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7/17/01

Westminster College Professor Receives Fulbright Award

Salt Lake City, July 17, 2001. Professor of English Susan Gunter of Westminster College has received a Fulbright grant, the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Gunter will lecture in Bulgaria during the winter 2002 semester. A scholar, excellent teacher and leader in national circles of education and culture, she will have the opportunity to share her knowledge with students and colleagues at the University of Sofia.

"Susan combines remarkable teaching skills with first-rate scholarship," said Stephen Baar, academic vice president at Westminster College. "It is not an uncommon combination at Westminster, and it is a requirement of Fulbright Scholars."

The discovery of previously unknown letters written by Henry James, the study of James' writings and the publication of two books on James demonstrate the merit of Gunter's scholarly work. Both well received by scholars, Gunter's books are Dear Munificent Friends: Henry James's Letters to Powerful Women and Dearly Beloved Friends: Henry James's Letters to Younger Men.

Gunter has received numerous awards in the past, including the Naomi Weyher Summer Research Grant and National Endowment for the Humanities' summer stipends. Speaking of the Fulbright grant, Baar said, "For Susan, this is yet another exclamation point in a most successful career as a teacher and scholar."

Gunter is one of approximately 2,000 U.S. grantees who will travel abroad for the 2001-2002 academic year through the Fulbright Program. Recipients exemplify academic and professional achievement and extraordinary leadership potential in their fields. For 55 years, Fulbright programs have exchanged nearly a quarter of a million people, who have studied, taught or researched abroad or in the United States.

Prominent Fulbright scholars include actor John Lithgow, President and CEO of INTEL Craig Barrett and former U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan. Fulbright lecturers hailing from Westminster College are Professor of English David Stanley, former Associate Professor of Earth Systems Science Robert Ford and retired Assistant Academic Vice President Margot Kadesch.