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Faculty spotlight State Department Names Bluefield Fulbright Honoree Bluefield State College was one of 19 Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to be honored as a Fulbright Institutional Leader by the U.S. State Department. This award recognizes the college’s efforts to support Fulbright exchange participants during the 2018-2019 academic year. President Robin Capehart said, “Dr. Sudhakar Jamkhandi (BSC Director of the Office of International Initiatives) has done an outstanding job as the College’s liaison to the Fulbright Program. Through his ‘Windows On The World’ lecture series, many Fulbright scholars have helped students from area public schools and BSC, along with community members, gain a greater understanding and appreciation for other cultures and their areas of expertise.” Dr. Capehart himself was named a Fulbright Scholar in 2006 teaching and consulting about tax systems in Moldova. The W. Paul Cole, Jr. School of Business Dean Philip Imel taught accounting and finance in Ekaterinburg, Russia in 2011. Dr. Jamkhandi was named a Fulbright Specialist in Internationalizing Higher Education from 2011 to 2016. Provost Dr. Ted Lewis noted, “We are the only higher education institution in West Virginia that shares this vital international resource with area public schools, with help from the 24 BLUE AND GOLD Calling All Classes! class notes Here’s where you can let your classmates know where you are and what you’re up to. Dr. Sudhakar Jamkhandi, Fulbright Honoree West Virginia Humanities Council and a local donor.” Dr. Jamkhandi acknowledged Bluefield State’s long association with the State Department, “Bluefield State College’s affiliation with the U.S. Department of State began in 1996. Since 2006, our mission of preparing global citizens has been manifested mainly through Fulbright Programs such as the Fulbright Africa Undergraduate Scholars, Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants and the Fulbright Scholars in Residence, two of whom have been from Russia and one from Liberia.” To learn more about how Bluefield State College participates in the Fulbright Program, please visit al-initiatives bluefield grads Our grads are making news, advancing careers, helping people all over. They’re also getting married, having babies and raising families. WINTER 2020 25