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Faculty Teaching Awards, Grants and Recognitions, Spring 2016

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Prof. Laura Levi Altstaedter was named a 2015-16 Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching, and is the winner of the Robert L. Jones Award for Outstanding Teaching.

2016TeachingAwards705The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures recognized two faculty for their Outstanding Commitment to Teaching for 2015-16: Lisa Ellison (Classical Studies) among the fixed term faculty; and Birgit Jensen (German) from the tenured faculty.

Prof. Jensen was also selected to attend the Leipzig Summer Academy for American Faculty in German and German Studies, through a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service and US Fulbright Commission (co-sponsored).

Lisa Ellison was also nominated and selected by the Women’s Basketball team as an honorary coach.

The Department said farewell to Prof. Carrie Carman-Jewers, pictured at left, who is leaving at the end of this academic year, but generously coordinated this recognition of other faculty. She will be missed greatly by Hispanic Studies and all of us who appreciated her wonderful spirit. This year she was recognized with two college star acknowledgements and two nominations as most influential faculty member.

Prof. Stephen Fafulas, pictured at right, was recognized with an Award for exceptional contributions to the College and University through Creativity and Initiative in implementing the teacher-scholar model through community-engaged research with undergraduate students.

Ben Fraser completed the Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy.

This year also marks the retirement of Sylvie Debevec Henning, Chair 1997-2004, and Director of International Programs and the MAIS 2004-2013. Prof. Henning was instrumental in bringing to ECU federal Department of Education grants in support of the establishment of Russian Studies and Asian Studies as disciplines on this campus, and built bridges with Foreign Languages throughout the university and community with efforts like the Great Decisions Program and her membership on the World Affairs Council of Eastern North Carolina.

Prof. Rosa Lopez-Cañete was recognized for her excellence in teaching by the Golden Key Honor Society.

Prof. Javier Lorenzo was recognized with an Excellence in Teaching Award by The National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi). He was also recipient of a Faculty Senate Research and Creative Activities Awards in support of his research this summer.

Prof. John Stevens was also recipient of the Faculty Senate Research and Creative Activities Award for his research on “Xenophon’s Republic“.

Prof. David Smith was recipient of a BB&T Active Learning Grant in support of Teaching innovation. The grant supports curriculum redesign to involve students in the learning process, whether through partner/small group work and presentations, serving as discussion leaders etc.

Prof. Jennifer Valko received a grant in support of the development of Alternative Textbooks.

Prof. Tricia Wilson-Okamura was honored for her contributions to teaching by the Office of Retention Programs and Undergraduate Studies

Student Achievements in Classical Studies, 2016

KenchreaiMia Willis will be attending The American Excavations at Kenchreai four-week archaeological field school this summer. Sponsored by the Harvard University Center for Hellenic Studies and directed by Vanderbilt University professor Joseph Rife, the program will include data analysis, artifact processing and conservation, on-site exploration, architectural survey and stratigraphic documentation. During the field school, her academic focus will be the integration of non-native paganism into a Greco-Roman cultural area, with the site’s cult of Isis as the case study for her research.

  • Mia is also recipient of the 2016 Anthony J. Papalas Scholarship in Classical Studies and the Grover and Jessie Rogers Scholarship in Archeology.

  • Hannah Forde-Smith, BS University Studies (Mentor John Stevens), is giving an oral presentation at Research and Creative Achievement Week on “Understanding Justice Through the Myth of Perses: Reflections on Hesiod’s Works and Days”
  • Mia Willis, BA MULT: Classical Civilization, is giving an oral presentation at INTERSECTIONS: ARTS AND SCIENCES on “Greco-Roman Paganism in the Architectural Culture of the Southern Levant During the Roman Empire”
  • Jacob Parks gave an oral presentation at the Fifth Annual Undergraduate Classics Conference at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on “Augustus and the Army: Success, Failure and Reform” for which he received travel support from the ECU Office of Undergraduate Research.

April 4-8, 2016. Research and Creative Achievement Week


Presentations at Research and Creative Achievement Week by FLL students:

Tuesday April 5.

INTERSECTION: ARTS AND SCIENCES. MSC 244.
Mia Willis, BA MULT: Classical Civilization. Oral Presentation. 9:20-9:30am. “Greco-Roman Paganism in the Architectural Culture of the Southern Levant During the Roman Empire”

Wednesday April 6.

NATURAL SCIENCES
Elisa Alfonso, Double major Music and BA Hispanic Studies. Oral Presentation. MSC Great Room 1. 11:15-11:30. UO11. “The Morphological Characteristics of Step-pool Systems in Tropical and Non-Tropical Environments.”

