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The Russians Are Coming to Hartnell College July 26-August 2

July 14th, 2003

A delegation of five Russian doctors and health officials will visit medical facilities in the local area as well as Hartnell College's nursing and allied health programs when they come to the college July 26-August 2.

The travel-study program is part of the U.S. Congress-sponsored Open World Program. Managed by the Center for Russian Leadership Development, an independent agency located at the Library of Congress, Open World brings young Russian political and civic leaders to communities throughout the United States for in-depth exposure to American life.

Commenting on the weeklong visit, Hartnell President Edward Valeau said, "We are proud that the Russian medical leaders have chosen to visit Hartnell and our area. Their presence will provide important international insights for our students, staff and faculty."

While at Hartnell, the delegation will visit the Natividad Medical Center, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and Clinica de Salud, which provides medical and dental care to low income families throughout the Salinas Valley.

The Russians also will get "an up-close and personal" look at Hartnell's nursing and allied health programs, according to Valeau. He said the delegation will visit the college's vocational and registered nursing programs, and also tour Hartnell's Regional Health Occupations Resource Center, which coordinates health care and educational training within various regions of the state.

In addition, the Russians will visit Salinas Mayor Anna Caballero, the Salinas Californian, the National Steinbeck Center, Point Lobos State Park and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Interpreter for the visit is Galina Veksler, who has gained international exposure as an interpreter for the NASA Shuttle-Mir space program and International Space Station.

For more information on the visit, contact Cicely McCreight, Hartnell's director of institutional advancement and executive director of the Hartnell College Foundation, at (831) 755-6810.