Georgia Chapter of the Fulbright Association
News & Updates
Almost halfway through her journey, Nan McEntire is going strong on her “Ride for Fulbright“. After completing over 1320 miles, Nan is currently in Kansas and making her way through the Midwest.
Officially departing on May 12th, the first mission of Nan’s journey was making it through California. She enjoyed seeing a traditional dipping wheel in the Pacific Ocean on Manhattan Beach, and struggled through a gale of strong winds in Palm Springs. “The wind was constant at about 30 miles per hour,” she reports. “I don’t weigh that much, and I about got blown off the bike!” Nan stayed resolute and made it through.
Nan is riding to raise awareness and donations for the Fulbright Association, and what better way to keep true to her mission than by meeting Fulbrighters along the way? In Los Angeles, Nan was able to meet with Greater LA Chapter Vice President Jalal Awan, who treated her to dinner and presented her with a bouquet of flowers for good luck. (Nan hopes to meet Jalal’s sister as well when she gets to Kansas!) In Arizona, she met Fulbrighters Rick Szal and Nancy Currey, board leaders from the local Chapter. Nan has been grateful from the warm hospitality she has received from the Fulbright community. The opportunity to talk about Fulbright, travel, international issues, as well as share stories, breaks up the long journey and keeps her goal front and center. A Chapter president herself, the bike ride is an exciting, if unusual, chance to network with other local associations!
The Fulbright Association is so grateful for Nan’s “Ride for Fulbright” and all the support we have received so far. Fulbrighters from all corners of the network have shared words of encouragement.
“Great cause,” says John Sherwood. “Keep pedaling your velo, fahrrad, bicicletta, велосипед, 自行车, or whatever language is spoken in the countries Fulbrighters come from or travel to.”
Renee Cooper commented, “Thank you Nan for continuing the FULBRIGHT mission! As a 2013 Fulbright Lecturer Scholar I share your sentiments and passion! #StandForFulbright #Fulbright #FulbrightGNY. Ride on!!!”
“Representatives of the Greater Pittsburgh Area Chapter of the Fulbright Association are hoping to catch up with Nan in Niles, OH in mid-June,” wrote Chapter president Timothy Austin. “Looking forward to cheering you on!”
On behalf of the Fulbright Association office in DC, we would like to join the chorus and give a heartfelt “Go Nan!” If you would like to make a pledge for Nan or leave your own words of encouragement, click here.
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Morgan State University, founded in 1867, is a Carnegie-classified doctoral research institution with 100+ academic programs leading to degrees from the baccalaureate to the doctorate. As Maryland’s Preeminent Public Urban Research University, Morgan serves a multi ethnic and multiracial student body, seeking to ensure that higher education is as open and available as possible to all. Designated a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Morgan is the largest of Maryland’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and its 152-acre campus is situated in northeast Baltimore.
The university has been affiliated with the Fulbright Program for more than 65 years and holds the definitive distinction of leading all other HBCUs for producing the most Fulbright Scholars. Continuing its dedication to Fulbright, Morgan became an institutional member in 2014, and has continued the Fulbright mission through alumni and community engagement.
“Morgan State University has had a long and positive history with the Fulbright Program, beginning in 1951, when Dr. Sandye Jean McIntyre, II, was appointed Morgan’s Fulbright Program Adviser,” said Carleen S. Leggett, Ph.D., current Fulbright Program Director at Morgan. Since instituting the Fulbright program, Morgan State University has produced 144 Fulbright awardees initiating international studies in 43 different countries. Moreover, 51 MSU professors or administrators (none of whom were Morgan graduates) have earned 73 “Senior Fulbright” awards to 42 countries.
“Fulbright Students and Scholars from Morgan have often stressed not only the academic advantages of teaching, studying, or doing research in a foreign milieu, but the personal and cultural rewards as well, the enlightenment gained from close contact with other languages and ways of life,” continued Dr. Leggett. “The success of the Fulbright Program at Morgan State University is a very important and prestigious mark of distinction for the University as it continues to expand its international impact.”
For more information about Morgan State University, visit www.morgan.edu.