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FAAC NEWSLETTER

Volume 1, Issue 1 January—March 2009

FULBRIGHT ALUMNI ASS OCIATION OF CAMBODIA (FAAC)
ASSOCIATION

Alumni on the Move—Lecture Series in Siem Reap
By Peou Chivoin, MA Media teerism, and study plan writing, head of IFL‘s English Depart-
Theory & Research, Southern the objectives of the trip were to ment; and Ms. Bunchan Su-
Illinois University Carbondale provide the students in the prov- mana, FAAC member and advi-
(2008) ince with useful information sor at RUPP‘s Educational Ad-
about further study abroad, to vising Center.
share with them the Fulbright
experiences, to increase aware- The FAAC had in the past con-
ness on the Fulbright program, ducted several workshops on
and to offer them networking diverse themes, ranging from
and other opportunities. stock market to health issues,
from education to governance,
The workshop attracted dozens at several higher educational
of students and faculty mem- institutions in Phnom Penh,
Despite the myriad of their pro- bers of the University of South- including RUPP, PUC, HRU,
fessional and personal commit- east Asia, Siem Reap, who UC and NUM.
ments, the alumni of Cambo- were enthusiastic and asked a
dian Fulbright Program, as part lot of interesting questions. The next stop for the FAAC
of the Fulbright Alumni Associa- lecture series is at Build Bright
tion of Cambodia (FAAC) lec- The presenters of FAAC in- University, Sihanoukville, in late
ture series, conducted an cluded Mr. Men Nimith, FAAC February.
awareness-raising workshop at president and country director
the University of Southeast of Arbitration Council of Cambo-
Asia, Siem Reap, on September dia; Mr. Theam Rottanak, FAAC
19—20, 2008. vice president and national con-
sultant in Management and
With the presentation themes Reform; Mr. Om Soryong,
on study skills, youth and volun- FAAC treasurer and deputy

New Fulbright Scholars on the Move—Ready to Leave Home
By Peou Chivoin, MA Media All the twelve scholars have had  Ms. Soun Ratana (Master‘s)
Theory & Research, SIUC (2008) their admission applications  Mr. Kang Rithisal (Master‘s)
sent to various US universities  Mr. Roth Hok (PhD)
The twelve selected candidates and are now awaiting admission  Mr. Chhoeung Kiriroath (Master’s)
for the 2009-10 Fulbright Schol- results, expected in the coming  Mr. An Sokhhoeurn (Master‘s)
arships are getting ready for months. ―I hope to make the  Mr. Sopha Ratana (Master‘s)
their academic and social ad- best use of the opportunity to  Mr. Huy Khy (Master‘s)
ventures in the coming Fall. benefit Cambodia upon my re-  Ms. Norng Utara (Master‘s)
Eight of them are principal can- turn,‖ said Sopha Ratana, a  Mr. Chea Chheangy (Master’s)
didates and have been assured principal candidate for Environ-  Mr. Ouk Thanin (Master‘s)
of funding, while the other four mental Studies.  Ms. Hour Thany (Master‘s)
are alternate candidates whose
The twelve selected Fulbright  Mr. Sowath Rana (Master‘s)
sponsorship is subject to avail-
able funding. scholars for 2009-10 are:

Inside this issue: FAAC in brief:
Fulbright the Hope for Cambodia 2  Acting President: Mr. Theam Rottanak

It‘s Tough When You Get It 2  Treasurer: Mr. Om Soryong

Improving Your Concentration 3  Secretary General: Ms. Thon Vimealea
Getting to Know Us 4  Issue Editor: Mr. Peou Chivoin
Fulbright Student Fellowships for 2010-2011 4  Alumni To Date: 84 members
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THE INSIDERS‟ STORIES
Fulbright the Hope for Cambodia
By Chim Guanghui, MA the selection process they made to them-
East Asian Languages & has never been ques- selves. Cambodian Ful-
Cultures, University of tioned by all involved. bright scholars have
Kansas (1997) populated a widening
Another amazing fact range of sectors from
The prestige of the Ful- about the Fulbright pro- governmental to non-
bright scholarship has gram in Cambodia is the governmental, from pub-
been such that many extremely high rate of lic to private, and from
aspirants have been returnees. The ultimate educational to industrial.
unfazed by multiple fail- objective of the program
ures and continued to is to educate selected The return of the Ful-
fight for a limited selec- Cambodian scholars the bright program to Cam-
tion every year. The at- necessary skills and bodia in 1994 could not
traction of Fulbright values to bring back and have been timelier. It
stems not just from its rebuild their nation. The coincided with the return
prestige, but also from fact that 99 percent of all of peace and the recon-
the fact that it is one of scholars have returned struction process that
the fairest scholarship to serve their country began at that time. We
offerings around in Cam- shows the soundness of have been an indispen-
bodia. People of high the selection process as sable part of that proc-
caliber from all fields of well as the right con- ess ever since and will
endeavor have equal science of the selected only grow more promi-
chances for being se- scholars not to fail their nent in the coming years.
lected. The integrity of country and the promise

