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Commencement is today at 1 p.m.

Posted on December 18, 2014

Can’t attend commencement? Watch the ceremony live.

Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to 362 students during its fall commencement program Thursday, Dec. 18 at 1 p.m. in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse. Read the rest of this entry →

Graduate student in Teaching English as a Second Language presents at annual conference.

Posted on December 02, 2014

Kathrina O’Connell, a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language student, presented at the annual Minnesota English Learner Education (MELEd) Conference in Bloomington, MN on November 15. O’Connell’s talk, titled “Language Analysis of Leveled Readers” had an attendance of 80 people, many of whom had to stand for the whole presentation, reports O’Connell’s advisor, Dr. Linda Houts-Smith, who attended the conference as well.

SPAN 101 Beginning Spanish I Added to Spring 2015 Schedule

Posted on December 02, 2014

A section of SPAN 101 will be offered Spring semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am – 11:45am. Instructor will be Katia Sherman.

Spanish Club movie night tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Posted on November 18, 2014
The Movie, Al Otro Lad, will be shown on Tuesday, Nov. 18 – 6:00pm, Bridges Hall 162. Al Oltro Lad is Gustavo Loza’s heart-tugging triptych of three youngsters venturing from home and into unknown territory which is a timely insight into the current debate about immigration and who gets left behind when a loved one emigrates.
FREE Popcorn!
Sponsored by the MSUM Spanish Club and La Mesa española.

Retirement Open House for Dr. Ceci Mafla-Bustamante

Posted on April 30, 2014

There will be an Open House on Thursday, May 1 from 3–5 p.m. in honor of Dr. Ceci Mafla-Bustamante’s retirement. MacLean Hall, Room 268. Please come and celebrate with us and wish Ceci well in her next adventure! Read the rest of this entry →

Retirement Open House for Dr. Ceci Mafla-Bustamante

Posted on April 22, 2014

There will be an Open House on Thursday, May 1 from 3–5 p.m. in honor of Dr. Ceci Mafla-Bustamante’s retirement. MacLean Hall, Room 268. Please come and celebrate with us and wish Ceci well in her next adventure!

18th Annual Unity Conference, April 16-17

Posted on April 16, 2014

The 18th Annual Unity Conference “Our Historia: Latina/os Making History” will take place April 16-17 at the CMU.

The conference begins Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. with a keynote speech delivered by Dr. Jason Ruiz, University of Notre Dame, titled, “Americans in the Treasure House: What the History of Travel to Mexico Can Teach Us About Our Historia.” Read the rest of this entry →

Spanish major awarded Sigma Delta Pi’s Study Abroad Scholarship

Posted on April 09, 2014

Jenna Polley, a junior from Park Rapids, Minn., majoring in Spanish, was one of 11 recipients of the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi’s, study abroad scholarship for the summer of 2014. Polley was chosen from dozens of applicants from the more than 600 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi at Universities throughout the United States. Polley is the 2013-2014 president of the MSUM Spanish Club. She will be using the $2,500 award to help fund her trip to the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain to study abroad for six weeks.

Upsilon Sigma inducts eight new members

Posted on February 17, 2014

The Upsilon Sigma chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society at MSUM inducted eight new members on February 6, 2014. Those inducted were: Eric Bares, Peggy Morken, Kelly Mulvaney, Jordan Pinneke, Jenna Polley, Shannon Sitz, Katy Tellinghuisen and Cecelia Winter. These students were recognized for their devotion and commitment to Spanish language learning and culture, but particularly for their academic success at the university. Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM Hosted Boy Scouts for “Merit Badge University”

Posted on November 27, 2013

Close to 200 Boy Scouts converged on the MSUM campus Saturday, Nov. 23 to work on merit badges. Named the “Merit Badge University” this is an event held annually at one of the three universities in the area to give scouts work on the badges that assist them in their trail toward the Eagle Rank. Merit badges represent skill or knowledge areas where scouts can explore an area of study in depth and complete tasks in that area. Read the rest of this entry →

New course prepares students to backpack through Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia

Posted on October 16, 2013

Tuesday, Oct. 22
Noon & 4 p.m.

