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Latin American Film Series

See poster below:
Latin American Film


Study Spanish in Mexico

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Visit Spanish exchange program website. Click on the link below for more information:


Did you know you could study for a semester, a year or a summer at SMU's partner universities overseas and transfer academic credits to your degree?

Information Session for Angers is Friday, February 28, 2014
2:30 - 4:00 @ MN 219

See poster below:
Angers poster 2014


 Are you interested in Archaeological Field School?  Please see the link below.

Form for Archaeology Field School‌‌

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Festival de Poésie!


 Good bye lunch for our Liliana. We will miss you.

  
Liliana


Colloque de l'APLAQA 2014

 


Student Societies:  francophone and archeology

      
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Prix d'excellence de l'Alliance Française 2014

 

 La fête de la Francophonie a eu lieu le 21 mars 2014 sur le campus de notre université, en présence d'étudiants et de professeurs des Universités Dalhousie, Mount Saint Vincent et Saint Mary's, de l'attachée culturelle du Consulat de France dans les Provinces Atlantiques et de l'équipe de l'Alliance Française d'Halifax. La Doyenne des Arts, Dr. Esther Enns a prononcé l' allocution de bienvenue en français.

Cette année, la récipiendaire du prix d'excellence de l'AF pour l'université Saint Mary's est 

Shannon Warren-Kam.

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John MacDougall, a third-year Classics student and David MacLellan, a third year Anthropology student minoring in Classics, are fundraising (http://www.gofundme.com/ConservingBronzes) to pay for the archaeological conservation of a set of ancient bronzes found in Italy this past summer in the territory of the town of Irsina (Basilicata, Italy) .

 

http://globalnews.ca/video/embed/1214478/

http://www.gofundme.com/ConservingBronzes

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  16th Annual Atlantic Canada Japanese Language Speech Contest took place Saturday, March 8, 2014. This time it was held at Saint Mary's University. President Dodds and Consul General of Japan at Montreal Arai gave opening remarks. 
     Our students won 10 out of 12 awards. I am happy to report that each teacher present got a winner and two of our students (one from Nova Scotia and one from China) are going to the Nationals at the Japanese Embassy in Ottawa at the end of this month. 
     However, the real awards came from things like a Japanese song performed by the students from Mount Allison university with our students together showing the spirit of friendship, support and the enjoyment of learning together. As well, I think we were finally able to turn the focus from competing with one another to learning from each other. Two of our students spoke about their own battles, one with bullying and another with anxiety and depression. They both got awards and one of them is going to be in the Nationals - a much greater award than anyone can imagine. She received her certificate in the presence of her parents, grandfather, brother and boyfriend who were in the audience. Her speech entitled "Invisible Illness" was brave, eloquent and compelling.
     As we situate language learning within the context of culture we included cultural contributions from the community groups into the programme.


The recipient of the Dr. Geraldine Thomas Travel Award for Classical Studies is Victoria Delisle.

Congratulations Victoria!


Honoured Arts student Taryn Nicole Hines (pictured with Saint Mary's President Dr. Colin Dodds), recipient of the 2013 Bachelor of Arts Faculty Medal and the Academic Subject Award for Modern Languages: Prize of the Ambassador of Switzerland.

Félicitation Taryn!


Shallon Costello, born and raised in Cape Breton, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours in French and Minor in Psychology in May 2012. As a SMUSA volunteer and recently as grad class Vice-President and hooding candidate, Shallon has had a memorable four years at Saint Mary’s. With the hopes of an academic career in French language and culture, Shallon is pursuing her MA in French at Western University in London, Ontario in September 2012

She has been awarded a Western Graduate Research Scholarship & Graduate Teaching Assistantship in the amount of $15,800. Félicitations Shallon! Before leaving for Ontario, Shallon is working this summer as a research assistant for her Honours advisor, Dr. Rohini Bannerjee, on a project related to immigration and settlement.


