Spanish Alumna to Keynote Fall 2020 Commencement

Marta Tienda grew up poor in the inner ring suburbs of Detroit. Her mother died when she was 6, but her father assured her life would be better if she worked hard and finished high school. Tienda listened to her father, an immigrant from Mexico who raised five children in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Alternating between jobs as a factory…

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Spanish Alumna Working on the COVID-19 Frontline

College of Arts & Letters alumna Grace Vivanco is helping lead the fight against COVID-19 at Ascension St. John Hospital in Detroit as one of the nurses working in the hospital’s COVID unit.  For Vivanco, who graduated from MSU in 2017 with a BA in Spanish and then earned her BSN from Oakland University’s accelerated nursing program, there is no…

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Alumnus Translates Documents for Greater Lansing Food Bank

During the COVID-19 pandemic, French alumnus Jasen Erbeznik volunteered virtually with the Greater Lansing Food Bank to translate documents from English to French for their Garden Project.  The Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) is a non-governmental organization committed to guaranteeing healthy food access to everyone in the Greater Lansing Area. In 1982, the GLFB created the Garden Project to create…

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MSU Education Prepares Spanish Alumna for Online Teaching

Haley Rooney’s MSU education helped her a great deal in preparing for her teaching career and now for the changes in how education is being delivered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rooney teaches Spanish, grades sixth through eighth, at Williamston Middle School in Williamston, Michigan. She graduated from MSU in 2017 with bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education, Spanish, and Linguistics and…

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Alumna Fights Against COVID-19 as County Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Spanish alumna Eileen Thompson began her journey at MSU with the goal of being a veterinarian while studying a second language to expand her possibilities. She now works as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, fighting against the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “My main role in the response is to act as a liaison or conduit between…

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Alumna Serves on COVID-19 Response Task Force

MSU College of Arts & Letters alumna Zekiye Salman is helping her community in the fight against COVID-19 as a member of the Ingham County COVID-19 Response Task Force, a position for which her MSU education helped prepare and lay the groundwork for. Salman, who graduated from MSU in 2013 with dual bachelor’s degrees in Religious Studies and History, is…

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Alumna Uses MSU Education to Excel as an Educator

While the pandemic has been a trial by fire for most, Social Studies and Science teacher and MSU Spanish alumna Hannah Kahn smoothly adapted to the new norm of remote learning this past spring, even though it was only her first year teaching. Prior experience with online learning helped Kahn tremendously. Because of platforms such as Summit Learning, she was…

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