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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!

Laura Givnish (International Development/Spanish--2016) was selected to become a Youth Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Perú. She will serve there for 27 months. ¡Felicitaciones y buena suerte, Laura!

¡Felicitaciones a los nuevos socios de Mu Kappa! In April, the following students were initiated into the national Spanish honor society, Sigma Delta Pi:

Sawyer-Rae Joseph

Darius Smith                    

Theresa Solenski

Jordan Cayley Kent-Wozinski



On May 5, 2016, the Honors seminar "History of French Fashion" and some of their friends gave an exciting show. According to the program, the show was "a retrospective wink to three iconic French couturiers whose visionary work paved the way for revolutionary changes not only in our wardrobe, but also, in the way we live." More than 230 people attended to see this review of fashion to music. Many thanks to Aveda Institute for hair and make-up, and to the support of Francophilia Foundation, the University Honors Program, and the Department of Languages and Cultures.

A documentary on Cuban race relations, Código Color, Memorias, made its U.S. premiere on April 6, 2016 at Loyola University. Drs. Leopoldo Tablante and Dittmar Dittrich invited Cuban film maker William Sabourin O'Reilly to show his documentary and speak to the public afterwards. The film explores race relations in today's Cuban society, a critical issue that President Obama addressed during his historical visit to Cuba. The premiere brought a huge crowd to Loyola to share the opening of the film and to discuss race relations in Cuba and the filmmaker's techniques.

Dr. Jean Brager directed four students (Bari James Bellard, Antoine Barriere, and Linsey Shubert, Loyola students; and Luke Condzal, Tulane student) in a montage of monologues and scenes from the French and Francophone repertoire during two evenings in April 2016. The scenes led the audience behind the curtain, behind the façade of acting, and behind what is really at play onstage: the subtext of emotions. When art becomes deconstruction, life--and any action on or off stage, for that matter--is essentially performative.

Senior Genesis Rodas (French, 2016) has received the Escadrille Louisiane program's Teaching Assistantship in France for 2016-2017. This Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF), sponsored by the French Ministry of Education, for the 2016-2017 academic year, will place Genesis in Rennes, France, at the Académie de Rennes. In addition, she is sponsored through CODOFIL, the Council on the Development of French in Louisiana, to attend classes at the Université de Rennes, to begin her Masters in Teaching degree in French.

Senior Latin American Studies major, Martín Better (2016), in concert. Protest Music of Latin America and the story behind it.

On March 3, 2016, Dr. Trevor Boffone presented "The Panza Monologues: Latin@ Theatre in the US, Comedy, and Social Consciousness" to an audience of students and professors of Latin American Studies and Spanish, as well as others from the Loyola community. The talk included dramatic readings of two scenes from The Panza Monologues, performed by senior Spanish major Akeem Biggs.

This event was sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Department of Languages

In November, 2015, Mu Kappa initiated 6 new members into the national Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi:
Nydia Araya
Akeem Biggs
Kanda M. Borgognoni
Laura Givnish
Molly Eileen Helie
Sydney Young
¡Enhorabuena a tod@s!

After the initiation ceremony, everyone enjoyed the reception in honor of the new members.


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