LCWA Summer Study Abroad Scholarship and Award Recipients

We would like to thank everyone for encouraging our students to apply to the scholarships and awards that run through the LCWA Dean’s Office. The demand for study abroad is returning with a vengeance and thanks to your guidance LCWA was able to award $64,200 in scholarships and awards for summer international related travel just at the Dean’s level. This amount does not include the $95,000 for our International Scholars summer trips that are finally back after a two year pandemic induced hiatus. This is a total of $159,200 in philanthropic funds going directly to enrich our students experience. Of course, none of this could happen without the generous student focused philanthropy we have received from our donors. We are truly grateful that through this generosity we are able to support all the students below with their summer study abroad and internship experiences. Thanks to you all for developing and implementing the programs key to international success.

Eve Alexander
Mikaela Dougherty
Charlie Forstein
Reuben Goldstein
Grace Griffen
TaDora Isaacs
Bethany Kao
Riley Mazey
Lea Neufeld
Casey O’Brien
Savannah Ramer
Anthony Rovinski
JaVan Scott
Hailey Sorrell
Kerrigan-Tierney von Carlowitz
Darby Watford
Jack Watson

 

First Annual EXPO Award Recipients featured in the College TODAY

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the first CofC EXPO.

On April 7, 2022, more than 230 students from disciplines across the College of Charleston campus shared their mentored research, scholarship, creative inquiry and community service projects during the inaugural EXPO, the College’s most comprehensive celebration of student achievement.

Check out the article in the College TODAY about the award winners!

 

 

Spanish as a Heritage Language Distinction program

Looking forward to the fall 2022 semester, the Department of Hispanic Studies is very happy to be able to announce the launch of a brand-new initiative: Spanish as a Heritage Language Distinction program.

As noted on the programs website, “the Spanish as a Heritage Language Distinction (SHLD) Program is conceived as a manner of recognizing Hispanic/Latino students at the College of Charleston with a unique and valuable connection to Spanish as a heritage language and the varied cultures of the Hispanic world including the US.

 Through its requirements and related opportunities and activities, participants will increase their understanding of their own rich bilingual and bicultural heritage, as well as how this heritage fits into the overall mosaic of Hispanic/Latino cultures, while perfecting their advanced Spanish language skills for personal and professional enrichment.

 Besides being a reflection of Hispanic Studies’ focus on developing cultural intelligence, linguistic abilities, and world impact skills, the SHLD Program serves to advance the institution’s commitment to the ideals of diversity, equity and inclusion which form an essential part of the College’s educational mission.”

For more information on this exciting new opportunity and participation requisites check out the program website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Scholars “Student Spotlight”

Maddy Landa ’24
Majors: International Studies and Political Science
Minor: Women’s and Gender Studies
Concentration: International Global Studies

Maddy Landa is from Richmond, VA. She had this to say about why she chose CofC, “I never saw myself going to the College of Charleston as a high school senior. My parents are both graduates, so I applied because I loved the city. However, as I did more research about the school, I quickly found myself falling in love. The programs offered here are exceptional, especially within my fields of interest. I was promised one on one mentorship and an inclusive environment filled with professionals who would do their best to make my experience meaningful. CofC has most certainly delivered on that promise!”

When asked why she chose the International Scholars program she explained, “International Scholars was one of my biggest pull factors to CofC. I could find no other program that was as intensive and offered as many amazing experiences as this program! To begin with, we are given mentorship that rivals that of Ivy League schools. My mentor, Karen Mroz, is an invaluable connection to have and I have loved my experience working with her! Also, an all expenses paid trip to Greece is certainly an experience that not many other schools can boast. We are given the unique opportunity to use the vast CofC network to broaden our horizons as students and learn about cultures, world politics, etc. in hands-on ways that really build the foundation for our future careers.”

After graduation she wants to go into the Peace Corps and then enter into nonprofit work supporting womens’ education in Latin America.

If you’re interested in learning more about the International Scholars program check out the website https://intlscholars.cofc.edu/ 

Public Service Internship Award Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply to the Public Service Internship Award has been extended! Students now have until April 15th to apply for the award.

The Public Service Internship Award is to support increasing student interest and participation in public service, especially foreign service and/or globally focused civil service internships. These experiences give students a coveted and highly valuable inside look at service and diplomacy in action and reveal the wide range of careers associated with public service. These experiences are often unpaid and living and travel is costly.

