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Modern Languages Honor Society Ceremony

The Modern Language Department held an event to celebrate the induction of new students into its Honor Society

On April 23, the department held its annual Modern Languages Honor Society ceremony to celebrate the induction of new students who distinguished themselves pursuing studies in our foreign language programs.

Prof. Goda addresses the audienceProf. Goda addresses the audienceProfessor Mizenko (Japanese), chair of the department,officially opened the event. Professor Yukino Goda (Japanese) hosted the event and noted: “This year, 39 juniors and seniors from the six language programs are newly inducted, and we are very proud of their dedication and achievements in our department.”

During the first part of the event students and foreign language teaching assistants (FLTA) read a poem in each of the target languages: Sarah Weber and Ayat Mohamed (Arabic), Joseph Iuliucci and Yuchi Liu (Chinese), Arabella Taucher and Laura Woitiez (French), Brendan Werner (German), Japanese (Shichao Li), Spanish (Sinéad O’Callaghan and Jorge Conejero Cuadrado).

Professor Shuru, this year’s invited faculty speaker, followed with a speech titled “On Language and Self.” She delivered an account of the personal and plurilingual roots. She is a descendant of a Mexican father whose main language was not Spanish but a minority language in Mexico. She learned English later on when she moved to the United States at an early age. 

The second part of the event was the induction of the new members of the Modern Languages Honor Society, who were presented with a diploma and a cord. 

Professor Mizenko, Chair of the Modern Language Department, presented the language awards and prizes for outstanding students in each of the languages taught at Ursinus. In his remarks to the audience, Professor Mizenko noted how the new core curriculum maintains the required two semesters of a foreign language and how this will help us continue to fulfill the mission of the College to prepare our students to live “in an interdependent world.”

The event concluded with an official recognition of all the foreign language teaching assistants who have worked with our students during the 2017-2018 academic year: Ayat Mohamed (Arabic), Yuchi Liu (Chinese), Laura Woitiez (French), and Jorge Conejero Cuadrado).

We congratulate all of our students for their exceptional commitment to foreign languages.

2018 Modern Languages Honor Society Inductees 
Arabic

Yusef Ahmed (’18)
Omar Elghawy (’18)
Ryan McGowan (’18)
Sarah Weber (’18)

The Arabic inductees and awardees.

The Arabic group.

Chinese

Joseph Iulucci (’18)
Evan Hunt (’18)

From left, Amy Lee, Joe Iuliucci, Stephanie Sun, Yuchi Liu (FLTA), Morgan Larese.

The Chinese students and faculty. (From left, Amy Lee, Joe Iuliucci, Stephanie Sun, Yuchi Liu (FLTA), Morgan Larese)

French

Helen Brabant-Bleakely (’18)
Adam Dykie (’18)
Michael Esposito (’18)
Clara Kiss (’18)
Rae Hodenfield (’18)
Allison Lubczanski (’18)

The French inductees and awardees.

The French inductees and awardees.

German

Kathryn Bormann (’18)
Hannah Engber (’18)
John Runk (’18)
Blake Thomson (’18)
Brendan Werner (’18)
Sarah Wonsidler (’19)

 
The German group show their academic pride. (From left, Kathryn Bormann, Hannah Engber, Sarah Wonsidler, Prof. Clouser, John (Zach) Runk, Brendan Werner)The German group show their academic pride. (From left, Kathryn Bormann, Hannah Engber, Sarah Wonsidler, Prof. Clouser, John (Zach) Runk, Brendan Werner)

Japanese

Shani Bame (’18)
Veronica Fried (’18)
Shichao Li (’18)
Jie Lin (’18)
Rosendo Lopez-Duran (’18)
Kyung Son (Joon) (’18)
Solana Warner (’18) 

Japanese faculty join in celebration of new Japanese inductees (from left, Prof. Mizenko, Shichao Li, Kyung Son, Veronica Fried, Jie Lin, Solana Warner, and Rosendo Lopez-Duran, Prof. Tanaka)Japanese faculty join in celebration of new Japanese inductees. (From left, Prof. Mizenko, Shichao Li, Kyung Son, Veronica Fried, Jie Lin, Solana Warner, and Rosendo Lopez-Duran, Prof. Goda)

 

Spanish

Anna Crowder (’18)
Sarah DeFelice (’19)
Jenna Detweiler (’18)
RoseAngela Hartford (’18)
Bryan Martin (’18)
Robert McNamara (’18)
Alexandra Montes (’18)
Ashley Nguyen (’18)
Andrew Sallavanti (’18)
Danielle Uibel (’18)
Rachel Weil (’18)
Leo Welsh (’19)

The Spanish inductees, awardees, and faculty and FLTA.The Spanish inductees, awardees, and faculty and FLTA.
 
2018 Modern Language Department Awards
Arabic

Ryan McGowan

Chinese

Amy Lee
Evan Hunt

French

Clara Kiss

Japanese

Rosendo Lopez-Duran
Kyung Son (Joon)

German

Sydney Dickson

Spanish

RoseAngela Hartford
Romina Kalmeijer