Ogdensburg-native Brenda L. Romero has been awarded a Fullbright Fellowship by the federal Department of State to advise the gaming industry in Ireland.
Its an incredible opportunity and its a huge honor, too, Mrs. Romero said.
Mrs. Romero is currently the program director for the Masters Program for Games and Playable Media at the University of California at Santa Cruz and she will continue in that roll throughout her six-week stay in Ireland that begins in August.
The result of a year-long application and approval process, Mrs. Romero said she was especially excited by the opportunity to work in Ireland.
They were looking for someone who is experienced in the game industry and game education, she said. The fact that its in Ireland was incredibly interesting to me because ultimately thats where my familys ancestry is from.
The program will see Mrs. Romero meeting with gaming executives in Ireland as well as visiting IT Tralee, University of Limerick, Ballyfermot College of Further Education, Dublin Institute of Technology, IT Carlow and Letterkenny IT to advise them on best practices for gaming education.
The goal of the program is to ensure that instruction at the various schools is relevant for the gaming field.
Its one of the highest academic honors you can receive, Mrs. Romero said.
Mrs. Romero, who has yet to visit Ireland, has been interested in her familys Irish roots for some time now, and developed a board game based on the invasion of Ireland by Oliver Cromwell in the mid-1600s.
Called Siochan Leat, the game is currently on display at the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester.
Mrs. Romero said she plans on taking advantage of her time in Ireland by visiting as much of the country as possible, even arriving earlier than required by the program so she can travel.