It‟s Tough When You Get It
By Chan Sophal, MEd started, and I met the classmates who had had
Educational Psychology, Department Head. She similar problems. My
University of Hawaii, recommended that I take group consisted of two
Manoa (2005) three courses. Two ladies (one from Japan
courses were pretty easy and the other the US),
The Fulbright scholar- for me, but the statistics one man from the Philip-
ship is well known for its course was a tough one. pines, and me. We sup-
prestige, and it is tough Since I still could not find ported each other when
to get one. Yet, it is even we needed to. It worked
a place of my own to
tougher when you get stay, a hard subject was well, and I got a very
one. I arrived in the State another pressure on me. good grade for the statis-
“The of Hawaii in August I spent almost 80% of tics course. The second
2003. It was in the eve- is withholding the follow-
my time on that single
Fulbright ning and I did not know subject. By then, I had ing philosophy: ―Start to
where to go. Fortunately, learned that when we do things as early as
program has a Cambodian living in were far from home and possible,‖ and ―Be fair to
Hawaii, came to pick me
made up. I was very surprised
met tough challenges, ourselves, by giving our-
our homesickness could selves plenty of time to
students like by his presence because only grow. Frankly, at complete even a small
I was not sure if he one point I even thought task.‖ This has become a
me very would come to pick me
about coming back part of my life even
up because I failed to
strong and confirm with his time
home, even if it meant since. To be honest,
dishonor. when I fail to apply this
very availability. rule, I get upset with
My solutions to aca- myself. The Fulbright
School did not start until
independent.” demic challenges had program has made stu-
two weeks later. I had been critical, and I found
some free time to get dents like me very strong
two things very helpful. and very independent.
around and get to know The first is forming a
the campus. Then the
study group with other
registration for class
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BOOSTING YOUR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

Improving Your Concentration
“Of course,
By Om Soryong, MSc. Sam Horn, concentration example, if your attention the task that
Instructional Design, is moral tenacity. Your is being distracted by
Southern Illinois Univer- concentration in this noise, you should find a you want to
sity Carbondale (2002) case stems from your quiet room or place to
keen interest in some- study. It is also better for
delay is
Have you ever been
thing and your genuine
reading a book while
commitment to it.
you to isolate yourself
from TV, radio, tele-
usually less
keeping thinking of
something else? Isn't it ―Why can‘t I concen-
phone, and other visuals pleasant
that easily distract your
frustrating that you can- trate?‖ Apart from your
not keep your mind on understanding of what
attention. If you are in than those
the habit of doing or
reading no matter how concentration is, it is also
much you tell yourself to important to find out why
thinking of many things that
at once, you should
concentrate? Losing
your concentration on
you cannot focus your
practice what we call infiltrate
mind on something. By
thought stoppage to re-
what you are doing is answering this ‗why‘
turn to your original task. your mind …
detrimental to your study question, you will be able
It takes a bit of training to
or work commitment, for to identify the source of
keep your mind off After all,
at the end of the day, your problem. Only after
something else other
you find that you were you have identified the
than your chosen task. If
„there is no
not as productive as you root of the problem, you
expected. Keeping your will be able to seek solu-
you want to put off what gain without
you have to do now for
mind focused on some- tions to it. Many of us
thing for a desired period cannot concentrate be-
no good reason, you pain.‟”
should resist such temp-
of time is a great chal- cause of various rea-
tation by thinking of the
lenge, but it is not impos- sons, some of which are
consequences for not
sible to learn to improve interruptions, inattention
doing your chosen task.
your concentration. habit, disinterest, pro-
Of course, the task that
crastination, fatigue, and
What is concentration you want to delay is usu-
negative attitude. All of
anyway? Concentration ally less pleasant than
these reasons can be
is a multi-faceted con- those that infiltrate your
attributed to three main
cept. Before looking at mind. But your resis-
factors: external distrac-
how you can improve tance to procrastination
tions, internal distrac-
your concentration, it is and your effort to fight
tions, and lack of goals.
crucial to understand distractions will certainly
For example, in terms of
what it is first. In his book pay off. As you can see,
distractions, street noise,
about concentration, improving your concen-
music, phone calls, TV,
Sam Horn defines con- tration requires a bit of
and other visuals make
centration as "the disci- mind training and a great
your concentration on a
pline of focusing on a deal of your commitment
particular thing difficult.
chosen task and ignoring and determination. After
They are competing for
irrelevant matters." all, ―there is no gain with-
and dividing your atten-
Based on this definition, out pain.‖
tion, more or less.
if you are trying to think
about or do several ―How can I improve my
things simultaneously, concentration?‖ Once
you are not concentrat- you have found the Mr. Om Soryong is now Senior Lecturer and
ing. Such a behaviour is causes of your problem, Deputy Head of the English Department, Insti-
called polyphasic be- you then should find tute of Foreign Languages, Royal University of
haviour which can jeop- appropriate remedies by Phnom Penh.
ardize your performance. doing something to get
In addition, according to rid of the causes. For
VISION: To Foster Peace and Development in Cambodia through the
Promotion of Access to Quality Education and Cross-cultural Understanding

