Column: Facebook helps professor reconnect with ex-student

A picture on Facebook taken in the basement of Franklin College’s Bryan Hall in 1973 set a reunion between a retired professor and student 40 years later.

I am the professor and Dong Tran is the student. I came to Franklin College in 1972 and taught for almost 40 years. I have had many students over the course of my teaching career. As I get older, it gets harder and harder to remember all of the students who have sat in my classroom. Dong was one of my best students and has an unforgettable story.

Dong was a foreign student from Vietnam, and I was a foreign professor from Taiwan. It was this common background that made it easy for us to share our American experience.

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