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Mesa Hispana celebrates Dia de los Muertos
Mesa Hispana celebrates Dia de los Muertos

On Wednesday October 28th, the Mesa Hispana celebrated  the  día de los muertos at the Student Union.

Profesora Muzquiz helped students create an "altar" that included many traditional items.   Students were busy making paper flowers as they chatted.  Profesora then gave an extremely interesting explanation about the meaning of the altar and customary practices of Day of the Dead in Mexico.   Students were even offered the opportunity to try some delicious treats -"pan de muerto" and "Mexican hot chocolate".  Many students stopped by to learn more about our programs and the different activities we organize.

2015 Cleveland Maison Française competition
2015 Cleveland Maison Française competition


Kailey Gabriel and Dani Jackson represented the DML French Section at the 2015 Cleveland Maison Française competition and won second and fourth place, respectively.  This is a highly competitive French contest open to full time undergraduate students from colleges and universities in Northeastern Ohio.   The UA French majors and minors have been consistently winning the competition prizes since 2003.  Bravo!

Former MA Student Accepted to Study in Spain

Sean di Renzo (M.A. in Spanish, '07) has been accepted into a Summer Seminar for Teachers sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The seminar will take place in Madrid, with excursions to Toledo, Avila and Segovia, and is titled “Authors in the Prado: Spanish Painting and the Literature it Inspired.”

Celebration of La Chandeleur
Celebration of La Chandeleur

French majors and minors celebrated La Chandeleur on Thursday, February 5th, 2015. The name, Chandeleur, comes from the Latin candelorum festum, which means festival of candles but nowadays it’s really just about making and eating crêpes. Students had a chance not only to practice flipping crêpes but also to learn about other holidays and traditions in France, including an impromptu lesson in danse bretonne!

Local News Articles About UA and Akron Children's Hospital Partnership

On December 29, 2014 Dr. Parizad Dejbord-Sawan was featured in Akron Beacon Journal and Plain Dealer news articles about the Beginning Medical Spanish program offered at Akron Children's Hospital.  Dr. Dejbord-Sawan was also interviewed on NPR on December 30th regarding this innovative program.  

The program began in August and has educated around 50 healthcare professionals at the hospital in basic conversational medical Spanish.  The Spanish-speaking patients and their families who have worked with those who have completed the introductory Spanish course have noticed a difference in the rapport that they have with their healthcare providers.  The University of Akron plans on offering a certificate program in which the hospital employees can take a series of courses in conversational medical Spanish in order to meet the needs of the Spanish-speaking community in Akron.  

Click here to view the full article ABJ article.  The WKSU/NPR interview of Dr. Dejbord-Sawan can be accessed here.