Greenwood retires from Mississippi State after 19 years

August 15th, 2013 Comments Off on Greenwood retires from Mississippi State after 19 years

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Jane Britt Greenwood, associate professor in the School of Architecture, has retired from Mississippi State University.

A lunch was recently held in her honor to celebrate her 19 years of service at the university during which she also served as Associate Dean for the College of Architecture, Art and Design.

Fulbright instructs MSU School of Architecture’s Class of 2013

May 10th, 2013 Comments Off on Fulbright instructs MSU School of Architecture’s Class of 2013

Harriet Mayor Fulbright, left, offered the endowed Dr. William L. and Jean Giles Memorial Lecture at Mississippi State University on Friday. The president of the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center, Fulbright looks at a model with Jane Britt Greenwood, MSU Fulbright faculty and representative associate professor of architecture. (Photo by: Beth Wynn)

(Story by Leah Barbour | MSU University Relations)

Harriet Mayor Fulbright, president of the J. William & Harriet Fulbright Center, visited Mississippi State on Friday to emphasize the importance of education to the university’s graduating architects.

The widow of Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, Fulbright offered the endowed Dr. William L. and Jean Giles Memorial Lecture for the School of Architecture’s annual Recognition Day.

“Mrs. Fulbright believes that education facilitates peace: That countries with good, universal education through the primary grades and beyond are significantly more peaceful,” said Jane Britt Greenwood, associate professor of architecture and MSU Fulbright faculty representative. “Her own teaching experiences exemplify this.”

Fulbright’s address focused on her late husband’s lifelong commitment to education, and her own, and the overall importance of international experience informing that learning.

“The sources of strength lie in learning — in history, art, ecology, science, technology and business, just to name a few,” she said. “Moral values, faith and knowledge should be gained only through a system of education that teaches understanding: training that gives every student the ability and the desire to complete their learning in our society.”

Democracy relies upon an educated citizenry, Fulbright said, and worldwide peace results when we respect and embrace other cultures. To break down the barriers of prejudice, educators must lead the way to understanding and knowledge, she emphasized.

“We can and we must use our minds and our hearts to ensure that all youth are given the best education possible to ensure a peaceful and productive future for our nation and for the world,” Fulbright said. “I certainly praise this university for doing the very best in that area.”

Among Fulbright’s many honors are the Maharishi Award for contributions to international understanding through education; El Orden de Manuel Amador Guerrero, Panama’s highest civilian award; and Fulbright Award for Contribution to International Understanding.

Students and graduates receiving awards during Recognition Day included, by hometown:

ARAB, Ala. — Samantha King, third-year architecture student and daughter of William Patrick King III and Yvonne Rockweiler, received the Brick Industry Association Traveling Fellowship Award and $1,000 for her semester-long, third-year studio project in the BIA Design Competition.

BILOXI — Haley Whiteman, third-year architecture student and daughter of Glen and Diana Whiteman, received the Brick Industry Association Traveling Fellowship Award and $1,000 for her semester-long, third-year studio project in the BIA Design Competition.

CARTHAGE — Joel Wasser, spring 2013 graduate and son of William Wasser and Jane Woods, received the Fifth-Year Jurists Award in recognition of his personal growth as a designer and his contribution to the fifth-year design studio.

GULFPORT — Matt Robinson, spring 2013 graduate and son of Johnny and Cheryl Robinson, received the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal, the top award presented to a graduating student. The medal marks general excellence in architecture throughout the course of study.

JACKSON — Scott Penman, spring 2013 graduate and son of Alan and Anne Penman, received the Academic Achievement Award because he completed his architecture studies at MSU with the highest cumulative GPA in the class.

Penman also received the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Certificate, the runner-up award for general excellence in architecture throughout the course of study.

Will Randolph, spring 2013 graduate and son of William Randolph and Julie Alexander, received the Creative Windows & Doors/Marvin Window Traveling Fellowship, a $4,000 traveling award.

Andrew Robertson, spring 2013 graduate and son of David and Faustina Robertson, received the Fifth-Year Jurists Award in recognition of his personal growth as a designer and his contribution to the fifth-year design studio.

