A delegation of representatives from the Foreign Language Research and Teaching Press of Beijing, China, visited Saint Peter's College on Tuesday, May 17 to discuss the teaching of Chinese in the United States and here at the College. The delegation was met by Lan Jiang, Ph.D., adjunct professor of Chinese, Rev. Mark DeStephano, S.J., chairman of the department of modern & classical languages and literatures, and David Ornstein, Ph.D., director of the O'Toole Library. Dr. Ornstein spoke to the group about the innovations that have been made in the College's library, giving particular attention to new research and archival facilities, as well as about the opportunities available to conducting research online.
The delegation made a donation to the College library through a variety of Chinese-language teaching materials, including books and computer programs, which will be incorporated both into the book collection and the data section of the new language laboratory that is being constructed through the College's Title V grant. The College's relationship with the Foreign Language Research and Teaching Press will be ongoing, as part of the expansion of the Asian Studies program.