The following students in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences accepted the invitation to become members of Phi Beta Kappa last semester: Anna Boutwell, Literature and Language; Kaitlyn Burton, Literature and Language and Creative Writing; Michael Carter, Literature and Language; Megan Koch, Public Relations; Morgan Long, Spanish and Literature and Language; Robin Marx, Public Relations and Political Science; and Taylor Mosier, Political Science. The initiation took place on December 20.
Esther Bauer, an associate professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, published “Not So Happily Ever After: Romantic Love in Novels by Alain Claude Sulzer,” Edinburgh German Yearbook 11 (2017), a special issue titled “Love, Eros, and Desire in Contemporary German-Language Literature and Culture”: 25–46.
Three departments underwent name changes last semester: the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Department of Human Development, and the Department of Science and Technology in Society were renamed the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, the Department of Human Development and Family Science, and the Department of Science, Technology, and Society respectively. The changes became official with the approval by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) at its October meeting.
Elisabeth Austin, an associate professor of Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, published “Consuming Empathy in También la lluvia (2010),” Chasqui: revista de literatura latinoamericana 46.2 (2017): 313–29.
The following students in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences were awarded scholarships for the 2017–2018 academic year.
The Dean’s Rising Senior Scholarship was awarded to Makeda Mesfin, International Studies. Recipients of the Dean’s Rising Junior Scholarship and Rising Sophomore Scholarship were Kevin Foster, Theatre and Cinema, and Jenna Humphrey, International Studies, respectively.
The following students were recipients of a Destiny Scholarship: Olamiposi Akinyemi, Political Science; Taylor Anderson, Political Science; Tyra Anderson, Human Development; Hannah Ange, Literature and Language; Madison Arnesen, Political Science; Curtis Batchelor, National Security and Foreign Affairs; Megan Church, Communication Studies; Danielle Cieslewicz, Fashion Merchandising and Design; Shannon Clarke, Theatre Arts; Sarah Coates, International Studies; Meaghan Doherty, Political Science; Mariah Evans, Criminology; Madeleine Gagne, International Relations; Lidia Guerra, Political Science; Noah Hairston, Multimedia Journalism; Diana Harley, Political Science; Connor Ingalsbe, International Studies; Danielle Jeffers, Multimedia Journalism; Halle Jordan, Multimedia Journalism; Haein Kim, International Studies; Alexander Knight, International Studies; Desiree Laureano, International Relations; A’via Linton, Spanish; Gabrielle Lozama, Multimedia Journalism; Matthew McPherson-Jaramillo, Multimedia Journalism; Casey Molina, Multimedia Journalism; Joshua Morrison, Music; Corrine Murray, Public Relations; Elisa Nicolini, International Relations; Casey Pongonis, Professional and Technical Writing; Collin Sabine, Political Science; Hunter Shinn, Classical Studies; Sierra Spain, Communication Studies; Virginia Stephenson, Multimedia Journalism; Rachel Sutphin, Religion and Culture; Luca Thoms, Political Science; Zachary Weeks, Classical Studies; Cassidy Whitlow, Human Development; Jada Woodson, Fashion Merchandising and Design; Ryea Young, Human Development; Jason Yoxthimer, Communication Studies; and Amy Zelaya, Human Development.
Awarded the Tom Barton Family Scholarship was Sara McNulty, Political Science.
Jessica King, Communication Studies and International Studies, received the Dean Robert Bates Scholarship as well as the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Senior Challenge Book Scholarship.
The Megan E. Christenson Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Courtney Flickinger, Multimedia Journalism.
Human Development doctoral student Shelby Borowski was recognized with the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Faculty Campaign Scholarship and the Mildred Tate Scholarship.
Sarah Lim, Literature and Language, was recognized with the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Staff Association Scholarship and the Susan Pascoe Farrell Scholarship.
The following students were recipients of a Martha Price Hancock Scholarship: Theodore Alt, Music Education and Music Performance; Vincent DiNardo, Music; Rachel Hargrave, Creative Writing; and Lauren Weaver, Spanish.
Receiving a Laura Jane Harper Scholarship were: Danielle Cieslewicz, Fashion Merchandising and Design; Emilee Cruz, Fashion Merchandising and Design; Benjamin Graulich, Residential Environments and Design; Makahla Stout, Fashion Merchandising and Design; and Junhua Zhang, Consumer Studies.
Stefnie Cerny, Theatre Arts Design and Studio Art, and Sarah Lim, Literature and Language, were recognized with a Hallie L. Hughes Memorial Scholarship.
