Accomplishments and Highlights 2014-2015
Jordan Norquist received an Honorable Mention in the 2015 Student Showcase for her German 397 paper (written in German) on German Expressionism. Congratulations, Jordan!
Jordan Norquist has received 2015 UAA Leadership Honors in recognition of her work in engaging the campus community in activities and events that showcase the German language and culture. Congratulations on this achievement, and thank you for all you have done for the German program and for UAA!
The 16th Annual ASD German Day was held April 17 and was a great success! Over 100 German students from the Anchorage School District visited UAA to learn about studying German at the university level through sample classes and anecdotes from current UAA students, engage in themed group activities, and share a taste of university life and German cooking with lunch at the Creekside Cafeteria. This day would not have been possible without the dedicated efforts of German Program coordinator Natasa Masanovic and a devoted group of UAA German Club volunteers - many of whom were attendees of previous German Day events. We thank you all for your hard work and for helping to inspire the next generation of UAA German students!
The German Club has been profiled in the UAA Green and Gold News. Thanks, German Club members, for your dedication. We look forward to many more years of Kaffeeklatsches!
The 12th Annual Alaska Japanese Speech Contest, which was held at UAA on March 28, included many UAA Japanese student participants. Among these, several were award winners:
- Song Division:
- Third Place: Jeleena Anne Almario and Evelyn Fuentes (JPN A202)
- Best Entertainer Award: Cole Murphy, Edward Yohak, Ethan Webb (JPN A202)
- Poetry Division:
- First Place: Samuel Slone (JPN A490)
- Second Place: Jeremy Grice (JPN A302)
- Fourth Place: Anastasia Tessandere (JPN A302, JPN A490)
- Advanced Speech Division:
- Third Place: Jeremy Grice (JPN A302)
Congratulations to all of UAA's student participants, and especially to our winning students!
Oliver Petraitis, German major, has been awarded a 2015-2016 Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Germany, and has been profiled in the Green and Gold News. Congratulations, Oliver, and have a wonderful time in Germany!
Jordan Norquist, German major, has been named a recipient of the Spring 2015 Student Diversity Award for her work in promoting diversity and inclusion on the UAA campus. You can read more about the award, Jordan, and her fellow honorees in the Green and Gold News' press release. Congratulations, Jordan, and thank you for your work!
Natasa Masanovic, chair of the Languages Department, has been honored with both the Alaskans for Language Acquisition's 2014 Wolf Hollerbach award for outstanding university-level instruction in World Languages, and as one of the YWCA's 2014 Women of Achievement for her leadership and her contributions to the community. Recipients for both awards are selected from among a statewide slate of nominees. Congratulations, Dr. Masanovic, and thank you for your dedicated service to this department and the wider community!
Erick Romig, a 2012 graduate with a B.A. in Spanish and AY 2012-13 Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Spain, will commence his pursuit of a Ph.D. in Medieval Spanish Literature at the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholars Foundation Fellow. Mr. Romig's UAA academic advisor, Fulbright scholarship and Post-Graduate Studies mentor was Dr. Patricia Fagan, Associate Professor of Spanish. We are proud to have had Erick as a student here at UAA and wish him all the best as he continues his stellar academic career. Best wishes, Erick!
Monty's Bridge to Tomorrow, an open-access Japanese textbook written in memory of 2009 Japanese program graduate Montgomery Dickson, who died in the March 2011 Japanese tsunami, has been made available through the combined efforts of the Japanese Foundation's Center for Global Partnership and UAA's Montgomery Dickson Center for Japanese Language and Culture. It is free for all, and can be accessed via the University of Alaska's ScholarWorks page: https://scholarworks.alaska.edu/handle/11122/4144.
Rosalie Gunawan, a Japanese major, has been awarded a JASSO scholarship to study in Japan. As part of her scholarship award, Rosalie will receive a stipend for an 11-month period. Congratulations, Rosalie, and best of luck during your studies in Japan!
Accomplishments and Highlights 2013-2014
- Dr. Rebeca Maseda, Assistant Professor of Spanish, was honored with a 2014 Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Maseda was one of four professors from the entire UAA faculty body to be so honored this year. Congratulations on this honor, Dr. Maseda, and thank you for all you do for your students and for the Languages Department!
- Aurora Dordan, a Japanese major currently studying at Hokkaido University of Education, has been awarded a JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) scholarship which provides full funding for a year of study in Japan. Congratulations, Aurora!
- Maria Wick, a French minor, has been accepted by the English Teaching Assistant Program in France and will spend the 2014-2015 academic year working in Lyon. Congratulations and good luck, Maria!
- Tom Honer, a German major, has received 2014 UAA Leadership Honors for his leadership in enhancing the campus and the community with meaningful and diverse activities related to the German language and culture. Congratulations on this achievement, Tom!
