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December 2015


Fred Toner Retirement Party Invitation

Retirement Invitation




Recent Faculty Publications/Work

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November 2015




Recent Faculty Awards   

Lois Vines, HTC Service Award Recipient
Mbaye Ngom, Best TA Award, College of Arts and Sciences

October 2015


Volunteers Needed!


We need volunteers to help us with the Día de los muertos decorating. This will begin at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 28th and last until we are finished. 

The alter will be ready for viewing on Thursday, October 29th.




OVFLA Annual Meeting

OVFLA will have its annual meeting  Saturday, October 31st 
9:00 am – noon
Gordy 113

Faculty, TA’s, high school teachers and regional campuses are all encouraged  to attend.




Go To Spain This Summer!

May 8 – June 24, 2016 

Spanish Language Program in Toledo, Spain


Immerse yourself in Spanish culture and 
 Language while living in the historic and stunningly beautiful Toledo


Rolling Admission 

Apply now for Summer 2016


  • Earn 9 OHIO credits in just seven weeks!
  • Open to undergraduate students who have completed SPAN 2120 or equivalent of a 3.0 average.
  •  Provides curriculum necessary for completing course work for the Spanish Major, Minor or International Studies programs.
  • Live with a Spanish family
  • Visit all Toledo landmarks and Madrid
  • Merit-based scholarships available up to $500


More information, please visit:  or stop by Walter International Education Center




We have started the selling time for our

a de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) clothing sale!


Each year, in October and leading up to the final day of Día De los Muertos on November 2nd, we have t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies for sale. If you would like to purchase an item, or even just see what they look like, you can stop by Gordy 283 at any time.The prices are as follows: 

T-shirts: $12.00

Sweatshirts: $20.00

Hoodies: $25.00 

We have S, M, L and XL sizes in most styles.     




The next OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) practice sessions will be:

Wednesday, October 21 from 7-9pm in Gordy 113

Thursday, November 12 from 7-9pm in Gordy 113


     The official OPI is required of all German and Spanish majors, as well as all language education majors. We recommend that you begin the practice sessions as early in your career as possible in order to understand what is expected of you in your oral skills.

     During this session we will train you and the TA’s on what is involved in the interview and how to improve your results. TA’s will be trained to conduct the interview while students learn along with them. After the training session, each student will do 2 practice telephone interviews with native speakers.

     Please let Dr. Partyka ( know if you plan to attend a session.

     Thank you,

     Dr. Partyka




Hispanic Heritage & LGBT History Month Speaker


Emanuel Xavier


Baker Ballroom A


 For more information, click here.


Hispanic Heritage Month Film

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Dia De los muertos


September 2015


OVFLA Invitation


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Congratulations to Nik Sathe 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 2015

Celebrate the retirement of Tom Franz with the Department of Modern Languages!





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                Olympiada All Participants

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.

February 2015


Stop by the Spring Semester Internship Workshop is this Thursday, April 16th!

This event is hosted by Jessica Carter from the Career & Leadership Development Center

3:00-4:00pm in Gordy 309

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The Department of Modern Languages is delighted to announce the following awards:


 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


Student Enhancement Award:

Julianna Coleman, HTC Spanish major and HTC English major –“Que cuenten las mujeres / “Let the Women Speak”


Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award

In 1987, the Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award was inaugurated by the Provost to recognize outstanding teaching done by graduate teaching associates at Ohio University.  Unlike other universities with similar awards, the selection process at Ohio University is conducted entirely by undergraduate students who volunteer their time to serve on the selection committee. The finalists for the award were determined through undergraduate student nominations that were collected through an online ballot. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   Joe Cimino, Graduate Associate Outstanding Teaching Award      




For Spanish and German majors, as well as education language majors, your required study abroad programs must be:

Minimum 5 weeks

Total language immersion (no courses in English)


Please contact DML if you have questions. 

Ohio University, in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States, is proud to present the French Symposium: French for Specific Purposes
Find information regarding travel and accommodation here, and the application here.
For more information contact the Office of Global Opportunities.
15 Park Place






Learning Community Award

Dr.Lois Vines, Professor of French and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Humanities, is the co-recipient of the Outstanding Instructor Award presented by University College and the Learning Communities Program on January 25, 2015.  Candidates are nominated by students participating in the more than 200 Learning Communities at Ohio University, which are designed to engage first-year students in academic and social activities as soon as they arrive on campus.  Dr. Vines created the Learning Community “Foreign Languages and Intercultural Connections” for participants studying other languages, linguistics, and any field in which they would like to continue perfecting language competence.  The group of about fifteen students take a common course and a weekly seminar directed by Dr. Vines that introduces them to the many international opportunities offered on campus and abroad.  They learn, for example, how to earn a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language and how to prepare to be a candidate for nationally competitive awards. During the ten years Dr. Vines has been a seminar instructor, three of her students have been recipients of a Fulbright award, a highly competitive national honor.   





Congratulations to Barb Reichenbach for writing the massive NCATE reports and winning: National recognition for the Spanish, French and German education licensure programs, sponsored by the DML. Here is a link to the article! 




Combine your passion for film, culture,  and language through attending the Spring German Film Series! All events are open to the public and shown with English subtitles.

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Interested in Study Abroad in Merida, Mexico? Follow the group’s adventures on facebook