The awards will be given to students who secure experiential learning opportunities during summer or semester abroad programs. Recipients will be able to apply their work experience to myriad endeavors and will gain a distinguished advantage compared to their peers because of their direct experience working with global issues.

Learn more about the award and apply on the LCWA Student Awards & Scholarship website.

6th German-American Business Summit

 

Don’t forget that next Tuesday, March 29th is the 6th annual German-American Business Summit!

Find all the details, sponsors, and events throughout the day on the 6th German American Business Summit website. 

 

 


9:30am
Welcome: Morgan Koerner, Chair of the German and Russian Studies program

Introduction: Knudt Flor, Senior Vice President for Innovation and Industry Engagement and Professor of the Practice at CofC.


9:45am
Panel Discussion: Soft Skills, Global Impacts: Communication and Intercultural Competence in German-American Industry. Moderator: Professor Stephen Della Lana, Senior Instructor of German and Director of the CofC Cultural Vistas Summer Internship in Germany Program

Panelists:
Jamila Anderson, Communications Specialist, Mercedes-Benz Vans
Bertina Brase, German-American Recruitment Specialist with Q-Works Group.
Daniel Schlegel, Vice President of Customer Service, KION North America
J. Kevin Smith, CFO at Eugen Wexler US Plastics Inc.


10:45am
Coffee and Networking Break


11:30am
Introduction: Dr. Sebastian van Delden, Dean, School of Sciences and Math

Keynote Address:Resilience and Flexibility in the Supply Chain in a Volatile Market “given by Oliver Haase, Senior Vice President for Purchasing and Supplier Network Americas, BMW.


1:00pm-4:00pm
Job Fair in TD Arena


4:30pm
Networking Reception in the President’s Garden, 6 Glebe Street

International Scholars “Student Spotlight”

Grace Kern ’23
Majors: International Studies and Political Science
Concentration: Asia

Grace Kern is from Fort Mill, SC. She chose CofC because loves the city of Charleston, and was excited by the opportunity to join the Honors College here at CofC and to engage in exciting courses with small class sizes. She had this to say when asked why she chose the International Scholars program, “I already knew that I was interested in studying International Studies, and the International Scholars Program provided me with the opportunity to combine these studies with other interests of mine, all while gaining access to an amazing mentorship program. I was also excited to meet other internationally-minded students at the College; I have met some of my closest friends through the International Scholars Program!” And since being accepted into the program she has learned, “that there are many skills and traits that are important for a career in international affairs that extend beyond the things that you can learn in a classroom. Open-mindedness, flexibility, compassion, and strong communication skills can serve you just as well, if not better, than class content.” After graduation she plans to work for an international nonprofit that focuses on education and women/girls rights followed by joining the U.S. Foreign Service.

If you’re interested in learning more about the International Scholars program check out the website https://intlscholars.cofc.edu/ 

 

 

 

M.Ed. in Languages Fall 2021 Newsletter

Don’t miss out on the third issue of the newsletter of The M.Ed. in Languages Program at the College of Charleston!

Congratulations to the graduates this semester – everyone is so proud of all of your impressive accomplishments and all your hard work. Despite a global pandemic and all the additional challenges of teaching during the past 20+ months, you completed your degree! You did it! A special thank you to the M.Ed. in Languages Executive Committee: Dr. Shawn Morrison, Dr. Silvia Rodríguez Sabater, and Dr. Antonio Pérez-Núñez for their unwavering support and collaboration. Thank you so much to all who contributed to the newsletter and many thanks to Katie Agile, the Graduate Assistant for our program, for all her hard work in bringing this to fruition.

Students, alumni, and friends: if you have news or updates to contribute or if you’d like to be profiled in the next issue, please let Director Emily Beck know (becke@cofc.edu). She would love to hear from you!

 

15th Annual Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival Kicks

The 15th Annual Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival has been featured in the CofC’s College TODAY!

We hope you will join everyone for the 15th annual Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival starting Thursday, November 4th through Saturday, November 6th at the Queen Street Playhouse. The festival will feature 10 award-winning films celebrating contemporary Italian cinema and culture. Students, Faculty and Staff can enjoy the festival free of charge, they will only need to show their college id at the box office.

Festival Website: https://nuovocinemaitaliano.com/

Article featured in The College Today: https://today.cofc.edu/2021/10/21/15th-annual-nuovo-cinema-italiano-film-festival-kicks-off-nov-4/

 

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.”