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Sam Nelson of Ridgewater College, Willmar, Minn., named Fulbright Scholar

WILLMAR -- Sam Nelson, a history instructor at Ridgewater College, has been named a Fulbright Scholar for 2012-13.

Nelson will teach at the Kazan Institute of Economics, Management and Law in Russia for the entire 2012-13 academic year.

The grant was awarded by the U.S. State Department and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Nelson plans to teach American history and government, Hollywood history and oral history, beginning in September. The plan could vary, depending on the needs of the college, according to a news release from Ridgewater.

"It's broadening from a professional perspective," Nelson said in the release, "to experience another culture and to be exposed to the students and educational system from another country."

Nelson is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program.

"Sam's selection is testimony to his excellence in the classroom and his commitment and dedication to the teaching profession," said Ridgewater President Douglas Allen in the release. "Students at Ridgewater College have long known of his outstanding teaching ability."

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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