After serving an LDS mission to Germany, I graduated from Ricks College with an associates degree in German in 1997. At the time, as most of you know, Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho (“BYU-I”) did not offer four year degrees, so I transferred to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah to complete my undergraduate degree, which I did in 1999. From there, of course, I attended several graduate schools. Read the rest of this entry »
One of BYU’s best-kept secrets, the Foreign Language Student Residence (FLSR), is having an alumni reunion on Friday, October 20, 2006 at 6:30 p.m. Ben Spackman’s sister Erin Spackman Rushforth and her husband Michael are the chapter chairs and have organized this reunion, which we are all eagerly anticipating.
It is difficult to describe just how much the FLSR enriched the BYU experience for most who lived there. In my own family, I lived in the German and Spanish houses (1995 – 1998), my sister lived in the Spanish house (1998), and my brother lived in the Japanese house (2000). My wife lived in the French house (1996 – 1998), and her brother lived in the German house (1994 – 1995). My wife also has several cousins who lived in various houses, including French, Italian, German, and Arabic. We know literally dozens of people, including many in our own families, who met their spouses while living there. We have many continuing friendships from that experience, including the Bloggernacle’s own J. Max Wilson and Ben Spackman, among many others. It is a truly unique experience and one that I highly recommend to any lucky enough to have BYU on their horizons, or are currently attending.
We hope any alumni out there will decide to show up at the reunion on Friday!