Congratulations to Elise Monsen, a student majoring in Russian Studies, who was presented the 2018 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Award. Elise will work with Dr. Justin Wilmes, Assistant Professor of Russian Studies Interdisciplinary Program, on a project titled: ‘We Want Change’: The Sociopolitical Impact of Perestroika-Era Rock.’
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On February 1st, French faculty organized a special Crêpe Day event, la Chandeleur (candle in French), where French students, French club members, international exchange students and Global LLC students learned how to make crêpes and most importantly, taste them. In France, the month of February starts with the celebration of Candlemas – la Chandeleur. The origins of the Chandeleur date back to a pagan feast: celebrating the end of winter, the longer days, and the upcoming crop people were about to plant.
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Jason Port, a junior, double-majoring in Russian Studies and Security Studies has been awarded a $250 Travel Grant from ECU's Office of Undergraduate Research. The grant will support Jason's trip to Ohio State University's Midwest Slavic Conference on March 23-25, 2018 to present on "The Impact of Russian Disinformation Campaigns on the United States and its Allies in the Putin Era." Dr. Justin Wilmes, Assistant Professor of Russian Studies Interdisciplinary Program, is mentoring Jason on this project.
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Jessica Tucci-Herron graduated ECU with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Hispanic Studies. Jessica was a member of the Sigma Delta Pi National Spanish Honor Society. Jessica is one of three recipients of the 2017 Brody Scholar award. The award includes four years of medical school tuition, living expenses and the opportunity to design a summer enrichment program that can include travel abroad.
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Danny Franch, an Honors College student who graduated from ECU in May 2016 with a rare triple major: history, history education and German. Danny received an English teaching assistant award from the highly-competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program. He received a $30,000 grant to support his international experience teaching English in Germany’s eastern region.
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Elisa Alfonso presented "Depictions of Musico-Cultural Syncretism in the Film Chico & Rita (2010)" at the NC Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. Elisa is a dual degree student in Hispanic Studies and Music Performance (Flute), graduating in December 2017. She plans to pursue an advanced degree in Ethnomusicology.
Congratulations to French Minor Sadie Crockett on winning a major national award, the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. In Summer 2016, HCAS awarded 20 study abroad scholarships. Among the FLL recipients were Mary Grace Lee, Genesis Burgos, and Rachel Griffith.
Anna Lawrence (Spanish) was named a Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society graduate fellow; Amanda Keating (French) won a Phi Sigma Iota International Foreign Language Honor Society Scholarship; and Daniel Franch (Honors and German Triple Major) won a Fulbright grant to teach English in Germany.
Mia Willis is a double major in Anthropology and Classical Civilizations with aspirations to graduate school in Classical Archeology. She is a poet, holds the Rogers Scholarship in Archeology and the Papalas Scholarship in Classical Studies, and she is President of the Foreign Language Student Ambassadors, and the Classical Studies Association.
FLL recognized its graduates, awards and scholarship winners, research presenters and honor society inductees in a ceremony on May 6, 2016. Sci-Tech C307. 3pm
Of the four students graduating summa cum laude in fall, three were majors in Foreign Languages and Literatures: Leah D. Collins (BA Hispanic Studies) MacKenzie A. Mull (BS Elementary Ed, BA Hispanic Studies) Sarah N. Sipe (BS Chemistry, BA German)
Amanda Brittany Keating won a $3000 Scholarship from Phi Sigma Iota National Foreign Language Honors Society in support of her studies as a French major, including study abroad in Strasbourg, Summer 2016.
Eleven FLL students made research presentations at Research and Creative Achievement Week: Mia Willis, Elisa Alfonso, Kristen Fulcher, Spencer Jackson, Aenia Amin, Hannah Forde-Smith, Daniel Franch, Morgan Shelor, Anna Lawrence, William Sokolovic, and Paige Vaughan.
Three FLL students won undergraduate research awards:
Aenia Amin, triple major in NEUR, PSYC, & Hispanic Studies ·
Spencer Jackson, double major in Biology and French · and
Anna Lawrence, double major in Hispanic Studies and ANTH, who is working with Stephen Fafulas of FLL. Anna was recipient of a Phi Kappa Phi Eldean Pearce Graduate Fellowship for $1500 and is ECU's nominee in the national graduate fellowship competition. Anna is also a member of the honors college and she completed an undergraduate internship with Dr. Christine Avenarius and her honors thesis in Spanish linguistics with Dr. Fafulas.
Of the four students graduating
summa cum laude this fall, three are majors in Foreign Languages and Literatures:
Leah D. Collins (BA Hispanic Studies)
MacKenzie A. Mull (BS Elementary Ed, BA Hispanic Studies)
Sarah N. Sipe (BS Chemistry, BA German)
Anna Lawrence (undergraduate) and Ashley Meehan (graduate), won the "Best Paper Presentation Award" at the 13th Annual TESOL / Applied Linguistics Graduate Students Conference hosted at East Carolina University on February 13, 2016.
ECU's German Club received SGA support to send students to München over spring break (March 4-13) to help refugees acclimate to life in Germany (games and activities for children, serving meals, tutoring introductory German). They set up a "Go Fund me" account for the refugees to which anyone can give.
Daniel Franch, a senior in the German program, recently was selected to receive a 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Germany. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program of the United States. As a Finalist, Franch will represent the country as a cultural ambassador while overseas, helping to enhance mutual understanding between Americans and the people in Germany. Franch joins more than 100,000 Fulbright U.S. Student Program alumni who have undertaken grants since the beginning of the program in 1948.
