Center for Languages & Cultures (CLC) officially inaugurated on November 11, 2015

Article written by Jamie-Lynn Irwin

101_3227The Center for Languages & Cultures held its Inauguration Ceremony on Wednesday Nov. 11 in Welles 2 at 2:30 p.m. The event embraced students and faculty alike, inviting anyone interested to see what the center has to offer. The affair offered not only delicious cultural snacks, but also time to personally chat with professors, too.
Adjunct Spanish instructor Rocio Vallejo warmly welcomed all to the event. In its duration, the event buzzed with a myriad of conversations, all in a variety of languages—Spanish, French, Russian and more. People bustled around the wide assortment of foods the buffet held.
The opening menu began with the two appetizers: Tortilla de patata from Spain and Republic of Togo’s Amadan. The main courses were from the cultures of Mexico and Spain; they were “Enmoladas” and “Empanada Gallega.” The large sweet assortment came from Latin-America, Poland, Italy and Algeria.
Each intriguing dish was delicious in taste and rich in cultural personality. Menus were placed around the center to give each dish’s name, cultural connection and origin. Some treats ranged from traditional dishes to favorites from “roadside restaurants.”
As the event went on, the humor and enthusiasm that the department of languages and literatures exuded became prominent through their connected conversations and laughter.
“[The Languages and Literatures Department] is the coolest! Everyone’s middle name here is ‘cool!’” assistant professor of Francophone studies Kodjo Adabra exclaimed. In just one conversation, one could learn about and be introduced to everyone in the department—the encouraging community the center provides is phenomenal.
“Monday through Thursday, the center provides tutoring and help for students if they need it,” lecturer in Spanish Elizabeth Adams said. She discussed how the center helps with tutoring and translation services, along with how the center reaches out to the community by helping in Geneseo High School and other communal facilities.

Adams added that the center is always trying to reach out to create an interactive way of connecting with the student body. The center interacts with students in a number of ways, such as round circle chats and book talks.
Adjunct lecturer in Spanish Felisa Brea explained that the book talks allow students of various levels to participate. “You just read the book, then come and talk about it,” Brea said. “You can speak in Spanish or if you need or want, English.” The next book talk is on Dec. 2.
The Inauguration Ceremony not only allowed students to ask questions about their language studies, but it also facilitated student connections with the inspiring and heartening department. The Inauguration Ceremony was a great time that helped students get to know the professors of the languages and literatures department and to explore the Center for Languages & Cultures. Moreover, the celebration allowed students to immerse themselves in a cultural experience.

Spanish major Sara Rosenzweig, the Female Athlete of the Week – Nov. 2, 2015

Sara Rosenzweig, Women’s Cross Country

Female Athlete of the Week – Nov. 2, 2015

Name: Sara Rosenzweig
Class: Junior
Hometown: Merrick, N.Y.
High School: Bellmore JFK
Sport: Women’s Cross Country
Major: Biology and Spanish

Rosenzweig captured the individual crown to lead the women’s cross country team to its fifth-straight State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship, Saturday, hosted by Plattsburgh. Rosenzweig covered the six-kilometer course in 21:48.6, besting the field by over 10 seconds.

The department of Lang. & Lit. 2015 Open House

During the open house event
                           During the open house event

The department of Languages and Literatures hosted its beginning of the year Open House event on Wednesday September 16, 2015 in Welles 216. At the event, participants learned about the majors (French, Spanish), minors (French, German, Spanish) and all languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Russian, Spanish) that are offered by the department; they were also introduced to the professors and current students, discussed career opportunities with a language degree. Last, they learned about study abroad programs within the Language department and the benefits of joining a language club.

For more information, please contact the department Chair, Dr. Lori Bernard, at

Jasmine Tang received the SUNY Excellence in Adjunct Teaching Award on August 28, 2015

Professor Tang with her award

Three SUNY Geneseo faculty members have received a 2014-15 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. Among them is Mrs. Jasmine Tang who teaches both elementary and intermediate Chinese in the Department of Languages and Literatures. The award ceremony took place during the College Opening Convocation on August 28, 2015.
Tang has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1991. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Geneseo and received a master’s degree in liberal arts with a concentration in Chinese education from Empire State College’s School for Graduate Studies. In 2012, Tang received an Award of Distinction from the Chinese Language Education and Research Center (CLERC) for outstanding contributions to the promotion of Chinese language education in the United States. In 2013, she received the Award for Outstanding Academic Contributions to the Field of World Languages and Culture from SUNY Empire State College. In the words of Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Chancellor, “Adjunct teachers across the SUNY campuses provide consistently excellent instruction and are a key component of our faculty as we seek to increase access, completion and success among students”.

Dr. Kodjo Adabra, recipient of the 2015 Hurrell/McNaron Award

Dr. Kodjo Adabra

Dr. Kodjo Adabra was selected on May 7, 2015 to receive the Hurrell/McNaron Award for scholarly presentation for his paper “Franco-African Relations in the Twenty-first Century”, a paper he presented in April 2015 at NeMLA in Toronto, Canada.
The Hurrell/McNaron Award is an annual award of $1,000 presented to an untenured faculty member in support of a paper or comparable project to be delivered at the major umbrella association conference of his or her discipline or profession. The purpose of the award is to encourage and reward untenured faculty who contribute significant scholarship and comparable activity to the national association conferences in their respective disciplines and professions. The awardee is selected by the Research Council each year.


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