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Rising Junior Audrey O'Connell (Graphic Design major & Spanish minor) received one of only Spirit Cultural Exchange merit-based scholarships in 2017 to take part in a 2-4 week volunteering project in Ecuador through Fundación Bolívar Education Volunteer Program.  She will live with a host family and do volunteer work while learning more about Ecuador and its culture and languages.

¡Felicitaciones, Audrey!

On May 16, 2017, Loyola's Translation and Interpreting Certificate Program recognized 23 students who completed the program and received their certificates this year. In addition, 25 who completed the program before this semester were recognized for their achievements, including 2 who are certified to work with the Louisiana Supreme Court. 

Congratulations to the following students, majors and minors in the Department of Languages & Cultures, for their outstanding work:

The Richard A. Frank Memorial Award for Excellence in Modern Foreign Languages—Theresa M. Solenski

The graduating seniors in Latin American Studies and Spanish presented the results of their Capstone research on 25 April, 2017. The topics varied greatly, but all did their best--¡Felicitaciones!

“Re-appropriating Women’s Bodies: The Orquestas Femeninas in the Cali World of Salsa”

Jacqui Etheart-LAS (Dr. Nathan Henne)


“El proceso de relaciones públicas”                                                                 

Jessica Molina-Spanish (Dr. Eileen Doll)


“Las Paredes: re-pensando las fronteras a través del arte”

¡Felicitaciones a los nuevos socios de Mu Kappa, capítulo de Sigma Delta Pi! On May 4 and 5, seven students were initiated into the national Spanish honor society (Loyola's Mu Kappa chapter) for excellence in the study of the Spanish language and cultures:

Danielle K. Belmont

Alexis Chapital

Caitlyn Cordano

David A. Dupart

Randolph M. Dupont

Leslie Galvez

Angela Theresa Ray

¡Bienvenidos y enhorabuena!

Senior Theresa Solenski (English Writing/Spanish, with a minor in Biological Sciences, 2017) curated a featured photographic exhibit for the museum of the Meso-American Research Institute at Tulane University. The exhibit will be made public in Fall 2017.

Dr. Trevor Boffone (Spanish 2008) started the successful project and website, The 50 Playwrights Project. This innovative site provides access to Latin@ playwrights and their work. In March 2017 the project awarded 8 unproduced plays for their 2017 List of Best Unproduced Latin@ Plays. This is a major undertaking that helps both the dramatists and the general population connect with these one another. We are proud of you, Dr. Trevor!

Mr. Mathew Holloway, a 2016 Loyola graduate with a major in Sociology and a Minor in Spanish, has been selected for a 2017-8 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to teach in Panama. See his story here. ¡Felicidades y buena suerte, Mat!

Contestants and winners--Congratulations!

The first, second, and third place winners appear kneeling from left to right:

- Christina Murphy (1st place)

- Gabriel Gutiérrez (2nd place)

- Raymond Price (3rd place)

- Marley Duet (4th place)

- Hera Bogdanos (5th place)

- Jenna Guidry (6th place)

Natalie Jones (Theatre Arts/Spanish, 2014) was selected for an English Teaching Assistantship to Argentina through the Fulbright U.S. Student Award. For more information, see her story.

¡Enhorabuena, Natalie! ¡Sabemos que vas a ser espectacular!


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