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Hudson Valley Community College Department Chairperson Receives Fulbright Award to Teach in Croatia

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Dec. 14, 2009

Dr. Maria Palmara, a professor and department chairperson at Hudson Valley Community College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at The University of Zadar in Croatia during the spring 2010 semester.

Palmara, who chairs the Department of English, Modern Languages and English as a Second Language, will be teaching American Literature in the graduate program at the university. She is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Scholars program this year.

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by Senator William J. Fulbright of Arkansas. Since its inception, it has allowed more than 108,000 Americans to study, teach or do research abroad, and allowed an equal number of foreign-born scholars to do the same here in the United States.

This is the second Fulbright Scholar grant received by Palmara. In 1986, she taught English to students at Uludaš University in Bursa, Turkey.

Palmara has also arranged to have 60 copies of the Norton Anthology of American Literature and the McGraw Hill College Handbook donated by their respective publishers to The University of Zadar. She will use both texts in her classes during the spring semester. Hudson Valley Community College will pay to ship the textbooks to Croatia. "The college has been incredibly supportive," she said.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.