Battle-Walters, Ph.D., associate professor of social work, and
Marianne Hattar, DNSc, professor of nursing, were named as 2002
Scholar Program began in 1945 by Senator J. William Fulbright
of Arkansas. The high academic honor provides awards and grants
for educational activities in 140 countries, including university
lecturing, advanced research, and graduate study. Only 800 U.S.
faculty and professionals are awarded each year out of more than
As a Fulbright Visiting Scholar,
Hattar functions as a U.S. ambassador
to Jordan, utilizing her expertise and knowledge to forge educational
links between the two countries and meeting Jordan’s pressing
educational needs. During her research, Hattar will work with Princess
Muna Al Hussein, mother of Jordan’s King Abdullah II. She
also plans to conduct original research in the area of health among
that country’s immigrant women.
immigrant women in general, and particularly
Jordanian women, is scant,” said Hattar. “The findings
of the proposed study will shed light on the health status of women
in Jordan and enhance our understanding of the confounding variables
impacting expatriate Jordanian women.”
became a visiting scholar at Rand Afrikaans University, Johannesburg,
South Africa, studying how the civil rights movement has empowered
the women of that region.
“I expected to
feel like I had taken a step back in time,
as if I lived in the United States during the ’50s and ’60s,
when apartheid was coming to an end,” said Battle-Walters.
“I am honored and
humbled that the Lord opened the door
for me to represent our university, our country, African Americans,
and women as a Fulbright Scholar.’’
for Research in Science (C.R.I.S.), in collaboration with
the organization Reasons
to Believe, sponsored a science apologetics seminar series.
The series included seven sessions, featuring lectures by
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Ken Samples, and Greg Koukl. Lecture
topics included “The Fossil Record and the Origin of
Life,” “The Historical Alliance between Christianity
and Science,” “Defending Your Faith to a Skeptical
World,” and “Evolution or Creation? The Scientific
Challenge to Biological Evolution.” These presentations
provided students a Christian perspective on religion/science
of Nursing graduated the first cohort of the “RN
to BSN” degree completion students. The innovative program
is designed specifically for adult learners who have an RN
license and desire to complete their baccalaureate degree
while continuing to work.