Modern Languages & Literatures Archived News

2013

Jack Jelinski, Professor Emeritus of Spanish, published a book of poetry for children, “Poems For Intelligent Children With a Sense of Humor (This Means You).” http://tinyurl.com/n47jjko

Student Ryan Ricci (majoring in Spanish Teaching) received the Steven L. Johnson Memorial Scholarship; 2012. This award is given to the outstanding Spanish Teaching major. It not only recognizes academic success, but quality of character as well, reflecting the esteem of teachers and peers in the department.

Student Caitlin Dahl (majoring in French & Francophone Studies and German Studies) received the Sue Burton Cannon Memorial Award; 2013. This award is given to the outstanding Junior female student(s) in a Modern Languages class and is based on service to the Department of Modern Languages, academic performance, and service outside the Department.

Bridget Kevane is awarded sabattical for the 2013/2014 academic year.

 

2012

Student Cari Anne Kaiser-Sielbach (majoring in Spanish Teaching with a minor in Sociology) received the Steven L. Johnson Memorial Scholarship; 2012. This award is given to the outstanding Spanish Teaching major. It not only recognizes academic success, but quality of character as well, reflecting the esteem of teachers and peers in the department.

Students Kaylee Ann Bradford (majoring in German Studies and Earth Sciences) and Amy Susan Mountain Ference (majoring in History with a minor in Political Science) received the Sue Burton Cannon Memorial Award; 2012. This award is given to the outstanding Junior female student(s) in a Modern Languages class and is based on service to the Department of Modern Languages, academic performance, and service outside the Department.

Our department is proud to have hired adjunct instructors who graduated from our program:  Sally Sanchez, Britta Hanks, Mark Lehman, Amy Wallner-Drake, and Katharina Frank Bernstein.

2011

It is with great sadness that we announced that Dr. Christopher Pinet passed away on November 17, 2011. You can view his obituary and further information here. He will truly be missed.

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Peter Tillack, assistant professor and coordinator of Japanese studies, introduced the showing of a Japanese film at an April 19 benefit for victims of Japan's recent catastrophe. Read the article here

Marc James Mueller, assistant professor of German, introduced the April 21 showing of the German film, When We Leave. He will also lead a discussion following the film. Read the article here.

Student Kaylee Triemstra (majoring in Spanish Teaching with a minor in Sociology) received the Steven L. Johnson Memorial Scholarship; 2011. This award is given to the outstanding Spanish Teaching major. It not only recognizes academic success, but quality of character as well, reflecting the esteem of teachers and peers in the department.

Student Caila R. Hall (majoring in German Studies and Earth Sciences) received the Sue Burton Cannon Memorial Award; 2011. This award is given to the outstanding Junior female student in a Modern Languages class and is based on service to the Department of Modern Languages, academic performance, and service outside the Department.

Student Tara Reising (second degree in Spanish Teaching) received an MSU Alumni Association / Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence, 2011. This award signifies exceptional achievement, both academically and in community leadership, over a student's entire college career. She in turn selected MLL Administrative Assitant Tracy Knudson as a mentor to be honored with her at the event.
Tara Reising

Patty Simpson received a grant ($3,200 + travel subsidies) from the German Historical Institute and the German Society of Pennsylvania to conduct research at the Joseph Horner Memorial Library for a month during the summer of 2011. With this grant, Simpson was able to pursue her research on a recent project, tentatively entitled Epistemologies of the Playroom. The book explores the relationship between concepts and practices of play, pedagogy, and citizenship in primarily German-speaking Europe and immigrant communities in America from the late 18th century to the present.

Patty Simpson has also been selected to participate in a summer Fulbright Hays Seminar in Brazil. The program, entitled “Land of the Future or of the Present? A Historical Perspective on Brazil,” brought together fifteen US scholars and academics to explore the complex history of Brazil from social, economic, and cultural perspectives. During the month of July, Simpson traveled with the group from Salvador to Recife, Ouro Preto, Brasilia, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro and engaged in lectures and debate about key issues ranging from the legacy of slavery to current economic development. Simpson is working on a research project that focuses on German immigration and South America and is also preparing a curricular module based on her experience.

