Linguistics Alumni Newsletter, Fall 2018

Message from the chair | Leadership and faculty transitions

I hope this finds you well! I became chair of the Ohio University Department of Linguistics on Aug. 16, when Chris Thompson completed his ninth year as chair.

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Thompson heads to Japan as Miura Visiting Professor

Dr. Christopher Thompson is spending Fall 2018 in Japan, representing OHIO as the 43rd Kohei Miura Visiting Professor at Chubu University.

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Linguistics Department began 48 years ago with core faculty

“This fall, the Linguistics Department enters into its 48th year of existence. We have seen many changes over these decades, and have had many dedicated faculty,” writes Beverly Flanigan.

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Iwate Prefectural University thanks OHIO for tsunami relief

IPU Vice President Dr. Jun Ishido thanked OHIO for its support in the Tsunami Relief Project and explained the significant of the contributions of the OHIO students.

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New online: TESOL endorsement, TEFL Certificate

Save $1,000 by taking all four courses in summer 2018. Ohio teachers can earn the TESOL endorsement, and the Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate is open to all.

Linguistics hosts the 10th annual CALL Conference

The 10th annual Ohio University CALL (Computer-Assisted Language Learning) Conference featured a keynote on an innovative project where students learn practical use of French through development of an online game.

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Faculty news

Mourning the loss of Dr. Richard McGinn

The Linguistics Department mourns the loss of Dr. Richard "Dick" McGinn, 78, who passed away on March 26. As a teacher, professor, mentor and scholar, he lived with compassion, humility and humor, encouragement, and patience.

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Linguistics faculty & alumna co-author article on local response-to-writing practices

Two Linguistics faculty and an alumna co-authored an article on “Second Language Teachers’ Written Response Practices: An In-House Inquiry and Response.”

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Dr. William Grabe shares expertise on reading comprehension

The College of Arts & Sciences honored William Grabe, MA ’78, at the Notable Alumni dinner. He comes back to Athens to continue to share his knowledge of teaching reading development.

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From Ukraine to D.C., linguistics alumna writes story of her life

Ukrainian exchange student Tetyana Bychkovska, MA '17, visited the United States and fell in love with American culture. She knew this was where she wanted to complete her master’s degree.

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Linguistics alumna goes from Bobcat to diplomat

After earning undergraduate and graduate degrees, Victoria Augustine moved a bit farther from Athens than the average student (nearly 8,000 miles farther), and she hasn’t stopped traveling since.
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Ohio Program of Intensive English celebrates 50th anniversary

The Ohio Program of Intensive English celebrated its 50th anniversary with current and former OPIE faculty members, students and alumni attending.
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Linguistics students, alumni reunite at A&S Networking Reception

The delicious food and atmosphere made for comfortable networking at the College of Arts & Sciences’ Alumni and Student Networking Reception.
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Bikowski trains Vietnamese faculty in teaching in English, visits alumni

Dr. Dawn Bikowski spent two weeks in Vietnam training 25 business, science, and technology faculty how to teach their courses in English — and visiting alumni.
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Upcoming events

Stop by the A&S Homecoming tent on Oct. 20

Find College of Arts & Sciences faculty, staff and alumni at Homecoming 2018 on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tailgreat Park. Sample food grown at the OHIO Student Farm and prepared by Food Studies theme students. Register to win a two-night stay at the Ohio University Inn.
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Save the Date | Arts & Sciences Student-Alumni Networking, Jan. 31

Mark your calendars for the college’s third annual Alumni and Student Networking Reception on Jan. 31, 2019. You have valuable experiences to share about career choices, graduate school and internships. Come back to Athens to help fellow Bobcats get a jump on their careers.
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There are many ways to be involved, including networking, one-on-one conversations, resume review, or employer tables. Learn more and RSVP. Or contact Lisa Cohen, director of external relations, at
Student news

Students study UK sport and culture at Manchester, England

Students in Dr. David Bell’s UK Sport and Culture spring break program attended an English Premiership match, watching Manchester win.
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Spanish and linguistics major gets Fulbright, heading to Brazil

“I had already planned to teach English as a foreign language after graduation, and Fulbright was a great opportunity to gain more teaching experience as well as integrate into a new community abroad and practice a foreign language,” says Laura Gilbert, BA ‘18.
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Linguistics research 'changed my entire career path'

Peter Andrews, BA '18, a senior double-majoring in Linguistics and French, earned a blue ribbon for his presentation on vowel changes in the Athens region.
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Linguistics senior to serve in U.S. Navy

Rob Schroeder, BA '18, a senior Linguistics major, is planning to serve in the United States Navy, using his language abilities and cultural knowledge for the betterment of America's relationship with the world.
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Klimas puts Arabic to use with Peace Corps in Morocco

Born and raised in Parkersburg, West Virginia, Alena Klimas, BA ’17, never thought that she would one day become a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco.
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Career corner

Can you help students? Want to get involved?

The Bobcat alumni network is incredibly productive in giving OHIO students a great start on successful career paths. If you could benefit from access to Bobcat career services - or if you know of internship opportunities - or if you want to help your department support students, there are many ways to get involved, both in Athens and from afar. If you’re interested in connecting with a department, educational enrichment, networking, or coming to campus, contact Lisa Cohen.

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