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Alumna accepts Quillian Scholar post

Lye Tuck-Po is member of Class of 1989

8/20/2003 4:50:38 PM


LYNCHBURG, Va. — Lye Tuck-Po, a native of Malaysia and member of the R-MWC Class of 1989, has accepted an appointment as the William F. Quillian, Jr. Visiting International Professor for the 2003-2004 academic year. She comes to the campus as the eighth Quillian scholar since the program began in 1995. Her predecessors have included M.V. Krishnayya from India, Slavenka Drakulic from Croatia, Emeka Nwabueze from Nigeria, Haiping Liu from China, Michael Gilkes from Guyana, Aliaa Rafea from Egypt, and Kirtida Oza from India. Lye's appointment marks the first time that an international alumna has returned to the College as a Quillian scholar.

After graduating with honors from R-MWC with degrees in both English and philosophy, Professor Lye earned her M.A. and her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Hawaii. Her area of specialization is environmental anthropology. Since 2001, she has been Outreach Coordinator for the Centre for Environment, Technology and Development, Malaysia. She currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As part of her post, she will teach two classes, offer one faculty development seminar, and deliver a public address.

"We're delighted to have Lye Tuck-Po with us again," said College President Kathleen Gill Bowman. "Her return is, in many ways, the product of the college's longstanding commitment to bringing international perspectives to the campus, from Tuck-Po's initial enrollment here as a student to her return as a Quillian scholar," she added. Just last year, R-MWC was among a small and select group of colleges to be honored by NAFSA: Association of International Educators for the comprehensive globalization of their campuses.

The William F. Quillian, Jr. Visiting International Professorship was founded in 1996 as a part of the Lucille Puette Giles '33 Global Studies Initiative. The program is named after one of the College's strongest advocates for international studies, William F. Quillian, Jr., the sixth president of R-MWC. It is a permanent faculty position, filled annually by visiting international scholars. Its primary purpose is to ensure that R-MWC students benefit from cross-cultural experiences and perspectives that are essential to citizens in a rapidly shrinking world.

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