Western New York/Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter of
the Fulbright Association

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The mission of the Fulbright Association is to advocate for the Fulbright Program and promote international education.
Our vision is a world where international exchange is widely recognized as a force for peace.

Western New York/Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter of the Fulbright Association

The Western New York/Northwest Pennsylvania Chapter of the Fulbright Association is a regionally based chapter serving Fulbright alumni and friends of international exchange. The chapter hosts engaging programs and events for Fulbright alumni and visiting Fulbright students and scholars throughout the region, including Buffalo, Rochester and Erie. The chapter is closely affiliated with colleges and universities in the region, and often co-sponsors events with these institutions.

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Ph.D. Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Communication and Coordinator of International Learning at SUNY Fredonia. Fulbright Scholar to Bulgaria (1997), Hungary (2004), Fulbright Senior Specialist to Swaziland (2002), Namibia (2007), Albania (2017). Email: ted.schwalbe@fredonia.edu.


Ph.D. Director, International Student Affairs, Buffalo State College. Fulbright Scholar to West Germany (1985-1986). Fulbright Grant to the United States: Université de Bordeaux-University of Colorado-Boulder in Junior Faculty Exchange Program (1964-1966). Email: gounarif@buffalostate.edu.

SECRETARYRichard Herdlein

Ph.D. Associate Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration, Buffalo State College. Fulbright Senior Specialist Award to the Université Catholique de Lille, France (2009). Email: heardleri@buffalostate.edu

TREASURERJoseph Sankoh

Ph.D., M.A.I.S., M.A., Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Africa Initiative, Immigrant and Refugee Studies, and African and Black Studies, Daemen College. Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar to India, 2015. Email: jsankoh@daemen.edu.

Other Board Members

Laila  E.  Denoya,  Ph.D.  Independent  Bilingual  Higher  Education  Consultant, Fulbright Scholar to Honduras (2000), Fulbright Specialist to Dominican Republic (2001), Venezuela (2002), Honduras (2003-2004), Ethiopia (2006), and Bolivia (2008). Email: lai@netsync.net.


Cheryl Drout, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Psychology at SUNY-Fredonia. Fulbright Scholar at Aichi University of Education in Kariya, Japan (2008). Fulbright- Hays  Faculty Travel-Study  Program,  Japan  (1995).  Email:  Drout@fredonia.edu.


Michele Flint, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Accounting, Daemen College. Fulbright Specialist Award. Email: mflint@daemen.edu.


Walter Hakala, Ph.D Assistant Professor, Asian Studies Program and Department of English, University of Buffalo. Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA), India and United Kingdom (2008-2009). Email: walterha@buffalo.edu.


Constantine K. Kliorys, Ph.D. Professor of Management, Gannon University of Erie, Pennsylvania. Fulbright Scholar to Lithuania (2000), Fulbright Senior Specialist to Lithuania (2008). Email: kliorys@gannon.edu.


Shannon M. Risk, Ph.D. Associate Professor of History at Niagara University. Fulbright Fellow to Canada (2008-2009). Email: srisk@niagara,edu.


Peggy Terrell, M.S., Senior Associate Director, Graduate Business Programs and Admissions, Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology. Email: ptirrell@saunders.rit.edu.


Richard Wnuk, Executive in Residence Blue Heron Ventures. Fulbright Specialist to Estonia (2014) and Malaysia (2016). Email: wnuk@aol.com.

Upcoming Events

April 5, 2019 WNY/NWPA Fulbright Conference

Location: TBD

University of Rochester

TBD Joint Event w/ Central NY Chapter

Location: TBD

Past Events

Look below to see how we have been representing Fulbright and educating others about the value of international communication.

Albright Knox Tour and Lunch Event

Approximately 50 visiting Fulbright international students and faculty joined the Western New York/Northwest Pennsylvania Fulbright Chapter Board for an afternoon at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo New York. The event took place Saturday, February 16 and was sponsored by a grant from the National Fulbright Association in Washington D.C.

The event started with a luncheon at the café in the Gallery. The visiting students and faculty introduced themselves to the group. Most of the students were studying at either the University at Buffalo or the Rochester Institute of Technology. The luncheon provided a wonderful opportunity for students, faculty, and Board members to mingle and interact. Chapter President Ted Schwalbe (SUNY Fredonia) made a short address to the group reminding visitors that the Board was here to help them in any way. Participants were also reminded to become active in their country’s Fulbright chapters when they returned home and to encourage others to apply for Fulbright grants.

Following the luncheon, the group toured the Albright-Knox collection. They were split up into several groups with an expert docent providing information on the Gallery’s outstanding collection ranging from classical to contemporary art.

WNY/NWPA Fulbright Conference: Niagara University

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anna McNab

Dr. Anna McNab joined the Niagara University faculty in August 2009 after receiving her Ph.D. from Washington State   University. She also holds an M.B.A. and an undergraduate degree in business administration, double-majoring in management information systems and operations management, both from Washington State University.

Dr. McNab recently had a chance to complete a sabbatical in her native Slovakia, working for one of the top design agencies for mobile app and web development. Her interests in international issues are both personal and professional. Dr. McNab’s teaching is related to the use of information systems in organizations, teaching courses on strategic use of information systems by organizations, e-commerce essentials and creative problem solving.

Her research interests include human-computer interactions in information      retrieval context, user acceptance of information systems across cultures,          motivations for joining online communities and examination of methods used in IS research. Her research has previously appeared in several periodicals and journals including MIS Quarterly and the Journal of Organizational Computing and E-Commerce, as well as various proceedings of national and international conferences.

Dr. McNab also has a strong record of services at the university and in her professional community.


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