Tag: Modern Languages

Top languages students recognized

Modern Languages faculty and students at UW-Green Bay held their annual awards ceremony on Cinco de Mayo to honor graduating language majors who have had an outstanding record of academic accomplishments and/or community leadership using their language skills.

The students honored at the ceremony were:

• French: Julie Bayard, (Applied Used of Language) and Cassondra Kollatz, (Academic Excellence Award)
• German: Daniel Mueller, (Academic Excellence Award) and Samantha Litty (Applied Used of Language)
• Spanish: Annette Degroot, (Academic Excellence Award),  Margaret Hastreiter, (Academic Excellence Award) and Dustin Kinjerski, (Applied Use of Language)

Faculty note: Coury

Prof. David Coury (Humanistic Studies/German) was an invited speaker last week in the Department of Germanic and Asian Languages at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. He gave a public lecture titled “On the Road to Discovery: Recent German Road Movies and the Search for Identity.” Additionally, he held a workshop for Calvin’s Modern Language faculty on developing and teaching cinema courses as well as integrating film into language courses.

Saxton-Ruiz presents at Latin American theatre conference

Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz presents at Latin American theatre conference
Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz, assistant professor of Spanish and Humanistic Studies, traveled to Puebla, Mexico in early July as a participant, presenter and moderator at an international conference on theatre. The gathering, the 18th annual Jornadas de Teatro Latinoamericano, honors a different Latin American playwright each year. This year’s honoree was the celebrated Venezuelan dramatist Rodolfo Santana, author of more than a hundred plays and countless film and television scripts and a recipient of the Premio Casa de las Américas literary prize for his work Ángel perdido en la ciudad hostil.

Saxton-Ruiz presented a paper titled “La abuela virgen y los profesores chiflados: Sátira social en las obras de Rodolfo Santana y Juan Rivera Saavedra.” Translation in English: “Of Virginal Grandmothers and Nutty Professors: Social Satire in the Works of Rodolfo Santana and Juan Rivera Saavedra.” A slightly revised version of this paper will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Mexican magazine, Autores: Teoría y Textos de Teatro.

(Photo is of Saxton-Ruiz, on stage at right, moderating a session “Dramaturgy, Dance and Acting Pedagogy.”)

Friday is German Day at UW-Green Bay

The UW-Green Bay German Program is sponsoring German Day on Friday (Feb. 26) from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the University Union. Approximately 200 to 300 area high school students and German language teachers will be attending the event, which will include academic competitions, games and contests (in German, of course), a Germany fun quiz, videos, t-shirts, videos and prizes. For more information contact Prof. David Coury at 465-2097, or couryd@uwgb.edu.

German, Spanish students head off to Aldo Leopold

Students from the German and Spanish programs begin this week teaching in an after-school language program at Aldo Leopold Community School, the Green Bay’s district’s choice or alternative-learning school. Program chair Prof. Cristina Ortiz says the initiative strengthens the longstanding partnership between UW-Green Bay’s Modern Languages unit and the Green Bay Public Schools for providing language instruction at the K-8 levels. French students teach in a similar program at Red Smith School, thus providing crucial introductory language instruction at the elementary levels in city schools.

The (French) music of Soucie

Kevin Soucie will perform songs from France and Quebec at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17 in the Christie Theatre of the University Union. Sponsored by the UW-Green Bay’s Le Cercle Francais student organization, the performance will include the music of Jacques Brel, Francis Cabrel, Daniel Belanger and Michel Rivard. Tickets are $2 for students and $5 for community members. For additional information contact Tiffany Wilhelm at wilhtm31@uwgb.edu.

Events celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

The remaining schedule for Mes de la Herencia Hispanica:

Oct. 4, “Forever Tango,” 7:30 p.m., Weidner Center

Oct. 7, “Did somebody say literary translation is easy?” 2:15 p.m., University Union Alumni Rooms, Phyllis Zatlin, retired professor of Spanish and coordinator of translator/interpreter training at Rutgers

Oct. 8, Book Club/Libro de Lectura, 6:30 p.m., Southwest Branch Brown County Library, come and share your insights about the Spanish books you are reading!

Oct. 10, World Cup Soccer Qualifier, 7 p.m., Phoenix Club, televised coverage of Argentina- Peru with food and beverages provided by University Union

Oct. 12, Meet and Greet Dr. Jon Franco from Universidad de Deusto (Spain), 8-9:30 a.m., Office of International Education on library plaza, learn about a semester-abroad program in Spain

Oct. 14, Students speak about studying abroad in Spanish-speaking countries, noon, American Intercultural Center, noon, American Intercultural Center, Union

Oct. 23, “Historia del Tango,” noon, Cloud Commons, Union, brown bag discussion in Spanish led by Prof. Hernan Fernandez-Meardi

Oct. 30, “Peruvian Cuisine: Cultural Hybridity in the Kitchen,” noon, Cloud Commons, brown bag discussion led by Prof. Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz. (Food samples provided.)

Spanish Conversation Tables (semester long), practice Spanish Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Jordan Mathes (beginners and intermediate/low levels) at the Library’s Garden Café; and Wednesdays 6 p.m. with Michel Vandenheuvel (intermediate and advanced levels) at the Union’s Common Grounds Coffee House.

Faculty/Staff Notes: Goff, et al

Victoria Goff, associate professor of Communication and history, was the first speaker in the Brown County Library’s Local History Series on Oct. 1. Her topic, “Voyageur Magazine: 25 Years of History,” highlighted the history of the award-winning Voyageur magazine, which is celebrating its silver anniversary this year. Voyageur is published by UW-Green Bay in conjunction with the Brown County Historical Society. Founded in 1984 by former UW-Green Bay history professor Norbert Gaworek and George Nau Burridge, then president of the historical society, it has also had the help of many members of the campus community, including but not limited to David Voelker, Andrew Kersten, and Jerrold Rodesch (emeritus), history; William Laatch, geography; Jeff Benzow and Toni Damkoehler, graphics; Chris Style, art; Chris Sampson and Scott Hildebrand, university communication; Dean O’Brien, communication processes; Bill Meindl (publisher, UWGB alum; Jennifer Ham, German; Ken Fleurant, French, and many faculty and staff who have since retired. In addition, hundreds of current and former students have played a role in producing the magazine. Goff has been editor for 15 years.

Lecture on literary translation

That is the topic of Phyllis Zatlin’s presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 2:15 p.m. in the Alumni Room on the second level of the University Union. Zatlin is a retired Spanish professor and coordinator of translator/interpreter training at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She is the author of numerous books, editions and articles, and has specialized in contemporary Spanish theatre, narrative of women writers, and film. Her campus presentation is sponsored by Humanistic Studies and the Spanish Academic Program. The talk is free and open to the public.

What does it mean to be a Latina?

The American Intercultural Center will have its second of six fall-semester panel discussions this Thursday (Oct. 1). The program, “What does it mean to be a Latina” will begin at 1 p.m. in the Christie Theatre on the lower level of the University Union. A guided panel discussion will explore several issues related to the Latina identity, including assumptions and stereotypes about Latinas and the impact of those perceptions. Panel facilitator is Prof. Cristina Ortiz, Humanistic Studies and Modern Languages.