 

2010

Ada Giusti received the College of Letters & Science's 2010 Outstanding Teaching Award (Tenure-track), 2010.

Previous graduate Chandra Brown (Spanish, 2006) was awarded a year-long Fulbright for an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Ecuador.  In addition to teaching, she will be collecting folk stories in the native language.

Article about Jill Roberts, a Spring 2010 graduate in Math Education and Modern Languages, German option who was awarded a coveted Fulbright Scholarship.  As a Fulbright recipient, Roberts will teach English in the German state of Brandenburg and study German methods of teaching math.

Student Maria Pomeroy (German & French student) received the Sue Burton Cannon Memorial Award; 2010. This award is given to the outstanding Junior female student in a Modern Languages class and is based on service to the Department of Modern Languages, academic performance, and service outside the Department.

Students Collin Preftakes (Spanish major) and Garrett Smith (Hispanic Studies major) received the Steven L. Johnson Memorial Scholarship; 2010. This award is given to the outstanding Spanish Teaching major(s). It not only recognizes academic success, but quality of character as well, reflecting the esteem of teachers and peers in the department.

GREAT NEWS!  In 2008 we were awarded a a Title VI U.S. Department of Education grant for Undergraduate Foreign-Language Instruction and International Studies.  Patricia Simpson, who wrote the grant, is also the Principal Investigator and Director.  The total two-year funding ($89,517.00 in year one, matched by MSU) will enable the Department of Modern Language and Literatures to expand its offerings and work toward establishing a new major in International Studies.  Brett Walker, who is Chair of the Dept. of History and Philosophy at MSU, is the Co- Director. His expertise will be invaluable in establishing an interdisciplinary Asian Studies program. The grant will benefit the entire Department and its students and has been, according to Simpson, a successful team effort.  Additionally, this grant has now been allowed a third-year extension for the 2010-2011 school year.

Previous graduate Diamond Wilson (Spanish & German, French minor, 2006) recently graduated with a master's degree in Latin American Studies from Washington State.

Previous graduate Dan Faaborg (Microbiology & Spanish Teaching K-12) is now pursuing Medical school through the WWAMI program and will start his residency this year.

Caleb Hill (History major, Japan Studies minor, 2010) will be pursuing a master's degree in law in Boston. He will focus on International law.

Article about Christopher Pinet, who received an award from the Deputy Consul General of France.

Article about Patricia Simpson who recently completed a year as a research ambassador for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

 

2009

Article about Christopher Pinet, who was honored as the outgoing editor of the French Review.

Article about Elizabeth Driscoll, a Spring 2009 graduate in Modern Languages, German option (as well as degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Honors).

Student Kelsey Foster (Spanish major) received the Sue Burton Cannon Memorial Award; 2009. This award is given to the outstanding Junior female student in a Modern Languages class and is based on service to the Department of Modern Languages, academic performance, and service outside the Department.

Student Mona Carroll (Spanish Teaching major) received the Steven L. Johnson Memorial Scholarship; 2009. This award is given to the outstanding Spanish Teaching major. It not only recognizes academic success, but quality of character as well, reflecting the esteem of teachers and peers in the department.

Previous graduate Brandon Milford (Spanish, 2006) is now working at a tourist / residential development in Panama called Isla Bastimentos, which includes a canopy tour / zip line among their many attractions.

Previous graduate Amanda Lavin (Spanish, 2008) is now working for Catholic Charities in Portland, OR, in their anti-human trafficking program, Outreach and Support to Special Immigrant Populations.

Previous graduate Michelle Gollehon (Spanish, 2006) is currently pursuing two graduate degrees at Syracuse University, one in Art History and the other in Museum Studies, with plans to be finished in 2011.

Andrea Conners (Art-Graphic Design major, 2009) was accepted into the JET Program as an Assistant Language Teacher. She will go to Japan to teach English for one year.

Dan Settelen (Global & Multicultural Studies major, 2009) was accepted into the JET Program as an Assistant Language Teacher. He will go to Japan to teach English for one year.

