Category Archives: Spanish News

URCA Award Winners in FLL for 2015-16


Three students in FLL were supported in their scholarly projects with Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Awards for 2015-16:

  • Aenia Amin, a triple major in Neuroscience, Psychology and Hispanic Studies, who is doing a Neuroscience project with Dr. Tuan Tran
  • Spencer Jackson, a double major in Biology and French who is doing a project with Dr. Yan-Hua Chen of the Department of Anatomy and Cell-Physiology in the Brody School of Medicine; and
  • Anna Lawrence, a double major in Hispanic Studies and Anthropology, pictured above with her mentor, Dr. Stephen Fafulas of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Anna’s project, which is supported by the Department’s SoCIOLingLab is entitled, “Morphosyntactic variation in an emerging dialect of Spanish in eastern North Carolina”. Her work aims to discover the unique characteristics of spoken Spanish in the Hispanic communities of our region:

“For the past several decades, the Spanish-speaking population in eastern North Carolina (eNC) has been increasing rapidly. While much is known of other Spanish varieties spoken in major cities in the US, little is known about the formation of Spanish communities in the rural south. This project aims to fill that void by: 1) documenting the socio-demographic and linguistic characteristics of this specific population through sociolinguistic interviews and participant questionnaires, and 2) analyzing the forthcoming results in order to add to our knowledge of Spanish morphosyntax by noting specific properties that make this emerging Spanish community’s dialect different than other bilingual Spanish varieties around the US. Methodology for the study include: (a) collection of speech samples through sociolinguistic interviews, (b) targeted narrations of Mayer’s “Frog, Where Are You?” picture book, and (c) participant profiles through a Background Language Proficiency (BLP) Questionnaire.”

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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Stephen Fafulas Co-PI of Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Award

Stephen Fafulas will be Co-principal investigator for a collaborative interdisciplinary investigation on “Assessing levels of nasality among children whose primary language is Spanish.” The PI will be Jamie Perry, Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders in the College of Allied Health Sciences. They are joined by Lucia Mendez and Yolanda Holt, also of CAHS.

The Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration Award is sponsored by the Division of Research and Graduate Studies in partnership with the Divisions of Academic Affairs and Health Sciences to promote collaborations among faculty with complementary expertise that may lead to proposals that will attract extra-mural funding from major grants.

October 24. 2015. Duo Guitano – an evening of Hispanic Music at the Music House

This will be a wonderful and most interesting concert!
Please make reservations today!
Saturday October 24, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Duo Guitiano – an Evening of Hispanic Music, commemorating Hispanic Heritage Month

Carlos Castilla, guitar – Ayumi Nakamae, soprano – Amanda Virelles, piano

Please join the Duo Guitiano, formed by Colombian-American guitarist Carlos Castilla (UNC-Pembroke) and Cuban-American pianist Amanda Virelles (Fayetteville State University) as they perform a program of Hispanic Music, in commemoration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Both Amanda and Carlos started their artistic careers as soloists, finishing bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees from conservatories and universities in Cuba, Colombia, Russia and the United States. With an attractive program, Duo Guitiano specializes in repertoire originally written for piano and guitar, from the 19th century to the present day.
Ayumi Nakamae is a native of Wakayama, Japan. In 2013 she met Carlos at Coastal Carolina Community College where they were both music faculty. In 2014 Ayumi added her voice to the duo and has performed the Hispanic repertoire in North Carolina and Tennessee.
Dr. Nakamae holds BA in Music Education from Wakayama University and MM and DA degrees from Ball State University. She is a faculty member at Coastal Carolina Community College, Jacksonville North Carolina.

Suggested donations:
$20 per concert
Seniors-$15 per concert
Students-$5 per concert

The Music House runs a deficit of approximately $5000.00 per year.
Any donation above the suggested is most appreciated!
Reservations Required!
Email ( ) phone [(252) 367-1892]


John O’Brien
The Music House
408 West 5th Street
Greenville, NC 27834
(252) 367-1892