Community Engagement

MLS Celebrates Graduating Seniors and German Honor Society Inductees!

On May 2, 2022, the Department of Modern Language Studies celebrated all of its Graduating Seniors and their guests.  We also recognized some students’ achievements with the MLS Awards and induction into the German Honor Society!  These recipients are: Claire Sprang (German Honor Society Inductee); Lauren Pash (MLS Award for Outstanding Student in German and German Honor Society Inductee); Erika Murillo (Linda Oswald Bogert Memorial Award of the MLS Department); Jamie Lasko (MLS Cultural Ambassador Award); Noah Clinard (MLS Award for Outstanding Student in Spanish); Gwen Rearich (German Honor Society Inductee). 

MLS Honors Inductees and Award Winners

Left to Right: Claire Sprang (German Honor Society Inductee); Lauren Pash (MLS Award for Outstanding Student in German and German Honor Society Inductee); Erika Murillo (Linda Oswald Bogert Memorial Award of the MLS Department); Jamie Lasko (MLS Cultural Ambassador Award); Noah Clinard (MLS Award for Outstanding Student in Spanish); Gwen Rearich (German Honor Society Inductee, not pictured).

MLS Graduating Seniors' Celebration

Dr. Kutch, MLS Interim Department Chair, opens the MLS Graduating Senior Ceremony.

MLS Graduating Seniors' Celebration

Faculty mingle with MLS Graduating Seniors and their families.

Students standing in a lounge in Old Main, holding their certificates and smiling
Modern Language Department's celebration of its graduating seniors, with students and staff seated around an Old Main lounge and tables of food in the center
Groups of students and staff conversing and smiling
Day of the Dead

¡Feliz día de los muertos!   

Dr. Dawn Slack was an invited guest lecturer to Dr. Kim Shively’s FYS class (Fall 2021: November 2, 2021) to discuss the Day of the Dead holiday. Dr. Slack shared information about the native origins of this unique cultural celebration, its modern-day global practices, and the various components of the “ofrenda” (altar) which honors the lives of those who have died or who are far away from loved ones.  Students were invited to taste some “mole” (a chocolate and chili sauce) that Dr. Slack prepared while they decorated candy skulls with ink, glitter, and feathers. 

Day of the Dead

A portable “ofrenda” (altar) for the Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

Various students with their “candy skulls”

Day of the Dead

One of the “sugar skulls” that students created as part of the “Day of the Dead” activity

Sample day of the dead altar decorated with sugar skulls, fake flowers and plastic fruit
Four pictures of students painting miniature sugar skulls
Closeup shot of a skull with purple hair and painted features, with students seated at desks in the background