2013 News

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National French Week Nov. 5-11

Tuesday Nov. 5-Monday Nov. 11

Organized by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), and sponsored at Augustana College by Le Cercle Français (French club) and Mu Alpha chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the purpose of National French Week is to increase Americans' awareness of the French-speaking world by promoting and celebrating the many ways in which the French language and culture touch American life, and to learn about the dozens of countries and some 270 million of people who speak this beautiful language. National French Week is an annual week-long celebration promoted by AATF chapters, secondary and university-level language departments, and chapters of the Alliance française across the United States.

Schedule of Campus Events

  • Tues. 11/5-Mon. 11/11—Test your knowledge of famous French speakers, visit the photo display located in the Humanities Center, 3rd floor
  • Tues. 11/5—National Pi Delta Phi Day, the National French Honor Society; members are encouraged to wear their Society pins all day.
  • Wed. 11/6—Free French film: Amour (2013 Best Oscar for Foreign Langauge Film), 6:30 P.M. in HUM 325. Free popcorn provided, please bring your own soda
  • Mon. 11/11—Guest Speaker: Meredith Reynolds, '12, will discuss "Studying in Paris" at 10:00 A.M. in Humanities 325. Meredith twice studied in Paris during summer sessions and will present information on her program and experiences, and will take questions from students.

French in SD
Bon Homme County, Platte, Verendrye Monument, Piedmont, Belle Fourche, La Bolt, Flandreau, Brule County, La Plant, Dupree, Butte County, Pierre, French Creek, Roubaix Lake, Lake Traverse, Burdette, Mellette County, Bois de Sioux River, Joubert, Conde, Jerauld County, Coteau des Prairies

Saviez-vous? Did You Know?

  • There are 270 million French speakers worldwide.
  • French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts.
  • French is the third most used language on the Internet.
  • A knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and 25 countries in Africa). As the world’s fifth biggest economy and number-three destination for foreign investment, France is a key economic partner.

Dr. Javier González Joins MDFL

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Department of Modern Foreign Languages is pleased to announce that Dr. Javier González joins the Department this fall as an Assistant Professor of Spanish. A native of San Juan, Argentina, Dr. González received his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, his adopted home town. He has been teaching various levels of Spanish and culture since 2000. His main area of research analyzes the connections between the counterculture and the avant-garde in Latin America, with a special focus on the role of rock music and its culture in the 1960s and 1970s. Dr. González has published articles in Uruguay, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, and the United States on various topics in literature and culture. He is currently developing a book length manuscript on Rock Culture and Latin American Literature of the the 1960s and 1970s.

He received his B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in Visual Arts from the University of Northern Colorado and an M.A. in Jazz Historiography and Research from Rutgers-Newark. Dr. González also has extensive experience as an interpreter and translator, having worked primarily in the medical field.

Four Inducted into German National Honor Society

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Augustana College chapter of Delta Phi Alpha held a dinner at the Fellows' Presidential Residence on Saturday, May 4. Four new members were welcomed this spring.

  • Andrew Gardner
  • Spencer Hopewell
  • Molly Kokesh
  • Jeffrey Nielsen

Other Delta Phi Alpha members who attended the event were Andrew Erickson, Jordan Erkens, Jessica Haugo, Marissa Knaak, Dan Mueller, Rabecca Pruitt and Kristyne Walth, as well as guest Kelly Silvers.

The dinner was preceded by Marissa Knaak’s presentation of her German honors essay "Der Vertrag von Versailles: Die letzte Tragödie des Ersten Weltkriegs."

Eta Delta, the Augustana chapter of Delta Phi Alpha, honors its members and their successful study of German language, culture, and civilization with a dinner each semester. The advisor of Eta Delta is Dr. Stephan Lhotzky, Professor of German. The Delta Phi Alpha National German Honorary Society began with the founding of the Alpha chapter at Wofford College in 1927, and now has constituent chapters at 236 colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Student Receives Top Honor in French

Thursday May 2, 2013

The Department of Modern Foreign Languages is pleased to announce that the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) has awarded Kelly Silvers the 2013 AATF Outstanding Senior in French Award. This award is made annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in the study of French as well as exceptional commitment to the French language and the many cultures where it is spoken. A recipient for the Award at Augustana College must be a major in French, a non-native speaker of French, have achieved a minimum 3.4 GPA in French, and have completed an honor's thesis with a minimum grade of A-.

