West and Mid-Michigan Chapters: International Reboot: Fulbright Meets Erasmus + @ Ferris and Dinner Social

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Date(s) - 09/07/23
4:30 pm


Greetings Everyone,

Fulbright Association West and Mid-Michigan Chapter Members, please see the invite below to an event coming up next week!

We are thrilled to officially inform you of this event, and to cordially invite you to attend, either in person or virtually (Zoom).

After the event, there will be a social dinner event at the Blue Cow restaurant in downtown Big Rapids.  It has been a long-standing tradition of our Ferris Fulbrighters Group to integrate intercultural social gatherings with our events and featured presenters.

Here’s the info, which is also in the attached flier:


“International Reboot: Fulbright meets Erasmus+ @ Ferris”

  • Thursday, September 7, 2023
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm EST (New York time)
  • Interdisciplinary Resource Center (IRC), Room 121
    • 1301 S State St, Big Rapids, MI 49307
  • Zoom:  https://zoom.us/j/98421084082


  • Fernando Hernández García
    • Visiting Erasmus+ Scholar from Spain
  • Ferris State University Professor Jerry Emerick
    • Recent Fulbright Scholar to Austria

About the Event

As International Education reboots in today’s post-pandemic world, Ferris State University presents this international panel about the US Fulbright Scholars Program and the European Union’s Erasmus+ Scholars Program.  Sponsored by the Ferris Fulbrighters Group, the Ferris State University Office of International Education, and the Fulbright Association of West and Mid-Michigan, this program will illustrate the opportunities and impacts that international scholar exchange programs have on enriching the cultural and educational systems of all participating countries.  Our panelists represent very different academic and professional worlds (music and cybersecurity), but their international scholarship opportunities demonstrate how disparate systems around the globe have the potential to enhance one another.

Co-Presenter: Fernando Hernández García, Conservatorio Profesional de Música “Oreste Camarca” de Soria (Spain)

Fernando Hernández García is an accomplished band director and professional French horn player from the city of Utiel, in the Valencia region of Spain.  He has studied conducting with numerous renowned directors from Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain. As director of the Youth Band of the Utielana Musical Union, he performed at the Europeade in Antwerp,Belgium, in 1992.  From 1992 to 2003 he was the band director of the Las Cuevas de Utiel Musical Society. From 2003 to 2006 served as band director of the Musical Union “El Arte” of Sinarchs.

Among his conducting awards are First Prize in the City of Cullera National Band Contest Parade (2011); First Prize and Honorable Mention in the Second Section of the Provincial Music Band Contest of the Diputación de Valencia (2012);  First Prize in the Second Section of the Valencian Community Contest (2012); and First Prize in the Second Section of the Provincial Music Band Contest of the Provincial Council of Valencia (2015).  In 2013 he participated in the recording project of music by Valencian composers known as “Retrobem la Nostra Música.”

Fernando Hernández García is also a nationally recognized French horn player and educator.  He studied French horn at the Superior Conservatory of Music of Valencia, and the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam.  He later earned a master’s degree in musical interpretation and research from the International University of Valencia (VIU).  As a French horn player, he has performed with numerous professional orchestras throughout Spain, including the Pablo Sarasate Orchestra of Pamplona, the ​​Castilla y León Symphony Orchestra, the Granada City Orchestra,  the Spanish Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, and the National Orchestra of Spain.  He has developed an extensive teaching network as a horn teacher, and since 1992 he has taught at several important conservatories throughout Spain.  He is currently a professor of French Horn, Chamber Music and Band at the Soria Professional Conservatory of Music, in Spain’s Autonomous Community of Castilla y León.

Maestro Hernández García has received an Erasmus+ award from the European Union to travel to Ferris State University this fall to learn about the American music education system related to wind band and instrumental wind music studies.  He will be on campus September 5-12.  From his experiences here, he plans to develop proposals, applications and improvements that can be applied to the music education system of Castilla y León as they pertain to the wind band and instrumental music education.


Co-Presenter: Jerry Emerick

Dr. Emerick is a Professor at Ferris State University within the Information Security and Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence programs.  Starting his thirteenth year at FSU, he has the pleasure of teaching and conducting research at the university’s new Center for Virtual Learning (CVL), where he will also be able to continue his work in cybersecurity gamification within the new Cybersecurity Competition Center.  Prior to joining Ferris, Dr. Emerick’s industry experience included private consulting and direct employment with organizations in roles such as software engineer, database administrator, project manager, and information security.  He holds Information Systems and Education degrees from Eastern Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, and the University of Illinois, as well many leading industry certifications such as CISSP and PMP.


Dr. Emerick recently returned from Fulbright in Austria where he had the honor of teaching and collaborating with faculty, students, and citizens from over 10 countries as a Visiting Professor of Computer Science and Cybersecurity at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences.  Courses were taught within the St. Pölten University Master of Cybersecurity and Resilience program.


With additional support from Fulbright Hungary, Dr. Emerick also presented on European and American cybersecurity frameworks at the University of Debrecen, in Hungary.  The University of Debrecen was established in 1538 and is the oldest university in Hungary specializing in engineering and medical programs.  Both St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences and the University of Debrecen have well established programs in English in support of international students.


During his Fulbright, Dr. Emerick and his spouse, Lenore, had the pleasure of living in the culturally rich and diverse city of Vienna, Austria for nearly four months, as well as traveling to nearby countries and cities such as Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, Innsbruck, Halstatt, and many other destinations within Austria.  Dr. Emerick found Fulbright to be an incredibly enriching and life changing experience.  He hopes that many of the new connections he established with the wonderful people of Austria and Hungary continue beyond his Fulbright experience.

After-Event Dinner Social


Best regards, and hope to see you there!

Richard Scott Cohen & Christine Vonder Harr, co-coordinators


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