Location CMU 208

Please attend the information sessions to learn about the details of this exciting new 3-credit course–Human Rights in Southeast Asia 499. The class will be taught in a seminar format during the spring semester where we will prepare students for a 2-week backpacking tour through Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia. Class size is limited to 24 students. Travel will occur at the end of May to early June.

Join Organizacion Latina Americana

Posted on October 01, 2013

Hola Fellow Dragons,
Looking for a way to get involved in student activities?

Join Organizacion Latina Americana!

Throughout the year we strive to enrich our campus with knowledge of our culture and we present our biggest event in the Spring, the Annual Unity Conference. Read the rest of this entry →

125 Faces of MSUM

Posted on September 19, 2013

Name: John Hall
Profession: Professor of Spanish
No. of years at MSUM: 23
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Q: Why did you choose to teach Spanish as a profession?
A: When I was 9 years old, my dad, who was a Spanish professor, applied with the government to be the director of a Binational Center, which is like a small embassy in South America. He was accepted, and he had a position in Chile, so I spent five of my early years of life down there. My dad was really smart. Most of the kids who were down there from the U.S. were going to the American school, and he would have none of that. He put me in a Chilean school and said, “I want my children to learn the language and culture.” After a year, I considered myself a little Chilean boy. Four years later, I did not want to come back. I wanted to stay in Chile, and that started my love for Spanish and Latin American culture. I have lived in Columbia two years, since then, as a missionary. I’ve traveled through all of Central America and South America. Read the rest of this entry →

Professor Cecilia Mafla-Bustamante publishes a new article

Posted on August 12, 2013

Cecilia Mafla-Bustamante, Professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages and Cultures, has published the article:

“El ritmo de los sueños rotos: Un análisis de la experiencia migratoria en ‘¿Te acuerdas, Ñata?’ de Raúl Pérez Torres.” América: Revista del Grupo América 124 (2013): 135-144.

The translation of the first part of the title of this article is “The rhythm of broken dreams.” Read the rest of this entry →

Cecilia Mafla-Bustamante invited to join literary organization in Ecuador

Posted on April 26, 2013

Cecilia Mafla-Bustamante, Languages and Cultures, has been invited to join the Grupo América Ecuador, a literary organization in Ecuador. She also recently presented a paper to this organization, based on a publication she has submitted to its journal. The organization is comprised of writers, intellectuals and diplomats in Ecuador.

Latinos in the USA discussion tonight

Posted on April 11, 2013

Andrea Estling, Languages and Cultures, will be talking about Latinos in the USA based on the novel Casi una mujer (Almost a Woman) by Esmeralda Santiago today at 5 p.m. in MacLean 274. In the novel, the main character shows the process of transculturation, a process that ends with a hybrid identity. This can be observed by two primary factors, language and food.

Languages and Cultures Open House today

Posted on April 11, 2013

Today from 3 – 5 p.m. in the lounge area by MacLean 273, the Department of Languages and Cultures will be having an Open House for anyone interested in a major or minor in Spanish, Teaching English as a Second Language, or East Asian studies. Cultural refreshments will be served.

Cecilia Mafla-Bustamante published literary translation

Posted on April 02, 2013

Cecilia Mafla-Bustamante, Professor of Spanish in the Department of Languages and Cultures, has published the following literary translation from Spanish into English:

“It’s not Love that Dies” by Lucrecia Maldonado. K1N The Four Americas Rewritten. Issue 3. 2013.04. U of Ottawa. The translation can be found at the links below:

http://k1nlitra.ca/k1n/index.php

http://k1nlitra.ca/k1n/article.php?opt=7&i=NDg=&i2=NQ==

Technology use in language teaching and learning

Posted on March 26, 2013

Dr. Ho Park, Professor of Teaching English as a Second Language in the Department of Languages and Cultures, will present what teachers need to know and what they can do to incorporate technology into language teaching and learning procedures. Park will share findings from his journal articles and experiences with elementary school students, undergraduate/graduate students, and teachers. This presentation will offer guidance on technology use to current and future language teachers. Read the rest of this entry →

Spanish professor presented book

Posted on March 08, 2013

Dr. Cecilia Mafla-Bustamante, Professor of Spanish, presented the book Un día de invierno en Nueva York, by Juan Cristóbal Jara Jaramillo, at the Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana in Quito, Jan. 31.

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