* Amber Vanderpool, a Languages major, and Courtney Corbet, an International Studies major, have both been awarded the UAA Kibrik and Bergeson Study or Reasearch in Russia Scholarship in the amounts of $5000 and $2500 respectively.  Amber will study Russian language and culture in St. Petersburg, Russia for the full academic year.  Cortney will spend fall semester in St. Petersburg studying Russian language and culture, and will graduate from UAA in December.

* Dr. Natasa Masanovic, has been presented with the 2011 Duden Award for her efforts in German instruction.  The award was presented by the American Association for Teachers of German (AATG)/Alaska Chapter during the Annual German Students' Recognition celebration organized by the ASD.

* Wesley Burgess, a mechanical engineering student, will be spending the 2011-12 school year in Germany with a Congress-Bundestag scholarship.  Wesley is our seventh student in six consecutive years to receive this prestigious award.  Natasa Masanovic, associate professor in the German Languages Department, has worked with each of these students.  Thank you!

* Two UAA Languages majors have been awarded the prestigious and highly competitive U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs 2011 Critical Language Scholarship.  Rosalyn Thompson, double major Languages (Russian) and International Studies (Russia track) and Amber Vanderpool, major in Languages (Russian), will be fully funded to attend one of the CLS intensive language institutions in Russia this summer.  Find more information at the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program site: http://www.clscholarship.org/index.html

* Dr. Susan Kalina, Professor of Russian, received the 2010 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching at this fall's UAA Convocation.

* Dr. Hiroko Harada, Professor of Japanese, received the College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award for her exemplary teaching.

* Dr. Patricia Fagan, Associate Professor of Spanish, was awarded the UAA Alumni Association's Distinguished Teaching Award for 2010, and was also named 2010's Advisor of the Year for her work with the Spanish Club, La Tertulia.

* Dr. Natasa Masanovic, Associate Professor of German, was awarded a 2009 Alpha Sigma Alpha Professor of the Month Award, the 2008 UAA Faculty Exemplar Award and the 2007 College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award for her exemplary work in teaching.


Languages Students Honored!

Nominated for the Diversity Action Council's Student Diversity Award, Erik J. Peterson, Japanese major, was selected as the top recipient and will soon receive recognition from the Diversity Action Council!  Congratulations Erik!

Carolyn Rios, a student in second-year Russian, received an Honorable Mention in the National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest. Carolyn competed against more than 1,000 students from across the United States. Congratulations, Carolyn!

Craig Douglas, 2010 graduate of the Russian program, received the national 2010 Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Award.  Craig was nominated unanimously for the award by the UAA Russian faculty.  Congratulations, Craig!

Robin Ford, recent Languages and International Studies graduate, has received the American Association for Teachers of German 2010 Langenscheidt Award for her dedication to the promotion of the German language in Alaska.  Congratulations, Robin!

Don Young Chon, Japanese major, has received a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for 2010. Congratulations, Don!

Meredith Thatcher, Japanese major, recently was awarded in the UAA Student Showcase for her History 320 paper "The Shisengumi and Samurai Identity".  Ms. Thatcher also recently passed Level Two of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, and was accepted into the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) program for 2010-2011.  Congratulations, Meredith, and enjoy your year abroad!

Amy Voss, recent Languages graduate, received the 2010 UAA Diversity Award and is sharing the 2010 University Honors College UAA Discovery Award.  Congratulations on your achievements, Amy!


Congratulations, Fulbright Scholars!

Language graduates Charles Beattie, Robin Ford and Amy Voss have been named Fulbright Scholars for 2010-2011, and will be will be spending the next academic year in Germany. Charles and Amy are recent graduates of the German program; Robin is a recent graduate of the German program and the International Studies program. Congratulations to all of you! We are proud of your accomplishments.


New Congress-Bundestag Scholar!

German student Heather Shelton has become the newest Languages recipient of the prestigious Congress-Bundestag scholarship.  She is the sixth Languages student in the last five years to win this honor.  Congratulations, Heather!

Student Scholarships

  • Don Young Chon, Japanese major, has received the U.S. Department of State's Critical Language Scholarship.

