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The Loyola Certificate Program in Translation and Interpreting (TRIN) provides extensive training and support for our students to become professional translators/interpreters. Students are very active providing community service and language access for the underserved LEP Hispanic community in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes:

There is a total of eight students who are registered interpreters for the LA Supreme Court; two who are Certified interpreters in Louisiana; and one student is nationally certified as a Healthcare Interpreter.

The students of Mu Kappa chapter of Sigma Delta Pi (national Spanish honor society) held a successful Latin American Festival on Friday, October 14, 2016. The idea behind the festival was to educate the Loyola community about Latin American culture through a celebration of diversity. Proceeds will go to the non-profit organization Family Justice Center Women’s Empowerment Group (Latina survivors of domestic violence). The afternoon was filled with music, dance, food from Latin America, and readings of Latin American poetry.

Nicholas Armstrong (Political Science major/Spanish minor 2015) notified us that after graduation from Loyola, he began work with a non-profit in Houston, TX, Avenue Community Development Corporation. According to Nicholas, "especializa en proveer alojamiento para personas de bajo y de medio ingreso." Nicholas also received a Sigma Delta Pi scholarship to study in Cuba in summer 2014.

We're proud of you, Nicholas!

Congratulations to Uriel Quesada, Letitia Gomez, and Salvador Vidal-Ortiz, winners of the 2016 Ruth Benedict Book Prize for Queer Brown Voices.

Hannah Griggs (English Literature/Spanish 2012) received her Masters from Boston College in 2016. She is currently an Adjunct Instructor of English at Boston College. ¡Felicitaciones, Hannah!

Dr. Nathan Henne received the Faculty Excellence in Community Service from the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, 2016. ¡Enhorabuena, Dr. Henne!

Congratulations to these Languages and Cultures students who received special awards at the 2016 Humanities and Natural Sciences Honors Convocation:

The Richard A. Frank Memorial Award for Excellence in Modern Foreign Languages—Connor M. Crowe

The Excellence in French Award—Ashlyn Haycook

The Honorary Consul of Spain in New Orleans Award—Rowan E. Oliversen

The Center for Latin American Studies Award: Martín Better

The Solidarity Award for Outstanding Latin American Studies Minor—Stephanie I. MacClellan

Mr. Mackenzie McMillan (B.A. 2013--Political Science, minors in History & Asian Studies) was admitted to the Japan Studies M.A. program at University of Washington where he was awarded the FLAS Fellowship for the 2016-2017 school year for Japanese language study. He was also accepted at the Social Policy and Development Program (NGOs) at the London School of Economics. Congratulations, Mackenzie!

Dr. Isabel Durocher received the Faculty Excellence in Teaching from the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, 2016. ¡Felicitaciones, Dra. Durocher!

Loyola graduate Cheyenne Blackburn (Criminal Justice with a Spanish minor, 2015) received a position shortly after graduation as a Community Outreach Paralegal with the Southern Poverty Law Center. According to Cheyenne, part of the reason she applied for and received this position was due to her Spanish classes at Loyola! ¡Felicitaciones, Cheyenne!


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