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Alternative Spring Break in Russia

Jason Port and Mac Carneiro 2016Two ECU undergrads spent their Spring Break on a service trip to Vladimir, Russia, a small town near Moscow on Russia’s historical “Golden Ring.” Jason Port, a freshman Russian and Security Studies double major, and Mac Carneiro, a junior studying Russian and Criminal Justice, decided to experience first-hand the language and culture they learned about in classes this year. They took advantage of an “Alternative Spring Break” service trip run by the Vladimir-based American Home, and spent 10 days in the Russian heartland, helping Russian children in an orphanage and pre-school, and elderly military veterans in a retirement home. During their stay in Vladimir – a town of 350,000 – Mac and Jason each lived with Russian host families. Despite initial language challenges, by the third or fourth day both students felt they were already communicating well. They credited the language instruction they receive at ECU for preparing them: “We were much more communicative in Russian than most of the other Americans, some of whom had studied it much longer than us.”

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.
· ECU News Story about the Founders Day Awards Ceremony

2016TeachingAwards705The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures recognized two faculty for their Outstanding Commitment to Teaching for 2015-16: Lisa Ellison (Classical Studies) from 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).

Prof. 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.

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.

Ben Fraser at EOSA 2016Prof. Ben Fraser completed the Engagement and Outreach Scholars Academy (shown here with Michael Van Scott, left, Kate Baker (MAIS), Joanna Paul (EC Scholar) and Lillie Malpass (EC Scholar) and Provost Ron Mitchelson)

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

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”

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)