Recent News

Congratulations to Gabrielle DiLorenzo!  Ms.DiLorenzo was presented the Julia Fleet Chair of Teaching on February 20th at an Academic Awards Convocation.  Ms. DiLorenzo joined the Modern and Classical Department in 2002 and has taught every level of Spanish in her tenure here at Culver.

Graduating with Honors in French -- Elaina Engelhard (GT) from Lake Bluff, Illinois graduated with Honors in French. Elaina completed a journal of more than forty pages from her seven weeks in St.-Brieuc, France while with the Indiana University Honors Program for High School Students.  Her oral defense, conducted entirely in French, took place in front of a panel of French Instructors.  Elaina included a commentary on a slide show that accompanied the written project.  At Culver Elaina completed the French 2, French 3, French Cinema, and the AP French Language and Culture courses.  We are so proud of Elaina's accomplishment!

Delmar T. Spivey Award for Excellence in Teaching -- We are proud of Ms. Angela Barton, French Instructor in the department, for being recognized with the Spivey award for this academic year.  This was Angela's third year in the department and she was quite deserving of the award!

Heading off to various destinations in Spain and France with the Indiana University Honors Program for High School Students this coming summer are the following students:

Studying in Spain are: Michael Anthony and Natalie Schurr in Oviedo; Allison Baker in León; Paige Baldacci and Alan Simonini in Valencia; and Rebecca Carballo, Erica Oosterhoff, and John Van Duyn in Ciudad RealOff to experience France are: Emily Hernández and Bella Lee in St. Brieuc; and Sina Hartung in Saumur.

Yen-Yen Gao writes the following after her summer in Brest, France:

This previous summer, I had the opportunity to study abroad in France. I have dreamed about going to France for the longest time and finally I had a chance to visit this mystical country, which in my mind, was filled with berets, baguettes, and fashionable people. After the slow first week of taking in the new culture, trying to speak French, adjusting to my host family, and making new friends, the rest of the trip flashed by. I tried some of the best food I have ever eaten i:n my life, including crepes and pain au chocolat (chocolate bread), and I made lifelong friends. My host family and the students I travelled with are like another family for me. I would definitely recommend the program to another student as it was a wonderful, life-changing experience for me. I now have more confidence in my French after knowing that I can communicate with real French people and I have learned not to trust stereotypes too quickly (I did not see a single French person wearing a beret while I was there). My worldview is much broader and I have become a much more independent person.

On April 26, 2013 the following individuals were inducted into la Société Honoraire de Français:  Javier Bravo, TA; Paula Cruz, GI; Yen-Yen Gao, GL; Maria Ximena García, GI; Lizzy Gorecki, GT; Alec Johnston, CA; Bella Lee, GI; Hannah Schoolmeester, GR; Leonardo Segura Vazquez, BA; and Anna Zaccaria, GL.  They join the following members, who were inducted earlier:   Ahmad Al Sayed, BB; Aaron Arvizu, CB; Leopoldo Burguete, BA; Rocky Cislak, BB; Alexander Fayemi, CB; Caitlynn Fortner, GA; Kayleigh Hynes,GL; Federico Kawage, BA; Eric Maudhuit, CB; Mary McKinnis, GL; Pita Navarro, GT; Charlotte Peterson, GL; Emma Pettinga, GA; Stuart Pomeroy, CC; and Jemima Wynn, GI.  Click here for a couple of pictures of the ceremony.

Also on April 26, 2013 The National Spanish Honor Society, José Martí Chapter inducted the following students into the society: Carol Alban, GT; Lori Bin, GL; Brian DeVries, BA; Amanda Dilena, GL; Brock Frazer, BB; Adam Freymiller, BD; Bailey Henry, GA; Natalie Hogan, GL; India Irving, GR; Sarah Jamieson, GC; Abigail Jeffirs, GB; Melissa Ma, GB; Morgan Osborn, GC; Brendan Radatovich, BA; Caroline Schurr, GC; Rachel Sharp, GC; Joy Shen, GA; Alan Simonini, BA; Peyton Taets, GC; Abigail Van Horn, GR; and Kendall Whitehurst, GL.  Congratulations to these deserving students!  You may click here for a slide show of the induction ceremony.

Modern and Classical Language Department Award Winners - 2013

We are pleased to announce the award winners for the various languages in the department.  In the first picture above from left to right are: Zixuan Gao, The Burton L. Curry Award for Excellence in French; Joy Yu Shen, The John R. Mars Award for Excellence in Spanish; and Celeta Dodge, The Martin A. Uebel Award for Excellence in German.  In the second picture above from left to right are: Caleb Jadrich, The John Frazier Roos Award for Excellence in Latin; and Jacob Kurdziel, The Department of Modern and Classical Languages Award for Excellence in Chinese.  Congratulations to these fine students for their achievements.

Department Activity - August 17, 2012

The department took part in a team-building activity at the Woodcraft Camp under the watchful eye of Mr. Sonny Adkins.  A great time was experienced by all!  Click here for a link to a few choice photos of the day.

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