Kristen Fulcher, BS Biochemistry, BA Chemistry and Hispanic Studies minor, Poster Presentation. MSC Social Room. UP99. 10:15am-12:15pm. UP99 “Macronutrient Intake of Pregnant Exercisers and Non-Exercisers”

Spencer Jackson, Double Major BS Biology and BA French. Oral Presentation. MSC Great Room 1. 10:30am-11:45am. UO10. “Suppression of claudin-7 enhances human lung cancer cell survival”

BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES MSC 221.
Aenia Amin, BS MULT: Neuroscience, BA Psychology, and BA Hispanic Studies, Poster Presentation. 10:15am-12:15pm. UP23. “The Role of Prenatal Hormone Exposure on Neurobehavioral Alterations in a Rat Model of Autism Spectrum Disorders”

HUMANITIES MSC Great Room 1.
Hannah Forde-Smith, BS University Studies (Mentor John Stevens), Oral Presentation. 1:30-1:45. UO13. “Understanding Justice Through the Myth of Perses: Reflections on Hesiod’s Works and Days”

Daniel Franch, Triple Major BS History Ed, BA History and BA German. (Mentor David Smith). Oral Presentation. 2:15-2:30. UO16. “Reimagining Home: ‘Heimat’ and Identity in Friederike Unger’s ‘Bekenntnisse einer schöner Seele’ (1806)”.

Morgan Shelor. BA Hispanic Studies. Oral Presentation. 2-2:15pm. UO15. “The Influence of Parental Involvement on Student Learning when Language and Cultural Barriers for Parents of ESL Students Exist”.

SOCIAL SCIENCES MSC Great Room 3.
Anna Lawrence, Double major BA Hispanic Studies and BA Anthropology. (Mentor Stephen Fafulas). Oral Presentation. 11:45am-12pm. UO31. “Morphosyntactic variation of subject pronoun expression in an emerging dialect of Spanish in eastern North Carolina”

William Sokolovic. BA Hispanic Studies. Oral Presentation. 8:15-8:30am. UO18. “The Organizer’s Handbook: A Framework for Effective Social Change”

Paige Vaughan. Double major BA English and BA German; and Daniel Franch. (Mentor Jill Twark). Oral Presentation. 11:30-11:45am. UO30. “Student Co-teaching in a Postsecondary Foreign Language Classroom”

Charles Fantazzi et al. edd., Brill’s Companion to the Neo-Latin World

Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World. Brill Publishers, Leiden, 2014.

Edited by Philip Ford (†), Jan Bloemendal and Charles Fantazzi
CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2014
Library Journal Best Print Reference Selection 2014

With its striking range and penetrating depth, Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World traces the enduring history and broad cultural influence of Neo-Latin, the form of Latin that originated in the Italian Renaissance and persists to the modern era. Featuring original contributions by a host of distinguished international scholars, this 800,000 word two-volume work explores every aspect of the civilized world from literature and law to philosophy and the sciences. An invaluable resource for both the advanced scholar and the graduate student.

The Encyclopaedia is also available ONLINE.

Contributors are: Monica Azzolini, Irena Backus, Jon Balserak, Ann Blair, Jan Bloemendal, David Butterfield, Isabelle Charmantier, John Considine, Alejandro Coroleu, Ricardo da Cunha Lima, Susanna de Beer, Erik De Bom, Jeanine De Landtsheer, Tom Deneire, Ingrid De Smet, Karl Enenkel, Charles Fantazzi, Mathieu Ferrand, Roger Fisher, Philip Ford, Raphaele Garrod, Guido Giglioni, Roger Green, Yasmin Haskell, Hans Helander, Lex Hermans, Louise Hill Curth, Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Brenda Hosington, Erika Jurikova, Craig Kallendorf, Jill Kraye, Andrew Laird, Han Lamers, Marc Laureys, Jeltine Ledegang-Keegstra, Jan Machielsen, Peter Mack, David Marsh, Dustin Mengelkoch, Milena Minkova, David Money, Jennifer Morrish Tunberg, Adam Mosley, Ann Moss, Monique Mund-Dopchie, Colette Nativel, Lodi Nauta, Henk Nellen, Gideon Nisbet, Richard Oosterhoff, Marianne Pade, Jan Papy, David Porter, Johann Ramminger, Jennifer Rampling, Rudolf Rasch, Karen Reeds, Valery Rees, Bettina Reitz-Joosse, Stella Revard, Dirk Sacré, Gerald Sandy, Minna Skafte Jensen, Carl Springer, Gorana Stepanić, Harry Stevenson, Jane Stevenson, Andrew Taylor, Nikolaus Thurn, Johannes Trapman, Terence Tunberg, Piotr Urbański, Wiep van Bunge, Harm-Jan van Dam, Demmy Verbeke, Zweder von Martels, Maia Wellington Gahtan, and Paul White.

