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IEW 30 Minute Language Lesson-Ridgway University Center

Posted: November 20, 2013

On Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 11:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m., all are invited for 30 minutes of immersion in language and culture including: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Persian, Portuguese. For schedule and full list of IEW events visit evansville.edu/iew or contact studyabroad@evansville.edu.

Spanish Club Game Night on Thursday

Posted: November 20, 2013

The Spanish Club will have Game Night on Thursday, November 21, at 8:00 p.m. in Room 250, Schroeder Family School of Business Building. We will be playing cards and board games in Spanish. Tell your friends to attend!

International Education Week Nov. 18-22

Posted: November 14, 2013

Intternational Education Week begins Monday, November 18 with a Study Abroad Fair from from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. in Ridgway University Center.  For the full week schedule, see http://www.evansville.edu/iew/schedule.cfm.

Roger Pieroni gives presentation at conference

Posted: November 12, 2013

On November 8, Roger Pieroni, associate professor of French and Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages, gave a presentation titled, "Haitian Adoptions for U.S. Couples: Multitasking and Exploring Historical Context, Social Problems, and Legal Issues," at the 54th Annual Conference of the American Translators Association in San Antonio, Texas.

The presentation was given in French and related to the unique challenges of translating international adoption files from English to French. The translation of a number of documents pertaining to a wide array of disciplines (vital records, financial statements, psychological evaluations, health certificates, etc.) requires the translator to use a variety of styles, registers, and terminology. In addition, a basic understanding of the political, cultural, and linguistic strands that shaped Haitian history is needed to produce a good quality translation for this type of project.

Pieroni, who is an ATA certified E>F translator, discussed those issues and used examples from actual translations to illustrate relevant points.

Spanish Club Music Night

Posted: November 4, 2013

Spanish Club will be hosting a music night Tuesday, November 5, in Room 133, Koch Center. We will be listening to music from different Spanish artists. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend!

Roger Pieroni to Present Andiron Lecture on Vietnamese Francophone Novels

Posted: November 4, 2013

As part of the University of Evansville’s Andiron Lecture Series in the liberal arts and sciences, Roger Pieroni, chair of UE’s Department of Foreign Languages and associate professor of French, will present “Literary and Cultural Identities in the Vietnamese Francophone Novel” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, November 6 in Eykamp Hall, Room 252 in UE’s Ridgway University Center. His lecture is free and open to the public.

Vietnamese francophone novels – written in French between the 1920s and 1950s by Vietnamese writers – have been the focus of much research in recent years. Pieroni’s lecture will focus on two such novels: Vingt ans by Nguyen Duc Giang, and Bà-Dâm by Albert de Teneuille and Truong Dinh Tri.

“This lecture will examine the literary heritages that these novelists explored to create an original Vietnamese literary genre,” Pieroni said. “It will also examine the cultural and identity issues raised by the colonial domination that was imposed upon the Vietnamese society.”

Pieroni completed his undergraduate studies at the Université Clermont II in France, and earned his master’s degree and PhD in French literature from Indiana University. Before coming to UE, Pieroni taught French at Central College in Pella, Iowa, and at the University of Puerto Rico. He holds certification with the American Translators Association as an English-French translator and does work for various translation companies and providers. Pieroni has also published numerous articles on francophone literature.

Established in 1982, the Andiron Lectures in the liberal arts and sciences offer stimulating research, commentary, and reflection from many fields of study. Presenters are primarily drawn from the faculty of UE’s College of Arts and Sciences but also include faculty members and administrators from across the University campus and contributions from the regional community.

Roger Pieroni to be Featured Speaker at November Andiron Lecture

Posted: October 31, 2013

Roger Pieroni, associate professor of French and chair of the Department of Foreign Languages, will be the speaker at the Andiron Lecture on November 6. The event will be in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center. The lecture begins at 4 p.m. with a social gathering with beverages at 3:45 p.m.

Pieroni’s topic will be “Literary and Cultural Identities in the Vietnamese Francophone Novel.” In the fast developing field of francophone literature, the Vietnamese francophone novel, a corpus of texts written in French between the 1920s and the 1950s by Vietnamese writers in what was then called Indochina, has been the focus of much research in recent years. This lecture will examine literary heritages that these novelists explored to create an original Vietnamese literary genre. It will also examine the cultural/identity issues raised by colonial domination that was imposed upon the Vietnamese society. This presentation will focus on two novels: Nguyen Duc Giang’s Vingt ans, and Bà-Dâm by Albert de Teneuille and Truong Dinh Tri.

