Commission Greets New American Fulbrighters with Orientation, Iftar

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On September 15 the Commission convened an orientation in honor of its 2008-2009 American Fulbright grantees. The orientation was hosted by Ambassador Margaret Scobey, who spoke to the grantees on “Fulbrighters as Cultural Ambassadors.” Twenty-nine American Fulbrighters participated in the program. The highlight of the orientation was a “Sharing the Experience” session featuring three 2007-2008 Alumni: Mr. Matthew Axelrod(U.S. Department of Defense), Ms. Patricia Kubala (University of CaliforniaSanta Barbara), and Ms. Samantha Rose (University of St. Andrews).

Other sessions featured representatives from the Embassy’s American Citizen Services section (“American Citizen Services: How Can We Help?”) and the Health unit (“How to Stay Healthy in Egypt”). A Ramadan Iftar, co-hosted by the Commission’s American Studies Circle, followed the orientation. Convened at Cairo’s historic Citadel, the Iftar was graced by four members of the Commission’s Board of Directors: Dr. Mohamed G. Abou Ali (Ministry of Higher Education), Ms. Elizabeth Khalifa (Institute of International Education), Ms. Helen Lovejoy (U.S. Embassy), and Mr. Thomas Thomason (Egyptian Refining Company).

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