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ECU students serving as Cultural Ambassors, teaching English in Spain

For many years, ECU Hispanic Studies majors have been selected as Cultural Ambassadors to teach English in Spain. In 2014-15, Robert Colson and Mario Becerra are serving as language and cultural assistants in Spanish schools. These cultural exchanges are transformative experiences, often leading our majors to pursue graduate education in country.

2013-2014
Cassidy Ann Cloninger: Úbeda (Jaén)
Erika Nassar: very close to Granada, capital

2014-15
Robert Colson: El Palmar de Troya (Sevilla)
Mario Becerra: Mallorca, applying for MA programs in Spain
Erika Nassar: very close to Granada, capital, accepted into an MA program in Spain

Students often pursue opportunities like this for a gap year between undergraduate and graduate school. They receive a work visa (apply from the Consulate in D.C), medical insurance, and a monthly stipend of ca. $1,000. The work commitment is approximately 12-16 hours per week.

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Katherine Ford Selected as Honors Faculty Fellow for 2014-15

Katie FordDr. Katherine Ford, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, has been selected as an Honors Faculty Fellow for 2014-15. Honors Faculty Fellows teach honors seminars, leadership, service and research colloquia, and capstone courses for upper division honors students. They also perform advising for scholarship and fellowship recipients. Dr. Ford is author of a monograph on Politics and Violence in Cuban and Argentine Theater (Palgrave McMillan 2010), as well as numerous articles on Hispanic drama.

November 3, 2014. Fall of the Berlin Wall

ECU German students together with students from Construction Management erected an effigy of the Berlin Wall and then tore it down later in remembrance of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Their purpose was to teach the history of the Cold War and how it affected Germany, as well as how events in Germany affected the United States.

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Susanne Jones Honored for Book Publication

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ECU’s Joyner Library honors ECU faculty authors

GREENVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 28, 2014) J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University hosted the fourth annual Joyner Library/Academic Affairs Faculty Author Book Awards on October 24. This event honored 35 faculty in ECU Academic Affairs Colleges and Schools: College of Business, College of Education, College of Fine Arts and Communication, College of Health and Human Performance, College of Human Ecology, and the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.

“Publishing a scholarly book is a significant professional achievement for university faculty. We want to recognize our faculty authors and congratulate them on their accomplishments. The Library is an important partner in the creation of scholarly output so it’s a natural fit for us to host such an event,” says Jan Lewis, interim dean of Academic Library Services.

Dr. Ron Mitchelson, interim provost and senior vice chancellor of Academic Affairs remarked, “the book remains the signature event in an academic’s life and we admire our authors for their creativity and endurance.”

Prof. Susanne Lenné Jones was honored for the publication of her monograph, The Multiplicities of Memories in Contemporary German Literature: How Photographs are Used to Reconstruct Narratives of History (Edwin Mellen Press 2013). The incorporation of photography into German literary texts dealing with the years between 1933 and 1945 is an important innovative technique that offers insights relating to questions of truth, authenticity, and opportunities for personal engagement in the visual and textual representations of the catastrophe that still haunts us today.

Prof. Jones’ book fills a void in contemporary scholarship by providing an in-depth analyses of three major German-language writers and their literary reflections of the Holocaust: Monika Maron’s Pawels Briefe; and W.G. Sebald’s Die Ausgewanderten and Austerlitz. It examines important insights into the limits of memory on the effects of this historical catastrophe on those born afterwards and the blending of text and image in the search for truth and authenticity.

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Undergraduate Research Award Winners

JessieRassau2014Jessica Rassau, senior in Classical Studies and the Honors College, has received an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) award in the amount of $1,120. She is currently studying abroad in Italy and will use her funds to travel to Greece, where she will further her research in ancient Spartan military culture and Spartan participation in the Persian Wars.

Kyle Binaxas, a double major in Russian Studies/Psychology, has also received an Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (URCA) Award in the amount of $950.00. Dr. Murenina started this undergrad research project with Kyle in Spring 2014 by supervising RUSI 3993 Directed Readings: Aesthetic Choices in Soviet Animation and the Thaw of the 1960s, and recently asked Rick Hernandez (Russian History) to be her mentor for this award competition. We are looking forward to presenting Kyle’s project at The State of NC Undergraduate Research and Creative Symposium (SNCURCS).

The URCA committee received 61 applications, of which they funded 31. Both will be recognized at the URCA awards ceremony on Monday, March 16.