Department welcomes new faculty for the 2014-2015 school year

The Department of Languages and Literatures congratulates the following faculty members on their new positions beginning the 2014-2015 school year:

Full-Time Faculty

  • Dr. Kyle James Matthews, Assistant Professor of Spanish
  • Dr. Cristina Agostinelli, Visiting Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics
  • Ms. Beth Adams, Lecturer of Spanish
  • Ms. Nadjet Sarrab, Lecturer of French

And welcomes the following new faculty member for the 2014-2015 school year:

Part-Time Faculty

  • Ms. Shannon Circe, Adjunct Lecturer of Spanish
  • Mr. Doug Owens, Adjunct Lecturer of German

Diasporas of Color Undergraduate Conference

Diasporas of Color Undergraduate Conference

SUNY Geneseo’s Departments of English, History, and Languages and Literatures
and Africana Studies, Americana Studies, Asian Studies and Latin American Studies,
with the collaboration of SUNY New Paltz’s Department of Black Studies and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program

invite you to participate in the


Friday, April 25th, and Saturday, April 26th, 2014 State University of New York at Geneseo Students are invited to present papers and posters that are concerned with all issues pertaining to diasporas of color relevant to Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Presenters may offer scholarly research or participate in panel discussions from all academic disciplines and social sectors. This Conference is funded in part by a 2013-2014 EXPLORATIONS IN DIVERSITY AND ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE SUPPORT grant from SUNY’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and by SUNY Geneseo’s Office of the Provost.

The “II First World Diaspora Undergraduate Conference,” a collaborative project of SUNY Geneseo and SUNY New Paltz, invites undergraduate students to SUNY Geneseo to present papers or posters concerning all issues relevant to diasporas of color of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States, especially those related to the conference theme: “Global(izing) Identities and Migration across Diasporas of Color”.

The Conference has been organized to bring together students, recent graduates, academics and professionals to accomplish many desired goals, particularly,

  • to provide undergraduates the experience of showcasing, in a professional setting, the best of their scholarship in their area of specialization;
  • to expose undergraduates to enriching and meaningful, current diaspora scholarship as a means of motivating and stimulating their pursuit of a graduate education;
  • to create a venue where undergraduates will learn from the graduate experiences of, and challenges faced by, professionals who have specialized in similar fields of study;
  • to offer a space where current undergraduates can interact and network with alumni, recent graduates and new professionals as well as with renowned experts.

The objective is to help prepare undergraduates to enter and successfully adapt to the professional world upon graduation.

View the conference program.

Dr. Kathryn Fredericks honored on Faculty Recognition Day by class of 2013

Dr. Kathryn Fredericks
Dr. Kathryn Fredericks

Name of student: Ryan Bulach

Hometown: Kelowna, BC

High school: Rutland Senior Secondary

Major: Biology

Most influential Professor: Dr Kate Fredericks

Student words: Dr Fredericks has been my most influential professor because she created a fun learning environment. She was able to effectively teach her subject (French), while maintaining a positive learning atmosphere. Dr Fredericks has opened my mind to new areas of study that I may not have been aware of before being a student in her class. I have the utmost respect for her as a professor at Geneseo.


Dr Lori Bernard, new Chair of the Department of Languages and Literatures

Dr Lori Bernard
Dr Lori Bernard

Following Dr. Rose McEwen’s decision to step down as Department Chair in Fall 2012, Dr. Lori Bernard, who had efficiently served as interim chair in Fall 2010, with the recommendation of Dr. McEwen and the endorsement of our department’s Personnel Committee as well as that of Provost Carol Long, has officially been appointed by President Dahl to the position of Chair of the Department of Languages and Literatures.
This appointment recognizes Dr. Bernard’s numerous accomplishments in our profession, both administratively and scholarly. Congratulations to the new Chair and many thanks to Dr. McEwen for her many contributions and dedicated service to our Department.

Dr Cyndy Klima and Professor Rocio Vallejo honored on Faculty Recognition Day by class of 2013

Dr Cyndy Klima

Honoring Student-Athlete: Nick Voggel

Hometown: Tully, NY

High School: Tully Jr/Sr. High School

Major: History

Most Influential Professor: Dr. Cynthia Klima

Professor Klima is a lively and fun professor who has constantly challenged me over the years. I have truly enjoyed having her as my teacher. She has taught me to never give up and keep on trying no matter what. Her lessons will never be forgotten, especially when I visit Germany.

Professor Rocio Vallejo

Honoring Student-Athlete: Cailin Kowalewski

Hometown: Fredonia, NY

High School: Fredonia High School

Major: English

Most Influential Professor: Rocio Vallejo

I have twice been a student in Professor Vallejo’s classes. In both cases, she expected a level of excellence from myself and my classmates that at times seemed unattainable in a second language, but that ultimate-ly helped me develop into a much stronger student and person than I expected. Professor Vallejo is posi-tive, encouraging, and expects nothing less than one hundred percent effort from her students in every-thing that they do. She easily embraces mistakes as opportunities for growth, and offers enthusiasm and support to her students as readily as she challenges them. Her confidence has been invaluable to me as a student, athlete, and individual.


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