- Otto Gilbert and Jordan Norquist, German majors, have been named the 2014 Outstanding German Students at UAA, an honor which was bestowed upon them by the Alaska Chapter of the AATG (the American Association of Teachers of German). Congratulations on this recognition of your hard work and dedication, Jordan and Otto!
- Tom Honer, a German major, is the recipient of the 2014 German Learning Opportunities Website - GLOW Award for his outstanding contributions to promoting the German language and culture both at the university and in the community. Congratulations and thank you for your many contributions, Tom!
- Angelica Remaley and Tom Honer have both been selected as Fulbright Scholars for the 2014-2015 academic year and will be traveling to Germany to work, study, and foster intercultural exchange. They are the sixth and seventh German program students to receive this honor. Congratulations, Tom and Angelica, and the best of luck to you!
- Ryan Bergerson, a Civil Engineering major and German minor, received the 2014-2015 Congress-Bundestag Scholarship for study and internship in Germany. Mr. Bergerson is the eighth UAA student to receive this prestigious scholarship. Congratulations, Ryan, and best wishes for your year abroad!
- Tom Honer and Gerhard Sells, German majors, have been named 2014 UAA Student Diversity Award winners. This award recognizes their dedicated work of service and their contributions to the diversity of the UAA campus and community. Congratulations, Tom and Gerhard!
- Tom Honer, a German major, has received the Fall 2013 Seawolf Student Leader award. This award recognizes student leaders who through their leadership, involvement, and commitment, have made significant contributions to campus life. Congratulations, Tom!
- Clarissa Zeller, a Spanish major and member of the Spanish club La Tertulia, has been awarded the Alaska Space Grant Program Undergraduate Scholarship for Summer 2014. Congratulations, Clarissa!
- Dr. Patricia Fagan, Associate Professor of Spanish, received the 2013 UAA Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Service to Students. Congratulations, Dr. Fagan, and thank you for your dedication to our students!
Languages Department receives 2013 Governor's North Star Award for International Excellence
On June 7, the UAA Languages Department was honored to receive the Governor's North Star Award for International Excellence at the 26th annual Export Alaska Luncheon. The award, recognizing the Department's exceptional accomplishments in mentoring students for international scholarships and exchanges, was presented by Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell and accepted by Department Chair Dr. Natasa Masanovic. We are thrilled that the hard work of our faculty and the achievements of our students have been recognized and honored in this way.
Accomplishments and Highlights 2012 - 2013
- Nicola Pearson-Allen, a Spanish major, and Otto Gilbert, a German major, both received grants to participate in the Northwest Returnee Conference on Education Abroad in February 2013. Congratulations to both of you, and thank you for your contributions to the promotion and study of international education!
- Meneka Thiru, a Spanish major, has been appointed North American Language and Culture Assistant in the Community of Madrid for the 2013-2014 academic year. This position is sponsored by the Spanish government's Ministry of Education, Culture and Athletics. Congratulations, Meneka!
- Kossi Massada, a Spanish major, has received a scholarship from the Washington Center Internship and Leadership Forum Program in Washington, D.C. Congratulations, Kossi!
- Rachel Wintz, a Spanish minor, received the USUAA Leadership Scholarship for Spring 2013.
- Terri Coker, a Spanish/Japanese dual major, has received 2013 UAA Leadership Honors for her contributions to the enhancement of the UAA community. Congratulations, Terri!
- Otto Gilbert, a German major, has received the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage (NSAA) Scholarship for 2012-2013. Congratulations, Otto!
- Caitlin Cheely, a Russian major, was chosen as UAA's 2013 nominee for the prestigious Truman Scholarship. Congratulations, Caitlin!
- William Giedosh, a Russian major, was selected, for the second time, to receive the Critical Languages Scholarship for study in Russia. Congratulations, William!
- Antonia DeLucia, a Russian major, was selected as an alternate for the Critical Languages Scholarship. Congratulations, Antonia!
- David Lane, a Russian major, was selected as UAA's Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate by the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR). Congratulations, David!
- Matthew Spence, a current M.A.T. student with an emphasis on German and a Languages alumnus with a B.A. in German and a minor in Alaska Native Studies (2012), was selected as the Anchorage School District's 2013 UAA German Intern of the Year. Matthew is also a 2013 U.S. Fulbright National Finalist, and was honored for his accomplishment at UAA's Ninth Annual Undergraduate Research and Discovery Awards Ceremony. Congratulations on both counts, Matthew!
- Hannah Bertrand, a German major, has received 2013 UAA Leadership Honors for her leadership in enhancing the campus with meaningful and diverse activities related to the German language and culture. Congratulations, Hannah!
- Tom Honer, a German/English double major, has been named the 2013 Outstanding German Student at UAA, an honor which was bestowed upon him by the Alaska Chapter of the AATG (the American Association of Teachers of German). Congratulations, Tom!
