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Victoria Howard, BA French, 2016, will be attending the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University, pursuing a Master of International Affairs in National Security & Diplomacy in the fall of 2016.

Howard earned a BA in French with a minor in Business Administration. During her time at Texas Tech, she was involved in the French Honor Society and Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. In the spring semester of her junior year, she became the first student from TTU to study abroad at the Université de Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France. Studying abroad gave her a chance to live in France where her language skills greatly improved. After returning from France, she joined the Study Abroad Peer Advising organization, talked to prospective study abroad students about her study abroad experience, and encouraged others to participate.



Susanna Toler, French Minor, August 2016, has been selected to participate in TAPIF as an English language teaching assistant in the French overseas department of Martinique for the 2016-2017 school year. As a teaching assistant, she will be working with middle and high school aged kids serving as a resource in conversation groups, providing small group tutorials, and facilitating English-language clubs. During the seven months she will spend in Martinique, she will have the opportunity to immerse herself in the unique culture and language of this beautiful island. She would never have been granted this opportunity if it were not for the dedicated and encouraging instruction offered by the amazing professors in the French Program at Texas Tech.

Vincent A. Cauntay, BA Spanish 2016, accepted a position in the Peace Corps last September will be leaving in June to teach English at a university in The People's Republic of China for the next two years.

Janice J. DeLeon, BA Spanish 2016, will begin work on a MA in Sociology at Texas Tech University while working as a teaching assistant.

Kelsey N. Lipo, BA Spanish 2016, will begin pursing a Master's in Physician Assistant Studies at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center of Health Professions in Midland, Texas.



Gregory L. Sparks, BA Spanish 2016, will be returning to his birth place- Indianapolis, Indiana, where he will pursue a high school Spanish teaching position. He has been inducted into Indianapolis Teaching Fellows under the New Teacher Project (similar to Teach for America). He will pursue a Master's degree in Teaching to fulfill part of the requirements for a teaching permit. He will have the privilege and duty to teach some economically disadvantaged students of inner city Indianapolis and bridging the educational gap. After completion of his commitment, his future plans are to continue teaching in Indianapolis and perhaps pursue a Doctorate in Educational Leadership to become a principal.

During his time at Texas Tech, he served as a captain and counselor for Red Raider Orientation, was inducted into the National Hispanic Honor Society (Sigma Delta Pi) and into the Arts (Phi Beta Kappa). He represented the College of Education as a student ambassador where he was heavily involved in recruiting.



Kaitlyn Taylor, BA Spanish, 2016, is planning on attending Law School, a decision stemming from her love of helping people around her which could be seen from her time at Texas Tech University participating in student organizations such as Heads Up Display, GenOne and as a new member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She plans to continue her work as an AVID Tutor for LISD Coronado High School because it provides her the opportunity to use her Spanish skills while preparing students to be College ready. Being a first generation student from a small rural community, she understands how difficult it is to be successful in college so working with high school students with their education is her way of playing it forward.

C. Allene West, BA Spanish, 2016, is working in Seville and working as a summer assistant for the Texas Tech campus for the duration of the summer upon completing her study abroad in Seville during the spring semester. Next, she anticipates applying to the graduate school to pursue an MA degree in Spanish.

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