Etling headed to Croatia on Fulbright grant

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Arlen Etling has received a Senior Fulbright Specialist Grant, announced by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Etling, a professor in UNL's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, will do his Fulbright work at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, where he will consult on study abroad, faculty exchanges, leadership and curriculum development.

Etling will be hosted by Vice Dean Milan Mesic of the Faculty of Agriculture in Zagreb for six weeks beginning Sept. 15.

"This visit will provide a unique opportunity to encourage collaboration between our two universities," Etling said. "We hope to have plans for study abroad exchanges in place for next summer."

Etling is one of about 400 American faculty and professionals who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright Specialists Program, which was created in 2000 to complement the traditional Fulbright Scholar Program. It provides short-term academic opportunities (two to six weeks) to prominent U.S. faculty and professionals to support curricular and faculty development and institutional planning at post-secondary, academic institutions around the world.

Previously Etling completed a traditional Fulbright teaching and research program at the University of Monterrey, Mexico (1995), and a Senior Fulbright Specialist Program at the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Toledo, Spain (2007).

Etling coordinates CASNR international studies which includes study abroad, the CASNR international minor, AGRI 282 Introduction to International Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Beyond Borders student organization. He also teaches an Honors Program course on globalization for juniors and seniors.

- Dan Moser, IANR News Service