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July 2018


July 28, 2018

Sigma Delta Pi Receives Two Awards!

The department chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, was named one of the National Society’s Honor Chapters for 2017-18. Of the 600+ chapters nationwide, only nine chapters were selected this year. According to the National Society’s website: “Honor Chapters (Capítulos de Honor y Mérito) are selected each year by the Executive Committee based upon annual reports submitted by the chapters. Awardees are those chapters that have distinguished themselves during the academic year with activities and projects that best reflect the mission of the Society.”  Our department’s chapter also won a second award for 2017-18, the Phoenix Award. This award “recognizes one chapter for a year of extraordinary and exemplary activity as compared to the previous year(s).” The department is extremely proud of these awards, and we wish to extend our congratulations to the members of Sigma Delta Pi, to our Spanish faculty, and especially to Dr. Ganeshan, our chapter advisor.

Congratulations to Ohio University’s chapter of Sigma Delta Pi!

Sigma Delta Pi Receives Two Awards 




Salzburg 50 Year Reunion

Salzburg Alumni, you are invited to join us on Saturday, September 15, 2018, for the 50th Anniversary of the Ohio University Salzburg Study Abroad Program. The registration deadline is Friday, August 24, 2018.

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May 2018


Ganeshan Awarded 1804 Fund

Dr. Aswhini Ganeshan, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Bryan McGeary, Subject Librarian for the Humanities, and Christopher Gruder, Subject Librarian for Education, were awarded the 1804 Fund for their collaborative proposal, “Fostering Open Educational Resources at Ohio University.” The Trustees of the Ohio University Foundation awarded the trio $20,000 to use for their project to foster “development of open education resources.”  The project will support the university’s current work to “build a culture of affordable course materials” for students.

Dr. Ashwini Ganeshan

Congratulations on this remarkable award and your continued hard work for our students!




May 22, 2018

Annable Selected to Presidential Leadership Society

Max Annable, Spanish major, has been selected as a member of the 2018-19 Presidential Leadership Society. As an Ohio University ambassador, Annable will attend presidential events during his one-year term. More information about the society can be found at the Presidential Leadership Society webpage.

Please join us as we congratulate Max on his appointment to this elite society!

Max Annable




May 10, 2018

Gilbert awarded Fulbright

Congratulations to Laura Gilbert, Spanish major, who earned a Fulbright to teach English in Brazil!

Laura Gilbert

April 2018


Armstrong presents at Research and Creativity Fair

Alex Armstrong, HTC French major, presented his poster at the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Fair on April 12, 2018. His poster features his original translations of 19th-century French poems and the challenges in translating poetry. Great job, Alex!

Alex Armstrong




Spanish Students present in Cincinnati

The Department of Modern Languages’ Spanish Students Leave a Lasting Impression at 38th Cincinnati Conference on Romance Languages and Literatures, April 6-7, 2018 

Six Spanish graduate student and two Spanish undergraduate students in the Honors Tutorial College, as well as one Spanish professor and one Italian instructor presented 12 papers at this annual language and literature conference. Drs. Daniel Torres, Betsy Partyka and Melissa Figueroa, Professors of Spanish, prepared their students and accompanied them to the conference, which has become an annual event for our students.

L to R: Dr. Melissa Figueroa, Kathrine Broughton, Violeta Orozco, Dr. Betsy Partyka, Ariela Parisi, Patricia Serrano, Suzy Aftabizadeh
L to R: Dr. Melissa Figueroa, Kathrine Broughton, Violeta Orozco, Dr. Betsy Partyka, Ariela Parisi, Patricia Serrano, Suzy Aftabizadeh
  • Torres prepared graduate students from his course on “Race, Gender and Diaspora in the Hispanic Caribbean” to form a panel entitled “Raza, género y diáspora en el Caribe hispánico” which Torres moderated.

  • Ariela Parisi presented on machismo as a social construct that affects diasporic subjects

  • Hannah Grace Morrison talked about the sexualization of the black character ‘Changó’ in Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro’s literature

  • Maicol Lynch studied the Dominican diaspora as a literary theme

  • Sandra García spoke on the role women play in the diaspora and the relationship between mother and daughter

  • Violeta Orozco researched decolonization in the Carpentier novel Concierto barroco.

