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Language Study to Support Journalism in Syria

Andrew Brown (Arabic 2016) took Arabic courses to bolster his language learning specific to his journalism work covering Syria. Through this language study, Andrew was able to focus on vocabulary specific to his work, which enabled him to better communicate with colleagues, design projects, and org…

Alumni Projects — April 12, 2021


Ayo Makan! Come Eat!

Inspired by her Indonesian grandmother’s cooking and baking, Agatha Almunir (Indonesian 2019) is sharing Indonesian culture through food via her website and cookbook, Ayo Makan!, inviting readers to “come eat!” Developed with her sister, recipes are written in both English and Indonesian, with i…

Alumni Projects — April 12, 2021


What Do We Call This? The CLS Alumni Society Podcast

Miriam Tinberg (Arabic 2012), Ashley Rivenbark (Chinese 2014), and Sana Vang (Chinese 2014), 2018 ADF recipients, used their Alumni Development Fund grant to produce a podcast on behalf of the CLS Alumni Society, focused specifically on diversity and inclusion. The podcast is a series of interv…

Alumni Projects — April 12, 2021


Russian Tea Time at the University of South Dakota

Kaleigh McLaughlin (Azerbaijani 2016), a 2018 ADF recipient, planned and executed a very successful Russian Tea Time event with the Department of Modern Languages at her university, University of South Dakota. This event was held in support of the new Russian Studies minor at the University of …

Alumni Projects — April 12, 2021


Education Achievers

Hopkinton resident and Connecticut College senior Devon Rancourt was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of State with a 2021 Critical Language Scholarship. Rancourt, a Slavic studies and history double major who previously won a first CLS scholarship in 2019, will use the award to take virtual, intensive Russian classes with the KORA Russian Language Center in Vladimir, Russia.

CLS in the Press — April 05, 2021


‘Championship School’: These students are giving Title Town a whole new meaning

While the basketball team advanced to the Sweet 16 and the gymnastics team advanced to the national championship, several UA students were receiving national awards for their own academic achievements. Jackson Burns, Ann Williams and Samuel Watson each received the Critical Language Scholarship through the U.S. State Department to continue their linguistic education overseas this summer.

CLS in the Press — April 05, 2021