PETAL — Chelsea Pierce, fourth-year architecture student and daughter of Ronnie and Angela Pierce, received the Architectural Research Centers Consortium King Award in recognition of her innovation, integrity and scholarship in architectural and/or environmental design research.

STARKVILLE — Dennis Daniels, spring 2013 graduate, received the Fifth-Year Jurists Award in recognition of his personal growth as a designer and his contribution to the fifth-year design studio. (Parent information not available.)

SUMMERDALE, Ala. — Carolyn Lundemo, spring 2013 graduate and daughter of Dwain and Ellen Arterburn, received the Alpha Ro Chi medal, in recognition of her leadership, service and professional merit in MSU’s School of Architecture.

Architecture professor named Fulbright Scholar Representative

October 17th, 2012 Comments Off on Architecture professor named Fulbright Scholar Representative

Jane Britt Greenwood is interviewed (with her interpreter, right) by the local Armenian television station in 2011.

Jane Britt Greenwood gives a lecture while in Armenia as a Fulbright Scholar.

Associate Professor Jane Britt Greenwood, AIA, first got involved with The Fulbright Scholar Program in 2010 when she was the state’s only representative to receive the honor that academic year.

Greenwood used her Fulbright Scholarship to teach at the Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction [YSUAC] in Yerevan, Armenia, and do research on Armenian vernacular architecture. While there, she discovered the country’s need for curriculum development. She filed for an extension of her scholarship and remained in Armenia for an additional semester to help both YSUAC and Yerevan State Linguistics University after V Brusov with their curriculum development.

When she arrived back at Mississippi State, Greenwood had a new passion for telling others about The Fulbright Scholar Program.

“It was such a tremendous experience,” she said.

So, when she heard the call from the program for peer reviewers last April, she applied and is now one of three Peer Discipline Reviewers for The Fulbright Program for architecture.  Since she was notified in August, the School of Architecture professor has reviewed 11 applications.

Greenwood said her job as a reviewer is to look only at the scholarly content, such as the proposal details, the applicant’s background and the details of the research plan.  Each review takes her about an hour, and she gives written comments and feedback that is given back to applicants.  That way, if an applicant’s proposal is not accepted, he or she will have an idea of improvements that need to be made if submitted again.

Greenwood further explained that the peer review is just the first step in the yearlong process. The proposals next head to a regional review, and the last step is a review by the embassy in the country of the applicant’s proposed project.

Along with her involvement as a peer reviewer, Greenwood also serves as a co-representative for the university with Dr. Stephen Cottrell.

As MSU Fulbright Program Campus Representatives, the two work to promote the program to students and faculty.

Greenwood said faculty, administrators and professionals can apply for seven types of Fulbright Scholarships. One offering is a Senior Specialist project that is short-term, usually lasting two to six weeks.  The Core Fulbright, which is the program Greenwood participated in, is a longer opportunity that allows faculty to do research and/or teach for a year.

Students can also take advantage of The Fulbright Program.  There is an umbrella under the program that allows students to study abroad, and those with an undergraduate degree can travel to teach English or work on their own special project.

The co-representatives plan to hold a workshop soon to help students and faculty learn more about the application process, and they have a goal to increase the number of Fulbright Scholars at Mississippi State.

Jane Britt Greenwood Receives Fulbright Award

June 30th, 2010 Comments Off on Jane Britt Greenwood Receives Fulbright Award

Jane Britt Greenwood AIA, Associate Professor of Architecture and former Associate Dean of the College of Architecture, Art, and Design at Mississippi State University has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and perform research at Yerevan State University of Architecture and Construction in Yerevan, Armenia during the 2010-2011 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Prof. Greenwood will spend one semester lecturing on the historical, philosophical, and social factors that influence the presence or absence of cultural identity in architecture. She will also co-direct year-long graduate thesis design projects. Using the Kumayri Historic District in Gyumri, Armenia as a case study, she will research the underlying political, environmental, and/or architectural factors contributing to the success and/or failure of “preserve museums” — the current Armenian model for protecting cultural identity as embodied in historic residential architecture.

Prof. Greenwood is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2010-2011.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright Press Release

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