L to R: Hannah Grace Morrison, Ariela Parisi, Maicol Lynch, Sandra Peñuela García, Violeta Orozco
L to R: Hannah Grace Morrison, Ariela Parisi, Maicol Lynch, Sandra Peñuela García, Violeta Orozco


Parisi also presented her research on the literary classic Don Quijote de la Mancha in a second panel along with Patricia Moreno (also from Ohio University’s Spanish MA program), and Orozco read her own poetry “Skin of the World” in Spanish at a creative writing panel.

Two of our undergraduate students, under the tutelage of Partyka in HTC, presented their research in separate panels. Freshman Suzy Aftabizadeh introduced her work on PTSD in Uruguayan writer Horacio Quiroga’s short stories, and junior Katherine Broughton shared her preliminary discoveries of Guatemalan Mayan Hip Hop and how it serves to revitalize ancient oral through a new medium.

Not only were our students shining as they impressed their peers from many other universities, but so were our faculty. Italian instructor Carmelina Chilelli served on a pedagogy panel where she shared her research on using an Italian app in and out of the classroom. And Spanish Professor Melissa Figueroa presented her fascinating findings on the role of moriscos in Spanish narrative fiction.




Andrews, Student Expo First Place Recipient

Congratulations to Peter Andrews for his 2018 Student Research and Creative Activity Expo 
First Place win for Outstanding Presentation!

Peter Andrews




Barb Reichenbach Retirement Celebration

Barb Reichenbach Retirement Invitation

Please join us Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Athens Uncorked, 14 Station Street, 3 p.m.–5 p.m.




Promotions in Modern Languages, Spanish

April 2018

Please join us in congratulating these staff members on their recent promotions!


Dr. Jose Delgado has been promoted to Professor.

Jose Delgado


Joanna Mitchell has been promoted to Associate Lecturer.

Joanna Mitchell


Anne Scott has been promoted to Senior Lecturer.

Anne Scott

March 2018

Congratulations New Members of Phi Beta Kappa!

The Lambda of Ohio Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and the Department of Modern Languages are very proud to announce that 17 students from our department have been nominated for membership in the nation’s most prestigious academic honor society.


Elizabeth Gayer

Francesca Cappetta

Laura Chase
Laura Gilbert
Erica Hartman
Alyssa King
Abby Lawrence
Luc Messenger
Andrew Steinke
Paige Wilson




Manon making crêpes
Manon Rondeau: My Little Sister’s Crêpes Recipe

For 15 to 20 perfect French crêpes

-put 4 eggs in a big bowl  

-add 2 cups of flour (without stirring)

-add 2.1 cups of milk very slowly and stirring constantly

-add 1.5 tsp of sugar

-add 1 tsp of vanilla extract

-add a pinch of salt

-add ¼ cup of rum


-let the batter rest in the fridge for an hour

-put some oil in a little bowl and keep a kitchen towel close to it. You will dip it into the oil and spread some onto your pan between each crêpe to keep it oily enough.

-choose your pan temperature: the hotter it will be, the crunchier your crêpe and the faster the cooking. If you like your crêpes soft, keep a low temperature.

-take one ladle of batter, put it in the hot pan and quickly spread the batter using a crêpe rake or simply turning the pan. Try to give it a round shape.

-take a spatula and flip your crêpe over once it stops sticking to the pan. If you want to do it the French (tricky) way, flip the crêpe giving one good upward shake to the pan.

-cook the other side of the crêpe for about 15 seconds.

-pile up your crêpes on a plate until there is no batter left.

-garnish your crêpe with whatever you fancy (in France, the most popular thing to do is to reheat up the crêpe in the pan with some salted butter and sugar, to give it a subtle caramel taste).

 Bon appétit!




Alumni Reunion 2018 — Reunion Details and Registration

March 8, 2018  

Dear Modern Languages and Study Abroad Alumni:

We hope you will be able to travel to Athens on Saturday, April 21 when our department will once again host a gala reunion.

