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.

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.

 

EastWest Institute Continues Legacy at CofC

After four decades of distinctive service, the EastWest Institute’s (EWI) Board of Directors has resolved to establish a partnership with the College of Charleston to preserve the legacy of EWI visionary founder and leader, the late John Edwin Mroz; transition its programs to four new organizations to secure their continuity; and discontinue operation under the current business model, effective Jan. 31, 2021.

Check out more about the partnership and the newly established  John Edwin Mroz Global Leadership Institute being held in LCWA!

  EastWest Institute Continews Legacy at CofC

Hispanic Studies faculty in the College TODAY

Check out the latest article in the College TODAY, “Learning Our Way: How Professors Are Maximizing Hybrid Teaching” where Hispanic Studies instructor Fenner Hoell is a feature of how faculty at CofC are maximizing online education!

https://today.cofc.edu/2020/12/03/learning-our-way-how-professors-are-maximizing-hybrid-teaching/

Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival in the College TODAY

Check out this great article in the College TODAY about the Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival!

Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival, in partnership with the Dante Alighieri Society and Italian Consulate of Miami, is proud to announce the 14th edition of the annual celebration of contemporary Italian cinema and culture.”

International Studies Major receives Fulbright Award!

International studies major Aaron Aldstadt ’20 received the highly competitive award from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program this spring, allowing him to study, research and teach overseas.

“My career goals include engaging as a responsible global citizen, as well as to become a U.S. foreign service officer or to serve in a cultural diplomatic role,” says Aldstadt, adding that he first became interested in international studies in an introductory course with faculty member Sarah Wuigk. “It really sparked my interest in the major and fostered an appreciation for a global perspective.”

Aldstadt will be broadening that perspective through his Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in South Korea, where he’ll be teaching secondary school students.

“My focus as a Fulbright ETA will be to strengthen English language abilities and knowledge of American culture,” he says. “By focusing on the importance of communication, I hope to make a positive impression with the Korean people and to serve as a positive bridge builder between our cultures.”

Check out the full article in The College TODAY.

Global Ambassador’s Program in The College TODAY

Students from Ambassador Melville’s Global Ambassador’s class. From left to right Morgan Rice, Madison Daniel (front row), Lydia Cook (back row), Nicole Simon, Jennifer Smith-Pickering and Grace Parker. Not pictured – Morgan Eppley.

The College TODAY writes, “Global Ambassadors Program Shows Students the World

Check out the full article HERE! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambassador Jim Melville and Ambassador’s Corner guest Deborah James, former Secretary of the Navy talks to students from Melville’s Global Ambassador’s class.