Gabriel Carranza, assistant vice provost for global engagement and adjunct research professor of biological sciences, was selected for a Fulbright Specialist Project at Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa in Brazil. He will be working to build a university-alumni relationship program.
Carranza has previously helped UEPG on several other projects, including visits with UNT administrators and faculty and the mayor of Denton, giving the initial lectures for UEPG's new master's program in environmental and sanitation engineering. He also planned a workshop on energy efficient buildings and communities in Estonia with faculty and administrators at UEPG.
The Fulbright Specialist Project is a six-week trip that Carranza is taking in two parts, three weeks this November and three weeks in March 2014. While at UEPG, Carranza will give lectures, lead seminars, and consult with administrators and instructors of post-secondary institutions on faculty development concerning lifelong alumni engagement.
"I'm exporting an idea similar to one of our bold goals -- to create and provide the best undergraduate education experience -- to build present and future institutional loyalty based on caring for the success of the students," Carranza says. "You have to provide that experience to the students for them to be active alumni."
This work at UEPG will help UNT to build a connection with people within Brazil that can advance study abroad programs and university engagement within the country.
"Building a relationship with key people in Brazil will help UNT strengthen its international agenda in one of its priority countries," Carranza says. "All of this relationship building is going to provide substantial benefits to UNT."
At UNT, Carranza oversees the Mexico and Brazil desks, the office of sponsored students, the offices of International Recruitment and Alumni Engagement, the International Welcome Center and Global Engagement. He also is a liaison with the Division of Advancement.
Buddy Price with UNT News Service can be reached at Buddy.Price@unt.edu.