Different than past reunions we have held, we hope to schedule a network , or meet and greet, with some of our current undergraduate and graduate students. This would be informal but give our students a chance to talk with you, our alumni, to find out what you are doing and discuss their goals. This event will begin at 11:00 am Saturday in Gordy Hall. Next on the agenda will be an open house set to begin about 3:00 pm. We will enjoy soft drinks, hors d’oeurves, and good conversations. At 6 p.m. dinner will be served in the Nelson Commons dining room. Following dinner, we will return to Gordy Hall so we can mingle in a less formal setting, listen to music from different cultures and dance. Other entertainment is still in the planning stages but we will keep you updated via the DML Reunion website.

Registration for the reunion is $30 per person which covers departmental events. Registration is only available online.

Deadline for registration is Friday, April 13, 2018.

We have checked the OHIO calendar and have not found other major university events coinciding with the reunion, however, we encourage you to make hotel reservations as soon as possible as there may be community events planned. Here is a list of some area hotels (hotels holding rooms for reunion participants are noted along with the release date of the rooms).


OU Inn, 740-593-6661, release date March 28th

Hampton Inn, 740-593-5600, release date March 26th

Fairfield Inn & Suites, 740-589-5839, release date March 26th

Baymont Inn & Suites, 740-594-3000, release date March 26th

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 740-592-4640

Super 8, 740-594-4900

Days Inn, 740-593-6655


Please help us relive the warmth we all have felt at our past reunions, as well as the camaraderie of study abroad and the liveliness of our Gordy Hall language experiences. We expect that several current and retired faculty and study abroad directors will be at the reunion. You never know who might show up or what surprises we may have planned!

If you do not already, please follow us at the following social media pages:

Facebook, @OUModernlanguages -An event page for the reunion has been created. Please feel free to check-in, share pictures, memories, etc.

Twitter, @OUModlang

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Download a PDF of this letter.

We look forward to see you on April 21st!

Jan Harmon

Department Administrator


Save the Date 2018






March 5, 2018

Torres Published in Mexico

Dr. Daniel Torres’s new book of poetry has been published in Mexico. It is a collection of poetry titled Poemas para leerse en la calle [Poetry to be Read in the Street] in a new series of books coming out this March from the Editorial de la Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán [The Autonomous University of the Yucatan Press].  The book presents a collection of brief poems that can be read while walking down the street.  This is a project in which the author and the press are trying to bring poetry out in the open for a new generation of readers.  Following the esthetics of the Antipoesía conversacionalhispanoamericana [Spanish American conversational poetry], the lyrical voice engages the reader in universal topics related to this modern world that we live in, such as love, sex, travel, nostalgia, the act of aging, the role of literature in life, etc.  All of this in a language that is accessible to all readers.

Newly published book of poetry by Daniel Torres
Newly published book of poetry by Daniel Torres


Congratulations Dr. Torres from the entire Department! 

February 2018


Ganeshan Awarded Arts & Sciences Professional Development Funds

The College of Arts & Sciences Professional Development Committee voted unanimously to provide financial support for Dr. Ashwini Ganeshan’s proposal entitled, “Participation in Workshop on R for Hispanic Linguists.”

Congratulations Dr. Ganeshan from the entire Department!




Students Visit Franklin County Municipal Court

During the Fall 2017 semester, some students from Dr. Postigo’s Translation class (DML) got to visit Franklin County Municipal Court. Students job shadowed interpreters, judges and other personnel, had lunch with them and visited them in their offices.

 Students visit Franklin Co Courthouse

From Left to Right: Interpreter Charles Goodburn, Dr. María Postigo, Emma Kane, Megan Pixler, Jacob Shockey, Kaden Gingerich, Jessica Scott, Leah Nutter, Lauren Gearhart and Max Annable


The group was met at the entrance by Charles Goodburn, one of the full time Certified Court Interpreters. Then they entered courtroom 1B, one of the two courtrooms on the first floor dedicated to Traffic Arraignments. “An arraignment is the formal presentation of the charges by the City or State prosecutor,” Goodburn explained. “These are busy courtrooms full of persons who have recently received a traffic ticket. The Interpreting Services Department here does not know how many persons and for what languages may need an interpreter on any given day in traffic court.” OHIO students were able to listen and observe a Spanish interpreter interpreting for three defendants as they were appearing before Magistrate Sparks. The defendants were pleading “guilty” or “no contest” to traffic offenses. The Magistrate, after informing each defendant of the charges and maximum possible punishments and other possible immigration consequences of a conviction, then accepted their pleas and imposed fines and court costs.  


