Sunday, December 10, 2017

2017 Spanish Theses Defenses

This Fall 2017 semester we have five students defending their theses as their final requirement for their degree in Spanish. Here in the picture 4 of them present among three members of the faculty. From right to left is Dr. Rivera Taupier, Mr. Eduardo Cruz, Mr. Ronald Wilson, Dr. Caroline Whiteman, Miss Carel Price, Mr.  Deir Montiel, and. Dr. Castilla Ortiz.  

Absent here is Mrs. Elizabeth (Erks) Delaney who defended in the previous week and is currently teaching in Mid - Buchanan Senior High.  

They worked under the direction of Dr. Castilla Ortiz and were supported by the rest of the faculty of Modern Languages.  Congratulations to all of them and the best wishes toward their future.  

Friday, December 8, 2017

A New Mural for EML

Please see the story in the Griffon News about the unveiling of our new mural for the entrance to the EML suite.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Janovec Defends Thesis

Dr. Charlton, Dr. Martens, Ms. Janovec, and Dr. Jeney
Laura Beth Janovec successfully defended her thesis on December 4th. 

Ms. Janovec was pursuing the MAS in Assessment of Writing, having previously completed the Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders.  She studied teacher attitudes on freewriting and other invention strategies in a local district where she is also a fourth grade teacher.  


Monday, November 27, 2017

Dr. Rivera-Taupier Becomes Citizen

He was already a Griffon, and already a professor, but this month Dr. Miguel Rivera-Taupier became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America. 

"I moved to the United States in 2003. I came here originally to pursue a doctorate degree in Spanish. I received that academic title, but now, after having lived in six different states, learned to appreciate --and preach-- the excellence of peanut butter and barbecue, and having met some of the most generous people in the world, I have another certificate, that of American citizen. I am very happy and proud!"

Friday, November 10, 2017

Day of the Dead Celebration

On November 2nd, with the support of faculty members and students, the Spanish Club hosted an event to celebrate the Day of the Dead. The traditional altar this year commemorated three Hispanic women --Celia Cruz, Frida Kahlo, and Selena Quintanilla. Attendants learned about the religious syncretism of the celebration, its traditional music, and the Day of the Dead parade that took place in Mexico City this year.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Faculty Accomplishments (October report)

Dr. Cynthia Jenéy, published the article "Politics and Horsemanship in Chrétien de Troyes' Erec et Enide" in Arthuriana 27.3 (2017): 37-65.

Dr. Marianne Kunkel's poem "Brow Pencil to Hillary" has been accepted into The Missouri Review, and her poem "Lip Liner to Hillary" has been accepted into Prairie Schooner.

Dr. Mike Cadden presented the paper “A Rhetoric of Character in Children’s Literature” at the meeting of the International Research Society for Children’s Literature in Toronto.

Autumn Festival 2017

Held on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is the second biggest festival for the Chinese right after Spring Festival. The festival is all about giving thanks for nature’s abundance and a joyful reunion with families and friends.

Students and faculty at Missouri Western State University gathered at Enright on Monday, October 9th to celebrate the Chinese Tradition. The event was organized by Department of English and Modern Languages and sponsored by the Division of Students Affairs and the Department of English and Modern Languages. 

University president Dr. Robert Vartabedian and EML chairperson Dr. Stacia Bensyl gave opening remarks for the celebration. The celebration started with a drama about the legend of Mid-Autumn Festival performed by students from Chinese classes. 

As the theme of this year's theme was culture exchange and friendship, students and faculty from different countries recited poems about the moon in their own languages. People also experienced a unique ceremony of worshiping the Moon. They were treated Chinese traditional games and authentic food as well. 

--Professor Jin Peng