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Navarro‑Daniels named Matteson Distinguished Professor

Vilma Navarro-DanielsRecognizing her international reputation in service to language and culture studies, the College of Arts and Sciences named Vilma Navarro‑Daniels recipient of the Marianna Merritt and Donald S. Matteson Distinguished Professorship in Foreign Languages and Cultures.

“Professor Navarro‑Daniels is a prolific scholar whose international recognition and prominence continue to rise, and the Matteson award, with its encouragement of international travel and engagement, is aiding this endeavor,” said Carmen Lugo‑Lugo, SLCR director.

In the last few months, Navarro‑Daniels has traveled to Spain, Chicago and » More …

Ethnic studies professor to lead new school of languages, cultures, race

Professor outside with wavy sculpture.Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo, a professor of comparative ethnic studies at WSU, has been named inaugural director of the new School of Languages, Cultures, and Race (SLCR) in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).

She brings to her leadership role extensive experience in teaching and research as well as several years of mentoring graduate students and junior colleagues and contributing to scholarly and professional organizations. » More …

New language scholarship opens opportunities, honors alumnus’ mom

smiling alumnus and his momMolding better Americans is the motivation behind a new foreign language scholarship created for Washington State University students by alumnus Christopher “CJ” Johnson (’02), an officer and linguist in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

“So few Americans speak a foreign language, and the outcome is that few Americans understand the world outside their immediate circle,” Johnson said. “But studying a foreign language and actually employing it forces you to think beyond your circle, to look beyond America, and that’s important because it » More …

Foreign languages and cultures department newsletter, Fall 2017

In this issue of News Travels, learn about our new language certificate programs, a wide range of student activities held throughout the semester, creative learning activities like dancing lessons, field trips, and tasty tiramisu. Plus, don’t miss the photos from three faculty-led study abroad trips and a recap of honors and achievements by faculty and students. Read the full newsletter on the department website. >>>

German double major selected as a Rhodes Scholar finalist

smiling student, outsideRyan Summers graduated from WSU on December 9 with a sensational resume: a first degree in computer engineering, a soon-to-be completed second degree in German, his name on a patent, selection as a Rhodes Scholar finalist, numerous awards for outstanding scholarship and undergraduate research, and a 4.0 GPA. The 22-year-old has also completed an international internship, delivered a research presentation in China, and held coveted summer jobs at Elon Musk’s California tech company SpaceX.

It’s an impressive set of achievements. In addition, Summers is determined to do his part to make the world a better place—a goal he’s already advanced as an undergraduate. » More …

WSU among top 10 innovative schools for foreign language study

WSU recently was recognized among colleges and universities nationwide for its pioneering approach to teaching foreign languages. TheBestColleges.org, a national reviewer of online education, lists WSU among the 10 Most Innovative Colleges for Foreign Language Study.

Read the full story at WSU News >> 

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