Sarah Vowels, a 2014 Spanish and TEFL graduate and community outreach coordinator/immigration support associate in the Center for International Education, recently was featured in the International Enrollment Management Spotlight Newsletter as an IEM Newcomer. The newsletter is a NAFSA: National Association of International Educators publication. Vowels also was quoted in the Sept. 6 Leader-Telegram column "Host friend program brings lasting benefits."
Dr. Josh Brown has been selected as one of three German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award recipients nationally for 2014. This annual award recognizes outstanding young university faculty members and schoolteachers who are engaged in innovative teaching and successful program building and reform — and who are actively involved in the work of their local chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).
In Brown's three years at UW-Eau Claire he has worked with his colleagues in German to increase the number of German majors and minors by more than 30 percent and to reform and streamline the curriculum. He also has authored and edited several important books and articles on the Amish, Mennonites and Hutterites, especially relating to their diversity and changing narratives as early German-speaking immigrants in America. Brown also has published significant articles on German language pedagogy as well as more broadly on language and gender identity. In addition to his work in German, he is an affiliate faculty member in women's studies and a member of the campus LGBTQA Advisory Board.
Brown will be honored during the awards presentation at the AATG Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Annual Convention and World Languages Expo Nov. 22 in San Antonio, Texas. His award includes an all-expense-paid immersion trip to Germany to participate in a professional development seminar for German faculty.
Bilingual Beginnings has completed its first year. Click here for the full story.
Lindsey Merchlewitz, a Spanish minor, participates in an immersion program in a small Costa Rican fishing village. Click here for the full story.
Irene Salazar, a 1996 Spanish Education graduate, receives National Board Certification. Click here for the full story.
Dr. Matt Waters publishes new book on ancient Persia focused on 550-330 BCE, a formative period for Middle Eastern and European history. Click here for the full story.
Mary Eppolite has been selected to participate in the prestigious Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program under the direction of Dr. Jessica Miller.
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Valerie Mumm-Jansen, a 2002 Spanish graduate, has received the 2013 UW Colleges Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for Faculty. Click here for the full story.
Kallie Sandell, a 2011 Spanish Business major, co-published "Study Abroad and the Spiral of Silence: Does Encouraging Participation Create Apprehension for Those Who Don't Participate?". Click here for the full story.
Alan Grostephan, a 2001 Spanish major, writes a novel about life in Colombia. Click here for the full story.
Dr. Manuel Fernández (foreign languages) and Dr. Michael Hilger (emeritus, English) will lead film discussions as part of the Cuban Film Festival at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in downtown Eau Claire. Films will be shown from 7-9:30 p.m. Sept. 9, 16 and 23 in the Eau Claire Room of the library. The film series is free and open to the public. More information.