FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Stacie B. Royster
Media Relations Manager
High School and College Students Complete Foreign Language Summer Institute
at Howard University
69 Students of Japanese, Arabic, Chinese, Korean and Swahili to be Celebrated at Ceremony
Washington, D.C., July 25, 2006 -- Howard University's Department of Modern Languages and Literatures will host a ceremony and reception to honor 69 students from across the country who successfully completed the first ever six-week Summer Institute. The program, funded by a nearly $1 million U.S. Department of Defense contract to promote foreign language education nationwide, offered instruction in five less commonly taught, but increasingly relevant foreign languages categorized at Howard University as JACKS -- Japanese, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Swahili.
During the ceremony, students will demonstrate their new language abilities and will be officially congratulated by representatives of the University and the Department of Defense who will highlight how the program serves to encourage higher proficiency levels in foreign languages among U.S. students, particularly minorities. Students will receive certificates and stipends of $1000 each.
Mr. H. Patrick Swygert, President, Howard University
Dr. Richard A. English, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Howard University
Dr. James A. Donaldson, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Howard University
Dr. Barbara L. J. Griffin, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Howard University
Dr. James Davis, Chairman, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Howard University
Lt. Col. Iris Bulls, Deputy Director, Language Office, U.S. Department of Defense
Graduation and Reception for JACKS Students
Howard University, Inabel Burns Lindsay Hall
School of Social Work, Auditorium, 601 Howard Place, NW
Ceremony Friday, July 28, 2006, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Reception to follow: 3:30 – 5:00 p.m., Locke Hall (3rd Floor), Main Campus
Summer Institute who studied Japanese, Arabic, Chinese, Korean and Swahili.