Development of the Lorum Stratton Study Abroad Scholarship Endowment
Study abroad is becoming more important to students majoring in languages at Texas Tech University, but the expense of studying abroad is often a hindrance or prohibitive to the opportunity. A decision was made last spring to develop a new scholarship endowment in honor of Dr. Lorum Stratton that will be awarded to CMLL undergraduate majors of any language with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and to CMLL graduate students of any language who need leveling language courses. The scholarship will be awarded to students participating in a CMLL faculty-led program or an affiliated program approved by CMLL.
Funds for the endowment have been growing thanks to CMLL alumni faculty, staff and friends. CMLL wishes to express its gratitude for all the contributions raised to date. In addition to one-time individual contributions, part of the proceeds from the 1st Alumni Connect – Tailgate in the Courtyard benefitted the endowment. Details of the event can be found in the Alumni Connect section of the newsletter.
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First Texas Tech Faculty Research Club – Larmour Stimulates Collaborative Research Efforts among Faculty
Dr. David Larmour, Professor of Classics, and Susan San Francisco, from the Genomics Center spoke at the 1st Texas Tech Faculty Research Club on October 31st about their collaborative research efforts among faculty. He was asked to talk briefly about his research trajectory and how collaboration has furthered it. So he described how they put together a Centre for Archaeology and Ancient Studies (CAAS) a few years ago, involving his colleagues in Classics and others; his ongoing collaboration with Diana Spencer, now Dean of Liberal Arts at the University of Birmingham; and the important role played by their affiliation with the American Academy in Rome.
He explained how he has "travelled" from his early interest in ancient Greek sport and drama (Stage and Stadium: Drama and Athletics in Ancient Greece, Weidmann 1999) to his latest monograph on Roman gladiators and satire (The Arena of Satire: Juvenal's Search for Rome, U of Oklahoma Press, 2015).
The map shows all the places in Europe where the Classics faculty have links and affiliations.
CMLL Faculty Hosts 4th International Hispanic Crime Fiction Conference in Mexico City
Professors Genaro Pérez, Jorge Zamora, Dr. Rodrigo Pereyra and Yuriko Ikeda (ABD) from the Spanish Program were in Mexico City to host the 4th International Hispanic Crime Fiction Conference. The Conference was held at the National University of Mexico ("UNAM") in Mexico City and is part of the efforts of the Spanish Program and CMLL to contribute to TTU's Strategic Plan of international development and collaboration with institutions of higher education on a global level. The Conference included visits to several historically significant locations such as the Prison of Lecumberri (pictured).
The Conference received the support of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement the Institutional Diversity and included the presence of Senior Vice President Muñoz, who went as a special guest to represent Texas Tech.
New Course for spring 2015- Spanish 3390 Hispanic Culture and Civilization: Spanish on the Llano Estacado and Beyond
The Spanish program is offering a new course which satisfies the TTU multicultural requirement.
How long have people been speaking Spanish on the Llano Estacado? How important has Spanish been for literature from New Mexico and Texas?
Students in Spanish 3390 will have the chance to learn about the Spanish-speaking peoples who gave this West Texas area its name. They will also study how the Spanish language and Latino heritage has influenced different writers from New Mexico and Texas. The course includes a focus on social issues affecting Latinos through a study of literature from New Mexico and Texas.