Wheeling Jesuit University

University Professor Awarded a Mellon Fellowship to Prestigious Salzburg Seminar

Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, Wheeling Jesuit University associate professor of psychology and director of undergraduate research, received notice recently that he has been awarded a Mellon Foundation Fellowship, enabling him to attend the Salzburg Seminar.

The group will meet at the historic hotel, Schloss Leopoldskron, from Tuesday, Nov. 7 to Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006. Raudenbush will be a fellow of session 436, which looks at “Beyond the University: Shifting Demographics in Higher Education.”

The fellowship enables Raudenbush to attend the session free of charge and provides financial help towards travel, according to Manja Klemencic, session director. Raudenbush, the recipient of the 2006 Wheeling Jesuit Outstanding Teaching Award, is looking forward to this opportunity of expanding his professional outreach and teaching experience for his students.

“The increase in non-traditional students provides a workforce that has extensive practical experience; however, their skills may be outdated in terms of the current technologies being used in their profession,” said Raudenbush. “At the same time, more traditional students have been trained in the most recent technological advancements, have conducted independent research projects, and several have presented their work at professional conferences; however, they lack the "seasoning" needed to be a competitive and effective manager or director in their field. One of the new challenges placed on educators is to bridge the gap between these two populations of students, and I'm excited to part of the team dedicated to finding solutions to this challenge.”

Salzburg Seminars are five-day sessions focused on critical challenges confronting the global community and designed to formulate innovative solutions to global problems. Beginning with Session 1 in 1947, the Salzburg Seminar has convened people committed to making a difference in the world in candid and informed discussion to inspire innovative thinking and to pioneer practical strategies for change.

In 2006, the Salzburg Seminar will conduct Sessions 430-438 to address a compelling range of political, social, cultural, and economic issues that affect the future of the world. The seminar welcomes applications to these sessions that will bring together approximately 60 distinguished international faculty members and emerging leaders, known as "Fellows," from government, business, academia, and non-governmental organizations. Seminars are cross-cultural in approach with the objective of broadening and deepening perspectives to promote informed action and far-sighted decision-making among key professionals worldwide. Particular emphasis is placed on generating cutting-edge ideas and on developing proposals for action.

Salzburg Seminars are structured around morning lectures and discussions led by experts on the session topic. Faculty members who lead the group as they develop strategies for change, policy proposals, or projects for cooperative action facilitate afternoon sessions. Follow-up activities mediated by staff, faculty, and fellows extend the work and value of the session.

Designed by the co-founder of the Salzburg Festival, Max Reinhardt, the seminar site, Schloss Leopoldskron offers the perfect setting for conferences of the highest standard, according to its official travel description.

This splendid rococo palace, dating from 1736, integrates classic elegance and luxury hospitality, featuring beautifully decorated suites, a library as well as a consecrated chapel, in a lovely lakeside setting that was used as a backdrop for the popular 1965 Oscar-winning musical, “The Sound of Music.”

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