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Humanistic Studies honors top students

Last Friday (May 8), Humanistic Studies hosted an awards ceremony for outstanding students and scholarship winners.

Student honorees were:

Humanistic Studies Scholarships

Harold and Edna Bickford Endowed Scholarship – Taylor Navis

Coryll Crandall Memorial Scholarship – Danielle Eder

Thomas E. Daniels Memorial Scholarship – Samantha Molina

Lise Lotte Gammeltoft Memorial Scholarship – Faith Lent

Modern Languages Awards Academic Year 2014—2015

Academic Excellence Award in German – Ashley Thibeau

Applied Language Award in German – Sara Lueth

Academic Excellence Award in Spanish – Julia Rose Shariff 

Academic Excellence Award in Spanish – Colin Nohr 

Applied Use of Spanish Award – Courtney Mueller-Krouse 

Academic Excellence Award in French – Elijah Amelse 

Applied Use of French Award – Adam Meyer

Shariff first of UW-Green Bay grads to join MCW-Green Bay

shariff-top-storyJulia Shariff is still wrapping her head around the possibility of one day being called, “Dr. Shariff.”

The May 2015 UW-Green Bay Human Biology and Spanish graduate took a major step toward her long-awaited goal with recent acceptance into the inaugural class of the Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Classes begin this summer.

“To be honest, the idea of med school seemed like something other people did, not someone like me… The reason I decided to declare my major and head down that path was because of the amazing faculty at UWGB. I had always had support from my family to follow my dreams, but having a respected non-family source of support and belief in my abilities was what I needed to take the plunge.”

Being able to stay in Green Bay while in medical school is providing a level of comfort for Shariff (pictured with Bellin’s Bart Miller, above). The Green Bay Southwest High School graduate recognizes the value of “staying home” for her undergraduate degree, and will follow in the footsteps of a number of family members who took the same path.

“The benefits of staying in Green Bay are numerous,” she says. “It will both decrease the cost of living, but ease the transition into medical school. I’ve heard that the first year comes with its own academic adjustments so taking on medical school in Green Bay provides me with comfort and familiarity. I absolutely love the atmosphere of Green Bay — not too big and not too small. There’s plenty to do and opportunities to learn in this area. Having a medical school in Green Bay brings a lot to the area, especially when it comes to establishing community physicians.”

Shariff already has an insider perspective into health care in the region, having shadowed at Bellin Hospital in preparation for a research project, “The Lost Connection: Benefits of being a bilingual professional in the U.S. healthcare system,” which earned her prestigious selection as a “Posters in the Rotunda” showcase presenter in Madison in Spring of 2015.

Her project provided insight into the Green Bay area’s growing population of Spanish-speaking residents.

In true interdisciplinary fashion, Shariff developed the idea in collaboration with Prof. Cristina Ortiz of UW-Green Bay’s Spanish and Humanistic Studies academic programs.

“As Julia’s adviser, I conveyed to her that medical schools are seeking well-rounded students who are knowledgeable and have academic experiences beyond the sciences,” Ortiz says. “Her Spanish skills and academic work in Spanish have been key players in positioning Julia as the desirable candidate she is for medical school.”

Explains Shariff, “My research methods consisted of a lot of field observation, interviews, and of course investigation of previous reports and studies. I interviewed three individuals specifically: a bilingual doctor, a bilingual physician’s assistant and a Spanish interpreter. Through my research I developed a list of pros and cons for various communication methods in the healthcare system, thus determining the overall most efficient and practical method was the employment of a bilingual physician.”

Shariff studied abroad, in Spain, as part of her undergraduate experience. She was also an active tutor for the Organic Chemistry class, while serving as UWGB’s Health Science Club president, and co-president of UWGB’s Colleges Against Cancer organization.

“Green Bay is founded on the tight knit community and surrounding areas, and the promotion of this network is huge in the message MCW-Green Bay wants to send: promoting community based health care and cooperation of health systems in the state,” Shariff said.

“It has been a very long process, and to be accepted at such a respected institution as the Medical College of Wisconsin is both an honor and a privilege!”

In case you missed it… Cassie Alfheim is state’s top student employee

We included a link to the awards photo gallery in Tuesday’s Log Extra but, for the record, and for the benefit of those who don’t choose to receive Extra, we repeat the news that Cassie Alfheim is both the UW-Green Bay Student Employee of the Year and state winner of the same recognition. An employee of the Grants and Research Office, Alfheim assists in ensuring timely and smooth transmission of all grant proposals and is a leading campus liaison for the Systemwide Posters in the Rotunda. She’s a senior studying Arts Management, Spanish, and Vocal Performance. For more on her award-winning achievements.

Meet top NAS students benefitting from expanded scholarship program

The best-of-the-best students in Natural and Applied Sciences programs were honored at an annual scholarship reception held Jan. 30. Twenty-five students were awarded a total of $31,150 in scholarships that nearly doubled last year’s total of $15,200. The scholarships recognized student achievement in academics, research, and overall excellence. The new scholarships introduced this year include the Todd and Julie Bartels Scholarship, the Chad Moritz and Beth Meyer Scholarship, and the Faith Technologies, Inc. Scholarship for Engineering Technology. (Next year, NAS will introduce five additional scholarships.) Students selected to receive awards are:
 Kristine Berry, Environmental Science major; Krystal Clark, Environmental Science; Matthew Malcore, Environmental Science and Environmental Policy and Planning; Ashley Morin, Biology; Molly Dederich, Mathematics; Christa Kananen, Geoscience; Angela Smet, Environmental Science major; Jessica Finger, Biology; Brianna Messner, Mathematics and Spanish; Michael Pietraszek, Biology; Roberta Reif, Biology; Jeremiah Shrovnal, Environmental Science; Gabriel Michaels, Mathematics; Tiffany Marshall, Pre-Professional Engineering Program; Hanne Guthrie, Environmental Science, Pre-Professional Engineering Program, and Spanish; Reed Heintzkill, Pre-Professional Engineering and Chemistry; Matthew Nichols, Individual Major (related to environmental engineering) and Chemistry; Caroline Nakanwagi, Chemistry; Jordan Marty, Biology; Christi Branham, Chemistry; Samuel Frisbie, Engineering Technology (Environmental) and Geoscience; Shannon Mackey, Environmental Science; Amanda Nothem, Chemistry; Michael Xie, Mathematics major. For more on each student and the scholarship received.

