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Why English-Only Doesn't Cut it

March 31, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Thomas Petzold, a Western Michigan University graduate with 30 years experience in government service, will address the critical need for foreign language specialists in the federal government from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Lee Honors College lounge.

The presentation is open to the public free of charge, and brownbag lunches are welcome.

Petzold's talk is titled "Why English-Only Just Doesn't Cut it in Government International Relations: Government Service Today and the Need for Foreign Language Speakers." He will share his experiences and conclusions about how today's students can make a difference in tomorrow's world through national security, foreign service or humanitarian missions.

A 1978 graduate of WMU with majors in political science and German, Petzold has served as a policy analyst and advisor to NATO, the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Military Attache School in Washington. He is a retired U.S. Air Force officer, and spent more than 16 years overseas, working in some 30 countries for four different government agencies and institutions. Petzold was a 2005 recipient of the Alumni Achievement Award in the College of Arts and Sciences, representing foreign languages.

WMU's Department of Foreign Languages and Lee Honors College are sponsoring the event. For more information, contact Dr. Cynthia Running-Johnson, chair of foreign languages, at c.running-johnson@wmich.edu or (269) 387-3021.

Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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