News Release

Published on Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Western Technical College will host Fulbright Scholar Selchuk Akgul, as part of the Fulbright Visiting Specialist Program. To welcome Akgul, the college is holding a community reception on Thursday, March 27, from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Room 200 of Western’s Academic Resource Center, 400 7th St. N., La Crosse. The event is free and open to the public.

The reception will include a presentation by Akgul on “Doing Business in the Muslim World: Turkey as a Role Model for the Democratic Islamic State,” and an opportunity to ask questions.

Akgul is an education expert and lecturer working for various institutions and universities abroad and in Turkey. A major interest in innovation and research have always been the focal point of his career, achievements of which range from creating and editing Turkey’s first industry-specific periodical in English to carrying out the first comprehensive research on Istanbul Stock Exchange using an Artificial Neural Network with Genetic Algorithms for his first thesis.

At present, he has been working as a lecturer of Business/Innovation & Entrepreneurship/ English and a coach for Entrepreneurs in Turkey and England after being licensed by London Chambers of Commerce and University of Strathclyde.

Akgul is visiting several Wisconsin Technical Colleges as part of the Fulbright Visiting Program and is scheduled to be with Western from March 26-30. During his stay, he will give a presentation to Western staff and students, visit several classrooms, tour the La Crosse area, visit local businesses, and meet the Mayor of La Crosse.

The Fulbright Visiting Program is designed to promote understanding of the Muslim world and civilization by providing opportunities for U.S. colleges and universities to host specialists from the Muslim world for short-term programs of intensive lecturing and public outreach. Specialists will lecture in a variety of humanities and social science disciplines, including arts, with some relevance to Islamic society or civilization. They will also conduct specialized seminars on their field of expertise.

RSVP to the community reception is appreciated but not required. Call Terre Armstrong at 608.785.9162. To learn more about other programs and services at Western, please call 608.785.9200 or visit the web site at