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Marjeanne Vacco, Springfield College Professor, Receives Fulbright Grant to Teach Social Work in Portugal

April 1, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 1, 2008 – Marjeanne B. Vacco, of Londonderry, N.H., professor of human services at the Manchester, N.H. campus of the Springfield College School of Human Services, has been awarded a Fulbright senior specialist grant to serve in Oporto, Portugal from April 7 to May 4, 2008.

Vacco will lecture to students on social work at the Higher Institute for Tourism and Business Studies, supervise seminars at the Department of Social Work, and give a presentation at a conference.

Vacco will be one of more than 400 prominent U.S. academicians and professionals traveling abroad this year through the Fulbright Senior Specialists Program. The program supports curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post-secondary academic institutions around the world.

Vacco has been a faculty member at the Manchester Campus of the Springfield College School of Human Services since 1988. In Manchester, Springfield College offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in human services, with classes on weekends.

The grant is Vacco’s third award from the Fulbright Foundation. In 2005, she taught social work to faculty members at the Ho Chi Minh Open University as universities and colleges throughout Vietnam were preparing to introduce social work into their academic programs.

In Fall 2000, Vacco taught sociology at the Al Ferabi National Kazak University and at community organizations in Almaty, Kazakhstan, through the Fulbright Scholars Program. She also served on the university’s doctoral dissertation committee.

Vacco earned her doctoral degree in human services from Walden University. She also holds a master’s degree in social work, a certificate of professional studies and management and organizational behavior, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She is a licensed independent clinical social worker, a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, and is listed in “Who’s Who in Human Services Professionals.”

The Fulbright Program, America’s premiere international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. For more than 60 years, thousands of academicians and professionals from the United States and abroad have taught, studied, or conducted research in other countries through the Fulbright Program. Fulbright awards have gone to individuals who later became heads of government, Nobel Prize winners, and leaders in education, business, journalism, the arts, and other fields. Fulbright Scholars are chosen on the basis of their academic and professional achievement.

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