sjulogoEmphasizing the transformative power of a global education, Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, Ph.D., president of St. John’s, personally welcomed 38 visiting Fulbright scholars from 25 countries during a special reception on July 31 at the new location of the University’s Manhattan campus.

The Fulbright recipients are here for three weeks to strengthen their English-language skills and knowledge of US culture through The Language Connection (TLC) at St. John’s. They will go on to pursue their master’s and doctoral studies at institutions across the country. According to Dr. Pamela Fairman, Director of TLC, this is the third year in a row that TLC’s English for Graduate Studies Program has been chosen by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the US Department of State to host the visiting Fulbright students.

“Today we celebrate the impact of being a global university,” observed Dr. Gempesaw, who stressed the success that past Fulbright recipients have had throughout the world in the arenas of government, education, and the academic disciplines.

“St. John’s University has a very long history,” he continued. “We’re now starting our 145th year, and we are one of only eight universities throughout the country selected to provide you with your English language studies—and the only one in New York City.”

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