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November 19, 2007

Foreign Language Residence Program celebrates 35th anniversary

More than 70 alumni attended the 35th anniversary celebration of NIUís Foreign Language Residence Program (FLRP), held on campus Nov. 9-10.

The weekendís events included a reception, a tailgating tent sponsored by alum Ralph Strozza and a banquet. FLRP alums from as far as California traveled to NIU to reconnect with their friends and remember old times.

Housed in the B-Wing of Douglas Hall, the FLRP provides students with a 24-hour living-and-learning setting and has served as a national model. It is the oldest program of its kind in the Midwest and the oldest residence program at NIU. 

The program offers students the opportunity for an immersion experience in French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese. On average, 50 students participate in the program each year.

The Foreign Language Residence Program was founded in 1972 by the late D. Raymond Tourville. At the Nov. 10 banquet, Tourvilleís children were presented with a plaque honoring their fatherís legacy.

College of Education recognized

The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) has listed NIUís College of Education as an NCATE/ACEI nationally recognized program in elementary education.

The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) is the oldest professional organization in the world dedicated to the development of the whole child, from birth to early adolescence. Founded in 1892, ACEI is an organization of teachers, teacher educators and parents whose primary purpose is to promote the inherent rights, education, and well-being of children in the home, school and community.

ACEI publishes the award winning publication Childhood Education, as well as the Journal of Research in Childhood Education. More information is available at