Foreign Language Education Alumna Wants to Pay It Forward

Check out this outstanding article in the College TODAY about Foreign Language Education alumna, Martina Abbriano ’19.

“A talented individual with a love for languages, Abbriano knows Italian, Spanish, English and Sicilian fluently and has a strong base of Vietnamese and Ancient Greek. It’s clear the Italian native has a passion for foreign languages, which she decided to put to use when she began thinking about a career. She earned undergraduate degrees in foreign language education and Spanish from the College of Charleston in 2019, where she also minored in linguistics and Ancient Greek.”

“Since graduating two years ago, Abbriano has put those skills to use as a foreign language teacher at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where she teaches Spanish.”

“Her passion for languages and her journey as an immigrant having to learn a new language in a new country has led her back to CofC to help the next generation of English-language-learners as they begin their lives in the United States. Abbriano is now a graduate student at CofC taking an English as a Second Language (ESOL) course to earn ESOL certification, which is available online.”

Jewish Studies Endowed Scholarship! 

The Jewish Studies Endowed Scholarship is an exciting new opportunity for supporters to help offset tuition costs for students pursuing Jewish education at the College of Charleston. The Endowed Scholarship can provide flexible, needs-based awards at any point during a student’s time at CofC. $1,000-$2,000 per year can be the deciding factor for a student and their families when deciding which college to attend. Awards from the Endowed Scholarship can help match offers from other schools and provide the push needed to attract students from all over the country.

We know that the College of Charleston and Charleston Jewish communities are invested and eager to help make our city a destination for motivated young Jew­ish scholars. To that end, we’ve set up the Endowed Scholarship to use a crowd­funding model so that all of us — parents, alumni, and members of the Jewish community — can come together to support this goal. By making a tax-deductible donation of any amount at any time, you would be directly helping to ease the financial burden of tuition for one or more students who are participating in our program. Jewish Studies alumni have become leaders in the Charleston Jewish community and beyond, so a gift to the Endowed Scholarship is an investment in a strong Jewish future.

To donate go to give.cofc.edu/Jewish-Life and select the Jewish Studies Endowed Scholarship from the drop-down menu OR mail us a check with a note that it is for the Jewish Studies Endowed Scholarship. Contact Kim Browdy at ksbrowdy@cofc.edu with any questions.

CofC Faculty and students Discover Slave Badge of Campus!

Read in the College TODAY about the recent discovery of an 1853 slave badge on the College of Charleston campus and how it has offered a profound opportunity to recognize the contributions of the enslaved people who were an integral part of the development of the institution.

You can find the article here cofc-faculty-students-discover-slave-badge-on-campus 

The CLAW program was recently reconisged in the the College TODAY, highlighting the achievements of the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program and how it has progressed from it’s inception.

Hines Prize Puts Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World Program on the Map

“Every two years, the Hines Prize is awarded to the best first book manuscript relating to any aspect of the Carolina Lowcountry and/or the Atlantic world. Winners receive a $1,000 cash award and preferential consideration by the University of South Carolina Press for the CLAW Program’s book series. Since the first prize was awarded more than 15 years ago, graduate students, tour guides and researchers from all over the world have shared their manuscripts.”
You can read the full article here! 

Spring 2021 M.Ed in Languages Newsletter

It is our great pleasure to share with you the second issue of the newsletter of The M.Ed. in Languages Program at the College of Charleston!

German Program announces 2021 Graduating German Major Award Recipients

Congratulations to the four recipients of the 2021 German Program Awards for Graduating Majors!

Jonathan Dattilio
Mikaela Franco
Cyril Langston
Ruthie Foster


College TODAY highlights LACS/Spanish double major Leasette León!

The Program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) recently recognized LACS-Spanish double major Leasette León with its Outstanding Student Award for having the highest cumulative GPA in the program, a testament to the first-generation student’s dedication to excel in college.

Read the College TODAY article featuring LACS/Spanish double major Leasette León!

 

American University in Cairo, Egypt Study Abroad Award for 2021

Founded in 1919, AUC is a leading English language, American-accredited institution of higher education and a center of intellectual, social and cultural life of the Arab world. Its University community represents over 60 countries. The University offers 37 undergraduate, 44 master’s and 2 PhD programs rooted in a liberal arts education that encourage students to think critically and find creative solutions to conflicts and challenges facing the region and the world. It also offers a globally-recognized, professional, community-based education in English and arguably the best Arabic language/culture program available.

Open to all majors but must be pursuing at least a minor in an LCWA program.

Award Amounts

A select number of competitive awards will be available for the exchange program with the American University in Cairo.
Semester (either fall or spring) up to $7,000
Full Year (both fall and spring) up to $14,000
Awards may be used for expenses incurred because of participation in the program, such as: airfare, room and board, food, insurance/fees, books, travel and transportation while in Egypt.
Awards are contingent upon acceptance to study at AUC
Awards are subject to taxes.

Required

3.0 GPA
In Good Disciplinary Standing
Some Arabic language experience or plans to start/continue Arabic language courses while at AUC

Go to the website lcwa.cofc.edu/student-resources/student-scholarships/ to fill out your application!

All materials must be submitted by the deadline of April 9, 2021.

German-American Business Summit is going Virtual

Excerpt from the College TODAY, “Since the last German-American Business Summit (GABS) in February of 2020 a lot has happened at the College of Charleston, and we’re not just talking about the pandemic. Last fall, the College began offering its first-ever major in engineering – systems engineering – with some of the 200-plus German companies in the Palmetto state helping to design the curriculum.

Not surprisingly, those two topics will be front and center at the fifth annual conference on Feb. 4, 2021, held virtually from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. CofC’s German programthe School of Languages Cultures, and World Affairsthe Career Center; and the School of Business will put on the summit in partnership with The Citadel and Trident Technical College.

“This year we are pivoting to a virtual event and are looking forward to the chance to cast a wider net in terms of audience participants, as well as panelists, who will join us from locations throughout the U.S. and in Germany,” says Morgan Koerner, the chair of the Department of German and Russian Studies who founded the event.”

Read the full article CofC to Host Virtual German-American Business Summit.

CofC’s M.Ed. in Languages Program share their first-ever newsletter

The M.Ed. in Languages Program at the College of Charleston is pleased to share their first-ever newsletter with you!

They’re hoping to be able to produce regular newsletters to share information about the ESOL and Spanish graduate programs twice yearly. If you have news or updates to contribute, please let them know! You may contact

Emily S. Beck, Ph.D.
Director, M.Ed. in Languages (ESOL and Spanish)
Director, ESOL Certificate Program
becke@cofc.edu.

They would also like to thank all who contributed to the newsletter and a special thanks to the graduate assistant, Tolly Stewart, for all her hard work in bringing this to fruition.