Previous graduates Amy Johnson (Spanish major, 2003) and Jayme Kreitinger (Spanish major, Global Studies minor, 2006) are now both working in the Office of International Programs here at MSU-Bozeman.  Jayme is the Study Abroad Coordinator and Amy is a Study Abroad Advisor.

Mark Lehman (majors in History Teaching & Spanish Teaching, minor in Latin America & Latino Studies, 2008) is now a Spanish teacher at Belgrade High School.

Kathrine Penner Baldwin (majors in History and German, 2009):  Assistant to Senator John Tester; finalist, Rhodes Scholarship to enter graduate program in Migration Studies at Oxford; finalist for Woodrow Wilson Scholarship.

Catherine Heidner (majors in Secondary Education -Social Studies Broadfield- and German, minor in History Teaching, 2008) completed a German Fulbright scholarship in June 2009.  She is now working with the Paedagogischer Austauschdienst (pedagogical exchange service) in Germany.

Jessica Egrid (majors in Biomedical Science and German, 2009) is now in medical school.

 

2008

Student Ivie English (Spanish student) received the Sue Burton Cannon Memorial Award; 2008. This award is given to the outstanding Junior female student in a Modern Languages class and is based on service to the Department of Modern Languages, academic performance, and service outside the Department.

Student Mark Lehman (Spanish Teaching major) received the Steven L. Johnson Memorial Scholarship; 2008. This award is given to the outstanding Spanish Teaching major. It not only recognizes academic success, but quality of character as well, reflecting the esteem of teachers and peers in the department.

Congratulations to these MLL students who received Student of Achievement Awards!
     -- Katherine Baldwin (2nd major in German)
     -- Ivie English (2nd major in Spanish, minor in Latin American & Latino Studies)
     -- Jessica Potter (2nd major in Spanish)

Student Keese Lane (graduate in German & Political Science) will be participating in an English teaching assistantship program sponsored by the Austrian Fulbright Commission.  He will be working in Elixhausen, which is 6k north of Salzburg.  Keese will work for three English teachers at the Höhere Bundeslehranstalt für Landwirtschaft, an agricultural boarding school for people who want to work in the agricultural fields. He will be teaching for 8 months there, working with students in their late teens. Congratulations, Keese!

Student Cathy Heidner (graduate in secondary education & German) received a Fulbright grant to teach English in Germany.  She will spend 10 months as a teacher's assistant in Saxony, a German state in the eastern part of the country.  Read the article from the MSU News Service.

Patty Simpson, Associate Professor of German Studies, recently returned from an invited lecture at the University of Georgia, Athens, where she participated in a conference on the "Meaning of Culture" and spoke about her book project, Cultures of Violence in the New German Street.  Simpson has also been invited to participate in an editorial workshop in London this summer, 2008.

GREAT NEWS!  We were awarded a a Title VI U.S. Department of Education grant for Undergraduate Foreign-Language Instruction and International Studies.  Patricia Simpson, who wrote the grant, is also the Principal Investigator and Director.  The total two-year funding ($89,517.00 in year one, matched by MSU) will enable the Department of Modern Language and Literatures to expand its offerings and work toward establishing a new major in International Studies.  Brett Walker, who is Chair of the Dept. of History and Philosophy at MSU, will be Co- Director. His expertise will be invaluable in establishing an interdisciplinary Asian Studies program. The grant will benefit the entire Department and its students and was, according to Simpson, a successful team effort.

Patty Simpson accepted a three-year appointment as Co-editor for the Women in German Yearbook. The journal, which will soon celebrate its 25th anniversary, is a peer-reviewed publication with a focus on feminist approaches to German literature and culture. (July 2008)

Graduate Brita Boehm (Spanish Teaching K-12, 2008) is currently teaching 2nd grade at a Spanish immersion school in Minnesota.

Ann Conlan (Spanish major, Japan Studies minor) was accepted into the JET Program as an Assistant Language Teacher. She will go to Japan to teach English for one year.

Michael Mahony (German major) was accepted into the JET Program as an Assistant Language Teacher. He will go to Japan to teach English for one year.

Article about students Rick Fox and Derek Hammons (both pursuing a minor in Japan Studies) who combined their interests of computer science and Japanese.

