Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lorenza Andrade Smith to be on campus Wed., Dec. 7th 1-2pm, Dauch Ridenour Room

Wednesday, Dec. 7th – ‘Advocating for Systemic Change’ by Lorenza Andrade Smith–
1-2pm, Ridenour Room, Dauch College of Business & Economics, Ashland University.

Lorenza Andrade Smith took a leave of absence from her church and conference duties and renounced all of her possessions, including her home, her car and her salary.  She chose to become homeless to fight for the homeless.Hear her amazing journey on Wednesday, December 7th, from 1-2pm in the Ridenour Room, Dauch College of Business & Economics on Ashland University’s main campus.  This presentation is FREE and open to the public.At age 42, Smith has already led several lives: that of a U.S. Air Force cadet, a housewife and mother, and the pastor of a United Methodist congregation in San Antonio. Contrary to her short stature and soft-spoken nature, Smith now leads the life of an outspoken advocate with a penchant for protest and latched onto politically charged social movements gaining her national attention.  Smith sold all her possessions, rejected her church salary and benefits (which she estimates at around $45,000 a year), and traded her bed for benches, park grass, and parking-lot asphalt. This life has become her newest protest on behalf of the poor and marginalized, she says, a fight for “systemic change.”Over the last few months, Smith has moved between shelters, local rallies, the U.S./Mexico border, jail cells, and meetings with local faith leaders at a frantic pace. “Really, the goal of this is to be in community with those who do not have a voice. … I’m learning from them, this isn’t charity.” This program is being underwritten by the Department of Foreign Language, Department of Religion and the Ashland Center for Nonviolence at Ashland University.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

AU in Costa Rica - Information Meeting THIS Sunday, Nov. 20th at 4pm

AU in Costa Rica
  • Learn about a new culture
  • Travel to a new country
  • Live with a Costa Rican family
  • Improve your Spanish language skills
Information Meeting - Sunday, November 20th, 2011 at 4pm in Schar Lecture Hall

Prerequisite: FL 171-2 or Equivalent

For more information contact:
Rebecca Parillo,, or
Dr. Schmidt-Rinehart,

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Upcoming Presentation on Study Abroad Skills

Heather Pittman will be hosting a presentation next Tuesday, November 15th at 4:30pm in the Career Services Resource Room and is inviting any students whom may have studied abroad.   
The presentation will focus on marketing a students’ study abroad experience through resumes, cover letters, and interviews.  She will discuss skills gained, how to market these skills, and ways the skills will help in a future career.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Interested in learning about Nicaragua? Sign up to visit Dr. Rathbun's class this Friday at 1pm!

Kathy and Pat Floerke will be presenting in Dr. Rathbun's class in 301 Bixler at 1:00 pm on Friday, November 11th. There are a few seats available if you are interested in learning about their work in Nicaragua. Contact Dr. Rathbun at to reserve your space. To learn more about their organization and work please visit:

Also, stop by the student union and check out their products for sale. They will be there all day Thursday and Friday and all of the products come directly from their work with the community. 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Looking for some more reasons to justify your study of Spanish? The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese website ( lists the following...

  • There are 328,518,810 Spanish speakers worldwide, putting it second only to Chinese for total number of native speakers.
  • In the US, it is used by some 35 million people or around 10% of the US population. This makes the US home to the fourth largest Spanish-speaking population in the world.
  • Spanish is the fourth most widely geographically used language in the world, spanning 44 countries.
  • It is the official language of 21 countries.
  • It serves as the most commonly taught foreign language in the United States.
  • 68.8% of high school students and 52.2% of post-secondary students with world language programs choose to study Spanish.
  • It serves as an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, World Trade Organization, and North American Free Trade Agreement.
  • It is the third most commonly used language on the Internet (after English and Chinese).
  • Hispanic citizens make up 15.4% of the US population and the second largest ethnic group.
  • There are more than 5,000 elected US officials who are of Latino/Hispanic origin.
Spanish has been spoken in the US for centuries, and it is used in many different ways today.
  • It began being used in what is now the US in 1513 (almost five centuries ago) by Ponce de León. Spanish was the language spoken by the first permanent European settlers and explorers.
  • Cabeza de Vaca, a Spanish explorer, traveled from Florida to the Gulf of California 267 years before the Lewis and Clark expedition.
  • Spanish is a part of our popular culture, with shows like "Dora the Explorer," "The George Lopez Show," and "Ugly Betty," as well as the language of major networks such as Univisión and Telemundo. 
  • Spanish influence is evident in place names: states such as Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Montana, Florida, California, and Arizona all come from Spanish words; cities and regions such as Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, Alcatraz, Toledo, Sante Fe, and Las Vegas, to name a only handful, are also of Spanish origin.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Day of the Dead Altar

Please stop by and visit the Spanish program's Day of the Dead Altar located just outside of 213 Bixler. The Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 1rst and 2nd throughout all of Latin America where ever there is a strong indigenous presence as it is a synthesis of indigenous and catholic beliefs. Take in the authentic altar and enjoy the department's Calaveras - humorous poems that poke fun of death. Los esperamos en Bixler...