Pieroni completed his undergraduate degree at the Université Clermont II in France, and earned his master’s degree and PhD in French literature from Indiana University. He served as associate professor of French at Central College in Pella, Iowa, and as instructor of French at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. He holds certification with the American Translators Association as an English-French translator and does work for a number of translation companies and providers. Additionally, he has published a number of articles on francophone literature.

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FREE Tango Lesson on Campus

Posted: October 24, 2013

FREE Tango lessons offered by María Sol Velásquez. Ms. Velásquez was born in Cervantes, a small city in Patagonia, Argentina. She studied Teaching English at the Universidad del Comahue, and she completed two years of Fine Arts at IUPA. She was a teacher at the elementary and secondary levels in Argentina without ever setting aside her passion, Tango, a dance she practices since 2007. She is currently a Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant in the Department of Foreign Languages, where she teaches Spanish.

The lesson will be offered Friday, October 25 from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm in the Aerobics Room in the Fitness Center. Class is limited to 20 students. Please RSVP at ext. 2413.

French Club Presents: Spotlight on Travel

Posted: October 22, 2013

The French Club will present "Spotlight on Travel Two Days in Montreal" with Visiting Assistant Professor of French Erica Cefalo on Tuesday, October 22 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Room 172, Schroeder Family School of Business Building. Tea and cookies provided.

UE Libraries Wheeler Fund Awarded

Posted: October 21, 2013

This year the Wheeler Award funds proposals received from Wendy Thomas, director, Major Discovery Program and Dr. Diana Rodriguez Quevedo, Foreign Language Department.

Professor Thomas proposed the purchase of DVDs to supplement resources used in the FYS class September 11, 2001 and Its Many Meanings. The DVDs document the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York City.

Dr. Rodriguez Quevedo requested funds to strengthen the Libraries' collection of resources dealing with Latin America, especially focusing on the class Social Issues of Hispanic Society--Latin America. The English language books and DVDs purchased will focus on social and cultural aspects of Latin America. Some of the areas of study include gender and women, race, identity, sexuality and LGBT movements, domestic violence, and human rights.

Classical Guitarist at UE Today for Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Event

Posted: October 10, 2013

It's Hispanic Heritage Month! As part of UE's celebration, classical guitarist Eduardo Mendoza-Santiago will be performing today - Thursday, October 10 - at Rademacher Café in Ridgway University Center from 6:30 pm-8:00 p.m. Snacks will be provided. For more Information, contact: LaNeeca Williams at ext. 2413 or lw161@evansville.edu

UE’s Linguapalooza to Welcome 140 High School Students

Posted: October 9, 2013

A tango dancing lesson, a game of Jeopardy in Japanese, and an introduction to German science fiction writing are just a few of the activities planned for the ninth annual Linguapalooza, hosted by the University of Evansville’s Department of Foreign Languages.

On Thursday, October 10, approximately 140 foreign language students from 11 area high schools will attend Linguapalooza, where they will hone their foreign language skills by participating in interactive cultural and conversational sessions throughout the day.

“Linguapalooza is a unique opportunity for high school foreign language students to spend a day immersed in their language of choice and learn about the culture they have chosen to study,” said Roger Pieroni, chair of UE’s Department of Foreign Languages. “Not only will the day enhance their current foreign language studies, but by working with UE’s outstanding faculty and foreign language majors, they will get a taste of what it’s like to be a student here at UE.”   

After a welcome in UE’s Ridgway University Center, students will begin the day by taking a campus tour in their studied language (French, German, Japanese, or Spanish). They will spend the rest of the morning in sessions led by UE foreign language faculty members, who will engage students in activities and discussions on topics ranging from Latin music to Japanese manners and customs. The day’s final session will provide a “mini-lesson” in an additional foreign language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Gaelic, German, Japanese, Portuguese, or Russian). 

While students are in class, high school teachers will take part in a program of their own: a presentation by Pieroni and T. Scott Henne, UE’s dean of admission, about the opportunities available to UE foreign language students.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Events at UE

Posted: October 7, 2013

It's Hispanic Heritage Month - help celebrate it with these events:

Tuesday, October 8
Documentary and Discussion
The Chicano Wave: Latin Music USA
Room 126 - Hyde Hall
6:30 pm-8:00 p.m.
Snacks provided.