David Wilson-Okamura, winner of the 2016 MacCaffrey Prize

The Spenser Review

2016 MacCaffrey Prize

The winner of the 2016 MacCaffrey Prize was David Wilson-Okamura, for Spenser’s International Style (Cambridge University Press, 2013). In the words of the selection committee:

“Spenser’s International Style ushers the reader into a virtual drawing room where the great literary stylists and theorists of style from a 1500-year span of European history are engaged in vigorous discussion on a range of formal matters. Cicero and Quintilian, Tasso and Du Bellay, Harvey and Harington are just a few of the more vocal guests in this lively parliament of style, and their discourse ranges from sound and ornament to rhythm and meter, from figures of speech to genre. Wilson-Okamura functions as universal translator, rendering intricate technical discussions from multiple centuries and languages into highly accessible—even colloquial—modern English prose. With polish and precision, Wilson-Okamura leads us through the major stylistic influences on Spenser, but, more significantly, through Spenser’s eclectic but original response to those influences: The book is about Spenser’s style, but is itself written with verve and in its chic casual style recalls the opinionated voices of critics such as C.S. Lewis. (“His prosody was no less bold than his politics: stanzas he managed in an English way, rhythm in a Tuscan way, rhyme in a French way… . his style was international but Spenser himself was always independent” [221].) No matter what a critic’s current theoretical interest may be—ecocriticism, feminism, queer studies—it is a book in which she will find important and always useful readings for the classroom.”

New Concentration in Global Studies, Foreign Language Course Renumbering, starting Fall 2016

New for Fall 2016:

Global Studies Concentration – 30 s.h.

• GLST 1000 – Introduction to Global Studies (first offered fall 2017)
• GLST 4500 – Seminar in Global Studies (first offered spring 2018)

Choose 15 s.h. of FREN or GERM or SPAN electives above 2004

or

Choose 9 s.h. of FREN or GERM or SPAN electives above 2999 and 6 s.h. of a different language prefix above 1002 (for example CHIN, GRK, ITAL, JAPN, LATN, RUSS)

Choose 9 s.h. of FORL electives from:
• FORL 1060 – Global Understanding Through Literature
• FORL 1662 – Introduction to Hispanic Studies
• FORL 2520 – French Cinema Classics
• FORL 2600 – Literature in Translation: The Holocaust
• FORL 2620 – French Literature in Translation
• FORL 2622 – Francophone Literature of the Americas in Translation
• FORL 2624 – Francophone Literature of Africa in Translation
• FORL 2660 – Spanish Literature in Translation
• FORL 2661 – Latin American Literature in Translation
• FORL 2662 – Hispanic Cinema
• FORL 2665 – Don Quixote
• FORL 2666 – Latino Texts
• FORL 2680 – German Literature in Translation
• FORL 2690 – Introduction to German Cinema
• FORL 2700 – Special Topics in French and Francophone Literature
• FORL 2760 – Special Topics in Hispanic Studies
• FORL 3660 – Hispanic Women Writers
• FORL 4700 – Special Topics

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures has also renumbered a large number of courses to comply with evolving university expectations for course level content and enrollment expectations. This may cause some confusion for current students seeking the old numbers to meet Catalog requirements before fall 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience and will maintain this list during the transition.

Old number (to new number):
CHIN 1003 (to 2003)
CHIN 1004 (to 2004)
FREN 1003 (to 2003)
FREN 1004 (to 2004)
FREN 2108 (to 3001)
FREN 2330 (to 3002)
FREN 3555 (to 4555)
FREN 3556 (to 4556)
FREN 3557 (to 4557)
FREN 3558 (to 4558)
FREN 3560 (to 4560)
GERM 1003 (to 2003)
GERM 1004 (to 2004)
GERM 2210 (to 3001)
GERM 2211 (to 3002)
GERM 2300 (to 3510)
GERM 2420 (to 3420)
GERM 3350 (to 4000)
GERM 3520 (to 4520)
GERM 3530 (to 4530)
GERM 3540 (to 4540)
GERM 3550 (to 4550)
GRK 1003 (to 2003)
GRK 1004 (to 2004)
ITAL 1003 (to 2003)
ITAL 1004 (to 2004)
JAPN 1003 (to 2003)
JAPN 1004 (to 2004)
LATN 1003 (to 2003)
LATN 1004 (to 2004)
RUSS 1003 (to 2003)
RUSS 1004 (to 2004)
SPAN 1003 (to 2003)
SPAN 1004 (to 2004)
SPAN 2222 (to 3001)
SPAN 2330 (to 3002)
SPAN 2440 (to 3440)
SPAN 2441 (to 3441)
SPAN 2550 (to 3550)
SPAN 3330 (to 3210)
SPAN 3225 (to 3325)
SPAN 3340 (to 4140)

Faculty Author Book Awards

Books2015lgFive FLL Faculty were recognized for the book publications during 2014-2015 (from left to right):

Frédéric Fladenmuller. Proust ou l’écriture inversive. Du temps perdu au temps retrouvé. Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures, v. 226. Peter Lang.

Steven Cerutti. Cicero’s Pro Archia Poeta Oratio. Bolchazy-Carducci. 3rd AP edition.

Jill Twark. Envisioning Social Justice in Contemporary German Culture. Studies in German Literature, Linguistics, and Culture. Camden House.

John Given. The Fragmentary History of Priskos of Panion: Attila, the Huns and the Romans, AD 430-476. Christian Roman Empire Vol. 11. Arx Publishing.

Ben Fraser. Antonio López García’s Everyday Urban Worlds: A Philosophy of Painting. Bucknell University Press.

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