President Daniel Ball has welcomed Munavvar Zaripova of Tajikistan as a visiting scholar who will spend the spring semester at Lander University. From left: Dr. Sung Jae Park, dean of International Programs; Zaripova, with her nation's flag; and Ball. Zaripova is a senior lecturer in the English Department at Khujand State University of Commerce in Tajikistan, which is located in Central Asia. At Lander, she will study, research and experience American education and culture as part of the American Councils for International Education Junior Faculty Development program offered by the U.S. State Department.