Dr. Avendaño, Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, interviews CofC alumna (2005) Arden Sherman to discuss her undergraduate experience at the College of Charleston as a double major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Studio Art, her time studying abroad in Brazil and Cuba, and her professional activities following graduation. At the time of the podcast, Arden is the Director and Curator of Hunter East Harlem Gallery at Hunter College in New York City.
Click the link below to hear the 5th episode of HispaCasts created in collaboration with Dr. Mike Overholt from the Teaching and Learning Team.
Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, Chair of Hispanic Studies, interviews CofC alumna (2010) Melanie Keller to discuss her undergraduate experience at the College of Charleston as a major in Spanish and double minor in Linguistics and Women’s and Gender Studies, her time studying abroad, and the various professional opportunities she has enjoyed over the past 9 years.
Click the link below to hear the 4th episode of HispaCasts created in collaboration with Dr. Mike Overholt from the Teaching and Learning Team.
Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, Chair of Hispanic Studies, interviews CofC alumnus (2008) Ryan Morris to discuss his undergraduate experience at the College of Charleston as a major in Spanish, his time studying abroad in Trujillo, Spain, and his current profession as Corporate Sales Recruiter for Blackbaud.
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Deniz Houston ’16 jumped at the opportunity to spend five weeks working at the FIFA World Cup Russia in Sochi this summer. This international studies major who double-minored in political science and Russian Studies at the College, got to be front and center at the games – and got to use her Russian language skills, as well.
The College Today did an article on her exciting time. Check it out here!
Dona Totova Lacayo ’05, the chief commercial and public affairs officer at the Port of Hueneme (wy-NEEM-ee) in California, minored in German along with her major in International Business at CofC. She is featured in this summer’s edition of CofC’s magazine discussing what she’s been up to since graduation!
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Martinez studied Chinese here at CofC among many other things and credits his success in Chinese to professors Piotr Gibas and Lei Jin.
Check out the full article here.
Hispanic Studies Career Seminar Series
“Highlighting the career advantages of language study and cultural proficiency”
Thursday, February 22, 2018
4:00-5:00pm, Addlestone Library 227
Louis Richard Doelling
General Counsel, MDK Hospitality, LLC
A 2009 graduate of The Citadel where he earned his B.A. in Spanish, as an undergraduate Mr. Doelling studied abroad in Sucre, Bolivia and Valencia, Spain. In 2008 he received The Citadel’s prestigious Star of the West Scholarship, which afforded him yet another study-abroad opportunity in Mérida, Venezuela where he examined Chávez-era literature, culture and politics. While at The Citadel, he served as the student body representative to the International Studies Committee, and as president of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. Mr. Doelling also earned a fellowship at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he earned an M.A. in Spanish literature in 2011, and in 2015 he received his J.D. from the Washington and Lee School of Law. In addition to his current role as an attorney, Mr. Doelling is the founding Chair of the College of Charleston’s Hispanic Studies Advisory Board.
Thursday, April 12, 2018
3:30-4:30pm, Addlestone Library 227
“Manager Advantage: Understanding Hispanics in the Workplace”
Meredith Ritz Shay
Co-owner and Chief Operations Officer, InCord, Ltd.
A 2011 graduate of the College of Charleston where she double majored in International Business and Spanish, Mrs. Ritz Shay applied her degree-skills to progress from an entry-level position to her current role as Chief Operations Officer. Currently she co-owns InCord, a manufacturing business that employs over 125 people, 40% of whom are Hispanic. Recognizing that resolving issues in such an environment requires effective communication with employees in their native language, Mrs. Ritz Shay has managed to gain workers’ trust while fostering their professional growth. With numerous vendors in South America and Spain, she has developed strong working relationships through her language and cultural competencies. In addition to her position with InCord, she is a Board Member of the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Association.
For questions about the Hispanic Studies Career Seminar Series, contact Dr. Mark P. Del Mastro, Chair of Hispanic Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Latham, Spanish ’12, has been awarded the 2018 Teacher of the Year Award by the South Carolina Foreign Language Teachers’ Association. Jessica graduated magna cum laude from the College of Charleston with a major in Spanish and minors in both Secondary Education and Russian Studies. She was also a Fulbright Scholar at Moscow State University in the summer of 2014, and she earned her M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2016. Currently, she is a faculty member of both Spanish and Russian languages at Lexington High School (Lexington, SC / Lexington School District One) where she teaches Spanish 1, 2, 3 and 3 honors, and Russian 1 honors, 2 honors, and 3 honors. Beyond the classroom, she is Lexington High School’s Sponsor of the Russian Club and the SLAVA International Honors Society, among other distinguished professional activities.
In a recent review, the website Best Value Schools ranked the College of Charleston on its list of the “30 Best Small Colleges for a Classical Education, noting the department’s range in majors/minors, degrees awarded, range of courses, research opportunities, and high-quality faculty. A press release from the College of Charleston provides additional information.
Congratulations to the faculty, students, alumni, and friends of the Department!