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The Compass: The Newsletter of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences
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Please enjoy our Department Newsletters

Spring 2009 Newsletter

Summer/Fall 2010 Newsletter

Read the latest issue of The Compass here, where two of our students are featured.

A Concert of Andean Music at Rowan University was held on Friday, December 3, 2010 at 7:00 pm in Pfleeger Concert Hall.

Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages
& Literatures, Spanish Club, International Center and
Bantivoglio Honors Program.

Playing more than 35 traditional instruments, musicians in Andes Manta use their talents to bring the Andean culture of South America to North America.
The group, which includes the four Lopez brothers, natives of the Ecuadorian Andes, will present a lecture and demonstration as they discuss their work to preserve traditional South American folk music, which dates back more than 500 years.
Many indigenous South Americans believe Andean music preserves the heart and soul of ancestors. The music played by the Lopez brothers celebrates daily life.
Well-known for their virtuosity, members of Andes Manta have performed in 47 states across the nation, including venues such as Carnegie Hall, the National Cathedral, Lincoln Center and the Smithsonian Institution. Their work also has been featured on the Discovery Channel.

Proceeds Benefit the Josefina and Enrique Pujals Study Abroad Scholarship Fund



Pujals Scholarship Reception

On Oct.23, 2009 during Rowan's Homecoming Weekend, the department of Foreign Languages and Literatures held its first-ever successful alumni event - a fundraiser for its Drs. Josefina and Enrique Pujals Study Abroad in Latin American Scholarship.
The highlight was a concert entitled "Canciones de mi Tierra: The Music of Latin America." Faculty, students and former students from the College of Fine & performing Arts lent their talents to the evening.
Contributions to the Drs. Josefina and Enrique Pujals Study Abroad in Latin American Scholarship are welcomed in any amount. Please send a check with your much appreciated donation to Rowan University Foundation, Pujals Scholarship, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028.
For a full article and pictures from the reception, please see the Rowan Magazine on page 35 rowan_today_fall09.

Department News and Announcements

Elementary Japanese II was offered for the first time in Spring 2010.


  • From time to time the Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures will put certain languages on a "year on" / "year off" cycle. For example, Arabic and Zulu which were taught AY 2008-2009 will not be taught the following year, AY 2009-2010; Instead Japanese will be offered. This cycle guarantees that all these courses will be taught at least twice in the typical Rowan undergraduate student's stay with us. Likewise, other languages as well (such as Latin, Russian)may be cycled for reasons determined by the Department. If you do not see the language that you would like to study, please stop back and check this website for periodic updates. We generally know a year in advance which languages will be cycled.
  • The Business Spanish Minor has been approved by the Board of Trustees March 2010.


Noteworthy: Students

  • Thomas Pratz (Fall 2014) was awarded $1,000 from the Drs. Josefina and Enrique Pujals Study Abroad Scholarship

Pictured are Dr. Sonia Spencer, Professor Lorena Santos, Dr. Laurie Hohwald, Dean Cindy Vitto, award recipient Thomas Pratz, Assistant Dean Dr. Kristen diNovi, Dr. Marilyn Manley and Professor Mas

  • Alina Crumb (Fall 2012) was awarded $1,000 from the Drs. Josefina and Enrique Pujals Study Abroad Scholarship
  • Reyna Amato (Spring 2009) was awarded a $10,000 scholarship to study at the University of Salamanca, Spain.
  • Luzbette Rojas (Spring 2009) Leonard L. Mancuso award for Excellence in Secondary School Student Teaching
  • Nubia Guldin (Spring 2009) was awarded a full scholarship for the Masters of Science in Teaching (MST) here at Rowan University

General Announcements

  • Dr. Marilyn Manley: Spring 2012 - recipient of the Rowan University Joseph Barnes Award for Outstanding Service

  • Dr. Laurie Hohwald:  A guest lecturer from Villanova University, Dr. Salvatore Poeta, was invited to the Department for the Spring 2010 semester on Wednesday, April 7th by Dr. Hohwald to give Spanish program students a lecture on “Yerma en la trilogía rural de Federico García Lorca” at 3:15 p.m. in Campbell Library, Room 226.

  • The Medallion Award Winner 2015 - Danielle Martin
  • CHSS Senior of Distinction Award 2015 - Raquel Cintron
  • Erica Freiberger Scholarship 2015 - Cindy Rubiano-Gomez and Gian D Connor
  • The Medallion Award Winner 2014 - Christa DiStefano
  • Dean's Senior Recognition Award receipient 2014 - Alina Crumb
  • Erica Freiberger Scholarship 2013- Jenna Cooperman
  • Dean's Seniors of Distinction Award 2013 - Arielle Kulenski
  • The Medallion Award Winner 2013 - Ryan Doud
  • Dean's Senior Recognition Award receipient 2012 - Stacie Paczkowski
  • The Medallion Award Winner 2012 - Melanie Galafa
  • Dean's Tea receipient 2011 - Ashley Udalovas
  • The Medallion Award Winner 2011 - Jennie Buoy
  • Barnes and Noble $500 scholarship winner Spring 2009 - Wendy Ruiz
  • Dean's Tea receipient 2010 - Daniel Lane
  • The Medallion Award Winner 2010 -Dana Mayr
  • Department Award for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Disposition in Pursuit of the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish- Karela Ruiz
  • Erica Freiberger Scholarship - Ashley Stott