Jessica Rassau, senior in Classical Studies and the Honors College, and Kyle Binaxas, a double major in Russian Studies/Psychology, have received Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Awards in support of their research. Jessica is studying abroad in Italy and Greece, researching ancient Spartan military culture and Spartan participation in the Persian Wars. Kyle's project grew out of his spring 2014 readings with Prof. Murenina on Aesthetic Choices in Soviet Animation and the Thaw of the 1960s. He is currently working with Prof. Hernandez in the Dept. of History.
For many years, ECU Hispanic Studies majors have been selected as Cultural Ambassadors to teach English in Spain. In 2014-15, Robert Colson and Mario Becerra are serving as language and cultural assistants in Spanish schools. These cultural exchanges are transformative experiences, often leading our majors to pursue graduate education in country.
Cassidy Ann Cloninger: Úbeda (Jaén)
Erika Nassar: very close to Granada, capital
Robert Colson: El Palmar de Troya (Sevilla)
Mario Becerra: Mallorca, applying for MA programs in Spain
Erika Nassar: very close to Granada, capital, accepted into an MA program in Spain
Students often pursue opportunities like this for a gap year between undergraduate and graduate school. They receive a work visa (apply from the Consulate in D.C), medical insurance, and a monthly stipend of ca. $1,000. The work commitment is approximately 12-16 hours per week.
M. Rachel Mehaffey, EC Scholar
BS Chemistry, BS Applied Physics, Hispanic Studies minor
Future Plans: Pursuing a PhD in Chemistry and Physics at UT Austin
Mariah Richards, BS Hispanic Studies Education
Future Plans: Graduate School, MA in Spanish and Latin American
Linguistic, Literary and Cultural Studies, NYU in Madrid
This year’s recipient, MICHAEL VEALE, is a junior from Charlotte double majoring in Theatre Arts and German. Thanks to the award, Michael is spending this academic year as a student at the Freie Universität in Berlin, Germany, where he is taking advantage of the educational and cultural opportunities available to him as a resident of a major European city. ECU’s program in German is 1 of only 5 in the United States to have had an undergraduate receive a DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship in each of the last four years, and the only program in the entire Southeast to do so. These four scholarships represent approximately $45,000 in external funding for ECU undergraduates to pursue their studies in German and other fields of interest at an institution of higher learning in Germany. In Michael’s case, the German faculty would like to thank the faculty and staff of the School of Theatre and Dance, in particular Prof. John Shearin, Prof. Hector Garza, and Prof. Gregory Funaro. Their support of Michael’s candidacy was unwavering and much appreciated.
On February 8, Mario Becerra and Briceida Rodriguez, who are completing a BA in Hispanic Studies and are student members of the SoCIOLing (Study of Community Involvement and Outreach & Linguistics) Lab, presented the poster ‘A sociolinguistic analysis of morphosyntactic phenomena in the Spanish of Pitt County: A pilot study’ at the SLINKI (Spanish Linguistics in North Carolina) Conference held at Appalachian State University, and again at the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics (SECOL) in North Myrtle Beach in March. Under the mentorship by Dr. Stephen Fafulas and Dr. Ricard Viñas-de-Puig, the students summarized the results of the research project in which they investigated the expression of future and clitic doubling constructions by native Spanish speakers from Pitt County.
Kendra Beaty (German) had her paper, "German Television: Really “German” or Forever an American Reproduction?," approved for presentation for The National Conference on Undergraduate Research in 2012 at Weber State University in Ogden Utah.
"I hope to go back to school in the future, but I have many interests so my plans are uncertain. For now, I am working for Homeland Security in the D.C. area. I am proudest of my thesis, my small role in Aristophanes' Lysistrata, and helping with the 24 hour recitation of Homer's Odyssey LIVE! I enjoyed every moment I had with the classics department. I am glad I took 8 levels of Latin. Also, speaking at the First Annual Classics Convocation. Foreign Languages open many doors. It allows you to communicate with and understand other cultures. It also makes you better at your own language. I learned more about English grammar and vocabulary from foreign languages than in any English course. I took 4 foreign languages at ECU & I loved each one in a different way."
Amber is 2011-2012 Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Senior. "I plan on attending the Brody School of Medicine in the fall. After completing medical school, I hope to improve access to primary health care for underserved Hispanic populations in rural eastern North Carolina. I am proud of studying abroad in Santander, Spain in Fall 2009, graduating summa cum laude, as an East Carolina Scholar in the University Honors Program, receiving the Fullerton Foundation Medical Scholarship, being Inducted into the 2011 and 2012 ECU Servire Society for Community Service, being named 2011-2012 Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Senior Award, and being named 2012 Outstanding Senior for Hispanic Studies, and lastly of my senior thesis research project in physiology: "Protective effects of the soluble guanylate cyclase activator BAY 60-2770." Studying foreign language as a major challenges you to become immersed in a new language and culture different from your own. Through study abroad, your perspectives of people are changed and you develop into a mature, global individual."
I will be attending the University of Missouri in the fall to pursue a Masters degree in French. After receiving my MA, I would either like to teach at the high school level, or perhaps pursue a doctorate and enter the university level. My proudest achievement at ECU is the Fleming-Perry scholarship that I received in the spring of 2011. Majoring in a foreign language is important because it allows you to learn about another culture and communicate with people from that culture. Also, the job possibilities are endless. You can teach, work in international relations or affairs, or even be a professional translator. Lastly, learning, reading, and speaking a foreign language is fun! I wanted to add that the French faculty at ECU are so kind. I was so nervous during my first day of college, but the French faculty made that nervousness go away. The diverse backgrounds of the faculty made my French studies very interesting!