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The Department of Modern Languages 



April 20th, 2015 by admin
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sathe-1 Congratulations to Nik Sathes for being awarded the Max Kade Prize for the Best Article in the Journal of Austrian Studies for the year 2014 (Issue 48). Of the 20 articles published last year, the Editorial Board unanimously chose Nik’s as the best. The  article is titled: “Just in Time: Erwin Wagenhofer’s Appropriation of the Classical Western Genre in Black Brown White (2011)” and it appeared in the Journal of Austrian Studies (47.4, 2014) p 39-64.     

During the 2015 International Street Fair Organización Latinoamericana (OLA) commemorated the event with a series of community engaging activities. The table for OLA was divided into three main sections:

1) Handmade crafts made by a local artist and artists from Brazil, Ecuador and Guatemala. Some of the proceeds were destined for future OLA events.

2) Another section of the table had the flags of all the Latin American countries for children to paint and learn about where the country is located, its capital city, inhabitants, etc.

3) The last section of the table involved face painting.

The participation of OLA in the 2015 International Street Fair reinforced the organization’s purpose of existence, which is to strengthen the understanding Latin America through the promotion of its diverse cultures.




Hosted by the Russian Program and Russian Club

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March 30th, 2015 by admin
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Celebrate the retirement of Tom Franz with the Department of Modern Languages!


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The Department of Modern Languages is thrilled to announce the promotion of seven (7) faculty members this year. Congratulations to all of them for their hard work:

 moretti  Brigitte Moretti-Coski: Promotion to Senior Lecturer    
denbowe Signe Denbow: Promotion to Senior Lecturer
belousoua_1 Vera Belousova: Promotion to Senior Lecturer
steigera Annette Steigerwald: Promotion to Senior Lecturer
trappc Carisa Trapp: Promotion to Associate Lecturer
sisson Michael Sisson: Promotion to Associate Lecturer



The OU Russian Program is proud to announce that eleven Russian students (ten First-Year students and one Third-Year student) participated in the 2015 Undergraduate Competition (Olympiada) of Spoken Russian, which this year was hosted by Kent University. Tested on an oral interview, a poem recitation, and a presentation on a random topic, students competed within their respective levels in the all-day event dedicated to expanding and recognizing students’ achievements in Russian language. Our wonderful students delivered again! This is a great success for our Russian Program and Mila and Vera  could not be more proud and happier! 


Hannah and Brian



 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   Hannah Abrahamson, HTC Spanish major and History major – Lived Experiences in the New World: Women in 16th Century Colonial México in Spain  

Brian Vadakin, HTC Spanish major – “A Better Path to Prosperity? Rural Community Tourism in Three Costa Rican Cooperatives” in Costa Rica 



Nicholas Koehling, German major - English Teaching Assistantship to Germany


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Olympiada Katia  Kathleen Meehan (RUS 1120) took 3rd place in the Level 1 category.
Olympiada Misha Michael Abelev (RUS 1120) took 1st place in the Heritage Learner category
Olympiada Anna Anna Mendlein (RUS 3120) took 1st place in Level 3.