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Alumnus awarded Fulbright Teacher Exchange grant

Bruce Fox
Bruce Fox

Bruce Fox, a 1983 graduate of UW-Eau Claire with a bachelor's degree in music education, was recently awarded a Fulbright Teacher Exchange grant to teach in Wil, Switzerland for one year. He currently teaches music at Newton Middle School in Littleton, Colorado.
In Wil, Fox will teach music and English classes for 13- to 16-year-old college-bound students at Mädchensekundarschule St. Katharina. He will be accompanied on the exchange by his wife, Jean, and daughters Sarah, 15, and Rachel, 13. Jean, who retired in June after a 30-year career in elementary music education, will volunteer at the school helping music teachers, including her husband, and Sarah and Rachel will attend the school.
"I suspect this will be one of the more challenging, yet most rewarding and educational experiences of my teaching career," Fox said, adding that his wife and daughters are excited, yet apprehensive. "The girls are sad that they will be leaving their friends, but they understand what a rare opportunity this is for them."
Fox also hopes to find some trombone performance opportunities in the St. Gallen area, where the family will reside during their stay in Switzerland.
Fox is one of approximately 60 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2009-10 academic year through the Fulbright Classroom Teacher Exchange Program. Created by legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas in 1946 and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program has provided approximately 294,000 people —- 111,000 Americans who have studied, taught or researched abroad and 183,000 students, scholars and teachers from other countries who have engaged in similar activities in the United States — with the opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas and to embark on joint ventures. It operates in more than 155 countries worldwide."

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