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Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Author: Joachim Castellano

Congratulations to the University of Notre Dame Class of 2016! Here is a video with reflections from several CSLC seniors.

The CSLC would like to recognize the following graduating seniors. The CSLC will miss you!

Student Managers

  • Kathryn Dennee
  • Maggie McDowell


Peer Tutors

  • Sami Burr
  • Arlia Delphonse
  • Ethan Yuxuan Chen

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CSLC staff member receives Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Argentina

Author: Anne Daly

The Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC) is excited to congratulate graduating desk staff member Luke Wajrowski on the receipt of a  2016 Fulbright ETA (English Teaching Assistantship) to Argentina.In the spring of 2017, Wajrowski will begin teaching English at an Argentinian university, and will also work on a research project on Argentinian theater.…

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Meet French Tutor Stephanie Prince

Author: Selena Ponio

Meet senior and French tutor Stephanie Prince! Stephanie is a biochemistry major and former resident of Ryan Hall. Stephanie is new to the CSLC, and just started helping French students with their homework this year. Find out more about Stephanie in the video below!

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Spotlight: Maggie McDowell

Author: Selena Ponio and Charlene Dundek

Maggie McDowell, student manager at the CSLC, is a senior Program of Liberal Studies major and is fluent in French.  She got involved in the Center her freshman year because of her interest in promoting language learning and desire to be involved with the language learning community here at ND.  Watch her video to learn more about why she thinks the CSLC is an important space on campus! …

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Spotlight: Katie Bascom

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Katie Bascom in Russian Ensemble

Earlier this fall, you could see new Russian language tutor, Katie Bascom, in the CSLC’s language acquisition training course for tutors contributing very thoughtful and astute comments. Such engagement speaks a lot about her. She’s a levelheaded, practical, and personable student whose involvement and accomplishments at Notre Dame have been well received by faculty and students alike. This is why the Cincinnati native, who grew up north of Baltimore and began reading Dostoevsky and Tolstoy when was 15, was enthusiastically nominated by the Russian Program’s Dr. David Gasperetti and Dr. Maskim Hanukai to be the November 2014 Spotlight at the CSLC.…

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Spotlight: Shannon Kraemer

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Shannon Kraemer in Guatemala

Upon meeting Shannon Kraemer, the CSLC’s outstanding foreign language student for October 2014, I was immediately struck by her infectious and unique spirit. A junior double majoring in Economics and Program of Liberal Studies (PLS) and minoring in Korean, Kraemer has a gusto for Korean studies and this is evident to the Department of Korean’s Dr. Yeonhee Yoon, who nominated Kraemer for the Spotlight.…

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Spotlight: Ethan Beaudoin

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Ethan Beaudoin in Wadi Rum, Jordan
Beaudoin in Wadi Rum, Jordan

“Tell me what you understand so far about…” is something--a tutoring strategy--you often hear from September 2014’s CSLC Spotlight, Ethan Beaudoin. A Notre Dame senior from Ballston Spa, New York double-majoring in Arabic and Political Science and minoring in Peace Studies, Beaudoin is a very skilled CSLC Arabic Language Peer Tutor. As I chatted with Beaudoin, some interesting themes emerged in our conversation: broad exploration, deep engagement, and a developing sense of the self- and other-examined life.…

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Spotlight: Zachary Horne

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Zachary with Korean instructor in Seoul, Korea

College is a rare time in a person’s life. As a student, you focus; as a budding individual, you explore and discover. Zachary Horne, the first Korean language student to be nominated for the CSLC Spotlight, came to Notre Dame for the competitive business school. Though he tested out of Notre Dame’s foreign language requirement, he decided to add Korean to his demanding slate. “I had the opportunity to take it [Korean] here. Why the heck not! Now I love it,” exclaims Horne. Hailing from Plano, Texas, Horne is the only non-native speaker in his Korean classes. Being a little behind his classmates linguistically, however, only pushes him to try harder. Currently, the Texas native is taking the bull by the horns by actively getting involved in the Korean community at Notre Dame. He has some hip-hop moves lined up for this year's Seoul'd Out event at Notre Dame. Moreover, since there is no Korean major at Notre Dame, Horne, who is studying finance (major) and Korean (minor), is currently working with Dr. Yeonhee Yoon in an effort to expand Korean from a minor to a major. Horne has discovered a passion in Korean, and he’s all in. This is why Dr. Yoon nominated Horne to be the March Spotlight.…

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Spotlight: Annie Rhodes

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Annie Rhodes with host mom Mme Herisseau

From Greece to Mexico to France, our outstanding foreign language student, Annie Rhodes, brings a tremendous amount of exuberance, international experience, and social grace. North Carolina’s Rhodes, a multilingual and multitalented senior, was recently accepted into Notre Dame’s 5-year BA-MA program in French. She also has an uncompromising appetite for foreign languages and cultures in her DNA. She spent her summers in Greece as a child, spent a year in Mexico, studied in France, visited Prague (the list goes on)... Nominated by the faculty of French and Francophone Studies as the February Spotlight, Rhodes is a regular presence at the CSLC and a dynamic