 

 


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Congratulations Nour Al-Salous

Nour Al-Salous,a former French Major student who graduated this year, who went to Angers from Sept 2010 to June 2011 with a Homburg scholarship ($12.500) and was on the Dean's list, has been accepted in a Master's program in Europe: "Master Erasmus Mundus en cultures Littéraires Européennes" with a humongous scholarship of 44.600 € for a two-year program. She'll spend one year in France, in Strasbourg and one year in Milano (Italy). With a dual citizen (Canada and Jordan) , Nour speaks Arabic, English and French, she also studied Spanish and German at SMU and would like to become an interpreter at an international level (United Nations, UNESCO).


Congratulatory letter to National Japanese Speech Contest winner Yeonsu Koh
from Megan Leslie, Member of Parliament.

See link below:

Congratulatoryletter


Student Appreciation Day Learning Excellence Award Recipients

Classics
Jarrett Fells-Hebb – TA, RA, Classics Society executive and academic excellence
Elizabeth Thurston – Classics Society co-president
Paddy Rogers – Classics Society co-president

Thank you gifts to: 
Courtney MacQueen, Classics Society executive
Leena Kilback, Classics Society executive
Emily Chimbo, Classics Society volunteer
John MacDougall, unofficial Greek tutor and academic excellence
Allison Fraser, academic excellence and Classics Society participant

Best Humanities and Overall Undergraduate Paper 
Leah MacIntyre, for her paper, “The Politics of Death: An Examination of Aristocratic Male Funerals During the Late Republic of Rome,” Classics (Dr. Myles McCallum)

Leah is the winner of $200, a line on her transcript indicating the award, and publication in Saint Mary's University's undergraduate journal, Afficio

French
Chantal Caissie – Top Graduate in French
Shauna Holden – Top Senior Student
Sara Hollett – Top Intermediate Student
Bill Grady – Top 1st year Student
Justin Bonin - Moniteur
Denise Cormier – Monitrice
Katherine Eeles - Monitrice
Geneviève Gascuel – Teaching Assistant & President of French Student Society

German
Kateryna Badikova – Best Student
Iris Lee –Language Monitor
Patrick Murphy – Peer Tutor
Rosalie Kean – TA and Peer Tutor

Spanish
Hyeyoung Kang
J. Charlotte Matthiessen

Writing Centre Award

Greek: John MacDougall – 1st prize

French:
Meagan Symington – 1st prize
Stefanie Slaunwhite – 2nd prize
Christina Hickey – Honourable Mention

German:
Emily MacLeod - Top 1st year
Samantha Adema - 1st year Runner up:
Aimee Popvacki - Top 2nd year winner

Spanish: Hye Young Kang – 1st prize


SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY SWEEPS REGIONAL JAPANESE LANGUAGE SPEECH COMPETITION
AND BRINGS HOME 8 OUT OF 9 AWARDS

The 14th Annual Atlantic Canada Japanese Language Speech Contest took place Saturday, March 10th, 2012 at Saint Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick. It was co-organized by Saint Thomas University and the Consulate General of Japan at Montreal.

We travelled by Saint Mary’s bus with 17 students chosen from all of the five Japanese language groups of different levels. We were by far the best represented university. Initially, over 30 applications were submitted but we had to make a selection as the contest itself could not accommodate that many participants. Still we were able to take three times as many students as the other participating universities. Also, we were the only school competing in all categories.

The students worked very hard and presented the speeches that they wrote, memorized and practiced. They did an excellent job and their speeches were compelling, convincing and beautiful. This in my eyes made them all winners.

Students from each of five groups came home with awards, which points to the efficacy of the Japanese language programme as a whole.

Here are the results:

There were 9 major awards in different categories. Our students received 8 of them. We came home with the top prize in all four categories. Two students from Saint Mary’s University have been selected to represent the Atlantic region at the National Speech Contest in Vancouver on March 31st, 2012.


BEST IN CANADA - SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY JAPANESE

First year language student, Koh Yeonsu wins the Beginners category at the 23rd Canadian National Japanese Language Speech contest, held at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC on Saturday, March 31 2012.

Moreover, she brings home the overall grand prize.

Not only has a student from our university never been awarded at this competition, no student from Atlantic Canada has ever won any prize at the national level.

