Modern Languages Newsletter, Fall 2018

Message from the chair | Strengthening the undergraduate experience

As incoming chair, I have inherited a robust, enthusiastic and active department from Betsy Partyka. While Betsy leaves me with some very large shoes to fill, I am keen to embrace the challenge in true DML spirit!

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College mourns Russian professor Vera Belousova

Dr. Vera Belousova was a senior lecturer in Russian in the Modern Languages Department. She was born in Moscow, Russia (then Soviet Union) and moved to Athens in 1999.

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Nine years later, another great modern languages reunion

After the very successful 2009 alumni reunion, the Modern Language Department intended to get together every five years. We realized this goal nine years later on April 21, 2018, with the same enthusiasm from alumni to come to campus more often.

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40 alumni return for Salzburg 50th Anniversary Celebration

Forty alumni returned to Athens on Sept. 15 as Modern Languages faculty celebrated the 50th anniversary of its study abroad program in Salzburg, Austria.

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Study abroad in modern languages crosses Europe

During the past half century some study abroad programs have changed in format and location, but the goal of providing Ohio University students a cultural and academic experience abroad has remained constant.

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Language fair returns to Gordy Hall

On Tuesday, April 11, 2017, the department revived the renowned Language Fair after an almost 20-year hiatus! Eight area high schools brought over 400 students in French, German, and Spanish to campus to participate in the festivities.

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Upcoming events

Challenging Dialogues—Events on campus and on A&S TV

In his inaugural address, Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis challenged the university to become a place where dialogue and rigorous, civil debate are institutional hallmarks. See what’s happening in the college, including many events that will be on A&S TV.
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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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Notable Alumni | Renowned scholar wrote the 'book' on Don Quixote

James Allan Parr would spend 45 years as a modern languages teacher and researcher on the West Coast, an internationally renowned scholar specializing in Spanish language and literature.

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Alumni say take chances when starting careers

Lance Healy, BA '95, chief innovation officer for Banyan Technology, comes back to Athens to talk about careers with students during Ohio University’s International Education Week.

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Jason Busic awarded tenure by Denison University

Jason Busic, BA '02, MA '04, Assistant Professor of Spanish at Denison, is one of eight faculty members recently awarded tenure by Denison University's Board of Trustees.

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Faculty news

Toner learns to count differently in China

"What did I learn in China? There were so many amazing sights and startling experiences that I hesitate to say, feeling more dazed than enlightened.”

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Torres publishes 'Poetry to Be Read in the Street'

Dr. Daniel Torres, Professor of Spanish in Modern Languages, published a collection of poetry titled "Poemas para leerse en la calle" [Poetry to be Read in the Street].

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King discusses comics or cultural critique? Teaching using graphic novels

Dr. Adam "Adi" King gave a scintillating talk on how he incorporates the German graphic novel into his International Literatures in Modern Languages class during a Modern Languages Colloquium.

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Modern Languages welcomes two new faculty

The Modern Languages Department welcomes two new faculty: Dr. Ashwini Ganeshan in Spanish and Dr. María Postigo in translation and interpreting.

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Modern Languages faculty promotions & news

Seven faculty have received promotions in the Modern Languages Department.

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Teachers’ teacher Barb Reichenbach retires in 2018

“After teaching for 50 years, it will be quite an adjustment for me, but my husband, Jack, and I plan to continue traveling in our RV, camping in the high desert of Arizona, the Black Hills of South Dakota and the gulf shores of Mississippi," she says.
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Student news

Sigma Delta Pi names OHIO an honors chapter

The Ohio University chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the national collegiate Hispanic honor society, was named a 2018 Honor Chapter. Of the 600-plus chapters nationwide, only nine chapters were selected this year.
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Students take first, second & third prizes in Russian Olympiada

Twelve enrolled in Russian courses (first through third year) went to the College of Wooster to compete in the 8th Annual Russian Undergraduate Olympiada of Spoken Russian.
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Spanish and linguistics major gets Fulbright, heading to Brazil

Laura Gilbert, a double major in Spanish and Linguistics, is traveling to Brazil to assist teaching university-level English foreign language courses.
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Modern Languages names study abroad photo contest winners

The Department celebrated International Education Week with "Oh, the Places You'll Go! Making the Most of Study Abroad with Modern Languages."
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Ganeshan, Di Maggio present on politeness strategies in Spanish

Dr. Ashwini Ganeshan and graduate student Genoveva Di Maggio presented their research on politeness strategies used in Uruguayan, Mexican and Peninsular Spanish at the 2017 Hispanic Linguistics Symposium.
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Graduate students organize #SpeakUpWoMEN Poetry and Music Jam

Students, professors, writers and musicians from different ages, countries and walks of life came together in a feminist and new masculinities poetry and music event #SpeakUpWoMEN at Jackie O’s.
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Two grad students earn excellence in teaching awards

Graduate students Genoveva Di Maggio and Angela Romero earned the Excellence in Teaching Award after completing the College of Arts & Sciences’ Advanced Graduate Teaching Certificate program with high distinctions.
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National Spanish honor society initiates eight new students

The Ohio University Chapter Pi Rho/Tao of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, initiated eight new members at a ceremony that included readings of poems and literary texts.
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German honor society Delta Phi Alpha inducts new members

Delta Phi Alpha members, guests, and German faculty from the Modern Languages Department gathered over food and conversation to celebrate the new pledges’ academic success.
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Studying in Spain provides incredible learning opportunities

Keith Woodall’s students learn a great deal of Spanish in their classes at Ohio University, but he is always amazed to see how living and studying in Spain rapidly expands and enhances their knowledge of the language.
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Spanish students learn culture through theater visit

Students from the Spanish Club and Intermediate Spanish courses attended the play Tres Vidas at Marietta College with their instructors Liliana Alvarez, Joanna Mitchell and Nelson Hippolyte.
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Graduate students participate in Ohio Latin Americanist Conference

25 graduate students and faculty members from Modern Languages and Latin American Studies participated in the 16th Annual Ohio Latin Americanist Conference.
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