Kathryn Kowalski, Professional and Technical Writing and Literature and Language, was awarded the Hulick Scholarship for Leadership, Friendship, and Service.
The John and Jane Milne Academic Scholarship was awarded to Juri Oh, Human Development.
The following students received the Moody, Pratt, Minor Scholarship: Matthew Barrett, Russian; Stefnie Cerny, Theatre Arts Design and Studio Art; Emily Hoyt, Human Development; Haley Meade, Religion and Culture and Biochemistry; Makeda Mesfin, International Studies; Caroline Nicotra, Spanish and Biological Sciences; Kaelyn Petrides, Public Relations; and Nikki Tobler, Theatre Performance.
Lyn O’Connell, Human Development, was the recipient of the James D. Moran Memorial Scholarship.
A Nelson–Lehmann–Gold–VanSant Family Scholarship was awarded to Jesse Marie Acierto, Human Development, and Melody Gregory, Human Development.
Recognized with the John Rathbone Scholarship were: Sarah Lim, Literature and Language; Scottie Lynch, History and Business Leadership; and John Mastakas, History.
Mary Karen Read Memorial Scholarships were awarded to Amy Crow, Jordan Fuller, and Vanessa Robinson, all Human Development.
Receiving a Robichaud Family Scholarship were: Jesse Marie Acierto, Human Development; Theodore Alt, Music Education and Music Performance; Paige Bailey, Fashion Merchandising and Design; Raleigh Christian, Political Science; Lauren Farrar, Music and Multimedia Journalism; Jesse Hughes, Music Education; and Kathryn Kowalski, Professional and Technical Writing and Literature and Language.
Sarah Patton, International Studies, was the recipient of the Ora Goodwin Roop Scholarship.
The following were awarded a Margaret Groseclose Skelton Scholarship: Molly Maurin, Human Development and Psychology; Jordan Mercer, Consumer Studies; and Leah Richards, Literature and Language.
The recipient of the Maryellen Spencer Scholarship was Lauren Weaver, Spanish.
Holly Hunter, Public Relations, and Kayla Parrish, Human Development, received a Margaret Rawlinson Svoboda 4–H Scholarship.
Mildred Crawford Weidemann Scholarships were awarded to: John Mastakas, History; Molly Maurin, Human Development and Psychology; Paige Moorman, Fashion Merchandising and Design and Spanish; and Natalie Tabor, Human Development.
Haley Meade, Religion and Culture and Biochemistry, was the recipient of the Mildred E. Young Scholarship.
Students awarded College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Education Abroad Scholarships were also acknowledged; their names appeared in the May 2017 issue of News2Note.
All of the recipients above as well as the donors who support the scholarships were recognized at a dinner on October 19.
María del Carmen Caña Jiménez, an assistant professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, published “Enfermedad, cuerpo e institución en la producción narrativa de Evelio Rosero” (Disease, Body, and Institution in the Narrative of Evelio Rosero), Evelio Rosero y los ciclos de la creación literaria, ed. Felipe Gómez Gutiérrez and María del Carmen Saldarriaga (Bogotá, Colombia: PU Javeriana, 2017), pp. 77–96.
Alex Dickow, an associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, published “Escaping History: Benjamin Fondane’s ‘Mal des fantômes’ and Interiority,” Romance Notes 57.2 (2017): 201–10, and a translation of Guillaume Apollinaire’s “Song of the Unrequited Lover,” Metamorphoses 25.1 (Spring 2017): 22–41.
Madeline Yaskowski, a junior majoring in German and International Studies, was selected as a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) 2017-2018 Young Ambassador; she is one of 29 undergraduates in North America chosen for this honor. Young Ambassadors have studied or interned recently in Germany and are interested in promoting study in Germany at their home universities and colleges. Yaskowski, who completed an internship with the Studierendenwerk Karlsruhe in the summer of 2016, is the fifth Virginia Tech student to be selected to participate in this program; Virginia Tech has had continuous participation since 2011.
As part of a developing collaboration between Okayama University and Virginia Tech, 15 students in the VT in Japan program participated in a workshop organized by the Virginia Tech School of Education and presented by Okayama University students on August 2 at the Welfare Conference Center in Kyoto, Japan. The American and Japanese students engaged in discussions, mostly in Japanese, about cultural differences and the challenges that can arise when international student live together, and proposed solutions for the case studies they examined. Given the success of this event, next year’s VT in Japan program, which is led by Yasuko Kumazawa, an instructor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, will include a trip to Okayama University and a one-night stay on an island near the university.