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Oct. 13, 2006 Communique

UCCS professor receives Fulbright Scholar award

Steve Jennings, associate professor, Geography and Environmental Studies, was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at the University of Latvia, Riga Latvia during the 2006-2007 academic year, according to the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

At the University of Latvia, Jennings will teach physical geography classes.

“My Fulbright is an excellent chance to live in another culture that is both rooted in the past and is looking forward to a bright new future,” Jennings said. “There have been tremendous changes that have affected Latvia over the course of the twentieth century and into this century.  Since the fall of the Soviet Union and renewed independence for Latvia the country has embraced a free market economy and has become a vibrant member of the European Union.”

Jennings came to UCCS in 1997 from Texas A&M University where he was an assistant professor. He teaches in the areas of earth systems science, field methods, thematic cartography, global climatic regions, quaternary geomorphology, and plant geography. His research interests include biogeography, specifically changes in plant communities on Pikes Peak.

Jennings is one of about 800 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad to some 150 countries for the 2006-2007 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar Program. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program’s purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.

Recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and because they have demonstrated extraordinary leadership potential in their fields.

The Fulbright Program, America’s flagship international educational exchange activity, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. During its 60 years of existence, thousands of U.S. faculty and professionals have studied, taught or done research abroad, and thousands of their counterparts from other countries have engaged in similar activities in the U.S.