Road to the World

Nazareth College is proud to continue its tradition of Fulbright scholars with this year's announcement that the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has selected David Jablonski of Greece, N.Y., and Heidi Ressler of Baldwinsville, N.Y., to receive a 2009-10 Undergraduate Junior Fulbright award.

Jablonski, a senior with a triple major in German, international studies, and economics, and a minor in history, is traveling to Germany where he will teach English. After his teaching assignment is completed, Jablonski hopes to remain in Germany to pursue an internship in Berlin. When he returns to the United States, he plans to continue his education to obtain a master's degree at either Georgetown's School of Foreign Service or Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Ressler, a senior with a major in history with adolescent social studies and special education certification, and a minor in German, is traveling to Germany to teach English. Upon returning to the United States, she plans on pursuing her master's degree in either history or international studies before going into teaching full time.

While in Germany, Ressler hopes to share lessons on diversity in the U.S. to enliven her students' views towards different cultures. She would also like to volunteer for a community-based project focused on immigration in Germany.

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program's objective is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world. Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program is America's flagship international education exchange. Approximately 279,500 "Fulbrights," 105,400 from the United States and 174,100 from other countries, have participated in the Program since its inception over fifty years ago.