Amy Wallner Drake (Spanish Teaching major, Government Teaching minor, 2007) has completed her M.A. from the University of New Mexico in Latin American Studies.  She is now a teacher at Bozeman High School.

Jaimie Hensley (majors in English-Literature and German, 2007) is now a student at the University of Glasgow in Scotland pursuing a master's degree in creative writing. She is planning to teach or go on to pursue a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies or Contemporary Literature.

Mike Silvestrini (major in Japan Studies, minor in History, 2008) was accepted to the JET Teaching Program as an Assistant Language Teacher. He will go to Japan to teach English for one year.

Chandler Gibbons (Japan Studies, 2007) now has a teaching job in Japan.  He wrote that the Japan Studies Program gave him "a sense of direction that [he] was having difficulty finding in my previous program (Earth Sciences/Paleontology)... because of the dedication of the faculty members and the quality of their classes."  He wrote that the connections made in his classes eventually led to a teaching job in Japan.  "Taking Japanese for three years at MSU definitely made it easier to transition into life in Japan."

David Kottas (Japan Studies, 2007) wrote that, in addition to being "a great way to learn a second language," the program was "also a great gateway to the JET [Japan Exchange and Teaching] Program." Currently studying architecture, he found that his coursework in Japan Studies was the reason he was placed under the mentorship of an architect who focuses on Japanese architecture.

 

2007

Student Shauna Baker (Spanish student) received the Sue Burton Cannon Memorial Award; 2007. This award is given to the outstanding Junior female student in a Modern Languages class and is based on service to the Department of Modern Languages, academic performance, and service outside the Department.

Student Tara Reising (Spanish Teaching major) received the Steven L. Johnson Memorial Scholarship; 2007. This award is given to the outstanding Spanish Teaching major. It not only recognizes academic success, but quality of character as well, reflecting the esteem of teachers and peers in the department.

Student Claire Wing was named MSU Rotary Student of the Month for February. This award is give to honor high academic achievement and community involvement.  Read the article about her in the MSU News.

Student Adam Hicks received a paid internship with the Spanish government.  He will be teaching English in secondary school (high school) classes.

Patty Simpson released her book The Erotics of War in German Romanticism in 2007, published by Bucknell University Press (2007), ISBN 978-083875662X.

Patricia Catoira is the recipient of an Award for Excellence, 2007. This award is given by MSU's Alumni Association and the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce for exceptional guidance and inspiration.

Bridget Kevane received the President's Award for Excellence in Service Learning for her Supervised Practicum course and two courses in volunteerism, 2007.

Article about Azouz Begag, the former French Minister who spoke on immigration here at MSU.

Rima Joseph and Rebecca Roland have moved on to other endeavors... We wish them both the best!

Ari Blatt has moved on to a faculty position at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. We wish him the best!

Previous graduate Amy Hartman (Spanish & Nursing) competed in the Pacific Grove Triathlon event in Oregon as a member of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training.  She raised $570 for the event!

Previous graduate Erika Offerdahl (Spanish & Interdisciplinary Studies) conducted a workshop for 90 Puerto Rican teachers in San Juan, Puerto Rico, as part of her graduate studies in Biochemistry at the University of Arizona.  She was complimented on her fluency and credited her teachers at MSU-Bozeman as one of the reasons for her competency!

Previous graduate Janice Shewey (Spanish) is starting a Master's degree in Hispanic Studies at the University of Victoria, BC.

Previous graduate Jennifer Rivera-Rockwell (English Teaching & Spanish Teaching K-12) is now teaching high school English and Spanish in Pennsylvania.

 

2006

Ada Giusti gave some insight into the reason for the riots in France in this MSU News article.

Yuka Hara was awarded the Mortor Board Professor of the Month for January 2006.

Carolyn Pinet was the winner of a 2006 Alumni Association/Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence. This award signifies exceptional student guidance and mentorship.

Carolyn Leavengood and David Schrupp, both Adjunct Instructors in German, retired at the end of the 2005-2006 school year. We hope you enjoy your retirement!

