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These faculty members will be formally honored at the college’s New Faculty Welcome and Awards Ceremony at 4pm on Sept. 14, 2010 in Baker Center Ballroom  A. Please mark your calendars.

Bärbel Such: German  – Bärbel has been chosen to receive the 2009-10 Jeanette G. Grasselli Brown Faculty Teaching Award in the Humanities.
Vera Belousova: Russian – Vera has been chosen to receive the 2009-10 Dean’s Outstanding Group II Faculty Award.
Mary Jane Kelley: Spanish – Mary Jane has been chosen to receive the 2009-10 Dean’s Outstanding Faculty Undergraduate Advising Award.

The DML is pleased to announce that Lillian Rutana, 2nd year French TA, has been awarded the Outstanding TA for 2009-10 in French. Congratulations, Lillian!
Hispanic Literature at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. Way to go, Sarah!
Science for the summer 2010. She will be collecting data on the implications of surveillance technology, such as cell phones, in an increasingly technologically advanced world. ¡Felicidades, Mary!

French HTC student Caitlin Yocco’s thesis work is highlighted in “Research at Ohio.”


Congratulations to these Spanish instructors on successfully defending their Latin American Studies theses: Tatiana Argüello, Melissa Myers and Hernán Medina.

Tatiana and her LAS committee: Drs. Partyka, Walker, Barr-Melej
Melissa and her LAS committee: Drs. Chimeli, Wangui, Whitson
Hernán and his LAS committee: Drs. Obregón, Riggs, Delgado



Modern Languages Spanish instructors participate in are play: Tú acuérdate que yo quiero olvidar” by Elaine Romero. Liliana Alvarez, Carolina Novella, Sarah West and Luis Rejano Flores along with several students performed an elegant dramatic reading of this play at an area theater.




The Department of Modern Languages played a large role in the success of the Ohio Foreign Language Association’s annual conference, April 8-10, at the Hyatt on Capitol Square in Columbus.  Fred Toner, OFLA’s president, greeted more than 600 participants and exhibitors to what has become one of the country’s largest state language conferences.  Eileen Glisan, president of ACTFL, gave the keynote address and presented a three-hour workshop.  Among O.U. faculty giving sessions were Barbara Reichenbach (“Integrating Culture Into Every Lesson”),  Francia Martínez (“Learning Vocabulary Can Be So Much Fun: Interactive Vocabulary Games for Elementary and Intermediate Levels of Spanish”), Dominique Duvert (“Parlez-vous business?”), and Lois Vines (“Astérix and the Visual Arts”).  Nick Sathe, president of the state AATG, presided at a “Meet & Greet” for German teachers and helped organize a workshop sponsored by the Ohio AATG.  Two HTC students mentored by Lois Vines presented papers, as well.  Caitlin Yocco discussed “The Second World War and the Holocaust in French-Language Children’s Literature,” and Nicky Re investigated “Occitan in the Hexagon: Preserving France’s Cultural Diversity through the Teaching of Regional Languages.”  A former O.U. student, Kate (Burin) Isaacson traveled from Chicago where she currently teaches to present her session (“Foreign Language: More Important than Breakfast!”).  Kristina Maurer and several other former students were also in attendance.  We can be proud of our department’s strong showing.




Jaime Espinoza Moore and Emilia Alonso Marks presented a paper entitled “Heritage Spanish Speakers in School Settings: Are We Meeting the Needs of These Students?” at the 11th Biennial International ELIA Conference: Bilingualism and Multilingualism in School Settings. The conference took place on March 18th and 19th, 2010 at the Universidad de Sevilla, Spain.


Spanish prof Daniel Torres’ latest book of poetry, De bellaqueras, has attracted both national and international attention. Daniel has been invited to read and present his poetry at the Claremont Colleges in California, Festival de la Palabra in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and now at De Paul University in Chicago.