CWUEnglish Department NewsEnglish Department News CWU Graduate to Pursue Love of Languages, 10 Jun 2015 09:09:13<p><img alt="" src="/english/sites/" style="width: 427px; height: 320px;"></p><p>“I’ve always been interested in languages,” says soon-to-be-graduate Olivia Hirschey. “My mother remembers that in preschool, I tried to help a Japanese girl learn English.”</p><p>Hirschey still likes to help people overcome language barriers. A tour guide for Central Washington University, she noticed that students with Spanish-speaking parents weren’t able to follow the English-language, self-guided tour brochure, so she took it upon herself to translate the brochure into Spanish. Later she gave the university’s first face-to-face tour in Spanish.</p><p>“Many of our applicants are first-generation college students, and need support through this new experience,” she commented. “When we [at CWU] engage the family, we can help students in the long run.”</p><p>Hirschey will be graduating this weekend <em>summa cum laude </em>with dual bachelors’ degrees in English and Spanish and a minor in linguistics. The Newcastle, Washington native is also an Arts and Humanities Honors Scholar in the Douglas Honors College. Her DHC senior thesis, “Language and Legislation: Bilingual Education in the United States, 18th century-Present,” is a comprehensive analysis of the relationship between politics and bilingual education legislation in the US school system. In 2013, she was initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society, and she was recently awarded the society’s annual fellowship to support her first year of graduate study.</p><p>Her parents encouraged her love of language from the beginning. They enrolled her in a dual-language elementary school, and for six years she was immersed in Spanish language and culture.</p><p>Last summer she was finally able to study abroad at the Universidad de Salamanca in Spain—“I’ve always wanted to go, but between two jobs and two majors, it was difficult fitting it in.” After an “amazing” month of intensive language study, Hirschey did a whirlwind tour of Europe—“I saw 17 cities in six countries!”</p><p>This fall, she will enter the University of Colorado-Boulder to pursue a doctoral degree in linguistics, focusing on language acquisition and sociolinguistics.</p><p>Foreshadowing her career as an academic, Hirschey has pursued several research avenues. As lead writing tutor in the Learning Commons, she noticed students adjusting to the new format of question-based collaborative learning adopted by the faculty and staff. She conducted a research project, “Assessing the Expectations for Learning Commons Tutoring,” which she presented to students and faculty at the 2014 Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE), where it won the Brooks Library Best Presentation Award. Hirschey later presented her research at the 2015 National Conference on Undergraduate Research.</p><p>Her research acumen and interest in linguistics caught the attention of mathematics professor Dominic Klyve, who had a languishing research project involving the linguistic research of 18th-century mathematician Leonhard Euler. Working with Klyve, Hirschey analyzed the previously unpublished documents—“I had to teach myself articulatory phonetics of the 18th century”— and wrote “The Missing <em>Meditatio</em>: Leonhard Euler’s (1707–1783) Contribution to Articulatory Phonetics,” which was published in <em>Historiographia Linguistica </em>42/1 (2015). Hirschey was first author on the paper, a singular achievement for an undergraduate.</p><p>“The work wouldn’t have been done if not for Olivia,” noted Klyve, who has nothing but praise for his motivated co-author.</p><p>“Truly, I could not have asked for a better undergraduate experience,” said Hirschey, a Newport High School graduate (’11) who came to CWU because she had heard that it had a great community and really cared about its students—“which I have experienced since the first day I got here. I have received so much support and motivation from staff and faculty. They have all encouraged me to pursue projects and set high goals.<br><br>“I want to come back as an alumna and say ‘I was part of that.’ I’m proud to be part of the Wildcat family.”</p><p>Photo credit: Mphotography</p><p><br>Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,</p></br></br></br>C. Farrell Fine Arts and Research Scholarship, 24 Oct 2014 10:10:44<p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;">This scholarship is available to Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students at Central Washington University who are pursuing a fine arts project in Art, Music, Theater, or Creative Writing, or who are pursuing a research project pertaining to the History, Geology, Archeology of Kittitas Valley. This scholarship provides one year of in-state tuition, $200 book allowance, and project costs. Please see their website for more information.</p><p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;"><strong><a href="/english/sites/" target="_blank">C. Farrell Fine Arts and Research Scholarship</a></strong></p><p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;"><strong>This scholarship is not distributed by the Department of English. &nbsp;Please see the website for deadlines, requirements, and eligibility. &nbsp;</strong><strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"><a href=""></a></strong></p><p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;"><strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"><a href="/english/sites/ Description Guidelines and Application (2).doc" target="_blank"><img alt="Creaive Writing Scholarship" src="/english/sites/" style="width: 500px; height: 345px;"></a></strong></p></p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;"></p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;"></p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;"></strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;"></p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;"></p style="font-size: 11.8181819915771px; line-height: 15.27272605896px;"></strong style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 1.4;">Alumni News, 10 Sep 2014 16:56:39<p>Shannon Wilson (M.A. English 2007, B.A. English 2005) is now an Assistant Professor at Pierce College.</p>Alumni News, 02 Sep 2014 13:06:16<p>Stephanie Keahey (formerly Nielson), who completed our Writing Specialization in 2013, has published a story on entitled <a href="">"Mutual Trust – Thanking Olympia Police, Citizens after a Car Accident."</a></p>Faculty News, 07 Nov 2013 16:25:26<p>Joe Powell's collection of poems, <em>Preamble to the Afterlife,</em> has been published by March Street Press.</p>Student News, 09 Sep 2013 13:40:32<p><strong>Jeff Suwak's </strong>short story "The Lighthouse" has been published in <em>The Foundling Review.&nbsp; </em>His fantasy novella <em>Beyond the Tempest Gate </em>has been published by Vabella Publishing.</p>Faculty News, 05 Sep 2013 13:23:31<p><strong>Katharine Whitcomb</strong> received the 2013 College of Arts and Humanities Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award.</p>2013 English Student Awards, 05 Sep 2013 13:21:20<p><strong>Santos Herrara</strong> received the 2013 College of Arts and Humanities award for Achievement in Non-Fiction Writing.</p><p><strong>Santo</strong><strong>s</strong><strong> Herrara </strong>also received the 2013 Betty E. Evans award for Achievement in Creative Writing.</p><p><strong>S</strong><strong>tefan Milne</strong> received the 2013 College of Arts and Humanities Outstanding Graduate Student Scholarship Award.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>Alumni News, 05 Sep 2013 11:43:30<p>Jeanine Bator (M.A. English 2008, B.A. English 2005, B.A. History 2010) is starting a PhD program in Irish Studies at Queen's University, Belfast.</p>Student News, 22 Apr 2013 12:07:01<p>Trevor Penland presented his paper "Hollywood's Doing the Mess Around: The American Dream Myth, Celebrity Lives, and Ray" at the annual conference of the Pacific Northwest American Studies Association at the Watertown Hotel, Seattle, WA, on April 20, 2013.</p>