North East Association for Learning Laboratories

Fall 1996

The President's Column
Robin Lawrason
Temple University


We welcome members to submit proposals for the delayed NEALL 97 as outlined elsewhere in this Newsletter. This Spring's Conference, March 14-16, will be hosted by Michael Jones at Swarthmore College. We hope to be able to explore their new computer-based language lab as well as see demonstrations from our broad membership from our region and beyond.

Our annual conferences have become an important opportunity for both lab staff and language faculty to see first hand new programs and equipment being used within the teaching of foreign language. Please plan to join your colleagues from the North East.


For NEALL '97 we also need a volunteer to help organize and coordinate vendor contributions to the conference. If you have good contacts (or would like to develop some) with vendors, please contact me at Temple University.


Most of you may have already heard the sad news this past July with the death of our IALL President, Robert Henderson. Robert was the second NEALL President when our regional group was first getting organized. I was able to attend a Memorial Service held for Dr. Henderson at the Heinz Memorial Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh on September 18th. It was attended by several hundred colleagues and friends from that campus, his home town of Beaver Falls and various friends from NEALL and IALL.

Robert Henderson contributed much to his profession and to our own organizations. I attended the IALL Summer Meetings in Victoria British Columbia as we prepared for the upcoming FLEAT III to be held there August 12 - 16. Robert conducted these many sessions to move the Association along on its development of programs as well as details for the upcoming conference held in cooperation with the Language Lab Association of Japan. His skills in managing and gentle style of communicating with his colleagues and friends will be sorely missed.

The NEALL Board has decided to contribute $250 to the Robert T. Henderson Memorial Scholarship being established at the University of Pittsburgh. If any individuals who knew and loved Bob would like to contribute to the Fund, you may sends checks made out to the "University of Pittsburgh" and indicate on your check "To the Henderson Fund". Mail it to:

University of Pittsburgh
Office of Instructional Advancement
331 Craig Hall, 200 S. Craig Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Attention: Nancy Misialek


This past September, our duly elected President Elect, Virginia Lewis, left Haverford College to take a new position back in her native Texas. We must now elect a new President Elect before our NEALL97 Meeting at Swarthmore.

Please send along your nominations for a new President Elect to me by December 5th. We will then send out a Ballot in the next Newsletter for your votes. This will be only a one year term as President Elect to complete Virginia's term, with the office of President to begin in 1998. Duties involve representing NEALL on the IALL Council and attending summer meetings as well as the IALL summer conferences (held alternate summers). The other duties involve organizing our annual NEALL Conferences in conjun ction with the host college. If you or someone you believe could serve in this capacity, contact me by December 5th.

If you, or someone you would like to recommend, can serve in this capacity, contact me by December 5th.

Robin Lawrason
Instructional Resources
Colleges of Arts and Sciences
Temple University

(215) 204-4758
(215) 204-8271


Plans for FLEAT III are well underway at the University of Victoria. Jointly sponsored by IALL and the Language Lab of Japan (LLJ), this is the first FLEAT to be held outside Japan.

The campus and scenery is magnificent, and generally cool in August. For information on FLEAT III, including the Call for Proposals, as well as on the Victoria tourist area, point your WEB Browser to, or email, or mail:

FLEAT3, Language Center
PO Box 3045
University of Victoria
Victoria, BC Canada V8W 3P4

And join your NEALL and IALL colleagues in Canada this August!