At the annual ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) conference in San Antonio, Texas in November 2014, Professor Stephen Della Lana made two presentations:
1) Changes in the Landscape: Study Abroad Programs in the 21st Century
2) Putting German to work: The Summer Internship Program in Germany
Dr. Silvia Rodriguez Sabater co-presented with Laura Plotts of TLT a virtual poster titled “Create, collaborate, and communicate in a second language: digital literacies in a distance education Spanish course” in the conference “Digital literacies in and beyond the L2 classroom: a hybrid symposium on research and practice” organized by the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy of the University of Arizona, October 6-11, 2014.
Professor Silvia Rodríguez Sabater presented her paper “Cross-cultural awareness in Spanish college textbooks” at the annual conference of the American Council on the Teaching on Foreign Languages (ACTFL) in San Antonio, Texas on November 20-23, 2014.
Professor Antonio Aiello presented his paper “Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda: ‘Devota, no devota vulgar’. Un estudio de su religiosidad, devoción ascética y misticismo” at the 4th Annual International Conference on Caribbean Studies held at Marquette University on November 6-8, 2014.
On Monday Nov 10, students from Professor Lauren Ravalico’s course, French 490 (The Culture of the French Table), along with French Club and members of the faculty of the Department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies, celebrated “Une soirée gourmande,” a culinary demonstration and tasting with famed Charleston chef, Jill Mathias of Chez Nous restaurant at the state-of-the-art Le Creuset “atelier.”
Professor Ravalico organized this high-impact learning experience with the support of French Club sponsor Professor Robert Sapp. The event was generously funded by the Department of French, Francophone, and Italian Studies, and French Club. Le Creuset kindly offered use of their “atelier” space for the event.
Students and faculty enjoyed a delicious feast of “moules au pistou” (mussels in pesto), “poulet au vinaigre de l’estragon” (chicken in a tarragon vinegar sauce), and “clafouti aux framboises” (raspberry clafouti).
Professors Susan Divine and Félix Vásquez participated in the 2014 Midwest Modern Language Association Convention in Detroit, MI on November 13-16, 2014. Dr. Divine presented a paper entitled “Nacho Vigalondo and the Impossible Recovery of Time and Space.”; and she also presented “Writing the Self/Writing the City: Spanish Authors and Social Media” in one of three panels she organized that was entitled “Spanish Cities in Transformation.” Professor Vásquez presented his paper “Colonial Lima Coming Alive in Esteban Terralla Landa’s Work.”
Professors Hilary Barnes and Ricard Viñas-de-Puig participated in the 2014 Hispanic Linguistics Symposium at Purdue University on November 13-16, 2014. Dr. Barnes presented her poster “Mid-vowel contrast in Veneto-Spanish bilinguals,” and Dr. Viñas-de-Puig presented his poster “This is not the Case of the Indirect Object: Linguistic and sociolinguistic factors in double object marking constructions in ENC Spanish” and his paper “Pan-Amazonian Spanish: The case of Yagua Spanish.”
On November 13 at 7pm the College of Charleston’s and The Citadel’s chapters of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, crowned their 10th annual S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year for 2014: Ashleigh Berrian of Meadow Glen Middle School in Lexington, S.C.
All three finalists were recognized with award plaques during a ceremony in the Greater Issues Room of Mark Clark Hall at The Citadel. The two contest runners-up were Adriana Alvarez of A.C. Flora High School in Columbia, S.C and Jessica Fuentes of Dutchman Creek Middle School in Rock Hill, S.C. Dr. Virgil Alfaro presented the 2014 S.C. Spanish Teacher of the Year with a check for $500, and all three finalists enjoyed lodging and breakfast at the Francis Marion Hotel.