The Albert Valdman Fund
In 2012 the Department’s Albert Valdman Graduate Student Research and Travel Fund reached the $10,000 mark and became an endowed fund with the IU Foundation. The fund was created in honor of Rudy Professor Emeritus Albert Valdman to foster graduate student development through financial support for research and travel expenses. To date, three awards have been given to doctoral students in French linguistics for the purchase of equipment and for travel to research sites in France. In order to continue awarding grants for the many worthy projects pursued by our promising young scholars, we hope to raise an additional $5,000 in 2014.
"As his colleagues and former students," says Associate Professor Julie Auger, who has spearheaded the fundraising efforts "we feel strongly that we would not be where we are in our lives today, both personally and professionally, without the benefit of Professor Valdman's teaching and mentoring." Valdman, still very active in research on Haitian Creole and Louisiana French, retired from the faculty of the Department of French and Italian and the Department of Linguistics in 2004, but still serves as Director of the Creole Institute. In May 2011, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities awarded its book of the year prize to the Dictionary of Louisiana French, As Spoken in Cajun, Creole, and American Indian Communities, which showcases Dr. Valdman’s work as a lexicographer, editor and mentor. He is the senior editor and was joined on the project by associate editor Kevin J. Rottet (Associate Professor of French Linguistics, PhD ‘95), with assistant editors Barry Jean Ancelet, Richard Guidry, Thomas A. Klingler (PhD '92), Amanda LaFleur, Tamara Lindner (PhD '08), Michael D. Picone, and Dominique Ryon. Alumni Deborah Piston-Hatlen (MA '89) and Marvin D. Moody (PhD '72) also contributed signficantly to this 10-year project.
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