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 

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!

 

Casa Hispana Students have been featured in the College TODAY!

Check out the College TODAY’s article: “Casa Hispana Residents Study Abroad Without Leaving Campus”

Excerpt from the article, “Native speakers or heritage speakers should also consider living in the Casa Hispana,” says native Spanish speaker Anna Paneda, a junior foreign language education major who has lived in the house since her sophomore year. She adds that it’s also the perfect community for students who “want to submerge themselves in the Spanish language but may not be able to take the opportunity to travel abroad.”

And, with travel and study abroad at a virtual standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic, those opportunities are especially scarce these days.

That’s why tools like TalkAbroad – which facilitates conversations between students and speakers around the world – are so crucial. The service has been used in many CofC Spanish classes over the years – but, last semester, it occurred to Gómez and senior Hispanic studies instructor Devon Hanahan that TalkAbroad could be applied in Casa Hispana, too.

“We had just installed this brand-new 50-inch TV with a camera and a dedicated PC, so it just made perfect sense for the Casa residents to use it as a portal for communicating and interacting with other cultures,” says Hanahan, who serves as the director of Casa Hispana. “We figured that, if our students can’t go to them, we’ll bring them to us.”

When Hanahan reached out to TalkAbroad about the idea, the company loved it – and even provided a grant to cover the service.

“Adding TalkAbroad conversations into the schedule for the Casa Hispana was a really unique and exciting idea,” says Todd Nichols, CEO of TalkAbroad. “We’re thrilled to support the experiment, and I can really see the conversations adding a dynamic and unique element to the language immersion experience and the growth of students as global citizens.”

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.

LCWA COMPASS Newsletter Spring 2021

That’s right, the Spring 2021 LCWA COMPASS Newsletter is out now! Check it out the highlights in LCWA this semester.

 

Recognizing Model UN students

Congratulations to nine students from the College of Charleston who successfully completed the annual Southern Regional Model UN (SRMUN) conference held on October 23-25. Participation in this conference was part of the experiential learning course POLI 261-Model United Nations, taught by Professor Kovalov. In the past, Professor Kovalov took students for SRMUN to Atlanta for a 3-day event but the pandemic pushed organizers to look for safer ways to engage students in diplomacy. This was the first virtual SRMUN conference via zoom and students enjoyed this experience. In fact, several students commented that the virtual conference exceeded their expectations. Our students represented the delegation of the Russian Federation and they spent the first part of the fall 2020 semester learning about the UN, global issues, international diplomacy, the rules of the debate, and Russia’s foreign policy. The College of Charleston delegation included Gabrielle Carter, Macie Hardin, Hunter Harvey-Montano, Jordan Mercer, Gracie Pace, Savannah Petrelli, Sophia Stoios, Kara Swider, and Caroline Walker. Gabrielle Carter was recognized with the Best Delegate Award in the Economic and Social Council.

Check out more about the Southern Regional Model United Nations (SRMUN)  at their website www.srmun.org

The International Lab

Don’t forget about LCWA’s new International Lab!

The International Lab (JC Long 401B) has been a long time coming but you will find that it was worth the wait. It is a great teaching space with high-end functionality. The investment and ingenuity in the Lab is evident – cutting edge acoustics with easy remote capability.