Richard Stockton College of New Jersey's first Fulbright U.S. Student Program winner, Barbara Fisher, 22, plans to get a doctorate in nuclear science and teach the hard sciences at the college level.

But first, she will spend a year teaching English in the Czech Republic with her J. William Fulbright scholarship. The highly competitive award is sponsored by the U.S. State Department to increase understanding between the people of the U.S. and other countries.

Fisher has been to the Czech Republic three times. She even hired a tutor to help her learn the language.

"I was studying abroad in Ireland and was really homesick, and someone told me to go to the Czech Republic - it's a lot more like the U.S.," she said. "It looks kind of like Ohio. Ever since, I have really loved it."

She also hopes to find out why its students are outperforming U.S. students in math and science.

Fisher, an honors physics student at Stockton in Galloway Township, graduates in May. She said the Fulbright application process took about 10 months and the help of several Stockton faculty members, especially the Fulbright adviser, history professor Robert Nichols; the honors program director, professor Lisa Rosner; associate professor Fang Liu and professor Yitzhak Sharon, both of the Physics Department; and Beth Olsen, director of grants.

"Everyone has been so happy for me," said the Westville, Gloucester County native, about the reaction to her award from the Stockton community.

Guardian Angel

Cancer Center Program Manager Anne Marie Taggart, of the Pomona section of Galloway Township, is Shore Medical Center's April Guardian Angel of the Month.

The Guardian Angel Program allows patients to thank a special caregiver through a donation to the hospital. Taggart joined Shore in 1981 as a medical/surgical unit staff nurse.

Women's honors

The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce will honor OCNJ C.A.R.E. (Cleanup And Recovery Efforts) volunteers and Ocean City residents Dottie Cianci, Karin Gleason, and Kathy Sykes; and Maria Marinelli, of Margate, at its annual Salute to Working Women, at noon May 1 at the Ocean City Yacht Club.

Ocean City residents Sarah Lee, Caitlin Greene and Rose Savastano will be recognized for the committee support they provided, as will Shawnda McGinnis, of Marmora in Upper Township.

Tickets are $25 per person. Call 609-399-1412 or email info@oceancitychamber.com

Contact Michelle Brunetti Post:

609-272-7219