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12th Annual S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year Program Launched

Posted by: Mark Del Mastro | April 29, 2016 | No Comment |

The College of Charleston’s and The Citadel’s chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, are proud to announce their 12th annual South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year Award for 2016. The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, November 10 at 7:15pm in Alumni Memorial Hall at the College of Charleston.

All three finalists will receive award plaques courtesy of the College of Charleston’s and The Citadel’s chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, and each finalist and their guests (one guest per finalist) will enjoy complimentary lodging the evening of November 10, 2016 and breakfast on November 11 courtesy of theFrancis Marion Hotel in downtown Charleston.

Sigma Delta Pi’s 2016 S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year will also receive a $500 cash award courtesy of D. Virgil Alfaro, III, M.D., Citadel class of 1984.

All questions regarding the contest should be forwarded to Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, Founding Director of Sigma Delta Pi’s South Carolina Spanish Teacher of the Year Award, College of Charleston:delmastromp@cofc.edu.

Nomination deadline: September 14, 2016. Click here for nomination instructions and the official downloadable form for the 2016 contest.

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German students perform live show for final project

Posted by: koernerm | April 25, 2016 | No Comment |

German Theater Students Put on Live Show for Final Project

Final exams in college: everyone is wary of them. But not the students in Morgan Koerner’s German theater course. Every two years, Koerner offers a course that culminates in a live performance in German, and this year was no exception. The students of German 468 recently performed “Dada siegt! Dada scheitert! [Dada wins! Dada fails!]” for a standing-room-only crowd in the College’s Wells Fargo Auditorium this week.

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Drs. Mark Del Mastro, Susan Divine, Mike Gómez and Carl Wise participated in the 69th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference on April 14-16, 2016 at the University of Kentucky with their following research presentations:

“Partialism and Sexuality in Carmen Laforet’s Nada” (Del Mastro)
“Spanish Space and Time in Ministerio del Tiempo” (Divine)
“Literature under the Microscope: Taking a Closer Look at Ramón y Cajal’s Fictions” (Gómez)
“Madrid Imagined: Spain’s Urban Spaces in the works of two Early Modern Mexican Playwrights” (Wise)

In addition to these presentations, Drs. Divine and Wise were featured panelists in the roundtable discussion “Digital Spain: Theory and Praxis Roundtable,” and Dr. Del Mastro organized and conducted the 14th Annual Sigma Delta Pi Informative Session.

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Dr. Viñas-de-Puig Presents Research at 83rd SECOL

Posted by: Mark Del Mastro | April 11, 2016 | No Comment |

On March 29, 2016, Professor Ricard Viñas-de-Puig presented his paper “Unexpected dialect divergence in a situation of language contact: Expletive negation in Spanish in contact with Catalan” at the 83rd meeting of the Southeastern Conference on Linguistics in New Orleans, LA.

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The College of Charleston’s national award-winning Nu Zeta Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, initiated the following 9 students during a ceremony held at 5:00pm in the Alumni Center of the School of Education:

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Torrie R. Buchanan
Manuela Chaverra Zapata
Alexandra E. Comey
Courtney R. Eker
Eileen C. Flock
Devon A. Gaffey
Ashton E. Getchell
Joanna L. Grabert
Maya Novák-Cogdell

Also initiated as honorary members were Professors Mary Ann Blitt, Lauren N. Hetrovicz and Martha A. Maus.

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Professor Susan Divine’s book review on Omara G. Encarnación’s Democracy without Justice in Spain: The Politics of Forgetting, has been published in the Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

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Professor Nadia Avendaño’s article “Negotiating Identities: Growing Up Female, Jewish and Mexican” has been published in the renowned Bulletin of Spanish Studies.

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Dr. Owens Presents in the Global Scholars Faculty Lecture Series

Posted by: Mark Del Mastro | February 25, 2016 | No Comment |

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On February 11-13, Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro participated in the 2016 Annual Council Meeting of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) in Savannah, GA, where he also chaired and led the Saturday morning roundtable discussion “Engaging Chapter Members in Your Society.”  Professor Del Mastro represents the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi, as Council Member of the ACHS since 2004.  The ACHS is the only certifying agency in the U.S. for collegiate honor societies with chapters at accredited institutions.

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Drs. Hilary Barnes and Ricard Viñas-de-Puig hosted the annual SLINKI (Spanish Linguistics in North Carolina) / SLISE (Spanish Linguistics in the South East) conference in the Jewish Studies Center of the College of Charleston on February 6, 2016.  The event enjoyed  collaboration from multiple departments, to include several students who presented their research posters:

Tori Akerley, Carmen BensVega, Cinamon Kerr, Falyn Langford, and Anna Maggiari presented ‘Spanish object expression in the SC Lowcountry,’ under the supervision of Dr. Ricard Viñas-de-Puig.

Torrie Buchanan and Keane Costello presented ‘Production of /s/ in medial codas in the Spanish of the SC Lowcountry,’ under the supervision of Dr. Ricard Viñas-de-Puig.

Maya Novak-Cogdell presented ‘Alternatives to gendered personal pronouns in Spanish,’ under the supervision of Dr. Hilary Barnes.

Eric Singleton, Kelsey Vories, and Shannon Wischusen presented  ‘A sociolinguistic analysis of progressive forms in the Spanish of the SC Lowcountry,’ under the supervision of Dr. Ricard Viñas-de-Puig

Finally, Dr. Ricard Viñas-de-Puig presented the paper entitled ‘Ceci n’est pas une négation: Linguistic divergence in expletive negation constructions in Spanish-Catalan bilinguals.’

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