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Janice Feng ’11
Receives Fulbright
anice Feng’s education can best be epit-
omized by a need to help others and a
desire to discover new cultures. The 2011
Marist graduate will fuse these passions in
Malaysia as the recipient of a prestigious
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship
“The ETA program in Malaysia provides
me the opportunity to immerse myself in a
community and engage in the lives of the
Malays,” says Feng, who will teach conversa-
tional English to students aged 12 through 17
for 10 months in Johor starting in January. “I
chose Malaysia for its diversity in cultures,
religions, and ethnic groups. Malaysia will
allow me to understand how best to teach
to a diverse audience.”
At Marist, Feng majored in both psychol-
ogy and studio art while completing a minor
in photography. However, her education
was as much defined by her extracurricu-
lar endeavors as her in-class achievements.
A native of Ramsey, NJ, Feng studied
abroad during the fall of 2009 at Marist’s
branch campus in Florence, Italy. After cata-
strophic earthquakes struck Haiti in early
2010, Feng accompanied Associate Professor
of Psychology Sherry Dingman on a life-alter-
ing humanitarian trip to Haiti during spring
break of 2010.
Feng also completed a four-month
internship with Big Brothers Big Sisters
of Newburgh, NY, worked as a proctor
for Marist’s Special Services, taught at her
church’s vacation bible school, and held lead-
ership roles with Marist’s Campus Christian
Fellowship and the College and Career Group
at her local church.
In the future, Feng plans to combine
her affinity for teaching and art by pursu-
ing a master’s degree in art therapy or art
“I hope to continue having international
teaching experiences similar to the one I will
have in Malaysia,” says Feng. “These opportu-
nities are especially important because they
will allow me to grow as a person and as an
Feng is one of two members of the class
of 2011 to earn a Fulbright award. Robin
Miniter, who also studied in Florence, is
pursuing research on the development of
women’s rugby in India.
The Fulbright Program, administered by
the Institute of International Education, is the
flagship international educational exchange
program sponsored by the U.S. government
and is designed to increase mutual under-
standing between people in the U.S. and
people in other countries. Annually, the
Fulbright Program, which was founded in
1946, provides 8,000 grants to students,
scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists
in 155 countries to contribute to finding
solutions to shared international concerns.
Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected
on the basis of academic or professional
achievement as well as demonstrated lead-
ership potential in their fields.
—Jim Urso ’11
Janice Feng ’11 will teach in Malaysia
in 2012 as the recipient of a Fulbright
English Teaching Assistantship.
r. Helen Rothberg is the recipient of the
Marist Board of Trustees’ Faculty Award
for Distinguished Teaching. Those who know
the professor of management aren’t surprised
she received this latest accolade. Her honors
stack up higher than Champagnat Hall.
Just ask Dan Spadora ’07, who when he
learned the news, tweeted that Rothberg is
“Dr. Rothberg’s course was the most diffi-
cult and rewarding class I took at Marist,”
Spadora says. “She challenged us to think
deeper than the story and present meaningful
analysis of the implications. Dr. Rothberg has
the winning teaching formula, and combined
with her passion for business and refreshing
personality, she’s one of the best professors
Marist has to offer.”
“We are honoring an extraordinary
colleague—a teacher’s teacher—someone
for whom teaching, mentoring, and inspir-
ing others to reach their full potential is a
life calling,” said Professor of Management
Studies Robert Grossman in introducing
Rothberg at the convocation. “Students soon
realize when they let Helen into their lives that
they’ve signed on for an arduous journey…
In Helen, they’ve chosen a dynamic, compas-
sionate, role model who is unwavering in her
commitment to high academic standards, ethi-
cal leadership, and service to others.”
“At the risk of sounding cheesy, Dr.
Rothberg is not only a great professor but
also an inspiration,” says Kelley Hanifin ’12.
“She shows us that she dreams big and is not
afraid to work hard for what she wants. Dr.
Rothberg believes we can be successful even
when we are unsure of ourselves.”
However, Rothberg would suggest just
the opposite and that the pleasure is hers
to be a professor at Marist. “How lucky are
we that we get to spend our days working
with young people who still have hope in
their eyes,” Rothberg said in her acceptance
speech,“who believe that the world can be
a better place? And who look to us, not for
our own thoughts, but to lead them to the
threshold of their own minds? It is a gift to
be an educator.”
Rothberg has been teaching at Marist
since 1995. In her 16 years she has touched,
inspired, and fought for hundreds of students.
“When I first came to the Marist School of
Management it had just begun its quest for
accreditation,” Rothberg said. “We decided
that I would survey our seniors to discov-
er whether they experienced the elements
of our mission statement. They didn’t, and I
said so at the first faculty meeting in January.
At which point Bob [Grossman] turned to
me and said, ‘So where will you be teaching
next year?’ ”
Luckily for Marist students, Rothberg has
stuck around. They’ve had the opportunities
and privilege to learn from someone not afraid
Professor of Management Helen Rothberg
received the 2011 Marist Board of Trustees’
Faculty Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Dr. Helen Rothberg Receives
Trustees’ Faculty Award for
Distinguished Teaching
to break the rules, to push them hard so they
experience pride in their work.
“I teach the capstone course, and I treat
my charges like thoroughbreds,” Rothberg
said. “I have them reach high. I have them
dig down deep. I encourage them to stretch
to where they haven’t been. We don’t have to
teach to the evaluation. We can teach to the
experiences that will help them grow.”
Rothberg has earned an international
reputation for being an expert on competi-
tive intelligence. In 2005, with former Marist
professor G. Scott Erikson, she authored the
From Knowledge to Intelligence: Creating
Competitive Advantage in the Next Economy.
Those who had Rothberg for a manage-
ment class or as a capping professor definitely
earned a competitive advantage entering the
workforce after graduating from Marist.
—Luke Shane ’12
—Dan Spadora ’07