Local graduate student honored at Duke University

Duke University Center for International Studies (DUCIS) congratulates summer and academic year Foreign Language Area Studies fellows (FLAS) for 2012-2013. Local resident, Reginald D. Patterson, was one of 53 students honored on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 3012. His studies are Romance, Haitian Creole and Area Studies. The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellows attended a reception and were welcomed by DUCIS Director, Dr. Gil Merkx, followed by remarks from President Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University.

Since its inception as part of the Title VI, National Defense Education Act of 1958, and presently as part of the Title VI, Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, the FLAS Fellowship Program has produced and continues to produce a uniquely qualified cadre of modern foreign language experts whose knowledge significantly influences the business, government, and higher education communities.

53 graduate and undergraduate students will study foreign languages in more than 15 countries this year. The goals of the fellowship program are to assist in the development of knowledge, resources, and trained personnel for modern foreign language and area or international studies; to foster foreign language acquisition and fluency; and to develop a domestic pool of international experts to meet national needs.

Reginald is the son of Elmetra Patterson and Eddie Littleton, grandson of Betsy Ann Eichelberger. He plans to graduate with a PhD in Romance Studies in May 2013.