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Spotlight: Brian Credo

Author: Joachim Castellano

Brian Credo at St. Peters

Time and again the quiet ones make the biggest yet unhearlded splash. We’re starting out 2014 with a bang—a few consonant beats, actually. Our January Spotlight, Brian Credo, nominated by Dr. Tadeusz Mazurek of the Department of Classics, is a Notre Dame junior majoring in Classics and a member of the Glynn Family Honors Program. If you were to come into the CSLC on a crowded or sparse afternoon, you might miss the very unassuming Greek and Latin tutor, Credo, crouched quietly over his laptop or slouched low in a tutoring booth. Don’t let Credo’s under-the-radar comportment fool you: he’s a drummer and a bongo player—a brilliant rocker with a 4.0 GPA.…

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Spotlight: Casey Connolly

Author: Joachim Castellano

Casey Connolly December 2013 Outstanding Foreign Language Student with her host family in Russia

December brings a general feeling of goodwill, a sense of community, and an awareness of blessings. The CSLC has been fortunate to be associated with a person whose highly accomplished, pied slate of academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and outreach commitment has produced an outstanding student and citizen--with a very bright future. Albany, New York’s Casey Connolly, our December 2013 Spotlight, is a Notre Dame senior majoring in Russian and English and minoring in ALHN (Glynn Family Honors Program). Nominated by Dr. David Gasperetti, the Chair of the Department of German & Russian Languages & Literatures, Connolly delivers on academic achievements and eagerly participates in outreach efforts. I recently had the wonderful opportunity to get to know Connolly, our Russian language peer tutor, a little better. While we have tens of thousands visits by students, faculty members, and other guests in a typical year at the CSLC, we take notice of students like Connolly. We count our blessings.…

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Student Spotlight

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Matt Donley with host family in Japan

We're finishing off the year strong with our spotlight, Matt Donley, who exemplifies how passion for a foreign language and culture can be rewarding and expand one’s intellectual and personal perspectives in unexpected ways. A senior Psychology and Japanese double major from Houston, Texas, Donley was nominated by Professor Noriko Hanabusa for his enthusiasm and ambition for learning the Japanese language. Donley had studied Spanish during high school, but became trilingual after Hanabusa encouraged him to attend the Middlebury Japanese Academy for languages in California the summer between his sophomore and junior year of undergrad. Donley’s advice for others is “do what interests you, and to explore classes outside your academic field” , which is how he originally fell in love with the Japanese program here at Notre Dame.…

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Spotlight: Farrell Sheehan

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Farrell Sheehan CSLC April 2013 Spotlight

The CSLC brings in an extremely diverse and dedicated group of students, but this month’s spotlight truly highlights the international zeal and global passions of Notre Dame undergraduates. Farrell Sheehan is a Sophomore Theology & Pre-medicine major with a minor in Brazilian and Portuguese Studies who doesn’t believe in the term “limits.” A Hesburgh-Yusko scholar from Rockville, Maryland, Farrell was nominated by Professor Sandra Teixeira of the Brazilian Department for his passion for all things Portuguese, as well as for his experience learning, serving, and working in not just one but three Latin American countries.…

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Spotlight: Ian Duncan

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Ian Duncan CSLC Student Spotlight February 2013

February’s spotlight Ian Duncan is best known at the CSLC as an accomplished student of German and a skilled peer tutor. However, unbeknownst to many, he is also an amateur cellist, filmmaker, and entrepreneur, a licensed ham radio operator, and a certified scuba diver. Hailing from the small town of Bedford, Indiana and nominated by Professor Denise Della Rossa, Director of Undergraduate Studies for the German Program, Duncan has acquired an impressive array of professional experience that is unusual to possess at the undergraduate level. His success is undoubtedly due to his willingness to take risks, untiring ambition, and gregarious and upbeat nature.…

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Spotlight: Caitlin Myron

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Caitlin Myron

Often it’s the quiet ones who leave indelible impressions. 2013’s foreign language standouts begin with Caitlin Myron, nominated by the Irish Language and Literature’s (IRLL) Director of Undergraduate Studies, Tara McLeod. At the CSLC, we know Myron as the quiet, reserved Irish language tutor. The mild-mannered demeanor of Myron, a senior English major and IRLL minor, belies a dynamic competitor in Irish dance, a passion she’s been perfecting since the age of six.…

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Spotlight: Michael Mercurio

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Michael presenting on firefighter barracks in ostia

Every month, we have the opportunity to sit down one-on-one with our CSLC Spotlight nominees and discover just how incredible they truly are. This month’s spotlight was “wholeheartedly” awarded by Professor Tadeusz Mazurek of the Classics Department to the very affable and deeply committed Michael Mercurio. A regular at the CSLC, Mercurio is a senior Classics major from Torrance, CA who possesses a unique blend of academic acumen, natural leadership qualities, and spiritual values.…

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Spotlight: David Loughery

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Notre Dame boasts a slate of highly motivated and interesting students who often meld multiple academic passions. This month’s spotlight, David Loughery, a CSLC Peer Tutor in Chinese, is certainly no exception. Professor Liangyan Ge of the East Asian Languages Cultures’ (EALC) Chinese department nominated our current spotlight because Loughery has uniquely combined his majors of Civil Engineering and Chinese language. Under the tutelage of Professor Ge, Loughery has translated a professional engineering article about recycling concrete from Chinese into English. He is currently translating a Notre Dame engineering article on the same topic. This time, Loughery is translating the article from English into Chinese to submit for publication in a Chinese engineering journal.…

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