So proud of our interdisciplinary students: spotlight on Elisa Alfonso

Elisa Alfonso Hispanic Studies
Elisa Alfonso presented a paper titled: “Depictions of Musico-Cultural Syncretism in the film Chico & Rita (2010)” at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium. She received a travel award from ECU’s Office of Undergraduate Research to attend the conference. Elisa is a senior, who is completing a dual degree in Hispanic Studies and Music Performance (with a concentration in Flute). She will graduate from ECU in December 2017 and plans to pursue a graduate degree in Ethnomusicology.

Ben Fraser and Michael Schinasi honored as authors

On Friday, October 21, 2016, Joyner Library and the Office of the Provost celebrated the accomplishments of faculty authors in 2015-2016.


Among those honored were Fraser, Cultures of RepresentationSchinasi, Ventura de la VegaBen Fraser for his edited collection of essays by various authors on
Cultures of Representation: Disability in World Cinema Contexts (Wallflower Press/ Columbia University Press)

and Michael Schinasi, for his monograph on Ventura de la Vega and El hombre de mundo: At the Threshold of the Realist Period in Spain (Academia del Hispanismo, Vigo Spain)

Study Abroad Scholarship Winners

Gilman Scholarship
Congratulations to French Minor Sadie Crockett on winning a Benjamin A. Gilman study abroad scholarship. The Gilman Scholarship is congressionally funded and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education through its office in Houston, TX. Named after retired congressman Benjamin A. Gilman from New York, the program was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee, commented, “Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. Living and learning in a vastly different environment of another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be a contributor, rather than a spectator in the international community.” On Septermber 23rd THCAS study abroad scholarship recipients were recognized. Three FLL students were among those selected for study abroad awards in Summer 2016.

In Summer 2016, HCAS awarded 20 study abroad scholarships. Among the FLL recipients were Mary Grace Lee and Genesis Burgos who studied Spanish in Granada; and Rachel Griffith who studied French in Strasbourg, and visited EU Political Institutions. Genesis Burgos spoke to the audience, as the recipient of the first ECU endowed scholarship to study abroad. The donnor was Harvey Wooten, here shown together:

Genesis Burgos with Harvey Wooten

FLL scholarship winners included Mary Grace Lee Spanish, Summer in Granada; Genesis Burgos, Spanish, Summer in Granada; and Rachel Griffith, French, Summer in Strasbourg:

Mary Grace Lee, Spanish; Genesis Burgos, Spanish; Rachel Griffith, French

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