June 14, 2005
05-163

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Edtwon A. Myree Student Assistant

VSU Professor Frank Barnas awarded Sasakawa Fellowship

Mass Media Professor Frank Barnas has been awarded with a Sasakawa Fellowship titled "Incorporating Japanese Studies into the Undergraduate Curriculum." Barnas was one of 20 professors nationwide awarded the summer fellowship which is being held in San Diego.

The purpose of the fellowship is to devise ways to introduce Japanese culture, literature, and art into their courses. One of Barnas' courses is International Media, of which Japan has been a country of extensive study.

"The Sasakawa fellowship will also help us develop our new Mass Media program in International Documentary Production. We've had Mass Media students work in Russia and across Europe, but we're eager to add Japanese opportunities for our students," Barnas said.

While at the fellowship he will study language, history, Japanese multiculturalism, literature, and other fields to further develop his teaching and research.

The San Diego Fellowships are sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities through the National Faculty Development Institute. The fellowship is scheduled to end in the second week of July.