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Congratulations to Alicia Sánchez Flores! She presented the paper: ”Estudio de la influencia galdosiana entre España y Latinoamérica” ahte the  ”The 16th Annual Hispanic and Lusophone studies symposium” at the Ohio State University this past weekend.

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Monday, April 15 we will welcome Francesca V. Mignosa, M.A. in French and former Italian Instructor in the Department of Modern Languages. 
She will present and talk about her newly published book, “My Sicily”. Gordy 113, from 3-4pm. 

Congratulations to Dr. Emilia Alonso Sameño!

On Friday, March 15 Dr. Alonso Sameño was inducted as a Presidential Teacher for the College of Arts & Sciences along with College of Business professor, Dr. Frost. The two were congratulated by President McDavis and Provost Pam Benoit, and will remain Presidential Teachers through 2016. Congratulations again!



3rd Annual Undergraduate Competition (Olympiada) of Spoken Russian

Six students from Elementary Russian II participated in the 3rd Annual Undergraduate Competition (Olympiada) of Spoken Russian.

The event took place on February 23  and was hosted by Bowling Green SU and organized by the Midwest Slavic Association. The students competed in 3 separate rounds: oral interview (based on ACTFL proficiency guidelines for speaking), poem recital (in Russian!), and Topic Presentation. Anna Mendlein, an HTC junior, majoring in Social Work, took third place in her category.

Congratulations, Anna! We are so proud of you and your accomplishment! 


 Senior Russian Major Anna Melnik has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship for Russian. This is quite a prestigious feat! Great job, Anna!




Former French MA student Franck Dalmas has published a new book: Lectures phénoménologiques en littérature française with Peter Lang, 2012. We are very proud of Franck.

MA in French or Spanish:
There are still some funded openings in our Master programs, so please apply now. 
Explore our website under “graduate programs.”


Study Abroad this summer!
Florence, Italy – contact Dr. Molly Morrison:
Toledo, Spain – contact Dr. Jeff Marks:
TEFL in Cuenca, Ecuador – contact Dr. Betsy Partyka:
Please go to the Office of Education Abroad website for details about each program:


Crop Congratulations to Spanish HTC student Katie Meisky who presented a portion of her senior thesis at the Ohio Latin Americanist Conference (OLAC) at Wittenberg U. The title of her work was: ”The Power of Female Sexuality and the 19th Century Woman: The Portrayal of Eliza Lynch, la Madama Paraguaya.” Way to go, Katie!



Irene Ramos, Spanish MA student, has won first prize in Humanities at the International Research Student Symposium. Her project, ”Teaching Associates’ Awareness in the Foreign Language Classroom,” was part of a larger paper she is preparing with Dr. Emilia Alonso. Congratulations to Irene! 



For the 12th year in a row, OU students participate and present at the Ohio Latin Americanist Conference along with OU professors and colleagues from many universities. This year’s OLAC was held at Wittenberg U. Presenters from OU included: (Faculty) Dina López, Emilia Alonso, BetsyPartyka, Luis Clemente; (Students) Katie Meisky, Leigh Ozckowski, Jackie Briski, Jocelyn Probasco; (Alumni) Lola Whitmer, Beth Grassmann, Alicia Miklos; (attending) Juan Regalado, Lola García, Alicia Sánchez, Brittany Frodge, Kaelyn Naim, Julianna Coleman.

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 Adam Hart was hired in January at The O’Neal School in North Carolina to teach French at the high school level. Adam completed Ohio University’s M.A. in French in 2011, The O’Neal School is a private college preparatory school in Southern Pines founded in 1971.  One hundred percent of O’Neal students graduate and are accepted to universities each year. Great job, Adam!


Congratulations to Daniel Torres who recently attended a literary presentation of his book at la Universidad Autónoma de Yucatan!
“Dulce canoro cisne mexicano”: La poesía completa de Don Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora,(edición crítica)

The Spanish, French, and German undergraduate education programs each received National Recognition by NCATE! Kudos to Barb Reichenbach who compiled data and wrote the report for the College of Ed.


Peace Corps visit Ohio University!
For any interested students, the Peace Corps will be on campus this February.

Tuesday, February 19th

Wednesday, February 20th

Thursday, February 21st

For additional information visit or click here


DML Colloquium Series:

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Tom Franz entertains an audience of professors and students as he shares his experiences with working with manuscripts in the archives of Spain. He had some very insightful comments on the trials of attaining materials and how to handle them within the confines of public institutions.

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The LRC has organized a brown bag about Collaborative Writing for next Wed, Feb. 27th, 12:00-1:00 PM in Gordy 015. Jeff Kuhn and Sharron Sturgeon in OPIE will be presenting and leading discussions as well as showing some tips.

ELIP, OPIE, Linguistics, and Modern Languages are all invited. And we’ll have Avalanche Pizza, courtesy of ELIP.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to so we can get a head count for pizza.  We hope to see you there!

Click here for our informational flyer

The DML is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 Academic year: French MA program and Spanish MA program.
Please explore our website under “graduate programs.”

Minors in FR, GER, RUS, SPAN: The minor requirements for all of these languages is 5 courses above 2120. The conversion to semesters has complicated the representation of the minor on your DARS. If you have completed 5 courses (that were originally 4 quarter hours each) you have completed the minor. You may need to write to in order for this to be approved previous to graduation. During the semester you are graduating ONLY, please write to Dr. Partyka. Send her your name, PID, and question about the minor. She will be able to verify with the College if you have completed the requirements or not.

Summer study abroad: The DML plans to offer courses in Toledo, Spain and Florence, Italy. Please stay in tune for more information. You can also check with and the Office of Education Abroad website for more information.


Former Spanish MA student Mara Borges finishes her PhD at the University of Tennessee!


Her Dissertation is: “Reformulando espacios, estereotipos y discursos: las narrativas femeninas de la violencia en la literatura hispanoamericana contemporánea.” Congratulations to Mara