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Message from the Chair

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Dr. Erin Collopy
Department Chair & Associate Professor

Happy New Year! С Новым годом! ¡Feliz año nuevo! Bonne année! ! كل عام وأنتم بخير

Welcome back to all our students, staff, and faculty after the long winter break. We're looking forward to 2016 and all that it offers.

One of the best things about CMLL is the variety of languages we teach. Language departments are traditionally divided by language or language families and faculty and students in these departments often don't have the opportunity to meet with their counterparts in other departments. CMLL has the advantage of students and faculty from various programs interacting daily and collaborating on a variety of projects. One of our anticipated highlights of this spring is a symposium "Representation of the Loser in Literature and Film" with panels on French, Russian, and German cultures, and the Classical world. Scholars from Africa, Europe, and North America will come to Texas Tech to participate in this intercultural event, allowing our students the opportunity to meet with academics from around the world and to learn more about different cultural perspectives. Such events are common in CMLL. Research shows that diversity of outlook and opinion makes people smarter and more creative as "socially diverse groups [...] are more innovative than homogeneous groups (Phillips). And even if it doesn't make us smarter, our diversity makes CMLL a very vibrant and interesting department.

Thank you to all who attended the 2nd Annual CMLL Tailgate in the Courtyard and to all who contributed to the Lorum Stratton Study Abroad Endowed Scholarship. At the end of the 2015 we had reached $8808 towards the $10,000 required for an endowed scholarship which led one of our regular contributors to donate the $1192 needed. This contributor prefers to remain anonymous but I would like to recognize this generosity even without naming the person. I also want to recognize our Senior Academic Advisor Carla Burrus for her outstanding work on this endeavor. Our first scholarship award will be issued as soon as next year! We continue to request donations to this scholarship to ensure that as many students as possible have the opportunity to participate in a Study Abroad program. Please considering giving.

A special farewell to Senior Advisor Liz Hildebrand who retired at the end of 2015. In her 17 years in CMLL, she touched all our lives with her dedication to her job and her personal concern for each and every one of us, from student to professor. We will miss her very much.

Finally, I would like to congratulate our December 2015 graduates. We wish you the best in the next stage of your lives and careers!

新年快乐! Buon Anno Nuovo! Ein gutes neues Jahr! あけましておめでとう! Feliz Ano Novo! Annum faustum! ΚΑΛΟΝ ΤΟ ΝΕΟΝ ΕΤΟΣ!

Phillips, Katherine @. "How Diversity Makes Us Smarter." 1 October 2014. Scientific American. 20 January 2016.