Student Katie Baldwin (second major in German) received an Adell & Hancock Fund Scholarship from the Institute of International Education, 2006. She used this $2400 award to do research while she was studying in Germany during the next school year.

Students Megan Seaton and Bridget Mullins, both Spanish majors, received Student of Achievement Awards from the Women's Center; 2006. This award is given to students who have demonstrated leadership abilities, have worked towards promoting diversity and equality, have excelled in their school work, have exhibited excellent team building skills and have been strong role models for their peers.

Student Chris Owens (second major in Spanish) was named the Rotary Student of the Month for February 2006. Read the article by MSU News.

Student Erica Dobbs (second major in Spanish) received an MSU Alumni Association / Chamber of Commerce Award for Excellence, 2005-06. This award signifies exceptional achievement, both academically and in community leadership, over a student's entire college career.

Student Heidi Harriman (a 2005 graduate in German) received a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship in Düsseldorf, Germany for the 2005-06 academic year. She taught English to German high-schoolers and studying at the University of Düsseldorf.

Student Jayme Kreitinger (Spanish major) was awarded a $5,000 Gilman scholarship to study abroad for the 2005-2006 academic year at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. She had two semesters of Arabic through MSU's Arabic Distance Learning Program and continued her Arabic language studies in Morocco at Al Akhawayn University.

Student James Murray (second major in German) won a DAAD Scholarship (German Academic Exchange Service) that paid for travel and living expenses while he attended the University of Tubingen in Germany during the 2005-06 school year. Read about our student Veronica Schreibeis who received this award the previous year.

Student Jennifer Lindberg (Japan Studies Minor) taught English in Japan during the 2005-06 year through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. She was located in the Hokkaido prefecture while she was teaching.

 

2005

Jack Jelinski, Professor Emeritus of Spanish, recently published a book of poetry: Water like the Soul of an Angel: Memoirs of a Fisherman.

Read the article about John Thompson's research on Spanish Civil War literature written in the Galizan language.

Article about student Matt Wilson (Spanish major), a world-class kayaker who runs a kayak school and youth program here in Bozeman. He was studying abroad at the Universidad de Veracruz in Mexico when the article was published.

Previous graduate Amy Hartman (Spanish) works at the oncology floor at Providence Portland Hospital, OR. She combined her degrees in nursing and Spanish to help patients with limited English-speaking abilities.

Student Janice Shewey is now a graduate student in Hispanic Studies.

Student Jodie Deignan teaches ESL for Spanish-speaking teens as part of Crossing Borders Consulting.

Previous graduate Bill McClintock (Spanish, 2004) is now teaching for the Templeton School System (near Atascadero, CA).

Read the article about Shannon Terry's experience studying abroad in Morocco!

 

2004

MSU students teach Spanish to elementary school students in the Bozeman Public Schools.

MSU's Arabic Language Programreceived a grant to expand to other universities across the country and previously won a national award.

Previous graduate Chad Diehl (History major, Japan Studies minor, 2003) is pursuing his Ph.D. in Japanese History, focusing on the modern history of Japan, at Columbia University. He expects to graduate by May 2011. His dissertation details the reconstruction of Nagasaki City from 1945 to the early 1970s.

Article about Veronica Schreibeis (degrees in Architecture & German, 2005) who received a scholarship to study abroad in Germany.

 

2003

Previous graduate Valli Lonner (Elementary Education K-8 & Spanish Teaching K-12) is now teaching in a Two-Way Bilingual Immersion program in Klamath Falls, OR.  She also teaches junior high Spanish.

Chad Diehl (History major, Japan Studies minor, 2003) was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for a year of advanced academic study abroad. He will spend a year in Japan researching the ways inhabitants of Hiroshima and Nagasaki remember and write about the atomic bombings of August 1945.

Michelle Yearous (German major, International Business minor, 2003) was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for a year of advanced academic study abroad. She will spend a year in Germany focusing on the interaction of students of different nationalities and how the German educational institutions react to and assist students from many countries now immigrating to Germany.

 

2002

Kathy Laubach (Business major, minors in Japan Studies & International Business, 2003) was accepted into the JET Program as a Coordinator for International Relations, a position which requires a high level of Japanese language skills.