Friday, December 1, 2017

Congratulations Lindsey Jones!

Please help the Department of Foreign Languages congratulate senior Spanish and Biology major Lindsey Jones! She's just learned that she's been accepted into OSU's Dental School. Congratulations Lindsey! ¡Muchas felicidades! 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dr. Rathbun's FL 221 class wrote Calaveras in the spirit of the Día de los Muertos to the work The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urea

Calavera to The Devil’s Highway

I have a destiny
But couldn’t picture this
I’m in Desolation
And I’m trying to beat the 6
But I’m with Mendez he’s full of delusion
But I’m confident we’ll find a solution

We gotta stick together to avoid isolation
Or else we’ll find Desolation
& then it’ll be final destination
soon the devil we’ll meet
because we couldn’t beat the heat

-Drops Mic

Written by
Hawi Odoyo-Oriri
Nik Psota
Tiffani Hale
Jessie Ornelas

Calavera to The Devil’s Highway

Walkin in the desert with no water
Thinkin of a better plan for my daughter

Thinkin about my family like nonstop
Looking at T-Jack like man it’s hot

I saw Kai’s face and I wanted to quit
Jack smacked me in the head and said drink your spit

Look at my pits sticky like honey
But we don’t care ‘cause life is funny

Written by:
Tre’Vontae Jackson
Emily Cutler
Makai Veasley
Darrius Nobel

Calavera to The Devil’s Highway

Martin Myer
Rode into the fire
Didn’t bring enough water
Ended up prime for the slaughter
Broke the steering wheel
Now you and Lisa will never heal
A weekend of camping at Buttercup
Ended with La muerte showing up

Written by:
Chancelor Clihe
Ben Cipa
Like Ogi

Calavera to The Devil’s Highway

My head is down
There is nothing in sight, no town
There is no light

I bury my head
Time for bed
 You might shiver
Now fails your liver

Dancing in the sand
 All of this open land
No where to go
We are too slow

The heat is too hot
We are beat to the top
Our hearts begin to stop
And then we flop.

Written by:

Calavera to The Devil’s Highway

What’s so scary about death?
You finally get to take a breath.
You no longer have any stress
And your life isn’t a mess
You are no longer dying of thirst
Because you were able to die first
You can finally be at peace
Because the heat will no longer increase
So what’s so scary about being dead?
You finally get to rest your head.

Written by:
Haley McElwain
Cassidy Jonannsen

Calavera to The Devil’s Highway

It sucks to be you…
You were feeling kind of blue
We’re sorry we have to write this to you.

Stuck in a box
Cold with no socks
It still sucks to be you.

It was fun while it lasted
But like we forcasted
It sucks to be you.

Calavera to The Devil’s Highway

¡Pinche migra!
Today is your day
¡Pinche migra!
As you take your walk in May

¡Pinche migra!
Desolution is where you die
¡Pinche migra!

¡Pinche migra!
In the heat
¡Pinche migra!
You will become a piece a meat

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dr. Rathbun publishes Alberto Blanco's poetry in Translation

Dr. Rathbun's poetic translations of Mexican author Alberto Blanco were featured in the book The Wondering Alphabet published by The Bitter Oleander Press in New York.

Dr. Rathbun was thrilled to have worked on the letter -J- since it is, after all, the first letter of her first name however the work itself addressed the uncomfortableness of the letter -J- in Mexico. Check it out on page 41!

Page 102 depicts a character reenactment, an artistic representation, of  Blanco's poem (and Rathbun's translation!) "From the Isthmus".

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Congratulations Rossana Elenbaum!

Rossana Elenbaum is a 2017 graduate with a BSED in Spanish. Rossana moved to the United States at the age of 26 from her native country of Peru.

After living a few years in Ohio, she realized she wanted to pursue her dream of becoming a Spanish teacher and decided to enroll in one class at Ashland University with Dr. Barb Schmidt-Rinehart - Spanish 311 Spanish Civilization. Studying with Dr. Schmidt-Rinehart motivated Rossana to become a full-time student at AU - a decision that Rossana describes as being the best one in her life.

At AU Rossana scored Advanced level proficiency in both national exams and was a member of Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Sigma Iota, and Spanish Club. Rossana has just signed a contract to be a Spanish teacher at Horizon Science Academic Middle School in Cleveland.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Congratulations Justina Fleming!

2017 Spanish Education Graduate Justina Fleming has just signed a contract to teach Spanish at Northwestern School District in West Salem! Help up congratulate Justina -we know she'll be an amazing teacher! ¡Felicidades Justina!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Delaney Jones receives scholarship from Phi Sigma Iota

It is our honor to inform you that Delaney Jones has just been awarded a scholarship from Phi Sigma Iota for the second year in a row!

Delaney Jones has just received a scholarship from Phi Sigma Iota Foreign Language Honor Society.  She is a Spanish and Political Science major with a minor in French. She currently serves as the President of Ashland University's Gamma Tau Chapter of the honor society. 

Delaney Jones is the first student from Ashland University to apply for a Phi Sigma Iota Scholarship and this is the second consecutive year in a row that she's been awarded this prestigious international recognition. Only active members may apply and each institution (chapter) may submit only one application per year.  As this is a national scholarship, Delaney's receipt of the scholarship is indeed an honor.

Phi Sigma Iota is a Foreign Language Honor Society with more than 250 chapters nationally and chapters in Mexico and France.  Gamma Tau Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota was installed April 30, 1997 at Ashland University by Dr. William Cummins. 

Please help the department congratulate Delaney Jones!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spanish Studies Abroad

Attention Spanish Majors and Minors!

Spanish Studies Abroad will be having an informational meeting for anyone interested in studying abroad

Wednesday, March 22nd

3:00PM in Bixler 209

  • For Spanish Majors and Minors
  • Semester and Summer Programs Available
  • Locations Include:
    • Seville, Spain
    • Alicante, Spain
    • San Juan, Puerto Rico
    • Havana, Cuba
    • Cordoba Argentina

Can’t Make the Meeting?

A representative will be available from 9:10AM to 12:50PM in Bixler 216

Come see what amazing opportunities Spanish Studies Abroad has to offer!