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May 2017

Dr. Maria Luisa Gomez Ramirez has received a Non-Tenure Faculty Release for her project, Spanish on the Stage.  She will create a website designed to improve listening comprehension of learners of Spanish.  It will include links to short dialogues from movie scenes accompanied by scripts, pre-listening, listening, and post-listening activities. 

April 21, 2017

It is with great sadness that the Department of Modern Languages announces the passing of Dr. Louis Brister, who was a Professor of German in the department from 1966-2005 and served as its chair in the early 1970s.  He was the author, editor, and translator of journal articles and books, most notably John Charles Beale’s Rio Grande Colony (2008) and Mexican Prisons: The Journal of Eduard Harkort, 1832-1834 (1986).

April 9, 2017

Spanish graduate student Mohit Mehta was initiated into the The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at a ceremony on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Former San Marcos mayor Daniel Guerrero gave the keynote address. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Texas State became the 325th chapter of Phi Kappa Phi during a ceremonial installation on October 10, 2013. Students must be in the top 10% of their program in their last year to be invited to membership.

Photo of Mr. Mohit Mehta
Mr. Mohit Mehta

March 27, 2017

Modern Languages faculty Dr. Sharon Ugalde, Dr. Yasmine Beale-Rivaya, and Dr. Catherine Jaffe presented their research on medieval, 18th-century, and 20th-century women in Spain at the Women and Gender Research Collaborative 2017 symposium, "Century of Conflict: Dialogues on Women, Gender, Intersectionality and Militarism," on March 24, 2017. Dr. David Navarro moderated the panel, entitled "Women's Experiences in War and Conflict: Literary and Linguistic Perspectives."

Drs. David Navarro, Sharon Ugalde, Yasmine Beale-Rivaya, and Catherine Jaffe
Drs. Navarro, Ugalde,
Beale-Rivaya, and Jaffe

March 2017

Dr. Moira Di Mauro-Jackson helped organize and presented a paper at the Conference of Italian Researchers on 25 March, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Hosted by the Italian Consulate General in Houston, this event featured Italian researchers from natural sciences to liberal arts, technology and medicine. The conference facilitates the sharing of discoveries and research not only in the United States but throughout the global academic community.

March 2017

Spanish and Math major Osvaldo Marquez Rubio is the new president of Texas State's Chess Club, and Spanish lecturer, Dr. Susana Villanueva Eguía Lis, is the club's new faculty advisor.

Photos show Texas State team members with Dr. Eguía Lis, and in competition, at the Southwest Collegiate Championship held at Texas Tech University on February 25.


Read more in article from University Star

February 2017

Public Lecture
"Cervantes's Immaterial Bodies"
by Prof. Anne J. Cruz
University of Miami
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 5:15 p.m., Centennial Hall G02
Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, the Honors College, the Department of English, the Department of History, and the Department of Philosophy

October 13, 2016

Texas State University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi to Hold Initiation

The Texas State University chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines—will initiate its newest class of members on Sunday, November 6, at 2:00 p.m. in the LBJ Student Center Ballroom

Dr. Michael Hennessy, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will serve as the keynote speaker.



May 10, 2016

Portrait of Carla Gomez

Carla Greszler-Gómez, lecturer in Spanish, has been awarded the 2016 Part-Time Excellence in Teaching Award.

Letter from Liberal Arts Dean Michael Hennessy


April 25, 2016

Dr. Luis Intersimone was elected Executive Director of the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies SCOLAS. He will serve a two-year term beginning in 2016.


April 23, 2016

Department of Modern Languages students Estefanía David (Spanish M.A.), Christi Hudgins (Spanish major), and Karina Ramos (Spanish major) were initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at a ceremony in Evans Auditorium April 23, 2016. Ambassador Carlos González Gutiérrez, Consul General of Mexico in Austin, delivered the keynote address. Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious all-discipline honor society, and admission is based solely on superior scholarship. Only the top 10% of graduate students who have completed one full year of their degree, the top 10% of undergraduate seniors, and the top 7.5% of juniors are invited to be members. Texas State’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi was installed in 2013.

April 22, 2016

On April 22, 2016, University Distinguished Professor Dr. Sharon Ugalde, Dr. Antonio Gragera, Dr. Yasmine Beale-Rivaya, and Dr. David Navarro attended the Second Annual Hispanic Studies Conference hosted by the University of Houston.

Dr. Ugalde gave the plenary address titled: “A New Look for Ophelia in the Cultural Production of Spain.”

Also in attendance were a current graduate student, Alyssa Daley, and former students now pursuing PhDs: Arielle Akines, Isis Campos, Annette Zapata, and Allison Yakel.

April 20, 2016

The Department of Modern Languages congratulates:

Scholarship Recipients

Krystal Kurtz (Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Spain)
Debora Ruiz (Harold and Betty Marburger Scholarship)
Katharina Redlin (Elizabeth Topper Nash Scholarship)
Osvaldo Marquez Rubio (Elizabeth Topper Nash Scholarship)
Alec Trussell (Elizabeth Topper Nash Scholarship)
Grace Velasco Van De Hoef (Elizabeth Topper Nash Scholarship)
Ivette Colunga (Roberto Galván/San Marcos Lions Club Scholarship)
Juan Carlos Hernandez (Roberto Galván/San Marcos Lions Club Scholarship)
Laura Peña (Roberto Galván/San Marcos Lions Club Scholarship)
Christina Chandler (Corinda Crews Moeller Scholarship)
Katharina Redlin (Corinda Crews Moeller Scholarship)

Outstanding Undergraduate Student

Kurt Engh

Outstanding Graduate Student

Estefanía David


April 13, 2016

At their annual ceremony on April 13, the University’s Student Organizations Council awarded the Boko Award for Honors Organization of the Year to Texas State’s Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi (Epsilon Beta Chapter). Dr. Miriam Echeverría Balboa is Sigma Delta Pi´s faculty advisor.


March 25, 2016

On Friday, March 25, 2016, University Distinguished Professor Dr. Sharon Ugalde, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Women's Studies.

Dr. Sharon Ugalde receiving award, along with Dr. Catherine Jaffe, and Dr. Audwin Anderson
Dr. Catherine Jaffe, Dr. Sharon Ugalde, and Dr. Audwin Anderson


April 18, 2015

Memorial symposium in honor of Dr. Antonio Candau at Valladolid University in Valladolid, Spain. Dr. Candau was professor of Spanish at Texas State University (1991-2001), and afterwards at Case Western Reserve University until his death from cancer in 2013. The symposium featured the celebrated novelist about whom Dr. Candau wrote his dissertation, José María Merino. During his address, Mr. Merino announced that he will dedicate his new collection of stories to Dr. Candau's memory. There were also talks by Dr. Catherine Jaffe and Dr. Sharon Ugalde from the Department of Modern Languages. He is remembered fondly in the department as a fine scholar and a treasured friend and colleague.

Featured Faculty Research

Forthcoming from Camden House in December 2016, Secret Police Files from the Eastern Bloc: Between Surveillance and Life Writing (Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture), is edited by Texas State Professor Valentina Glajar, Alison Lewis and Corina L. Petrescu.

Secret Police Files from the Eastern Bloc cover


We in Modern Languages wish to affirm our unwavering commitment to creating and sustaining an intellectually challenging and diverse academic environment through excellent teaching, scholarship, and service for all of our students, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender or gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation. We further embrace the principles of inclusivity and freedom of expression as integral to our mission as professional educators, public servants, and compassionate individuals. READ MORE.

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