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Congratulations Russian student Robert Angelo!

Robert Angelo, Critical language Scholarship recipient, 2017


The Russian Program is happy to share a wonderful news! Our student, Robert Angelo (RUS 2120) received this year’s Critical Language Scholarship!

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students studying one of the critical foreign languages. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State.

Enjoy, Angelo!



Thank you, Dr. Ganeshan, for investing in
Ohio University Students!

Last month, Dr. Ashwini Ganeshan, Assistant Professor of Spanish, participated in the 2017 Spotlight on Learning Conference. “’The purpose of this event was to be even more intentional about the mission of supporting the intellectual and personal development of our students,’ said Pam Benoit, executive vice president and provost, ‘and about our vision of being the nation’s best transformative learning community.’”
Read more about the event in the Ohio University Compass.
Congratulations on the successful event!


Congratulations to Usman Suerkulov, who won an Honorable Mention in the Eighteenth Annual ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest!

In this year’s contest, there were 1,326 essays submitted from 67 universities, colleges, and institutions across the nation. The essays were scanned and sent to specialists in Moscow. Three judges read each essay and independently ranked them. This year’s topic was “Please write a short essay based on the following topic: “An Important Person in My Life / Важный человек в моей жизни.”

Jennifer Brown, SPSREC Chairperson wrote, “I hope that these awards encourage your students to continue their study of Russian language and culture. Please thank all of your students who participated in the contest and made it the tremendous success that it was. Finally, I would like to thank you for encouraging your students to participate and for coordinating the contest at your home institution.”
Congrats Usman and the Russian Department!

Congratulations to Spanish MA students

Angela Romero and Genoveva Di Maggio

Angela and Genoveva were the recipients of the TA Excellence in Teaching Award in recognition of their demonstrated teaching excellence after completing the College of Arts and Sciences Advanced Graduate Teaching Certificate program. 

In recognition of the dedication and creativity in the SPAN 1000 level series, the following students received the
Outstanding Student Award
Teresa Wilson 
Christina Shehata 
Theresa Fisher 
Molly Ogg 
Kaylee Maples 
Justine Wright 
Nathaniel Sisson 
Iain Miller 
Corey Hayes 
Riley Clark 
Alyssa Ingram 
Rachel Fay 
Savannah Stray 
Samantha Girvan 
Jessica Piurowski 
Rachel Vittardi 
Lisa Nealeigh




HTC Spanish student Katherine Broughton presented her work on Paraguayan author Yula Riquelme de Molinas at the Cincinnati Conference in Romance Languages and Literatures on April 1, 2017.

Pictured: Katherine Broughton, Dr. Partyka (mentor)



Dr. Daniel Torres gives an interview during the Feria Internacional de la lectura Yucatán in March 2017. He participated in the congreso de UC-Mexicanistas in Mérida, Yucatán.



Congratulations to the following OU students who were selected to receive a scholarship to attend the OFLA Conference this past weekend:

Hanna Schneider
Brooke Campbell
Klaryssa Seigley
Rosa Armstrong

And, to these OU alums who were awarded scholarships to the conference as new teachers:

Amelia (Mia) Davis
Valerie Kryc

Congratulations to our magnificent Russian Students!

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Way back in February (Feb. 26), we received amazing news, once again, from the Russian Olympiad competition.
The OU Russian Program is proud to announce that eleven Russian students participated in the 2017 Undergraduate Competition (Olympiada) of Spoken Russian, which this year was hosted by Bowling Green State 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!
Kristina Denbow (RUS 1120) took 2d place in the Level 1 category. Samantha Jones (RUS 1120) took 3d place in the Level 1 category.  Michael Abelev (RUS 4441) took 3d place in the Heritage Learner category, and Russel Gifford (RUS 3120) took 1st place in the Level 3 category.
This is a great success for our Russian Program and Mila and Vera are very proud
Our wonderful Russian students delivered again and again and again!
They got one 1st place, one second, and two 3d places! (1st, 3d, and 4th-year students.)




Junior Faculty Dr. Ashwini Ganeshan lead two graduate students, Carla Consolini (pictured here) and Hannah Morrison (currently in Spain), to the annual ACTFL conference in Boston. Dr. Ganeshan and Carla spoke at the annual DML Colloquium, organized by Dr. Molly Morrison, on March 30. They captured much of the information they learned at ACTFL that concerned new ways to test language in a more comprehensive and fruitful manner, and the latest suggestions on how to assess test results, classroom participation and much more. They gave stimulating presentations that generated a great Q&A session.



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Congratulations to German Student Elisa Bergmeier!


Student Will Put German Language to Use in BMW Internship



 Study Abroad News!

Read about Spanish Student Brock Smith’s experience abroad.

He was featured in the newspaper El Diario. (in Spanish)



Congratulations to Dr. Ashwini Ganeshan – Assistant Professor of Spanish

Dr. Ganeshan received the Women’s Achievement Award for Social Justice in the Classroom



Congratulations to Sarah West - Spanish BA ’05/MA ’07

Sarah received the LAS Humanities Council Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Illinois. 
“Teaching is my life. Through it all, my passion for it has been a constant, and it has kept me sane (and also made me crazy) for 12 long years now. So getting an award for it feels pretty dang awesome” 
Read more:

Things to do: Movie Night 2017  
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Things to do: Music with Markama 2017 


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 Things to do: Spring Colloquium 2017

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