Thursday, October 10
Classical Guitarist: Eduardo Mendoza-Santiago
Rademacher Café - Ridgway University Center
6:30 pm-8:00 p.m.
Snacks provided.

For More Information, contact: LaNeeca Williams at ext. 2413 or lw161@evansville.edu

French Club Culture Meeting Set for Tuesday

Posted: October 7, 2013

French Club will meet in Room 173 in the Schroeder Family School of Business Building on Tuesday, October 8, 4:30-5:30 p.m., for fun and friendship. Members and UE students interested in the French culture and language are invited.

Foreign Languages invites local schools to campus

Posted: October 1, 2013

The Department of Foreign Languages will host their 9th Annual Linguapalooza event on Thursday, October 10. Area high school students have been invited to campus to sharpen their foreign language skills by participating in culture, conversation and interactive sessions throughout the day. The last session will be an initiation to an additional foreign language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Gaelic, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Russian. Students will also take a tour of campus in their studied language. Eleven area high schools are participating this year with a total of 138 students. The schools are: Boonville, Bosse, Castle, Evansville Day, Mater Dei, Harrison, Heritage Hills, Jasper, North, Tecumseh, and Wood Memorial.

Outstanding Student Awards for 2012-13

Posted: April 24, 2013

A reception was held on April 22 for those receiving the Foreign Languages Department's Outstanding Student Awards for 2012-13.

The students recognized at the reception were Abigail J. Elf for French, Alyssa D. Reynolds for German, Emily R. Jamieson for Spanish, Kane D. Stratman for Russian, Lauren E. Littlepage for Japanese, and Rebekah L. Calahan for Chinese.

Foreign Language Department Photo Contest 2012

Posted: April 12, 2013

Congratulations to Brittany Triggs, the winner for Best Overall Photo and for Best Art Photo in the Foreign Languages Department Photo Contest.

She submitted a photo taken while studying abroad in the Dominican Republic in Spring 2012. The winner for Best Landscape Photo taken in Austria in Summer 2012 was submitted by Melanie Bacaling; and, the winner for Best Cultural Interaction Photo taken in Morocco in Spring 2012 was submitted by Jessica Foster. All contest photos will be displayed on the Foreign Language Department bulletin boards in Hyde Hall and Olmsted Hall and the winning photos posted on our webpage. The Best Overall photo will be framed and displayed in the Foreign Language Office at OH 350.

Phi Sigma Iota initiation ceremony held April 7th

Posted: April 12, 2013

The Epsilon Beta chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society, held its annual initiation ceremony on Sunday afternoon, April 7, in the Ridgway University Center.

Nine students and one faculty member were inducted into membership.  New members include  Sara Buente, Becky Calahan, Cindy Crowe, Hillary Degenhardt, Abigail Elf, Sara Gensler, Nicole Kreuzman, Kristin Pins, Bryanna Thomas and Megan Voyles.  The 2012-2013 officers, President Lynn Beaumont, Vice President Gina Filo, Secretary-Treasurer Jessica Foster, along with PSI members Haley Campbell, Megan Seymour, and Nathan Stamps conducted the ceremony.  Mrs. Anna Newton, UE alumna and a member of PSI,  delivered the keynote speech for the event.   A dessert reception for members, initiates, faculty and friends followed the ceremony.

Phi Sigma Iota members are elected from among outstanding advanced undergraduate students and faculty in foreign languages.   The Epsilon Beta chapter has initiated 154 members since it was installed here on April 8, 2000.

French Instructor Cathy Fraley Wins Statewide Teaching Award

Posted: November 5, 2012

Cathy Fraley, instructor of French at the University of Evansville, was named the collegiate-level Teacher of the Year for 2012 by the Indiana chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French.

The award was presented Saturday, November 3, during the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association conference in Indianapolis.

Fraley earned a Bachelor of Arts in French and English from the College of Saint Benedict and a Master of Arts in French literature from Indiana University. She also received a Diplôme d’études de civilisation française from the Sorbonne and a Diplôme de français des affaires from the Chambre de Commerce et d’Industrie de Paris. Her academic interests include courses in language, business French, and French culture.

(Pictured: Jessica Sturm, president of the Indiana chapter of the AATF, hands Fraley her plaque and a certificate.)

