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NOVA Professor Selected as Fulbright Scholar

Lucy Gebre-Egziabher

Lucy Gebre-Egziabher, an assistant professor in the Communication Studies and Theater Department, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialist program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – her country of origin.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Gebre-Egziabher will teach film studies and conduct a “From Script to Screen” practicum at Rift Valley University in the Communications and Journalism Department. In addition, she will assist the institution in the development of a film curriculum.

“This is a big deal in the academic world, and I’m honored,” said Gebre-Egziabher. “I feel like it’s a double blessing to receive this opportunity and then to be able to return to Ethiopia to give back. There is a budding film industry in Ethiopia, so I will have the chance to teach and conduct a workshop where I will help students write a script and then use their script to make a film.”

Gebre-Egziabher currently teaches film studies at NOVA’s Alexandria Campus in the Communication Studies and Theater Department. The award-winning filmmaker has been a part of the faculty since 2010.

“This is a prestigious honor. We are both proud and excited that one of our faculty members was selected as a Fulbright Scholar,” said Alexandria Campus Provost Ronald Buchanan. “It definitely speaks volume to our quality of professionals and dedicated faculty members.”

Gebre-Egziabher received her bachelor’s degree in communications and international relations from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and her master’s degree in film from Howard University. Her film experience includes founding and running Teret Productions for more than 15 years and writing, directing, producing and editing a number of films.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It was named after Sen. J. William Fulbright who represented Arkansas from 1945 to 1974, had a huge influence on America’s foreign policy and supported the creation of the United Nations. Those participating in the Fulbright Specialist program offer information at a variety of professional and academic conferences. They also participate in and conduct Fulbright Scholar Workshops for faculty and campus representatives.

For more on Gebre-Egziabher, her film classes at NOVA and the upcoming NOVA Film Festival, visit her faculty website.

 

Media Contact: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@nvcc.edu 

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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 website, www.nvcc.edu.

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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