The Fulbright Association has announced that Fulbright alum Nan McEntire will be riding her bike through Junction City as part of her cross-country ride to raise awareness about the Fulbright program and its national network of alumni.
“My Fulbright (trip) in 2010 in Ireland was an outstanding experience,” said McEntire, who is also the Utah chapter president of the Fulbright Association. “I want to make sure that Fulbright continues to provide a strong and viable professional program for teachers and scholars throughout the world.”
Many Fulbright alumni share McEntire’s passion for promoting and protecting the program. But not many go through such great lengths to do it. To raise money and awareness for the Fulbright Association’s mission, Nan plans to cycle coast-to-coast across America in a six-week journey which began May 11 in Los Angeles, and ending in Boston on June 29. She will meet Fulbrighters and other friends of the program along the 3,400-mile trip.
McEntire, 72, is a veteran cyclist.
“A bicycle has been my No. 1 mode of transportation for most of my life,” she said. “I rode a bike to Indiana State University for all of my teaching years because I was too cheap too pay for an annual parking permit, and I also ride everywhere here in Salt Lake City.”
As the president of the Utah chapter of the association, McEntire is serious about giving back to the program from which she received many priceless experiences. She has led the chapter through a range of activities, from pot luck meals to hikes in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
McEntire will be riding with CrossRoads Cycling, an organization that gives participants the option of raising money for nonprofit causes of their choice. As her cycling team passes through 15 different states, covering an average of 90 miles per day, the group will view local sites and landmarks.