FULBRIGHT ALUMNI ASS OCIATION OF CAMBODIA (FAAC)
ASSOCIATION

Who We Are Information sessions on the Fulbright
The Fulbright Alumni Association Program (2010
(2010--2011) are available:
of Cambodia (FAAC) was founded
in 2000 and was officially Phnom Penh
launched on 16 November 2001. RUA: 17 Feb 09, 2:30PM – 4:30PM
Mr. Theam, Rottanak, MBA, PUC: 26 Feb 09, 5:00PM – 7:00 PM
University of Akron, (2004) Mission
RUPP: 05 Mar 09, 2:30PM – 5:00PM
Acting President of Fulbright We will fully utilize our available
Alumni Association of Cambodia RULE: 19 Mar 09, 9:00AM – 11:00AM
E-mail: rottanakt@yahoo.com
resources to promote educational
and cultural exchanges, academic Siem Reap (11 Feb 09)
and professional counseling, and
University of S.E. Asia: 9:00AM – 11:00AM
community service.
BBU: 2:30PM – 4:30PM
Way Forward and Focus
Battambang (13 Feb 09)
 Discipline-specific counseling
 Employment assistance Battambang University: 9:00AM – 11:00AM
 Scholar Day (exchange activities) UME: 2:30PM – 4:30PM
 "Inspiration Trip"
Sihanoukville (19 Feb 09)
 Roundtable discussion on TV
What We Have Done BBU: 9:00AM – 11:00AM
 U.S. Education Week UME: 5:30PM – 7:30PM
 Fulbright Candidate Selection and Pre-Departure orientation
Kampong Cham (28 Feb 09)
 Lecture Series
 Creation of resource center for students Western University: 9:00AM – 11:00AM
 Informal group and individual academic advice UME: 2:00PM – 4:00PM
 The International Education Week
 Interview panel for Fulbright selection

FULBRIGHT STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS FOR 2010
2010--2011
The Fulbright Program was established to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United
States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. It provides funds for students,
scholars and professionals to undertake graduate study and advanced research. The program was promoted by
and named after Arkansas senator J. William Fulbright, who promulgated its passage through the US Senate in
1946.
The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the opportunity to compete for 2010-2011
Fulbright Student Fellowships for graduate study in the United States leading to a Master‘s degree or a Ph.D. To
be eligible, applicants must:
 Have a strong academic background and a record of excellence in previous studies;
 Have completed a Bachelor‘s degree from a recognized college or university for those applying to
study in the U.S. for a Master‘s degree program, or have a Master‘s degree from a recognized college
or university for those applying to study in the U.S. for a Ph.D. program;
 Be proficient in English (minimum score of 570 on TOEFL or ITP, or 230 on computer-based TOEFL),
or 88 on internet based TOEFL, or 7.0 on IELTS;
 Demonstrate ability to adapt readily to a foreign environment;
 Be in good health and able to undergo a rigorous study program; and
 Have no previous study experience in the United States.
Fulbright Student Fellowship grants provide round-trip transportation to the United States, as well as tuition, fees
and living expenses for full-time graduate study. Grant provisions do not include financial support for dependents.
The application and detailed instructions are available at: https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/
international/, or www.iie.org/fulbright/apps. The Fulbright Selection Committee will only accept online applica-
tions, which will be due by June 12, 2009. Applicants must submit all required supporting documents and test
score reports directly to the Fulbright Committee of the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh. For further information,
please contact Mr. Chau Sa at tel. 023-728248, or email: chaus@state.gov.
Applicants who do not already have an official TOEFL score of 570 or above should plan to take the Institutional
TOEFL Practice (ITP) on March 21, 2009 at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Registration for the ITP is avail-
able through the Educational Advising Center at RUPP (room 103) from Monday-Friday, with a registration dead-
line of March 13, 2009. The next ITP available will be April 25, 2009, with registration deadline of April 17, 2009.
Please contact Mr. Hang Chanthon for registration of the ITP at 023-884-320.