Accomplishments and Highlights 2013-2014
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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* 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 Researching 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 (Spanish) successfully completed his comprehensive exam and is graduating with Departmental Honors in May 2012.
* Benjamin Woodland (German, International Studies, and Forty-Ninth State Fellow) is the Recipient of the U.S. Department of State 2012 Critical Language Scholarship in Turkish.
* William Giedosh (International Studies, 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!