Linguapalooza 2012

Posted: October 19, 2012

The Department of Foreign Languages hosted its 8th Annual “Linguapalooza” event on Thursday, October 4th.

Over one hundred area high school students from Tecumseh, Bosse, Castle, Mater Dei, Jasper, Mt. Vernon, Harrison, North, Loogootee, Boonville, and Evansville Day School came to campus to sharpen their foreign language skills by participating in culture, conversation and interactive sessions throughout the day.

Read the full Evansville Courier & Press article.

Lesley Pleasant Presents Paper at Boston Conference

Posted: October 10, 2012

Assistant Professor of German Lesley Pleasant recently presented a paper at the annual Society of Film and Media Studies Conference in Boston. The paper, on Helke Misselwitz' film Herzsprung, was titled "The Wizard of Ossi." This presentation was part of one of the two East German Film (DEFA) panels at this year's conference.

Diana Rodríguez Quevedo interviewed by WNIN

Posted: September 19, 2012

Assistant Professor of Spanish Diana Rodríguez Quevedo was recently interviewed by Micah Schweizer for the WNIN Radio program, The Trend. The subject was her recent Andiron Lecture on campus titled, “Skipping Beats:  The Impact of the Illegal Drug Trade on Colombian Music.”

In her lecture, Rodríguez Quevedo discussed how Colombia’s music has undergone transformations due to the influence of the illegal drug trade over the past four decades. Cumbia, once known as the emblematic rhythm of the nation, was replaced by vallenato, which itself faced competition from the production and commercialization of narcocorridos or prohibited corridos.

The radio interview focused on narcocorridos but also tied in the connection between music (vallenato) and the phenomenon of forced internal displacement in Colombia.  Listen to the recorded interview.

Berger Award Winner Chris Mohn

Posted: August 15, 2012

Congratulations to Chris Mohn, Associate Professor of Spanish, winner of the 2012 Sydney and Sadelle Berger Award for service.

The award is presented each year to a member of the University of Evansville faculty who demonstrates exceptional scholarly service.  Charlie Berger, a 1969 UE graduate and local attorney with the law firm Berger & Berger, presented the award August 14th at the University’s annual Fall Faculty and Administrators Conference.

Read the full Evansville Courier & Press article.

Winners of the Foreign Languages Department Outstanding Student Awards

Posted: April 11, 2012

A reception was held April 11 to honor the recipients of the annual Foreign Languages Department Outstanding Student Awards. The faculty in each language taught by the department selects the students they feel were exceptional in their language studies over the past year.

This year's winners are:

  • Bianca E. Edelhoff - French
  • Ashley R. Rich - German
  • Kristen M. Sholander - Spanish
  • Hillary J. Degenhardt - Russian
  • Anna V. Whiteman - Japanese
  • Cody C. Baker - Chinese

Epsilon Beta chapter of Phi Sigma Iota Initiation Ceremony

Posted: April 1, 2012

The Epsilon Beta chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society, held its annual initiation ceremony on Sunday afternoon, April 1, in the Ridgway University Center.

Ten students were inducted into membership, representing seven languages. New members include Lynn Beaumont, Haley Campbell, Bianca Edelhoff, Gina Filo, Jessica Foster, Gretchen Kohl, Michael Koletsos, Monica Meisling, Lesley Nash and Nathan Stamps. Faculty advisor Ann Baker gave the opening remarks and welcomed the new members.

The 2011-2012 officers and members, President Sarah Williams, Vice President Erica Marburger, Treasurer Sam Stevens, Social Director Jenna Rice along with PSI members Deirdre Gillen, Kenzie George and Andrea Weber, conducted the ceremony. Xiaoyu Zhu, visiting instructor of Chinese, delivered the keynote speech for the event. A dessert reception for members, initiates, faculty and friends followed the ceremony.

Phi Sigma Iota is a national honor society whose members are elected from among outstanding advanced undergraduate students and faculty in foreign languages. The Epsilon Beta chapter has initiated 144 members since it was installed here on April 8, 2000.

Department of Foreign Languages Photo Contest 2012

Posted: March 1, 2012

Congratulations to Whitney Cohen, the grand prize winner in the Foreign Languages Department Photo Contest. Her photo was taken while studying abroad in Arusha, Tanzania in Spring 2011. All contest photos are displayed on the Foreign Language Department bulletin boards in Hyde Hall and Olmsted Hall. The winning photo is framed and displayed in the Foreign Language Office at OH 350.