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CLS Refresh Spotlight: Samuel Hotop

What does computer science and Russian language have in common? A whole lot—just ask Samuel Hotop, CLS Refresh participant (KORA Russian Language Center) and 2009 CLS Russian alumnus. Since participating in CLS in 2009 in Kazan, Russia, Samuel has created a career that merges his passion for t…

CLS Program News — November 26, 2021

Where I Lead: Victoria Hightower

Feature on CLS advisor Dr. Victoria Hightower - a professor in the Department of History, Anthropology and Philosophy and Assistant Director of the National Competitive Scholarships (NCS) Office at the University of North Georgia.

CLS in the Press — November 22, 2021

CHamoru Language and Culture with Alumna Emily Wood

From childhood Emily Wood (Indonesian 2018) was interested in understanding her CHamoru heritage. Growing up in a predominantly white area in the continental U.S., however, she had few opportunities. When Emily saw the opportunity to take CHamoru language classes online, she jumped at it. Since the…

CLS Program News — November 19, 2021

2022 Alumni Ambassador Application

Are you interested in sharing your experience while supporting and promoting the CLS Program? The application to become a 2022 CLS Alumni Ambassador is now open! Who are CLS Alumni Ambassadors? CLS Alumni Ambassadors take leadership roles as active and positive representatives of the CLS Pr…

CLS Program News — November 08, 2021

UOG’s first Critical Language Scholars gain appreciation of heritage and multicultural learning

Lourdes Mafnas (Indonesian 2021) and Monita Paul (Bangla 2021) were the first University of Guam students to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship Program. Mafnas, a graduate environmental science student, and Paul, an undergraduate biology major, were chosen for the eight-week program from a pool of 4,600 national applicants.

CLS in the Press — October 21, 2021

ASU alum uses global mindset in entrepreneurship

Growing up on an expansive farm in rural Arkansas, Sophie Aigner (Indonesian 2011) had an interest in other cultures from a very early age. It is only natural, then, that in her career the Arizona State University global studies alum would have a global mindset.

CLS in the Press — October 08, 2021

Meet CLS Hindi Instructor Neelam Singh

Neelam Singh is an instructor for the 2021 CLS Virtual Hindi program hosted by the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS). Having worked for AIIS in India for most of her career, Neelam Ji has interacted with well over 1,000 U.S. students who come to Jaipur, India each summer to learn Hindi. N…

CLS Program News — October 05, 2021