Kelly is a triple major in French, International Studies, and Modern Foreign Languages. She participated in a semester study abroad program in Grenoble, France and is a member of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society. Her honors thesisLa Vie et la poésie de Charles—Orléans—examined the intersection between the poetry and the life of Charles, Duke of Orléans and King of France, who was taken prisoner by the English following the battle of Battle of Agincourt on October 25, 1415.

The AATF was founded in 1927 and is the largest national professional association of French teachers in the world with nearly 10,000 members. It has as its mission the promotion of the study of French language and French-speaking literatures and cultures at all levels.

Six Inducted into French National Honor Society

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Six Augustana College students were inducted into Augie's Mu Alpha chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society.

  • Laura Bane—Art—Rockwell City, Iowa
  • Sydney Fleming—Psychology and French—Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Sabrina Johnson—Civitas Honors, Art, French minor—Bellevue, Nebraska
  • Madeline Nykamp—Biochemistry and French—Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Megan Soe—History, French minor—Fremont, Nebraska
  • Elle Onisciuc—Government/International Affairs, Modern Foreign Languages, French minor—Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Pi Delta Pi, established in 1906 at the University of California, Berkeley, currently has more that 360 chapters in the United States. The purpose of the Society is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and Francophone literature, to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world, and to stimulate and to encourage French and Francophone cultural activities. Augustana's Mu Alpha chapter was established in 1997. The faculty advisor is Dr. Scott Fish.

Six Inducted into Sigma Delta Pi

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Six Augustana College students were inducted into Augie's Upsilon Omicron chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society.

  • Michaela Bernard
  • Logan Bulock
  • Maria Cook
  • Kathryn Johnson
  • Amanda Knowler
  • Katherine Sturgeon

Drs. Pilar Cabrera Fonte and Michael Rueter, and Professor Sam Ogdie were also inducted as honorary members. Sigma Delta Pi, established in 1919 at the University of California, Berkeley, currently has more that 580 chapters in the United States. The purpose of the Society is: to honor those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking peoples; to honor those who have made the Hispanic contributions to modern culture better known in the English-speaking world; to encourage college and university students to acquire a greater interest in and a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture; to foster friendly relations and mutual respect between the nations of Hispanic speech and those of English speech; and to serve its membership in ways which will contribute to the attainment of the goals and ideals of the society. Augustana's Upsilon Omicron chapter of Sigma Delta Pi was established in 2000. The faculty advisor is Prof. Elizabeth Herman.

MDFL Students Present Research

Saturday, Apr. 21, 2013

Students from three different MDFL classes will be presenting their research at this year's Augustana College Symposium on April 20, 2013, which takes place from 1:00-5:00 P.M. in the Madsen Center.

  • Cami Ponton-Vives, "La Mezquita de Córdoba: el símbolo del triunfo" ("The Mosque of Cordoba: Symbol of Truimph")
    Research Director: Dr. Michael Reuter
  • Kelly Silvers, "La Vie et La Poésie de Charles d'Orléans" ("The Life and Poetry of Charles d'Orléans"
    Research Director: Dr. Scott Fish
  • Michael Tveter, "The Colonial Wall in Chocolat: Claire Denis’ Crucial Portrayal of the Spatial Separation of Europeans and West Africans." Research Director: Dr. Scott Fish

Further information and presentation times are available on the Symposium page.

French Language Students Share $15,000 in Scholarships

Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013

The Department of Modern Foreign Languages is pleased to announced that fifteen Augustana French-language students have been awarded scholarships to participate in "Topics in French: La Belgique: du Passé au Présent" (Belgium: From Past to Present), a 2013 spring break course in Belgium led by Dr. Scott Fish, associate professor of Modern Foreign Languages, and Florence Thompsen, instructor of French and a native of Belgium. See the complete story, and follow the students' adventure by liking the course Facebook page and blog.