Student View: Increasing Fluency and Perspective

Natalie Harmon (she/her) is a junior majoring in Comparative Cultures and Politics in James Madison College and Spanish with a minor in Portuguese in the College of Arts & Letters. She is a student clerical assistant at MSU’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. In her free time, she enjoys learning languages and doing calligraphy. Natalie Harmon stands at the Argentinian side of Iguazú…

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Exhibit Explores MSU’s Archaeological Excavations in Greece

The current exhibit at the MSU Union Art Gallery captures the excitement and visual appeal of archaeological research while exploring “The Art of Archaeology.” The 27 black and white images that make up the exhibit were all taken at the MSU Excavations at Isthmia in Greece by Daniel Trego, Educational Media Design Specialist in MSU’s College of Arts & Letters. …

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P2W Major Bids Farewell and Reflects on Four Years of Transformational Change

Like most incoming first-year students, when I arrived at MSU to move into my Bailey Hall dorm room, I was nervous, homesick, and overwhelmed. I’m not ashamed to admit I shed a few tears at Noodles & Company as I ate lunch with my family before they left to go back home without me. A new chapter was ahead of me, and the blank pages were daunting.

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Two Experiences, One Company: Interns Complete International Internship with Australian Magazine

After developing an admiration for editing from her professional writing courses at MSU, Rachel Gignac completed a virtual internship as a Publishing and Communications Intern with Publishing ByChelle, an Australian-based publication that produces in-flight magazines for Australian airlines. The internship allowed the recent Professional and Public Writing alumna to receive hands-on experience with writing and editing before graduating this past spring.

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Conversations with CAL: Dr. Jon Frey, Director of MSU Excavations at Isthmia

What happens when the modern digital age meets the ancient? How can we use the tools of tomorrow to explore the worlds of yesterday? In this presentation, we will examine the unique work of Dr. Jon Frey, professor of Classical Studies at MSU and field archeologist specializing in Greek and Roman architecture.

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A Love of the Spanish Language and Its Impact on Recent Alum

Enrolled as a child in a Spanish immersion program, Allie Virginski’s childhood interest in the language blossomed into an integral part of her life, education, and career.  “Spanish is such a strong part of who I am. I absolutely love it,” she said. “I used to take culture classes when I was younger, and I knew I wanted to continue…

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Alumnus Wins Hearst National Championship First-Place Award

Joe Freihofer, an MSU alumnus with dual degrees in Journalism and Spanish, recently received first place in the National Television Broadcast News Category of the Hearst National Championship for his video, Sandy Sings On, which tells the story of a Nashville business owner whose store was destroyed during the 2nd Avenue Christmas day bombing in 2020. 

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Alumna Accepts Fulbright English Language Teaching Assistantship in Spain

After graduating in December 2020 with dual degrees in Spanish and Arts and Humanities, alumna Emily Van Dyke-Mathews has accepted a Fulbright English Language Teaching Assistantship in Asturias, Spain, that will begin in fall 2021. During the 9-month assistantship, Van Dyke-Mathews will teach English to primary and secondary students in Spain. She also will serve as a cultural ambassador for the…

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MSU Education Motivates Graduate to Pursue Ph.D.

MSU College of Arts & Letters student Darby Grachek graduated this spring with a Master’s of Arts in Linguistics and says it was her MSU education and experiences here that propelled her to pursue a Ph.D. Darby Grachek “If it weren’t for the different research labs and professors at MSU giving me opportunities to do different kinds of research, I…

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