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2 Stetson Faculty Receive International Recognition

Two Stetson University School of Business Administration professors have been recognized by two separate international organizations for outstanding achievements.

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Isabel Botero

Isabel Botero, Ph.D., assistant professor of family enterprise and entrepreneurship, was awarded the Advanced Certificate in Family Wealth Advising (ACFWA) and honored as a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute (FFI) at the 2018 FFI Global Conference held in London, England.

To be named a fellow honoree, Botero had to achieve comprehensive professional knowledge and significant expertise over the past 10 years that may now be shared and used by family business owners and family wealth management clients. The Family Firm Institute (, an international professional membership organization of more than 1,800 individuals and organizations across 88 countries, provides interdisciplinary education and networking opportunities for family business and family wealth advisors, consultants, educators and researchers.

“Becoming a Fellow for the Family Firm Institute is an honor for me because it highlights my collaborative work to help family enterprises around the world become better,” explained Botero. “It also acknowledges the importance of education and research in the field.”

Jennifer Foo

Jennifer Foo, Ph.D., professor of finance, also has been honored as a member of the Jewish National Fund’s Winter 2018-2019 Faculty Fellowship Program in Israel. This competitive academic fellowship gives full-time higher education faculty members the opportunity to participate in a 12-day all-expenses-paid academic trip to Israel. The program strives to link scholars from diverse disciplines with their Israeli counterparts at major universities to initiate collaboration and exchanges, and to give participants an opportunity to explore Israel’s history, politics, culture and economy. Foo is the first Stetson University faculty member to receive this fellowship.

“This fellowship is an invaluable and exciting opportunity for me to learn about Israel,” said Foo. “I look forward to learning how an entrepreneurial and innovative business spirit can be born out of a necessity to grow and survive, as it did in Israel.”

Neal Mero

“This recognition of Dr. Botero and Dr. Foo highlights the quality of faculty who serve in the Stetson School of Business Administration,” said Neal P. Mero, Ph.D., dean and professor of management. “In addition to bringing global recognition to Stetson for their work, my colleagues leverage that expertise through their service as incredible teachers and scholars delivering a world-class education to our students.”

-Marie Dinklage

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Faculty Fellowship Program in Israel

The Faculty Fellowship Program in Israel seeks to link scholars from diverse disciplines with their Israeli counterparts at major institutions for the purpose of initiating exchanges and collaborations. Past faculty fellows at Stetson are Professors Jennifer Foo (Winter 2019) and Ronette Lategan-Potgieter (Winter 2020).

Full-time university and college faculty members are invited to participate in a 12-day, all-expenses-paid academic trip to Israel. The program covers the cost of flight to Israel from New York City, as well as all in-country room and board expenses. If selected for this competitive academic fellowship, WORLD: Rinker Center for International Learning will cover the cost of roundtrip airfare between Orlando and New York. 

The application is due by September 22, 2022

Questions about the application? Feel free to reach out to Paula Hentz or Jennifer Foo

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Two Russian Language Students Win Prestigious Boren Awards

Before Lee Sullivan ’24 even enrolled at Stetson, she knew she wanted to study abroad in Russia.

Her chance came Feb. 2, when she flew 40 hours to the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok, a Russian port city on the Pacific Ocean near China and North Korea. 

She knew Russia was amassing troops near the border of Ukraine at the time. But she never thought Russian President Vladimir Putin would invade the neighboring country Feb. 24.

Within days, her study abroad company was preparing to evacuate its students from Russia, giving them the option to return home or relocate to a language school in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Sullivan chose Kyrgyzstan, where she was pleased to discover breathtaking scenery, a slower-paced lifestyle and hospitable people.

While there, Sullivan learned that she received a prestigious Boren Award that will provide up to a $25,000 scholarship to cover the expenses of studying abroad. She plans to return to Bishkek for eight months next year and continue her Russian language studies during the Spring and Summer 2023 semesters. 

She was one of two students of Russian at Stetson to receive Boren Awards in April. Alexis Laszlo, a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, received the award after taking Russian classes online through a partnership between Stetson and ERAU.

Two students of Russian at Stetson, taught by visiting assistant professor Snezhana Zheltoukhova, PhD, left, recently won prestigious Boren Awards. Alexis Laszlo, right, a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, received the award after taking Russian classes at Stetson through video conferencing. 

Under the Stetson-ERAU consortium, Stetson students can take Arabic classes via video conferencing through ERAU while ERAU students can take Russian classes using that technology through Stetson.

“We had two students receive this prestigious award,” said Snezhana Zheltoukhova, PhD, Stetson visiting assistant professor of Russian, World Languages & Cultures, who has taught Russian to the two students. “Both of them are star students.”

Studying Russian And Cybersecurity

Sullivan, who is majoring in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies at Stetson, applied for the Boren Award in hopes of studying abroad again and continuing her Russian studies.

“I decided that I could do another semester abroad and then add the summer on to it, studying Russian so that way I could hopefully be fluent in Russian by the time I graduated,” she said on a Microsoft Teams call from the London School of Languages and Culture at Bishkek.

In exchange for the scholarship, recipients of the Boren Award must agree to work for the U.S. government for one year. Sullivan hopes to work in Russian translation for a governmental agency.

She also hopes to attend graduate school and continue taking classes in cybersecurity. “I would love to work in cybersecurity policy, possibly cybersecurity international law,” she said. 

“I’ve taken multiple cybersecurity classes at Stetson, and hopefully I’ll be able to continue my education after Stetson and get a higher degree in one of those topics,” she added. “I decided that the Russian language would be a great asset for the field of cybersecurity.” 

Sullivan plans to travel to Armenia, Georgia and Latvia this summer and then return to Stetson for the Fall 2022 semester. She will live in a new Russian Community Catalyst House, designed for students who want to speak Russian inside the home.

“It’s the first time we’re opening [this Russian House],” Professor Zheltoukhova said. “She [Sullivan] will be there for one semester and then she goes back to Kyrgyzstan. I’m sure she’ll reach the superior level of Russian, which is an important achievement in this career.”

-Cory Lancaster

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