Capacity Crowd Makes Foreign Languages Programs and Activities Fair a Rousing Success

Posted on 9/18/2016 10:12:50 PM

More than 100 students and faculty gathered on Wednesday night, September 14, to celebrate and advocate for second language proficiency and intercultural competence, critical skills for the 21st century. Nine student presenters, representing a variety of majors as well as the six languages of the Department of Foreign Languages, shared their experiences of language study, education, and travel abroad, and underscored the potential value added to any IUP degree through engagement with foreign languages and cultures.

Following the compelling presentations, a Programs and Activities Fair provided students with additional information about the department’s wide variety of curricular and co-curricular foreign languages offerings. Additionally, Brandon Sousa of the IUP Career and Professional Development Center was on hand to encourage students to leverage their language skills, experiences abroad, and complementary academic credentials (certificate, minor, or major in foreign language) in seeking future employment opportunities.

Student Presenters at Majors and Minors Fair

Student presenters pictured from left to right are: John Garrison (Asian Studies major/Korean certificate), Liz Keller (Spanish education/Spanish—double major), Daniel Wethli (philosophy major/Chinese certificate), Danielle Kieser (Spanish education/Spanish—double major), Leo Campanella (natural sciences pre-chiropractic major/Japanese certificate), Hanna Andrussier (international business major/German minor), Brock Romano (Spanish/ international business—double major), and Kirsten Piatak (Spanish BA alumna/IUP criminology PhD candidate). Absent from the photo is Victoria Jakicic (math/psychology—double major/French minor).