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October 22, 2014

Administrators discuss K-State-Australia Fulbright partnership at Australian Embassy

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The partnership between Kansas State University and Australia is in full swing this fall.

On Tuesday, K-State President Kirk Schulz spoke at the Australian Embassy in Washington, D.C., at a reception hosted by Kim Beazley, the Australian ambassador. The reception honored the 65th anniversary of the Australian-American Fulbright program. 

John Leslie, university distinguished professor of plant pathology and head of the department of plant pathology, also attended the reception. Leslie played a key role in establishing the K-State's partnership with the Australian-American Fulbright Commission and was a Fulbright scholar for eight months at the University of Sydney and the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney.

Leslie also made a joint presentation with Tangerine Holt, director of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, about the K-State-Fulbright partnership at the 37th annual Fulbright Association Conference and Prize Ceremony in Washington, D.C., the previous week. 

Holt and Mary Kelly, media officer for the Australian-American Fulbright Commission, are on the Manhattan campus until Sunday, Oct. 26. 

While here, Holt and Kelly are meeting with the faculty hosts of the Fulbright scholars and the College of Agriculture's Advisory Council. They also are attending the 3:30 p.m. Friday lecture with John Pluske, Fulbright distinguished chair in agriculture and life sciences, who is part of the Provost's Lecture Series. Pluske is a professor in the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. 

Pluske is hosted at K-State by Mike Tokach, university distinguished professor of animal sciences and industry and swine extension specialist.