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In November, President Dr. Dan E. Davidson received a special lifetime service award from the American Council for Teachers of Russian (ACTR) at a reception during the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Convention in San Antonio, Texas. The special event, held to mark the 40th anniversary of the ACTR, was a fitting moment to acknowledge President Davidson’s unwavering dedication to the organization and to the field of Russian language study. As one of the original founders of ACTR, he has been actively engaged in its activities for its entire 40 years.

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Bermet Tursunkulova, an alumna of the American Councils FLEX program, was recently appointed Deputy Minister of Education in her native country of Kyrgyzstan.

Prior to her new appointment, she served as the Vice-President of Academic Affairs at the American University of Central Asia, Bishkek, where she managed academic affairs, curriculum development, and student enrollment. She spent a year with the FLEX program in the United States during high school from 1993-1994.

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Just three months into their exchange experience, seven American high school students on the YES Abroad program in Bosnia and Herzegovina have experienced Bosnian culture firsthand through life with their host families, participating in community service, attending local high schools, and learning the local language.

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Leigh Lawrence credits NSLI-Y for first sparking her now long-term interest in language and culture studies. After participating in a summer 2010 NSLI-Y program to Beijing, China, Leigh went on to study Chinese through The Language Flagship program at Arizona State University. Leigh continued studying abroad in China every summer through various study abroad programs, culminating in her capstone year in China, funded by a Boren Scholarship.

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This year, American Councils celebrates its 40th year of connecting peoples and cultures around the world. To mark the milestone, American Councils and its Board of Trustees announced the creation of the 40th Anniversary Scholarship Fund, which will provide underserved American students with the opportunity to study abroad.

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