PCC Celebrated for Fulbright Scholars Participation

Within the past three years, PCC's Scott Temple, Stephanie Rook and Dan Mayo, left to right, have participated in the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Rook is a two-time participant, having studied in India in 2013 and Mexico in 2021.

WINTERVILLE—The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has recognized Pitt Community College as one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program participants.

According to a Feb. 13 announcement by the State Department, PCC is one of 52 U.S. colleges and universities ECA is honoring this month for participation in the federal government’s flagship international academic exchange program during the 2023-24 academic year. Pitt was one of just 17 associate degree-granting institutions to have had faculty/staff members selected as Fulbright U.S. Scholars during the current academic year.

“Pitt Community College is committed to preparing students for success in a global economy and elated to be part of this recognition from the U.S. State Department,” PCC President Lawrence L. Rouse said. “Our efforts to promote international learning are extensive and include Fulbright participation, work with UNC-Chapel Hill’s World View Program, incorporating opportunities for global learning into curricula, and establishing an effective, 11-year educational partnership with China’s Wuxi Institute of Technology.”

As a two-time Fulbright Scholar, PCC Arts and Sciences Dean Stephanie Rook is the college’s designated Fulbright Scholar Liaison. She thanked Rouse for his ardent support of international learning and the Fulbright program, which gave her a chance to study India’s educational system in 2013 and Mexico’s African heritage in 2021.

“It is such an honor for our college to be recognized as a top-producing institution of Fulbright Scholars, and I am grateful for the resources that the Fulbright program has provided to our global education efforts,” she said.

Last summer, the State Department selected Dr. Dan Mayo, PCC’s interim executive vice president of Academic Affairs and Student Services, and Scott Temple, an English and humanities instructor, for Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program participation.

Mayo, who had an instrumental role in developing Pitt’s Wuxi partnership, spent two weeks in Germany in October, participating in lectures, workshops and campus visits in Berlin and other areas to learn about the latest trends in the country’s higher education system.

“As educators, we’re obligated to do our very best to prepare our students for the global economy,” he said. “We want them to have knowledge of other world regions and a healthy respect for other cultures. We also want to be certain we have prepared them for work in cross-cultural environments, either abroad or right here in eastern North Carolina.”

Temple was one of 16 postsecondary scholars from across the U.S. to be selected for the 2023 Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad Program. He traveled to Mexico in July to gain a better understanding of Mexican citizens and cultures by examining historic and contemporary issues impacting the country’s relationship with the United States.

“In addition to teaching, connecting my research to the greater community is why I am so passionate to serve as a community college instructor,” Temple said, adding that the knowledge he gained through his Fulbright experience has enriched his humanities classes and enhanced his efforts to support eastern North Carolina’s Mexican migrant farmworker community.

Lee Satterfield, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, said Fulbright Top-Producing Institutions like PCC value global connection and support members of their campus communities to pursue international opportunities.

“Fulbright’s Top-Producing Institutions represent the diversity of America’s higher education community,” she said. “Dedicated administrators support students and scholars at these institutions to fulfill their potential and rise to address tomorrow’s global challenges. We congratulate them, and all the Fulbrighters who are making an impact the world over.”

Proposed by Sen. J. William Fulbright to promote “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world,” the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals of all backgrounds opportunities to study, teach and conduct research abroad. Since 1946, Fulbrighters have exchanged ideas, built people-to-people connections, and worked to address complex global challenges.

The U.S. State Department is planning to celebrate this year’s top-producing Fulbright institutions with a reception in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 20, during the Association of International Education Administrators annual conference.