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Nov. 27, 2007

Contact Lyon Evans at 608-796-3483 or ldevans@viterbo.edu 

Larry Harwood at 608-796-3702 or ldharwood@viterbo.edu

TWO VITERBO FACULTY MEMBERS RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS FULBRIGHT SCHOLARSHIPS TO TEACH ABOARD IN THE SPRING SEMESTER

LA CROSSE, Wis. – Two Viterbo University faculty members have received prestigious Fulbright Scholarships to teach abroad during the spring 2008 semester.

It is the first time in the history of Viterbo that two faculty members were selected as Fulbright Scholars at the same time. They are two of approximately 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the U.S. Fulbright Scholar program.

Lyon Evans, a Viterbo professor of English, will lecture on American literature at Silesian University in Sosnowiec, Poland, from February to July. Larry Harwood, an associate professor of philosophy, will lecture on “The Quarrel Between Philosophy and Literature” at the University of Lisbon in Lisbon, Portugal, from February to May.

“It is quite an honor, not only for the two faculty involved, but also for the university in general,” said Viterbo University academic vice president Wayne Wojciechowski. “They are outstanding faculty members, and Viterbo is proud of them and supportive of their efforts to strengthen the global reach of the Viterbo community.”

Viterbo’s most recent Fulbright Scholarship recipient was Rev. Tom O’Neill, vice president for mission and ministry, who traveled to Australia to learn about the past and present of the country and to study utilitarian influence of Jeremy Bentham in 2005.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholarships are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and demonstrated leadership potential in their field.

The Fulbright program, America’s flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is designed to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other nations.

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