The Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures (LiLaC) hosted its annual awards ceremony on April 28 to honor its students for their outstanding work during the 2022-2023 academic year.
In her opening remarks, Yen-Hwei Lin, Chair of the LiLaC Department, stated that this event is always a precious and happy moment where the department can celebrate the students’ hard work and their “can-do Spartan attitude.”
The following is the list of students who received 2023 awards during the event and who agreed to be part of this story:
Teaching Assistant Awards
LiLaC recognizes the impact that Graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs) have on undergraduate education. Each year, the department asks for nominations for outstanding TAs, who are graduate students and TAs in the department and have taught for at least one year in the department. Each year, one M.A. student and one Ph.D. student are selected for this award.
- Outstanding TA Award (Ph.D.) – Robert A. Randez, Ph.D. in Second Language Studies student and TA for the TESOL minor
- Outstanding TA Award (M.A.) – Anthony Lizan, M.A. in TESOL student and TA for the English Language Center
Outstanding Graduating Senior Awards
Each of the department’s major and minor programs honored an outstanding graduating senior. This year’s outstanding graduating senior awards went to:
- Arabic – Kate Wills, Arabic, Economics, and International Relations triple major
- Chinese – Lucas Pitser, Chinese and Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy double major
- German – Mitchell Ernst, German and Secondary Education double major, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) minor
- Indian and South Asian Studies – Tasfia Ahmed, Comparative Cultures and Politics major, Indian and South Asian Studies minor
- Japanese – Logan Bry, Japanese and Professional & Public Writing double major
- Korean – Trinh Nguyen, Supply Chain Management major, Korean minor
- Linguistics – Cherilyn Wang, Linguistics major, Cognitive Science and Graphic Design minor
- Russian – Maya Miller, Russian and Arts & Humanities double major
- TESOL – Logan Bry, Japanese and Professional & Public Writing double major
Susan M. Gass Scholarship
The Susan M. Gass Scholarship is presented in honor of Dr. Susan Gass who founded the Second Language Studies Program at Michigan State University in 2005. This award recognizes students who have done exemplary work in Second Language Studies teaching, research, or service.
- Teaching: Robert A. Randez, Ph.D. in Second Language Studies student
- Research: Ayşen Tuzcu, Ph.D. in Second Language Studies student
- Service: Carlo Cinaglia, Ph.D. in the Second Language Studies student
Max Kade Scholarship
The Max Kade Foundation aims to promote Germanic studies and transatlantic exchange by supporting existing German studies programs in the United States.
- Westin Harris, freshman International Relations and German double major
- Paige Lawson, junior International Relations and History double major, German minor
- Henry O’Connell, junior Finance major, German minor
- Anna Rehm, senior International Relations, Arabic, and German triple major, European Studies minor
- Veronica Van Rossen, sophomore Psychology major, German minor
Max Kade Fellowship
The Max Kade Fellowship is given to graduate students who work with faculty mentors in upper-level German courses or related courses outside the department to gain hands-on experience and a deeper understanding of a wider range of teaching and pedagogies.
- Temilade Adigoke, M.A. in German Studies student
- Jiangchao Wei, Ph.D. in German Studies student
The State of Baden-Württemberg gives one stipend annually to an MSU student participating in the Academic Year in Freiburg program. The scholarship covers a monthly stipend for the duration of the program.
- Conner Loszewski, sophomore Mathematics and German double major
George F. Peters Scholarship
This scholarship supports MSU students studying abroad on the Academic Year in Freiburg Program in Freiburg, Germany, and is named in honor of the late George F. Peters who was a German professor at MSU and served as Chair of the Department of Linguistics and Languages and the Department of Theatre. He was passionately devoted to the study of German language and literature, to the students of MSU, and particularly to study abroad.
- Olivia Antal, senior International Relations and German double major
- Michael Kappe, senior German major
Mayen Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship supports MSU students who study on the German Language and Culture in Mayen program, which provides Michigan State University students with an opportunity to improve their knowledge of the German language and to familiarize themselves with the German culture by living with German families.
- Westin Harris, International Relations and German double major
- Anna Rehm, senior Arabic and German Studies double major, European Studies minor
H. Craig Melchert Endowed Scholarship for German and Linguistics
This scholarship recognizes academic excellence among students with a primary or additional major in German. The scholarship is part of a larger fund supporting students in both German and Linguistics within LiLaC, which was established by Dr. Craig Melchert, an MSU alumnus (B.A. in German, 1967) who later pursued a distinguished career in linguistics (U of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and UCLA).
- Tushya Mehta, senior Biology, German, and Neuroscience triple major
Endo Hudson Japanese Studies Scholarship:
Since 2020, this scholarship has been awarded annually to outstanding students majoring or minoring in Japanese Studies. The scholarship was made possible by a generous donation from Professor Emerita Mutsuko Hudson, founder of MSU’s Japanese Studies Program, upon her retirement in 2019.
- Hana Nguyễn, junior Animal Science major, Japanese minor
Delta Phi Alpha German Honors Society Induction:
- Mitchell Ernst, senior German and Secondary Education major, TESOL minor
- Veronica Van Rossen, sophomore Psychology major, German minor
Japanese National Honors Society Induction:
- Logan Bry, senior Japanese and Professional & Public Writing double major, TESOL minor
- John Skendzel, senior Japanese major
- Wenzhe Wang, senior Finance and Japanese double major
Dobro Slovo Russian Honors Society Induction:
- James Spaulding, senior Russian major
Awards also were presented for the Thomas W. and Sarah L. Junetune Endowed Scholarship and Patricia and Don Paulsell Scholarship, however, the recipients of these scholarships asked not to be included in this story.
Thomas W. and Sarah L. Juntune Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is to support students who are studying abroad in Freiburg, Germany. The scholarship was initiated by German Professor Emeritus Thomas W. Junetune and is awarded annually to one student.
Patricia and Don Paulsell Scholarship
This scholarship supports a student with a major or minor in German alongside a concentration in any environmental field, including environmental engineering, environmental biology, environmental economics, and environmental law. The scholarship was created by German Professor Emerita Patricia Paulsell and is intended to support a student who is eligible for federal need-based programs.
Following the ceremony, faculty, staff, students, and guests celebrated in the Atrium of Wells Hall with a reception.
The Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures congratulates all its 2023 awardees and graduates.