Franklin Co Courthouse Officials
From Left to Right: Kaden Gingerich, Jessica Scott, Interpreter Adriana Fonseca, Max Annable, Dr. María Postigo, Judge James O’Grady, Megan Pixler, Emma Kane and Jacob Shokey


The students then went to courtroom 4D for similar arraignments, but this time for those who have been arrested for misdemeanor criminal or traffic offenses, or for felony charges. “The defendants in courtroom 4D are brought from the jail to appear before a judge where either they can resolve their cases when possible by pleading “guilty” or “no contest”, or the judge will determine a bond amount that the defendant must post to get out of jail and return for a future court date. The defendants are brought into the courtroom in groups of three from holding cells.  Each defendant has one of three Public Defenders to represent them for this 4D arraignment.” Goodburn explained. OHIO students saw here that real life interpreting is not always an ideal and controlled situation for hearing and interpreting. Arraignments of prisoners in courtroom 4D is fast-paced and, at times, chaotic. The interpreter does his/her best to interpret what is said in the courtroom by all parties (the judge, prosecutors, defense attorneys, guards, domestic violence victims’ advocates, etc.) to or about the defendant so that the LEP (Limited English Proficient or Hearing Impaired) individual is “linguistically present”. The students observed and listened to the proceedings in this courtroom from the public area behind a glass window. Judge Green was presiding in courtroom 4D this day.

OHIO students then went to traffic courtroom 1A again to observe and watch other interpreters working. Here the group met with Adriana Fonseca, Franklin County Municipal Court Lead Interpreter. Court Certified Interpreter Fonseca coordinates the interpreters of American Sign Language and forty-five other languages. The court provides interpreting services for criminal and civil matters, for all hearings, trials, motions and court functions at no cost, supporting the Judiciary’s goal of ensuring equal justice for all.

Fonseca took students to floor 13A, to job shadow Judge Ebner. Here they saw a plea with three cases. This floor works with DV (domestic violence) and other misdemeanors like OVI (DUI, called “OVI” in Ohio). Then she took students to job shadow Judge O’Grady in 14C and Judge Peeples in 14D and got to talk to the judges afterwards, who shared stories and advice regarding language and culture. In addition, an attorney gave the group some language advice, including idioms, double meanings and false friends that are common in legal settings. They also got to speak to some public defenders who shared their stories about learning bilingual terminology.

The group had lunch with Dr. Postigo’s interpreter friends and had the chance to ask them all sorts of questions. After lunch, Fonseca took the group to visit some personnel in their offices and explained that “felonies go to this building after first arrest, then all felonies go to the Common Pleas building.” Students met with Judge James O’Grady and had a picture taken with him in the courtroom. Dr. Postigo said that “OU students appreciated this opportunity to extend the classroom experience into the real world and see its application. They got to see the interpreting of linguistic and cultural nuances in action. They also talked to judges, public defenders and interpreters and got to take documents home, so it was a very enriching experience.” Dr. María Postigo is a new Faculty member in the DML at OHIO. She holds a Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees on Translation and Interpreting Studies from the Universidad de Valladolid, Spain. She also received grants to study in Belgium and Canada. She has done numerous translation and interpreting assignments in school, court, hospital, factory and other settings.




February 1, 2018

22nd Annual Spring Spanish Colloquium Feb 8 – 10, 2018





February 1, 2018

PreColloquium Events

Friday, February 2, 2018, Gordy 113

Translation Club mini-presentations: Roles of interpreters and translators

Monday, February 5, 2018, Gordy 310

Mini-presentations and translation workshop  



January 2018


January 25, 2018

Film viewing and discussion of Lost in Translation

The Department of Modern Languages PreColloquium Events begin tonight! Open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Gordy Hall room 113