Faculty note: Saxton-Ruiz

Gabriel T. Saxton-Ruiz, associate professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, served as guest editor for the January 2015 issue of Words Without Borders. He wrote the intro — there’s a little UW-Green Bay connection in there, too — and translated two of the pieces featured in the issue. Words without Borders is an online magazine for international literature. The January issue was dedicated to Uchronia, the genre of speculative fiction that imagines divergent histories for world events, and featured writers from Sweden, France, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Chile, and Peru. For example, the piece from Mexico writer Bernardo Fernández, aka Bef, imagines a face-off between Maximilian I and the digital ghost of Benito Juárez.

Por favor… books for kids?

Student leaders in the campus chapter of the honor society Phi Kappa Phi are extending an invitation to support the Spanish Book Drive for students in Cuernavaca, Mexico, running through Wednesday (Dec. 10). Help support this international effort by “Giving a book… Giving a smile!” Phi Kappa Phi student and faculty members encourage you to donate an elementary level book in Spanish. Major book stores have wide selections, organized by reading age. Prof Lucy Arendt will take the books to rural school children in Mexico as part of the month-long Cuernavaca travel course departing Dec. 27. Drop box sites are located in: RH-305, TH-335, TH-331, LS-456, MAC-B310, WH-430, ES-105, CL-207, UU-150. Contact Phi Kappa Phi for further details. Gracias por todo su ayuda!

Faculty note: Saxton-Ruiz

Gabriel T. Saxton-Ruiz, associate professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, attended the 37th annual conference of the American Literary Translators Association last week in Milwaukee. He participated in workshops that dealt with best practices in teaching translation, how to introduce theory in the translation classroom and how to design curriculum for translation studies programs. He also gave a bilingual reading of Jorge Eduardo Benavides’ Un asunto sentimental — a novel about doomed relationships, dueling ideologies and international terrorism — and discussed the challenges of translating this piece in a presentation titled “Translating Jorge Eduardo Benavides’ A Sentimental Affair(e): Negotiating Writerly Accents.” He described how the work alternates between the perspective and narration of the author’s alter ego and that of Albert Cremades (a fictitious Catalan writer on the verge of making it big). In an attempt to recreate the competing linguistic registers (the language of a Peruvian expat who has resided in Madrid for twenty years and the Catalan-inflected Spanish of Cremades), Saxton-Ruiz’s translation had to switch between American English and British accents.

Student nomination earns ‘Spotlight’ honor for Spanish/Latin American Studies

UW-Green Bay’s Spanish and Latin American Studies program has been selected “Spotlight of the Month” by the National Residence Hall Honorary. Student Chloe Miller Hansen of the local chapter praised the “highly active” program in her nomination letter, which mentioned the weekly tertulias and conversation tables, the Latin American Film Series, visiting scholars and extensive faculty assistance to students as reasons the UW-Green Bay program should be featured at the honorary’s website.

Faculty note: Saxton-Ruiz publication

Gabriel T. Saxton-Ruiz, associate professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies, just published a translation of excerpts from the novel Paseador de perros (The Dog Walker) by Madrid-based Peruvian novelist, Sergio Galarza. This semi-autobiographical work explores Madrid’s underbelly while challenging the stereotypical postcard imagery of the Spanish capital and its denizens. Galarza was awarded the 2009 Nuevo Talento FNAC, a prestigious prize given to up-and-coming writers, for this novel. The translation appears in Hiedra Magazine which is a peer-reviewed literary and arts publication associated with Indiana University focusing on Spanish, Latin American, and U.S. Latino contexts. According to the magazine’s website, “the name Hiedra is derived from the Spanish word for ‘ivy,’ which evokes a sense of natural, organic growth that expands outward from a single plant to cover vast areas. This idea captures the role that Hiedra Magazine envisions for itself in expanding literature, visual arts, academic works, and other forms of artistic expression.”

Visiting writers: ‘Dos Peruanos en Green Bay’

Associate Prof. Gabriel Saxton-Ruiz of Humanistic Studies invites the campus community to a pair of literary events next week featuring contemporary novelists from Peru. The visitors, Jennifer Thorndike and Francisco Ángeles, will be highlighted as “Two Peruvians in Green Bay” (Dos Peruanos en Green Bay) in events on campus and at The Attic Books & Coffee next Thursday (Nov. 6). Thorndike is the author of Ella, and Ángeles the author of Austin, Texas 1979. The schedule of public programs:
Visiting Lecture 
4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 6) Phoenix Room C of the University Union

Thorndike discusses the topic “Approaches to Disease in 20th AND 21st Century Latin American Literature,” while Ángeles addresses “Two Meanings of Trauma in the Contemporary Latin American Novel.” The lectures will be in English.
Authors reading 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 6) The Attic, 730 Bodart St.
Thorndike and Ángeles will read excerpts from their respective novels, Ella and Austin, Texas 1979 in both Spanish and English.