A big success for the Japanese Language programme, Department of Modern Languages and Classics, Asian Studies Programme, Faculty of Arts, Saint Mary’s University and the Maritimes.

http://www.smu.ca/newsreleases/JapaneseSpeech.html

As well as the article in the Chronicle Herald:

http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/81575-speech-earns-trip-japan-smu-student


Rohini Bannerjee

Department of Modern Languages and Classics receives the SMUSA Award for Overall Excellence in the Field of Education


The SMUSA Award for Overall Excellence in the Field of Education is presented to a member of the Saint Mary’s University Administration, Faculty or Staff who has given outstanding contributions in the areas of education and quality of life for all students. This recipient not only goes above and beyond the call of duty but is also considered a leader and innovator amongst whom they influence .

Congratulattions Rohini!

 


The nomination news continues

Dr. Alexandre Avdulov has been nominated for the 2012 Dr. Geraldine Thomas Educational Leadership Award andfor the 2012 Father William A. Stewart, S.J., Medal for Teaching.

We wish you the best Sensei!

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Image: Dr. Sophie Beaulé, Chair of Modern Languages & Classics, Dr. David Gauthier, Vice-President Academic and Research, VPAR, Mr. Brian Hotson, Director of the Writing Centre, officially launch this year’s 2012 writing awards.

The Inaugural

Saint Mary’s University Modern Languages & Classics Writing Awards for 2011-2012 are now open for submissions. To submit your entry, please follow these guidelines:

Each entry must be submitted in hard copy with a completed ML&C Writing Award entrance form. Forms are available from your language instructor. No electronic entries will be accepted.

Students may only submit one paper per language (Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Greek, German) per academic year.

Students are not required to be registered in the program for which they are submitting a paper (for example, students in Science may submit a French 1111 paper).
Submit your entries by Friday March 30th.


Notification Bannerjee-Avdulov Small Project Grant

Dr. Alexandre Avdulov and Dr. Rohini Bannerjee have been granted a $1500 Scholarship of Teaching Small Project Award by the Quality of Teaching Committee to fully fund the research and development of their project entitled: Behind the Changing Masks: Lifelong Learning in the Multicultural Classroom at Saint Mary’s University. Avdulov and Bannerjee will be virtually attending the INTED2012 - 6th Annual International Technology, Education and Development Conference to be held in Valencia Spain, from March 5-7th, 2012 where they will be presenting their initial findings.


Dr. Beaupré Named New Co-Director of Confucius Institute

Dr. Charles Beaupré has a joint position between the Department of Modern Languages and Classics and the Asian Studies Programme. As of November 2011, Dr. Beaupré is the Canadian Director of the Confucius Institute. Developed in partnership with Xiamen University, the Confucius Institute provides students and the community at large access to learning opportunities focused on the Chinese language, culture and business. Located on the second floor of the McNally Building, the Institute is quickly becoming the hub for cross-cultural understanding that extends beyond the campus and into the community.


14th Annual Atlantic Canada Japanese Language Speech Contest

The 14th Annual Atlantic Canada Japanese Language Speech Contest took place Saturday, March 10th, 2012 at Saint Thomas University, Fredericton, New Brunswick. It was co-organized by Saint Thomas University and the Consulate General of Japan at Montreal.

Students from each of five groups came home with awards, which points to the efficacy of the Japanese language programme as a whole.

Here are the results: There were 9 major awards in different categories. Our students received 8 of them. We came home with the top prize in all four categories. Two students from Saint Mary’s University have been selected to represent the Atlantic region at the National Speech Contest in Vancouver on March 31st, 2012.


Angers material

Study Abroad Program (Angers, France) for further information:Dr Jean Jacques Defert - Jean-Jacques.Defert@smu.ca or Miyuki Arai - mobility.international@smu.ca

ANGERS, the City

The CIDEF (Centre International d'Etudes Françaises)

Université Catholique de l'Ouest (Angers)

Administrative Building

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Welcome sign in several languages

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Angers Students (2005-2006)

Sean Williams, Yuri Kinoshita, and Khaled Steele


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Sean Williams, Joëlle Cauville (Angers Program Coordinator at SMU) and Yuri Kinoshita



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