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From The Post (10/29/12):

“Students, faculty compete in canned-food collection battle”

By Hayley Ross

Ohio University’s third Battle of the Tongues canned-food drive will continue among language departments until Nov. 2.

All food donations will be divided among Good Works Inc., the Athens County Food Pantry and United Campus Ministry.

The language department that contributes the most food will win a pizza party. Last year, Little Italy Pizza in The Plains donated the pizza.

“After collection, we will make individual arrangements with each organization to find out what foods they need most, then give the rest to the Athens County Food Pantry,” said Adi King, assistant professor of German.
The food drive is held in the fall so that the organizations can distribute the food before Thanksgiving, King said.

“It is important to bring the issue of poverty to the forefront,” King said. “Many people, especially students, don’t see what life is like outside of the university.”
King was inspired to begin The Battle of the Tongues after watching a Dateline NBC special about poverty in 2010 that focused on Southeast Ohio.

“This is a major issue and it’s happening in our own backyard,” King said.
In 2010, The Battle of the Tongues collected 3,500 items for donation and more than 4,000 in 2011.

Last year, the winning French class collected more than 800 items — an average of 40.5 items per student.

So far, more than 300 items have been collected this year.

“We are still only in the beginning of donations this year,” King said. “Hopefully we can break last year’s record.”

There is a food drop-off location in Gordy Hall or students can take the food to professors in the Department of Modern Languages.

“Our pantry could not survive without the help we receive from generous Ohio University teachers and students,” said Susan Kaneshige, corresponding secretary for the Athens County Food Pantry in a thank-you letter to OU in 2010.



Día de los muertos!

T-shirts and sweatshirts are now available through the Spanish Club! They will have a table set up for Día de los muertos, but you can also check them out in the DML office! (They are very, very cool!)

 Hispanic Heritage Month

The Department of Modern Languages celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 – Oct. 15. For more information about events on campus:

DML Accomplishments

It’s a very exciting time for the Department of Modern Languages!  Take a look at all of the following accomplishments!  Congratulations, everyone!

Yolande Helm – Promotion to Full Professor of French  Greg Kessler – Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor  in Linguistics
Barb Reichenbach – College of A&S Dean’s Special Recognition Award

Herta Rodina – College of A&S Dean’s Outstanding Teacher Award

and Charles J. Ping Teaching Fellow for 2012-2013

Emilia Alonso Sameño – Presidential Teacher Award Muriel Gallego – Charles J. Ping Teaching Fellow for 2012-2013 

Students who are interested in signing up to become a tutor should click here for more information.

OUTREACH:  Want to teach Spanish or French in the elementary schools? Here is your opportunity. If you are in a SPAN or FR 3110 or higher course you can apply to teach once a week in an area Elementary School. Just fill out this form and send it to Dr. Partyka, or leave it in her mailbox in Gordy Hall.

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to read news from Mexico

about Dr. Burton’s final

year as Director.  


 DML Welcomes New Faculty

Joanna Mitchell (Spanish) Christopher White (Italian) Mila Shevchenko (Russian)


 Guest speaker coming!!

The Department of Modern Languages and Latin American Studies cordially invite you to a talk by Dr. Anna Babel, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, The Ohio State University. Dr. Babel earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Linguistics and Anthropology. Her interests include sociolinguistics, contact linguistics and Andean Spanish. Her research draws on quantitative and qualitative data from a Quechua-Spanish contact region in central Bolivia. Dr. Babel investigates how linguistic features are linked to social representations, and the way that complex social factors are integrated into language structure. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her current research projects focus on applying social theory to structural and cognitive approaches to linguistics.

The title of her talk is:

The social construction of ‘foreign’ sounds in Quechua-influenced Spanish.

Tuesday, September 25 ­ 4.00 pm ­ Gordy 113

Abstract:  What makes a sound ³exotic²? In some informal varieties of Andean Spanish, speakers use aspirates and ejectives of Quechua origin, despite their dissimilarity to the canonical Spanish sound system. I describe the use of aspirates and ejectives in Andean Spanish, and suggest that they index ideologies linked to Quechua and Quechua speakers as well as a general concept of Œforeignness.¹ Like other contact features, aspirates and ejectives participate in patterns of sociolinguistic features to evoke a particular kind of affect or stance.



If you are interested in joining our graduate programs, please click on “Graduate” and go to the appropriate setting for French or Spanish for application documents.

Take a look at the French Honors students at the French Honors Luncheon, held on May 16th, 2012!

The First Annual Tapas Night was a success for Spanish Club!  Check out the pictures below!


It’s a very exciting time for the Department of Modern Languages!  Take a look at all of the following accomplishments!  Congratulations, everyone!

After passing his French MA Comps,Joel Smith has received a position as the physics teacher at La Salle High School in Cincinnati.  La Salle is an all-boys, Catholic high school. Great job, Joel!  Not only has she passed her Spanish MA exams, but Stephanie Creightonhas accepted a teaching position at Gallia Academy High School. ¡Felicidades!  Congratulations Allison Buzzelli! Allison has passed her Spanish MA comps. ¡Brava! 
Marcelo Ramos has been honored with the 2012 Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award for his instruction of our Portuguese classes! As well as completing her French MA Comps, Amanda Catron has been awarded the A&S Outstanding Teaching Assistant in French! Great job, Amanda! Congratulations to Alyson White. Ali has passed her French MA comps. Way to go!! 
 Congratulations to Ericha Franke! She successfully passed her Spanish MA comps! Way to go, Ericha! Congrats to Grace Stout! Grace has passed her French MA comps. Excellent! Congrats to Carolyn Crowner! Carolyn has successfully passed her MA comps. Nice job!  Carolyn has been named Outstanding Spanish MA Student and has also landed a job teaching High School Spanish at Southern Local! We are very proud of her!
 Congrats to Christa Gould! She has passed her Spanish MA comps and been named Arts & Sciences Outstanding TA! ¡Fantástico! Congratulations to Denise Jenkins! Denise now has an MA in Spanish! ¡Excelente!  




Are you a student who needs to fulfill your language requirement?  The OU Southern Campus will be offering Spanish 211-212-213 in an intensive format this summer on the Ironton campus.  This is an 8-week program meeting M-Th from 9:00AM to 12:30 PM each day from June 18-July 13, 2012.  Please contact Tim Mollett at for more information.


The journal Revista Sin Nombre has been donated by the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. It will be available in  “Special Collections” in Alden Library