’s wife is also working on a photography project and she has been asked to display work from her American portfolio. Imel is teaching three regular courses and several seminar courses at the University, along with doing research for a publication and taking a Russian course. He will present his research paper at an international conference that the University is having next week concerning global capital markets.

Imel admits he has had little sleep with the work and research demands but it has been a wonderful experience overall. They ate lunch with three Japanese colleagues at the University recently and noted that the university is more international than most Russian universities, especially so far from Moscow. They note, “We are busy but loving every minute of it!”

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.

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