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Hartnell College President Receives Fulbright Grant

June 17th, 2003

Edward Valeau, Hartnell College president, has received a prestigious Fulbright fellowship and will study in India and Nepal June 27-August 1.

Valeau will conduct research in 12 different areas throughout the two countries under the Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminars Abroad program for the development and improvement of the study of foreign cultures and languages. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

The seminar is titled "India and Nepal: India's Cultural Heritage - Contemporary Concerns and Challenges for the New Millennium." He and other educators will study the two countries' educational systems, religions, art, architecture, culture and customs.

Valerie Golden, president of Hartnell's board of trustees, speaking on behalf of the board, said, "We are very proud of Dr. Valeau's achievement in being awarded a Fulbright. The opportunity of studying in India and Nepal will contribute greatly to his vision and commitment to the values of excellence and diversity in education. The experience also will bring Hartnell closer to the world."

Valeau, who is in his eighth year as Hartnell president, said the Fulbright will give him insights for Hartnell's plan to establish a center for international education.

In preparing for his study trip abroad, Valeau has called upon the assistance of two Hartnell students from Nepal. Dennis Joshi and Rashmi Ranjit - who both graduated from Hartnell earlier this month and will transfer to California State University, Monterey Bay, in the fall - have been "tutoring" the president about their country's culture.