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VALPARAISO, Ind. — A professor at Valparaiso University was recently recognized by the government of France for her continued efforts to educate others about French heritage and history.

Professor Randa Duvick teaches French language, literature, and culture at Valparaiso and played a key role in establishing exchange programs between the school and three French universities.

Away from the classroom, Prof. Duvick still takes time to teach others about French language and culture. She also gives presentations about French history in the Midwest, including the history of French fur traders in Indiana, according to her biography.

For her work, Prof. Duvick was recently named an Officer in the Order of French Academic Palms by the government of France. The award is presented to educators who’ve helped others around the world “better understand France and its heritage.”

Prof. Duvick started teaching at Valparaiso in 1986. She has since served as department chair as well as president of the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association.

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