  • Languages graduates Charles Beattie and Amy Voss have both been named Fulbright Scholars for 2010-2011, and will be spending the next academic year in Germany as teaching assistants.  Languages graduate Robin Ford has been named and alternate to the Fulbright Program.  Charles, Amy and Robin are all recent graduates of the German program. 
  • Heather Shelton, German and International Studies major, has been awarded the 2010-2011Congress-Bundestag scholarship. German coordinator Natasa Masanovic has assisted UAA German majors in winning this scholarship for the past five years; previous winners are Amy Voss for 2006-2007, Zachary Juback for 2007-2008, Natalia Udovyk for 2008-2009, and Jessica Allman and Renata Ballesteros-Lopez for for 2009-2010.
  • Kori Gwynn, a Russian major, has been awarded the Fall 2008 Kibrik-Bergelson Sutdy in Russia Scholarship to study for an academic year in St. Petersburg.
  • Noriyasu Harada Li, a Japanese and History major, has been awarded the Japan Student Services Organization Scholarship to study at Hokkaido University of Education in Japan from October 2008-August 2009.
  • Linda Remaley, a Russian major, has been awarded the Spring 2008 Kibrik-Bergelson Study in Russia Scholarship for a semester of study at the Linguistics University in Nizhnij Novgorod.

Student Academic Recognition

  • Carolyn Rios, a student in second-year Russian, received an Honorable Mention in the National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest. Carolyn competed against more than 1,000 students from across the United States. Congratulations, Carolyn!

  • Craig Douglas, 2010 graduate of the Russian program, received the national 2010 Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate Award.  Craig was nominated unanimously for the award by the UAA Russian faculty.  Congratulations, Craig!

  • Meredith Thatcher, Japanese major, recently was awarded in the UAA Student Showcase for her History 320 paper "The Shisengumi and Samurai Identity".  Ms. Thatcher also recently passed Level Two of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test, and was accepted into the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) program for 2010-2011. 

  • Amy Voss, a recent graduate of the German and International Studies programs, has been chosen to share this year's University Honors College UAA Discovery Award. 
  •  Martin Glaves, a Russian major, has been named a 2009 Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate (PSRSLA). This is a national award based on academic achievement as well as contributions to the University and larger community demonstrating a continuing commitment to Russian language and culture. The Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate personifies a dedication and commitment to Russian that is unparalleled among his or her peers.

  • Amber Vanderpool has won an Honorable Mention in the Tenth Annual ACTR (American College Teachers of Russian) National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest. 1,024 essays were submitted to the contest from 60 universities and colleges across the nation.  Amber competed successfully against students from all over the United States, and many of the winners in her category are students who attend Columbia, Yale, the University of Chicago, and other top universities and colleges. Amber was a second-year Russian student during the 2008-09 academic year. This was the first year that students from the UAA Russian program participated in the contest.
  • Montgomery Dickson has won an Honorable Mention in the 2009 UAA Student Showcase for his paper, "A Study of the Usage and Origin of Youth Slang in Japan".  The paper was written while Mr. Dickson was an exchange student at the Hokkaido University of Education. 
  • The following UAA students were winners at the 6th annual Statewide Japanese Speech Competition:
    Sam Slone (JPN 302 & 310) (Advanced Speech, 1st place)
    Amanda Fitzgerald (JPN 202) (Intermediate Speech, 2nd place)
    Grant Kinney (JPN 202) (Intermediate Speech, 3rd place)
    Shayla Valentine (JPN 302 & 310) (Poetry, 2nd place)
    Lynn Lethin (JPN 302 & 310) (Haiku, 1st place)
    Ann Lethin (JPN 302) (Song, 2nd place)
    Sujin Schott (JPN 102) (Song, Special Sister City Prize)
  • Christiana Lenamond, a Russian 202 student, won the 2008 Russian Olympiada at West High and will represent the United States at the International Olympiada in Moscow this summer.  She also won a gold medal in essaywriting a few weeks prior to the Olympiada. 
  • Jean Kollantai, a Russian major, was awarded the highest honors at the 2007 UAA Student showcase for her service-learning project completed for Advanced Russian. Ms. Kollantai translated a scholarly presentation given at the international 2007 Beringia Days Conference, and her English translation is included in the published proceedings. The Shared Beringian Heritage Program is a program of the National Park Service.
  • Jean Kollantai, a Russian major, has been named a 2008 Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate (PSRSLA). This is a national award based on academic achievement as well as contributions to the University and larger community demonstrating a continuing commitment to Russian language and culture. The Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate personifies a dedication and commitment to Russian that is unparalleled among his or her peers.
  • 2008 Direct Exchange Students to Hokkaido, Japan
    Noriyasu Harada Li, a History and Japanese double major
    Nicholas Shellabarger, a Engineering major
 

Post-graduate Achievement

  • Cameron Cartland, a Russian and International Studies double major and Economics minor who graduated in May 2008, has been accepted to the ACTR Business Russian Language and Internship Program. This competitive program incorporates a specialized business language curriculum with a 10-hour per week internship in Moscow or St. Petersburg.
  • Seong Hee Park, a Japanese major who graduated in May 2008, has been accepted to the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and is teaching in Japan (2008-2009).