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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.

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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

STATEMENT FROM THE FACULTY AND CHAIR OF MODERN LANGUAGES

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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Film: Bob the Gambler / Bob le flambeur

Location:
Centennial Hall (CENT); G02
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
Jennifer Forrest, 512-245-2360
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Modern Languages

French Film Series: Classic French Cinema
Le Ciné-Club Français: Weekly screenings of French and Francophone films.
For currently enrolled French students only.
Screenings on Fridays at 3 p.m. in Centennial GO2
For more information contact Dr. Jennifer Forrest or 512.245.2493

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Kaffeestunde: German Conversation Hour

Location:
Off Campus; Mochas and Javas, 700 N. LBJ Drive
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
Valentina Glajar, 512.245.3073
Campus Sponsor:
Delta Phi Alpha

Kaffeestunde: German Conversation Hour
Mondays, 1-2 p.m.
Mochas and Javas, 700 North LBJ Drive
For more information, contact Dr. Valentina Glajar

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Club Telenovela

Location:
Flowers Hall (FH); 127
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
Margaret Dunaway, 512-245-2360
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Modern Languages

Club Telenovela provides an informal setting for students to practice Spanish and improve comprehension by watching a Spanish-language soap opera with other students of Spanish and Spanish speakers. Our selection for Fall 2016 is "¿Dónde está Elisa?", a series about the mysterious disappearance of the teenaged daughter of a wealthy couple.
For currently enrolled Spanish students only
Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m.
Flowers Hall 127
For more information, contact Dr. Margaret Dunaway, md43@txstate.edu

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Stammtisch: German Conversation Social

Location:
Off Campus; Vodka Street Bistro, 202 N. LBJ Dr.
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
Kayla Hill, 512.245.7494
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Modern Languages

Stammtisch: German Conversation Social
Wednesdays at 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Vodka Street Bistro, 202 N. LBJ Dr.
For more information, contact Kayla Hill, M.A.

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The Game of Love and Chance: An Adaptation of Marivaux's Classic Comedy

Location:
Centennial Hall (CENT); G02
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
Carole Martin, 512.245.2489
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Modern Languages

The Game of Love and Chance: An Adaptation of Marivaux's Classic Comedy
Performed by the Fall 2016 Acting French Class
6 p.m.
Centennial Hall G02
For more information contact Dr. Carole Martin

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Le Cercle Français: Texas State French Club

Location:
Centennial Hall (CENT); 221; see flyer for other locations
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
Moira DiMauro-Jackson, 512.245.1352
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Modern Languages

Le Cercle Français: Texas State French Club
Wednesdays from 6-7 p.m.
Various locations (see flyer)
For more information contact Dr. Moira DiMauro-Jackson

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The Game of Love and Chance: An Adaptation of Marivaux's Classic Comedy

Location:
Centennial Hall (CENT); G02
Cost:
FREE
Contact:
Carole Martin, 512.245.2489
Campus Sponsor:
Department of Modern Languages

The Game of Love and Chance: An Adaptation of Marivaux's Classic Comedy
Performed by the Fall 2016 Acting French Class
6 p.m.
Centennial Hall G02
For more information contact Dr. Carole Martin

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