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The Department of Modern Languages is committed to preparing all University of Akron students to succeed in the global economy and to become productive and engaged global citizens. Our students achieve linguistic competencies and multicultural literacies, develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and connect with diverse local, national, and international communities. 

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Congratulations to Allie Stanley, UA's 2018 Homecoming Queen

Allie Stanley is a senior with dual majors — Biomedical Engineering and Spanish. She was nominated by the University Ambassadors. Stanley has been a member of numerous student organizations on campus, including Delta Gamma Fraternity, Society of Women Engineers, Dance Marathon and Tau Beta Pi. She has served as a New Roo Weekend Leader, resident assistant and undergraduate research assistant. She was also a participant in the DISSTA Study Abroad Program in Spain. Stanley believes she was nominated to represent the University because of her commitment and passion demonstrated for our institution over the past four years. As the 2018 Homecoming Queen, she will continue to engage others in order to help provide them with unmatched on-campus experiences.

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Interim President Dr. John Green, Allie Stanley, Joseph Paolucci  and Zippy

Latino Health Summit Fall 2018

On Wednesday, Oct. 10, the University will host the 2018 Ohio Latino Health Summit in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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“Emerging and Converging Health Issues in Ohio: Demographics, Epidemiology and Access” is the theme for the day. The summit will be open to all faculty and students as well as to members of the community. There will be a variety of speakers and panel participants, and some students from Northeast Ohio Medical Center NEOMED. Undergraduate students from the Certificate of Spanish for the Health Professions will be participating.

Dr. Courtney Benjamin will be talking about the Certificate of Advanced Spanish for the Health Professions and First Responders. She will discuss how the curriculum helps students connect with the local Hispanic community. Corinne Plas, a current UA student studying Social Work, and Christine Rizkala, a 2018 UA graduate and current NEOMED student, will share their personal experiences.

Dr. Parizad Dejbord will be talking about the Certificate of Beginning Medical Spanish at Akron Children’s Hospital and will moderate the panel on the Certificate of Advanced Spanish for the Health Professions and First Responders.

Click here for the agenda.

UA Grad Wesley Spencer Continues His Chinese Study in China

Wesley SpencerWesley Spencer ’15 has been accepted, with a full scholarship, into the doctoral program at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. It is considered one of the country’s top five universities. He will study Chinese language and literature.

Spencer, from Leetonia, Ohio, began his first Chinese language classes in 2012 in our Department of Modern Languages with an instructor provided by our Confucius Institute. A Williams Honors Scholar, Spencer went on to minor in Chinese and graduated with a degree in public relations.

In 2014, Spencer received a full scholarship (tuition, room, meals, health insurance and airfare) from the Confucius Institute to study at Henan University, China. He earned a master’s degree in Chinese International Education in 2018.

Opening of Maria Zanetta, Reflection of a Residency; Italy at Harris ∙ Stanton Gallery

Harris ∙ Stanton Gallery in Akron is pleased to announce the opening of Maria Zanetta, Reflection of a Residency; Italy on October 4th, 2018. 

 The works in Zanetta's upcoming exhibition, Maria Zanetta, Reflection of a Residency; Italy focus on printmaking and collage and are inspired by a yearlong stay in Rome, Italy. Her current landscapes feature Tuscan rolling hills, the Italian countryside and the picturesque streets and bridges of Rome. The nudes in the exhibition are inspired by life drawing classes Zanetta attended while living in Rome and reflect her interest in the interplay among different mediums such as Japanese ink, collage, charcoal, pastels, watercolor and acrylic. The end result is a body of work that is bold, dynamic and multilayered.

 Maria Zanetta, Reflection of a Residency; Italy, opens at the Akron gallery location, 2301 W. Market Street, with a wine and cheese reception on Thursday, October 4th, 5:30-8pm. A gallery talk by the artist will take place at 6:30pm. The exhibition runs through Saturday November 3rd 2018.

Spanish Professor Traveled to China and South Korea with UA Students

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Sarah Kildow, Assistant Professor of Instruction in Modern Languages, and Suzanne Gradisher, Associate Professor of Finance, accompanied 13 students from UA, Kent State and Ohio State for a three-week study abroad to China and South Korea. The trip, May 14 to June 4, was sponsored by our Confucius Institute and Institute for Global Business and Henan University’s Confucius Institute located in Kaifeng, China.

Places visited include East China Normal University in Shanghai, China; Henan University in Kaifeng, China; Northwest University in Xi’an, China; University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China; University of Busan, Busan, South Korea; and Kyung Hee University near Soule, South Korea.

The students had the opportunity to take Chinese and Korean language lessons as well as classes on economics and current events in the respective countries. There was also time to see some of the sights, including the Great Wall of China, Terra Cotta Warriors, Forbidden City and Haeundae Beach.