- Kelly Hughes, a French/International Studies double major, has received the Kaare Birkeland Scholarship for studies at the University of Stavenger, Norway. Congratulations, Kelly!
- Terri Coker, a dual Spanish/Japanese major, received the 2012 UAA Seawolf Leader Award. Congratulations, Terri!
- Dr. Hiroko Harada was profiled in the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra's November issue, in the "Behind the Music Stand" feature. In addition to her work with the Japanese program in the Languages Department, Dr. Harada, an accomplished violinist, performs regularly with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra.
- Dr. Natasa Masanovic received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Diversity. Congratulations!
- Dr. Sudarsan Rangarajan's book Critical Essays on Michel Butor's L'Emploi du temps was published by Peter Lang Publishers, New York, in late 2012. Congratulations!
Accomplishments and Highlights 2011 - 2012
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- Connor Wall, a Russian major, is one of the 2012 UAA Showcase winners. Mr. Wall participated in the showcase with a paper he wrote for Olga Livshin's RUSS A294 literature class. Congratulations Connor!
- Caitlin Cheely (Russian and Forty-Ninth State Fellow) is the Recipient of the U.S. Department of State 2012 Critical Language Scholarship in Russian.
- Dr. Rebeca Maseda completed the 2012 UAA Technology Fellows Intensive Summer Training. Congratulations!
- Dr. Michihiro Ama has been invited to Hannan University in Osaka, Japan as a Visiting Researcher for June-July 2012. Congratulations!
- Angel Remaley, a German/Anthropology double major, has been selected as a recipient of a 2012 U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for participation in the intensive summer language institute in Turkey. Congratulations, Angel!
- Hannah Bertrand, a German major, is the recipient of the 2012 German Learning Opportunities Website - GLOW Award for her contributions to promoting the German language and culture both at the university and in the community. Congratulations, Hannah!
- Erik Peterson, a Japanese/International Studies double major, received the Export Council of Alaska Scholarship and the AATJ (American Association of Teachers of Japanese) Bridging Scholarship. Congratulations, Erik!
- Jessica Lauser, a Russian major, received an honorable mention in the Thirteenth Annual ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest, in the category of non-heritage learners, level 2. Congratulations Jessica!
- Erick Romig, a Spanish major who is graduating with Departmental Honors, has been selected as a 2012-2013 U.S. Fulbright Recipient to Spain! Congratulations to you on such a tremendous accomplishment, Erick! Special thanks go to his Faculty Mentor and Professor, Patricia Fagan, for her superb work, and whose tireless efforts Erick described to Chancellor Case as "priceless help as a mentor!" Well done Erick and Patty!
- Alan Massey, a dual major in German and Japanese, is the recipient of the 2012-2013 U.S. Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Germany. Congratulations Alan!
- Erick Romig, a Spanish major, successfully completed his comprehensive exam and is graduating with Departmental Honors in May 2012.
- Benjamin Woodland, a German and International Studies major and Forty-Ninth State Fellow, is the Recipient of the U.S. Department of State 2012 Critical Language Scholarship in Turkish.
- William Giedosh, a Russian Minor) is the Recipient of the U.S. Department of State 2012 Critical Language Scholarship in Russian. William is the President of the Russian Club.
- Patrick Nakada, a Japanese major, who is currently an exchange student at Hokkaido University of Education, was granted a JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) scholarship, which will cover all of his living expenses during his exchange year (2012). Mr. Nakada is our second Japanese student (Our first recipient this year was Jeurgen Klotz), who receives this prestigious scholarship. Congratulations, Patrick!
- Spanish senior Erick Romig has been selected as the 2011-12 recipient of the UAA Seawolf Community Service Award. This award publicly honors individuals for their dedication and recognizes the importance of their community involvement. Congratulations to Erick!
- Benjamin G. Woodland, a Forty-Ninth State Fellow and German/International Studies double major, is the recipient of the 2012-13 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to Germany. Ben will receive $27,000 for one academic year and pursue studies in African languages at Universitaet Bayreuth in Bavaria. Universitaet Bayreuth is a well known research institution with a strong program in African studies. The Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship requires advanced level skills in the target language as well as proven leadership abilities. Heartfelt congratulations to Ben!
- Jeurgen (Luke) Klotz, a Japanese major, has been selected to receive the 2011 JASSO (Japan Student Services Organization) Scholarship for his study abroad in Japan for one year. He will be attending the Hokkaido University of Education (HUE) in Japan from October 2011 for one year as an exchange student. This exchange program has been in existence since inception of the direct exchange program between UAA and HUE in 2006. Since then, UAA’s Japanese Program has been sending up to five outstanding students to HUE every year, and Luke is the fifth individual who has been awarded this prestigious scholarship. This JASSO scholarship will cover all of Luke’s living expenses in Japan with 80.000 Yen (about $11,500) per month for 11 months. Congratulations to Mr. Jeurgen (Luke) Klotz!