Spanish Conversation Partners 

Spanish Conversation Partners provide a unique opportunity for 300 and 400 level students to practice speaking and listening with native Spanish speakers.  Our NEW conversation partner this semester is Gonzalo Vargas, a student from Caracas, Venezuela. He is a senior currently studying Civil Engineering at The University of Akron. He is fluent in Spanish and he is a Conversation Partner because he likes to speak in his native language and meet new people. He works as a Bridge Inspector for Volkert, Inc., an infrastructure engineering firm located in Washington D.C. Also, he is a big fan of soccer and his favorite team is F.C. Barcelona.

The FALL 2018 schedule for the Spanish conversation partners are as follows:

        Wednesdays:  3:00 - 5:00 pm

           Thursdays:  10:30 am- 12:30 pm

                Fridays:  8:00 am - 1:30 pm

All meetings will be held in Olin 303.  This room is just outside of the Modern Languages main office.

Mesa Hispana

Join other students, staff, faculty, and members of the community to practice Spanish conversation. All levels are welcome. Grab a coffee and bring your friends!


FALL 2018 meeting dates are a part of Five Star Fridays:

           September 14th and 28th

           October 12th and 26th

           November 9th and 30th

We will meet in the café area of Bierce Library 2-3 pm.

Hispanic Film Screenings - Fall 2018 

Bierce 279 - 2pm

Calling all movie lovers!  Come join us.

Friday Sept. 21st - Mar adentro, Alejandro Amenabar (2004), Spain, 125', Drama

Friday Oct. 5th - La misma luna, Patricia Riggen (2007), Mexico, 106', Adventure/Drama

Friday Oct. 19th - Pelo malo, Mariana Rondon (2013), Venezuela, 93', Drama

Friday Nov. 2nd - 7 cajas, Juan Carols Maneglia & Tana Shembori (2012), Paraguay, 105', Crime/Thriller

All films will be shown with English subtitles.

Some movies may include explicit language, graphic violence, and/or sexual content.  These films are for academic purposes only.  The intended audience is Spanish students from the Dept. of Modern Languages.

Kudos to Kim Jones for her volunteer activity in the Dominican Republic!

Business/Spanish major ‘felt called to go’ on medical mission

While many business students spend their summer days interning in corporate offices, senior Kimberly Jones, a double major in supply chain management and Spanish, found herself in a somewhat different learning environment.

Last summer, Jones volunteered to spend two weeks in the Dominican Republic translating for a team on a medical mission trip. 

“At first, I didn’t want to go on the trip because I’m terrified of everything medical,” Jones admitted. “Seriously, I can’t even put a Band-Aid on a kid, but I felt called to go…I ended up with a physical therapist and an occupational therapist and bounced between the two of them, which was the best possible situation.”

While it seems more like an experience that would be taken by a pre-med or nursing major, the trip fit perfectly with Jones’ goals. She said she chose to study business with the primary goal of doing good.

Feministas Unidas Inc.

Dr. Maria Alejandra Zanetta is the editor of the magazine of the international organization Feministas Unidas.  This issue includes an interesting interview with the writer, journalist, editor and feminist activist Laura Freixas.

Congrats to New Sigma Delta Pi Members

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Eta Kappa Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honorary, inducted 17 new members during the 2017-2018 academic year.  The newest socios are:
Fall 2017:
Elizabeth Bark
Nancy Cabrera
Kelly Claridge
Kimberly Jones
Austin Ladany
Megan Lear
Corinne Plas
Kayla Pretzer
Benjamin Shaub
Morgan Suponcic
Emily Tully
Abigail  Watson
SDP 2017 Fall
Spring 2018:
Hannah Eberly
Lily Hunger
Dylon Kolbe
Anna Nyszczy
Arianna Williamson
SDP 2018 Spring

Sigma Delta Pi Induction

The UA Eta Kappa Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica),  inducted seven new members on Friday, March 6 at a ceremony held in the College of Arts and Sciences Building.  New members (pictured in the photo from left to right) inducted during the ceremony were Lisa Mickley, Andrew Baek, Amrita Pandey, Rachel Mealy, Nick Glavin, Audrey Fliegel and Garrett Scherba.


Sigma Delta Pi was established on November 14, 1919, at the University of California Berkeley. The Eta Kappa Chapter dates to 1969.  The purpose of the society can be summarized briefly as the following: To foster excellence in the study of the Spanish language, Hispanic literature and Hispanic culture; To honor individuals whose efforts have better acquainted English speaking peoples with Hispanic contributions to modern culture; To encourage greater scholastic interest and/or orientation of students in the Hispanic culture; To foster friendly relations and mutual respect between Spanish speaking peoples.


To qualify for membership, students must have taken advanced Spanish courses, including a culture course, and maintain a rigorous GPA.


Congratulations to our new members on their accomplishments!

New inductees

Broadcast Journalism major and Spanish minor, Kara Riccardi, creates a story about the Spanish Study Abroad program: DISSTA

Kara is part of ZTV, the local tv station that plays on campus. In Fall semester 2014 she created a story for "Lights, Camera, Akron" about the very popular DISSTA Study Abroad program offered by the Spanish Section. In the video below, she interviews former Spanish major, Brad Millard, and  Amanda Ritchie, former Spanish faculty member who co-directed the summer experience in Valladolid, Spain. This program provides students  with a one month (6 credits) or two month (12 credit) immersion experience spent studying at UVa University and living with a Spanish host family. Kara participated in the program summer 2015. ¡Gracias, Kara!

For more information about the Spain Study Abroad Program, check out the DISSTA page.

Congratulations to Angela Garritano

University of Akron graduate named Ohio Foreign Language Teacher of the Year by Ohio Foreign Language Association


Read more here