Department of Modern Languages

Awards and Honors

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2019

Antonia Stonerock, '19

Department of Modern Languages and College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Senior, German
Recognition Year: 
2019

Antonia Stonerock was born in Frankfurt Germany.

Emma Peterson, '19

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, Chinese
Recognition Year: 
2019

Emma Peterson grew up in Maine before moving to Ohio to finish the last two years of high school in Centerville.

Michael Sakulich, '19

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, French
Recognition Year: 
2019

Michael graduates in the Spring of 2019 with a major in French.  He began as a declared French major and while in his first appointment with his French advisor who after a few minutes of speaking in French was told that she lost him at “Bonjour.” 

Aubri Pritchett, '20

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, Spanish
Recognition Year: 
2019

Aubri Pritchett will be graduating in Spring 2020 with a Spanish and Biology double major. Aubri decided to continue studying Spanish after traveling to Costa Rica when she graduated high school.

Lenine Ange Rukebesha Iradukunda, '19

Department of Modern Languages Exceptional Service in French
Recognition Year: 
2019

This year, the French section has chosen to present a special award to Lénine Ange Rukebesha Iradukunda as she has distinguished herself above all in her incredible service to others during her time at Wright State.

2018

Francisco Marqués-Vuelta, '17

Department of Modern Languages and College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Senior, Spanish
Recognition Year: 
2018

“Thanks to my studies at Wright State, I learned a lot about my own culture.

Karen Cover, '18

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, Arabic
Recognition Year: 
2018

Karen "K-dean" Cover was born in Kingston, Jamaica and recently graduated summa cum laude with an Arabic minor and a Mass Communications major.  Having lived in Dubai, United Arab Emirates for several years, she developed a sincere ap

Hailie Spradling, '18

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, Chinese
Recognition Year: 
2018

Hailie Spradling graduates with a Chinese Studies minor, an International Studies Major,  and a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification.  She has a passion in learning foreign languages, with most of her time spent st

Ehron Ostendorf, '18

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, German
Recognition Year: 
2018

Ehron Ostendorf is a Daytonian, graduating with a minor in German and a major in English, creative writing concentration.

Paige Bokman, '18

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, French
Recognition Year: 
2018

Paige Bokman grew up in the greater Cleveland area and graduated from Olmsted Falls High School in 2015.

2017

Jacob Alan Miller, '17

Department of Modern Languages and College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Senior, French
Recognition Year: 
2017

We are proud to announce that the Department of Modern Languages has unanimously chosen Jacob Alan Miller as our Outstanding Senior for 2017.

Kirsten Smith, '17

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, Arabic
Recognition Year: 
2017

Kirsten Smith grew up in Springfield, Ohio, and graduated from both Clark State Community College with her Associate's of Arts and Northwestern High School in 2014. She will graduate with a dual major in Spanish and French and a minor in Arabic.

Deborah Rocheleau, '17

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, Chinese
Recognition Year: 
2017

Deborah Rocheleau is a language fanatic. As a TESOL student, she’s had the opportunity to work closely with the LEAP program, helping students from all language backgrounds to succeed in college.

Emma Towe, '17

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, Spanish
Recognition Year: 
2017

Emma Towe will graduate with a dual major in International Studies and Spanish.

2016

Allison Mills, '16

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, Chinese
Recognition Year: 
2016

Allison Mills will graduate with an International Studies major, a Chinese minor, and a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification. She first experienced her zeal for learning languages through studying Spanish in high s

Daniel Moody, '16

Department of Modern Languages and College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Senior, German
Recognition Year: 
2016

Daniel Moody is a German major at Wright State. He’s had a passion for languages for as long as he can remember. When he was a small child, his grandmother and German-speaking grandfather came to live with his family.

Martha A. Conkel, '16

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, Spanish
Recognition Year: 
2016

Martha was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio where she was homeschooled throughout middle school and high school.

Roufia Dehmani, '16

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, French
Recognition Year: 
2016

Roufia was born in Oran, Algeria, and studied Civil Engineering at the University of Science and Technology in her hometown.

2015

Jasmine Higgins, '15

Department of Modern Languages and College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Senior, French
Recognition Year: 
2015

Jasmine Higgins is a senior dual-major in French and Mass Communications, who has been studying French language and culture since her freshman year of high school.

Larissa Swartz, '15

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, Spanish
Recognition Year: 
2015

Larissa Swartz is a Spanish major graduating in May 2015 who is also completing her certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Hannah Simard, '15

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, Arabic
Recognition Year: 
2015

Hannah Simard grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, where she was exposed to a variety of cultures and languages.

Megan Ruter, '15

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, German
Recognition Year: 
2015

Megan Ruter is an International Business major and German minor.

Najee Woods, '15

Department of Modern Languages Oustanding Senior, Chinese
Recognition Year: 
2015

Najee Woods is a Political Science major and Chinese Studies minor.

