From the dean
I recently had the pleasure and privilege to attend the 2013 Alumni National Networking Week event in Washington, D.C. and meet more than 100 alumni from the area. So many of those I talked with commented on the rich experiences they gained at Elon and how integrating a second language and understanding other cultures highly prepared them as global citizens beyond Elon. One alum told me his fluency in German was key in getting his dream job. An alumna mentioned she has progressed rapidly within a nonprofit organization largely due to her fluency in French and Spanish. I was again reminded of the importance of our graduates having a second language and want to let you know what our Department of Foreign Languages faculty, students and alumni are doing. I would love for you to share with me your stories about how learning a second or third language has impacted your life's journey so that I can share them with our current students. If you would like to support foreign languages at Elon, please designate your annual gift to the Department of Foreign Languages, or the department/program you care to support, on the drop down menu.
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Launched in 2012, the program offers the linguistic and cultural skills needed to navigate German work environments and communicate effectively in German with clients, business partners and colleagues. The program's Business German Speaker Series brings representatives from German-based businesses in the Eastern United States to Elon to discuss their respective fields, what students should do to best prepare for employment in those fields and how knowledge of German language and culture is indispensable for a successful business career. Excerpts from past presentations can be found here.
Faculty spotlight: Kristina Meinking
For Assistant Professor of Classics Kristina Meinking, the connection between language and culture is vital to her discipline. When translating Livy's History of Rome, for example, her students study not just grammar but also what, and how, the text communicates about Roman ideas. Her civilization courses stress the diversity of the ancient world and the lingering presence of the ancient Mediterranean world in our own. Meinking has undertaken an innovative redesign of elementary Latin, where students work independently and collaboratively to achieve mastery of the material. Her approach emphasizes critical thinking, something that garnered her a CATL Scholar award for 2013-15.
Student success: Katie Moran '13
Senior Katie Moran, a Spanish and musical theatre double major, has been accepted by the Chilean Ministry of Education into the English Open Doors Program. Katie will serve as a volunteer English-language and culture teacher in rural Chile. As a cultural ambassador, she will teach, live with a host family and receive a small monthly stipend for living expenses. Katie says traveling and learning other languages and cultures are huge parts of her life. "I am beyond excited to be accepted and hope I can spread my love of foreign language and travel in my Chilean classroom." She hopes to eventually move to New York City to pursue a career in Broadway.
Alumni voices: Two Americans in Paris
French and international studies majors Amber Christino '10 and Christina Peterson '10 credit Elon for much of their professional success. As students, they both spent a semester studying in Paris, where they now live, and received guidance from faculty who, as Christino puts it, guided them into a path of "adventure and accomplishment." Now working in client relations for LearnShip Networks, Christino mediates difficult situations in French and English while interacting daily with people from all over the world. Peterson works for Orange, a telecommunications company, as a marketing and innovation consultant. Before Elon, she says, "I would have never guessed this is where I would be. ... I am truly living the Elon way as a global citizen every day!"