USD grad student receives a Fulbright grant to Turkey University of South Dakota graduate student John P. Hemminger of Harlan, IA, has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to Turkey and will be affiliated with Bogazici University in Istanbul, according to a recent announcement by the U.S. Information Agency and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Hemminger has left for Turkey to begin the program.
Hemminger is one of approximately 2000 U.S. grantees who will travel abroad for the 1999/2000 academic year through the Fulbright Program. Established in 1946 under Congressional legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries."
"It is an exciting challenge and I look forward to the opportunity to enhance my cultural understanding," said Hemminger, who will teach and study business and legal dispute resolution at the international level. He is working on a juris doctor degree (JD) from the USD School of Law and a doctoral degree in adult and higher education (EDD) from the USD School of Education. His coursework at USD is almost complete and he looks forward to writing his EDD dissertation on "International Legal Education."
Hemminger has a master of public accountancy degree (1999) and a master of business administration degree (1998) from USD, a bachelor of arts degree in accounting from Buena Vista University, and an associate of science in business from Iowa Western Community College. He will do his Fulbright grant in Western Turkey.
"I considered Turkey because of its strategic location at the crossroads of two continents; Europe and Asia," said Hemminger.
In 1998, he attended summer law classes at the University of Marmara in Istanbul, Turkey. Hemminger met his wife, Gulen, in 1997 when a Rotary International Group Study Exchange Team from Turkey stopped in Vermillion to speak to the local Rotary Club. Gulen, who has a master's degree in architecture from Dokuz Eylul Universitesi in Izmir, Turkey, is also a doctoral candidate in the School of Education at USD. John and Gulen have a 14-month old son, John Deniz.
"Turkey is really seedbed of people from everywhere � it is a melting pot," said Hemminger, who is the son of John A. and Marge Hemminger. His sister, Kathryn Nielsen, is also a student at USD. "This is a fantastic learning opportunity. It will provide a greater understanding about Turkish perceptions of dispute resolution in business and law at domestic and international level," he said.
The Fulbright Program, America's flagship educational exchange program, is sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency, an independent foreign affairs agency within the executive branch of the U.S. government. USIA promotes mutual understanding among nations and peoples through a number of education exchange activities.
During its 52 years, the Fulbright Program has exchanged nearly a quarter of a million people, more than 70,000 Americans who have studied or conducted research abroad and more than 130,000 people from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the U.S. Thousands of high school teachers from around the U.S. also have been exchanged with foreign teachers through the Fulbright Program.