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A note from the desk of the chair

Fall 2018:

To all our friends and colleagues, students and alumni,

The Department of Languages has some new faces this year. Mari Bodensteiner joins us as a new ESL instructor after a stint in Southeast Asia with the US Department of State. Khoua Vang joins us as our new Hmong language instructor in addition to her “day-job” at Flynn Elementary here in Eau Claire. But they are new only to our instructional staff, both Mari and Khoua are UWEC alumnae. Before they completed their respective Masters degrees in Education, here at UWEC they received degrees in TESOL and Education, respectively.

We also acknowledge and thank two of our ESL colleagues who recently retired after many years of fruitful and appreciated service to the Department: Julie Adler and Joyce Johnson. Our best wishes follow them, and they are missed.
As usual herein you will herein exciting and interesting updates on Languages alumni, it is wonderful to hear these stories and learn about their accomplishments. I tell my students as they are graduating: “I expect updates.” I will take the liberty of saying the same on behalf of all my colleagues in the department. We appreciate your continued interest in and support of our efforts.

The Fall 2018 semester proceeds apace as you read this, and, as usual, there is a lot going on in the Department of Languages. We have been quite productive over the months since our last newsletter, as you will see from the stories of faculty activity and accomplishment herein. Two deserve a bright spotlight.

Dr. Martina Lindseth (German) was named this last Summer as the 2018 UW System Board of Regents Teaching Excellence Award winner. and the sole recipient each year is chosen among the nominees – one from each campus – across the entire UW-System. The award was formally presented at the UW System Board of Regents meeting on June 8 and celebrated again here on-campus at the Blugold Breakfast that kicks off the Fall semester. For those of you interested in hearing a compelling testimony on the value of Languages, you can find Dr. Lindseth’s acceptance speech at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_8mtH8V0Ro. No doubt the whole roughly three-hour(!) video of the Regents meeting is instructive, but if you want to go straight to the really good stuff, start in at roughly 2 hours and 30 minutes to hear what Prof. Lindseth has to say.

Dr. Anne Hlas (Spanish) was announced at 2018-2019 Maxwell Schoenfeld Distinguished Professorship. This is one of the longest running awards in the College of Arts & Sciences, twenty years now, one recipient per year from nominees across more than a half dozen departments and programs. This award acknowledges commitment to the institution,
achievement in scholarship, excellence in teaching, and commitment to student life, it was formally announced at the opening College meeting in the Fall.

Congratulations to both our colleagues. Additional details on other recent award winners, and more, are found herein. Get reading!

Best regards,
Matt Waters
Chair, Department of Languages