CWUForeign Language NewsForeign Language News tongue of Russia speaks on CWU campus, 10 Nov 2015 07:43:32<p><img alt="" src="/foreign-language/sites/" style="width: 435px; height: 300px;"></p><p>Novelist Ivan Turgenev consoled himself in the midst of his country’s 19th-century travails by invoking Mother Russia’s mother tongue.</p><p>“O great, mighty, true and free Russian language!” he proclaimed. “It is inconceivable that such a language should not belong to a great people.”</p><p>Since the late 1980s, students at Central Washington University have been availing themselves of the chance to study Russian and decide whether they agree with Turgenev’s assessment.</p><p>Teaching Russian in a region where the largest minority speaks Spanish doesn’t seem incongruous to Volha Isakava and Dinara Georgeoliani, the two instructors in Central’s program.</p><p>“Russian is a critical language that is needed by the U.S. government,” Isakava said. “A lot of our students aspire to join the military or work for the State Department.”</p><p>Read more of this story in the <a href="">Yakima Herald Republic</a>.</p>In memory, 15 Sep 2015 08:28:51<p><img alt="Spanish Senior Mary Lonowski" src="/foreign-language/sites/" style="width: 250px; height: 348px;"></p><p>It is with heavy heart that we mourn the passing away of Mary Lonowski, one of our fine Spanish majors.<br><br>Mary was a wonderful student, always invested in her work, and eager to learn. She was an inspiration to her fellow students, and a perennial pleasure to have in the classroom.<br><br>Mary loved the simple things in life like reading a good book, spending time with family, hanging out with friends, trying new recipes, piecing together puzzles, strumming her guitar, playing a friendly game of tennis or Monopoly, and tooling around town in her yellow VW Beetle.<br><br>Mary: your smile and your energy will be much missed in our department, but you will always live on in the memories of your professors, classmates, and your fellow university friends.&nbsp; Good night, sweet Mary, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.</p><p>Que descanses in paz, querida Mary.</p></br></br></br></br></br></br>World Languages Student Appointed Student Trustee, 28 Aug 2015 08:40:53<p>Ms. Yazmín Aguilar, a Spanish and Social Services major, has been officially appointed by State Governor, Jay Inslee, to serve as student trustee at CWU for the 2015-16 academic year.<br></p></br>Stellar graduating CWU World Languages student, Olivia Hirschey, plans to continue her studies, 10 Jun 2015 09:07:32<p><img alt="" src="/foreign-language/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>Chinese Students Compete and Win!, 27 Apr 2015 10:02:09<p>The 14th Chinese Bridge - Chinese Proficiency Competition for College students 2015 Preliminary Contest in the State of Washington was held on Saturday April 25th.&nbsp; Akane Asaka, won 2nd Prize in the overall competition and Lauren Gilmore, won an Individual Award for Chinese Culture Talent Show.&nbsp; Lauren, as a Chinese Culture Talent Show winner, is nominated to perform at the Seattle Chinese Culture and Art Festival held in Seattle Center on May 16, 2015.</p>Continuing Language Study Rewarded, 02 Dec 2014 09:44:47<p>Michael Essex, a CWU Japanese Student, has been accepted to Temple University's Education with a Concentration in Applied Linguistics PhD program in Osaka.&nbsp; He credits Professor Okada-Collins and Dr. Nelson with helping him achieve this success.</p>Legislative Internship Awarded, 02 Dec 2014 09:36:16<p>Sergio Madrid, has been offered a legislative internship in Olympia during Winter Quarter 2015.&nbsp; Sergio, who is interested in pursuing a career in public policy, will spend next quarter working in the Senate to shape law and policy in Washington. He is one of just six students selected from CWU.&nbsp; Sergio is currently writing his senior thesis on the United States' policy toward unaccompanied minors arriving from El Salvador, Guatemala, and his home country of Honduras. He is using Martha Nussbaum's Capabilities Approach to argue that Central American migrants should be granted asylum in the US. His argument is supported both by the growing literature surrounding Nussbaum's work and his analysis of poverty, violence, and corruption in Central America.</p>Congratulations to the Class of 2014!, 13 Oct 2014 13:10:23<p>A special congratulations to World Languages Graduate Joseph O'Connor for being selected as the Honors Convocation Speaker! Check out these photos and his speech! Check out the Good News link to the left for more information.</p>Lefkowitz Receives Crystal Apple Award, 23 May 2013 09:39:40<p>Each year the Teacher Professional Education Advisory Board (PEAB) presents Crystal Apple awards to one faculty member from each college who has had a significant impact on teacher preparation at CWU.&nbsp; The CTL Executive Board has chosen Dr. Virginia Erion, TEACH, Dr. Eugene Johnson, School Psychology, and Dr. Natalie Lefkowitz, World Languages, as the Crystal Apple recipients for 2012-2013.</p><p><br>Crystal Apple awards are presented to faculty at the Top Ten Student Teachers Reception, at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 7 in Sue Lombard Dining Hall.&nbsp;</p></br>