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CLS Spark Spotlight: It's Never Too Late

An Interview with Alumna Rosiland Townes Twenty years after she left school, Rosalind Townes returned to the classroom. That would be a big enough challenge for most people, but she decided to also study Arabic—considered one of the world’s most difficult languages to learn. For Rosiland the chall…

CLS Program News — May 10, 2023


Pamela Ortiz

Pamela Ortiz is an alumna of the 2022 CLS Japanese Program hosted virtually by Okayama University in Okayama, Japan. Pamela recently graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science from Dickinson College. Pamela plans to put her Japanese language skills to action working as…

Alumni Profile — April 28, 2023


Rana Yelen

Rana Yelen is an alumna of the 2022 CLS Korean Program hosted by Pusan National University (PNU) in Busan, South Korea. She is an undergraduate student at the University of Central Arkansas majoring in Biology and studying on the pre-dental track. In the future, Rana plans to collaborate with the …

Alumni Profile — April 28, 2023


Libby Pollak

Libby Pollak is an alumna of the 2022 CLS Turkish Program hosted by TÖMER Institute in Ankara, Turkey. Libby is an undergraduate student at CUNY LaGuardia Community College where she majors in music. Libby interns for the NYS courts as a translator and interpreter and hopes to use her Turkish langu…

Alumni Profile — April 27, 2023


Janelle Mateo

Janelle Mateo participated in the 2022 CLS Japanese Program hosted by Okayama University in Okayama, Japan. Janelle is an International Studies major at Hawai'i Pacific University. Janelle works as a Development Coordinator at University of Hawai'i Foundation and hopes to continue to work on initia…

Alumni Profile — April 27, 2023


Advisor Chat: Tyler Kynn

Meet CLS Advisor, historian, and 2010 CLS Turkish alumnus—Tyler Kynn! Tyler is an Associate Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University where his research centers on Islam, the pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj), and Ottoman sovereignty and power in Arabia. Tyler also explores the inters…

CLS Program News — April 24, 2023


Kubarah Ghias

Kubarah Ghias is an alumna of the 2022 CLS Urdu Program hosted by American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) in Lucknow, India. Kubarah is in her final semester at Temple University and will graduate with her bachelor's in psychology and neuroscience. Kubarah’s long-term goal is to become a clinic…

Alumni Profile — April 24, 2023