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

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.

German students perform live show for final project

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.

Anjali Naik, ExCEL Award recipient for LCWA!

1599438_10102640523167327_347418261816614106_oThe ExCel Award honors more than 30 students, staff, faculty and community members for their commitment to creating a campus environment that promotes diversity and excellence. Anjali Naik is the recipient of the ExCEL Award for the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs. She was nominated by Hindi instructor Mrs. Leena Karambelkar. Mrs. Karambelkar saw in her tremendous awareness of the community and a wish to help others.

Anjali Naik is a junior at the College studying Computing in the Arts with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She is a member of the Bonner Leader Program, and has been a member of at least 5 other student organizations over her college experience. Her involvement in the community is of a change maker, a reformer, a role model.

Her exceptional work is for “Girls Rock Charleston” where she has already spent more than 800 volunteering hours. Anjali is also a co-founder, organizer and a daily mentor at the Girls Rock After School Program that builds power with prominently at-risk girls and trans youth to creatively collaborate with peers and use art and music as a platform to promote social change.

Hispanic Studies Professors Invade the 69th Annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference

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.

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

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.

CofC’s Nu Zeta Chapter of Nat’l Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society Inducts 12 New Members

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:


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.