2014

Dr. Kirsten Halling

International Educator Award
Recognition Year: 
2014

Associate French professor Kirsten Halling, who has helped spur the dramatic growth of Wright State’s French program, led the wildly popular French Immersion Days and nurtured an appreciation of France in the community, was named recipient of the

Marie Jergens M.Ed, '14

Outstanding Graduate Scholar for the World Languages Teacher Preparation Program
Recognition Year: 
2014

Ms. Erica Marie Jergens (BA in French, 2011, WSU) is the 2014 outstanding graduate scholar from the World Languages Teacher Preparation Program in the College of Education and Human Services at Wright State University.  Mr.

Brenda Hershey, '14

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, Arabic
Recognition Year: 
2014

Brenda Hershey was in the process of deciding which language to pursue for the next three years and beyond, and influenced by her cousin, spontaneously registered for Arabic classes a week late.  Her long term goal was to become fluent in a langua

Ashley E. Binns, '14

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, Chinese
Recognition Year: 
2014

Ashley E. Binns is a senior English-TESOL major who fell in love with the Chinese language by being a language partner to a Chinese student her freshmen year.

Kayla Schaub, '14

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, French
Recognition Year: 
2014

Kayla Schaub is a French major graduating this summer who has been studying French language and culture since her freshman year of high school.

Seth Warncke, '14

Department of Modern Languages Outstanding Senior, German
Recognition Year: 
2014

Seth Warncke is a senior German major whose boots have been muddied with language since stepping in Ginsberg’s “Howl”.

Kaitlyn E. Williams, '14

Department of Modern Languages and College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Senior, Spanish
Recognition Year: 
2014

Kaitlyn E. Williams is a senior Spanish major whose fascination with the language was sparked by her high school Spanish teacher and a trip to Honduras in 2007.

2013

  • Sinclair Community College, Paul Laurence Dunbar Memorial Poetry Prize: Dr. David Petreman
  • Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Recognition Recipients: Dr. Renate Sturdevant and Dr. Damaris Serrano
  • Brage Golding Distinguished Professor of Research and College o Liberal Arts Outstanding Research Award: Dr. Stefan Pugh
  • Presidential Award For Faculty Excellence, Outstanding Instructor and College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Lecturer/Instructor Award: Haili Du
  • College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Adjunct Award: Amira Ben-Amer Hollingsworth
  • College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Senior, French: Samantha Stewart
  • College of Liberal Arts Oustanding Senior, German:  Nathan Cardenas
  • College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Senior, Spanish: Colleen Demboski
  •  Presidential Scholar, French and English dual major and Spanish minor: Brandon Broadwater

2011

Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, Faculty Excellence in Teaching: Pascale Abadie

2010

  • President’s Award  for Excellence, Outstanding Collaborative Units: Dual Enrollment Program
  • Ohio Foreign Language Association Ed Allen Award for Outstanding  College Foreign Language Instructor: Dr. Kirsten Halling
  • Presidential  Award for Faculty Excellence, Outstanding Instructor: Pascale Abadie
  • University Teaching Enhancement Fund, Connecting the Wright State Campuses Through Creation of German and Spanish Blended Learning Classes: Dr. Nancy Broughton and Dr. Elfe Dona
  • WSU Writing Across the Curriculum Program, Excellence in Teaching with Writing: Dr. Damaris Serrano

2009

  • Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology: Dr. Elfe Dona
  • University Center for International Education, Education Abroad Academic Advisor Award: Dr. Elfe Dona
  • The Center for Teaching and Learning 2009 Award for Faculty Development: Dr. Marie Hertzler
  • Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, Faculty Excellence in Teaching: Dr. Marie Hertzler
  • WSU Writing Across the Curriculum Program, Excellence in Teaching with Writing: Dr. Damaris Serrano
  • Sinclair Community College, Paul Laurence Dunbar Memorial Poetry Prize: David Lee Garrison

2007

President’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Early Career Achievement: Dr. Damaris Serrano

2007-08

Ohio Foreign Language Association, Outstanding Program Award: Wright State University French Program

2006-07

Scott DeHeart

Student Employee of the Year
Recognition Year: 
2006-07

Scott DeHart is a 2009 graduate of Wright State University, where he earned his B.S. in Business with dual majors in Human Resources Management and Management and completed a minor in French.

2006

  • President’s Award for Excellence, Outstanding  Collaborative Units: Department of Modern Languages And Ambassador Program to Costa Rica
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration Honoree: Dr. Damaris Serrano

2005

  • President’s Award for Faculty Excellence, Outstanding Instructor: Dr. Elfe Dona
  • National Literary Prize for the Republic of Panama: Dr. Damaris Serrano

1995

President’s Award for Excellence, Outstanding Collaborative Units: Department of Modern Languages

1993

Presidential “Leg of the Stool” Award for Excellence in Teaching: Dr. David Petreman

 


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