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A note from the chair

To all our friends, colleagues, and students,

Instructional staff return during August to prep for the new academic year, but things really start to buzz after Labor Day when classes start. The campus transforms, a difference evident even from the far corner office of the Department Chair on 4th floor of Centennial Hall.

The Department of Languages has a few welcomes to make this year.

Ami Christensen returns to us after two years based in Bangkok, working on a State Department project that also covered Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. We are delighted to have her back here directing our ESL program.

Dr. Lise Hoy joins us a French instructor, with a part-time appoint in the English Department as well. She holds an MA and PhD in French literature from UW-Madison, her main specialty being the nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries French novel. 

Dr. Alfredo Aranda-Silva joins us as a Spanish instructor. He is originally from Spain but is not new to the Midwest, having taught at UW-LaCrosse for two years previously. He holds a Ph.D. in Contemporary Spanish Literature from the University of Barcelona.

We are well underway with the 2017-18 year as you read this, and, as usual, the Department of Languages is a happening place. Check out the recent alumni success and interest stories herein, as well as our awesome faculty’s activities and accomplishments. I hope you enjoy reading their stories, and if you are an alum who has not contacted us in a while, we’d love to hear your story as well.


Best wishes,

Matt Waters

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