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Fátima Cornwall Featured in ACTFL’s “Lead with Languages” Spotlight

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Fátima Cornwall, Spanish Language Coordinator, is featured in this month’s “Lead with Languages” Spotlight, sharing how languages have played a role in shaping her personal and professional success.

Read the full article here.

About the Lead with Languages Campaign

With language skills growing in importance in the job market, yet fewer than 1 in 10 Americans able to speak a second language, Lead with Languages is a national campaign aimed at making language proficiency a national priority. The campaign seek to raise awareness across the U.S. and motivate people to take action around the rapidly rising importance of language skills to a wide array of careers—and to our nation’s economy, national security and international standing.


Heike Henderson Contributes Chapter to “100 Greatest Literary Detectives”

Heike Henderson, Professor of German in the Department of World Languages, contributed a chapter to the recently published volume 100 Greatest Literary Detectives ( This compilation offers a selection of the most influential, important, and intriguing fictional sleuths from around the world. Each entry summarizes the distinctive features of notable investigators and their approaches to crime, provides a brief outline of major features of their fictional careers, and makes a case for their importance based on literary-historical impact, novelty, uniqueness, aesthetic quality, or cultural resonance.

Dr. Henderson’s chapter examines Simon Brenner, a quirky and cranky ex-policeman turned private investigator. Contemporary Austrian author Wolf Haas conceived Brenner as a reluctant hero with a wry sense of humor and a pronounced lack of ambition. He investigates cases that implicate many of Austria’s revered institutions and traditions, thus exploring Austrian identity while solving crimes.

Hortense Saget Attends French Embassy Event in Washington, D.C.

Hortense Saget

Hortense Saget

French Lecturer, French Honorary Consul of Idaho
Department of World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences

Hortense Saget, a lecturer in the Department of World Languages, recently was invited to Washington, D.C. to attend a celebration April 24 where French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron, were guests.

Saget described the event:

“The cocktail celebration took place at the French Embassy. Président Macron started the ceremony by awarding the Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest order of merit for military and civil merits, to three World War II veterans: Robert Ewald who participated in D-Day at Omaha Beach, Stanley Rzudidlo who landed on Gold Beach on June 7, 1944, and William Barr who was in the Air Force and dropped bombs on German forces in Normandy and North of France.

Président Macron later delivered a speech aimed at the consuls, French Alliance members, education professionals, and entrepreneurs, who live in the United States. He praised the many teachers in the room, and representatives of Alliances Françaises for the work we do to promote French language throughout the U.S. He emphasized the role expatriates play in ensuring a positive image of France, and in developing long-lasting bonds with our fellow Americans.

Macron left after his remarks. He was escorted out by his body guards, but I got to shake his hands and wish him well.”

During the event, Saget also met international business and political advisor, and author Jean Jacques Vitrac, and discussed his recent book, “Driven.”

“Overall, it was a fantastic event, a once in a lifetime type of invitation,” Saget said.

She added that serving as honorary consul requires her to be involved in the French community, to build connections with other consuls and other members of diplomacy.

“I am also responsible for being aware of economical, cultural, political trends as to better serve the community in Idaho,” she said.

Adrian Kane Publishes Essay in La sonrisa afilada: Enrique Serna ante la crítica

Portrait of Adrian KaneAdrian Kane, Professor of Spanish and Chair of the Department of World Languages, recently published his essay “La construcción de la masculinidad y la representación del cuerpo en El seductor de la patria” (The Construction of Masculinity and the Representation of the Body in The Seductor of the Nation). Published in La sonrisa afilada: Enrique Serna ante la crítica (The Sharp Smile: Enrique Serna Before the Critics), a collection of essays dedicated to the analysis of works by Mexican novelist Enrique Serna, Kane’s essay analyzes the use of imagery of the body in El seductor de la patria as a way of constructing the protagonist’s concept of masculinity and marking important junctures in his personal, political, and military life. Serna’s novel tells the story of 19th Century Mexican President General Antonio López de Santa Anna. La sonrisa afilada was published by the National Autonomous University of Mexico and edited by Martín Camps.

Heike Henderson Contributes Chapter to Blood on the Table: Essays on Food in International Crime Fiction

Photo of Heike HendersonHeike Henderson, Professor of German in the Department of World Languages, contributed a chapter to the recently published volume Blood on the Table: Essays on Food in International Crime Fiction ( Written from a multicultural and interdisciplinary perspective, this collection of new essays, edited by Jean Anderson, Carolina Miranda and Barbara Pezzotti, explores the semiotics of food in 20th and 21st century crime fiction.

The title of Henderson’s essay is “Dying for Foie Gras: Murder, Politics, and Ethical Food Production.” In this chapter, she analyzes a culinary mystery by German author Ella Danz, Geschmacksverwirrung (Taste Confusion), that focuses on animals’ rights, factory farming and ethical food production. She also discusses the suitability of culinary crime fiction to explore troubling issues within the world of food, and how these texts can prompt readers to examine their food choices.

Arabic Studies Minor, Rachel Elena Gallina, to Speak as Spring 2018 Commencement Speaker

Boise State will continue its tradition of featuring student speakers at commencement — finance and accountancy major Clancy Johnston for the morning celebration, and Rhodes Scholar finalist Rachel Elena Gallina in the afternoon.

Gallina graduates with honors from Boise State with a bachelor’s in multidisciplinary studies, focused on economics political science, gender studies, and an Arabic studies minor. During her tenure at Boise State, Gallina has worked as an Albanian refugee interpreter; she worked with the Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics lab to help launch a communication app designed to help local service providers better engage with Boise’s refugee community; and she returned to Kosovo where she was raised, to develop an English language curriculum and teach women’s empowerment classes. Gallina won the prestigious Boren Scholarship and was a 2017 Harry S. Truman Scholar for Idaho.

Congratulations to Our World Language Top 10 Scholars

Congratulations to our World Languages Top Ten Scholars, Jessica Rohm (Spanish Major) and Mackenzie Moss (Spanish Minor)!

Mackenzie Moss, Spanish Minor

Mackenzie MossWith two Boise State graduates as parents, Mackenzie was destined to attend Boise State University.

As a member of the Boise State Talkin’ Broncos Speech and Debate Team, she has helped the program claim two of four consecutive national championship titles and has obtained three individual national titles of her own. These awards include public forum debate titles and an extemporaneous speaking title. She placed first out of hundreds of student speakers from more than 80 schools.

Mackenzie has held several leadership positions during her time at Boise State, including the president and vice president of the Speech and Debate Team. Off campus, she was nominated by Idaho Senator Jim Risch to represent Idaho at the Henry Clay Collegiate Student Congress where she engaged in conversations of policy and humanitarianism. She was celebrated at the congress with an award for leading compromise in political conversations.

Mackenzie’s background as a member of the Talkin’ Broncos extends beyond the university through her service work. She works as a student interpreter with Project Laura, an immigration clinic focused on serving undocumented minors. She also developed the Prison Debate Initiative, which provides educational experiences and life skills to incarcerated individuals. Additionally, she serves as an intern for the Hunger Relief Task Force.

Mackenzie is from Boise, Idaho.

Jessica Rohm, Spanish Major

Jessica RohmJessica has found great passion in business, culture and language over the course of her four years at Boise State. This passion first started when she studied abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica in the spring of 2016 where she lived with a host family and worked at a local elementary school teaching English.

Since returning from Costa Rica, Jessica has been working in the Center for Global Education where she is able to share her passion for studying abroad. During her last semester at Boise State, she was a Spanish conversation lab assistant in the World Language Resource Center facilitating language labs for lower-division Spanish students. Jessica also focused on applying her coursework to real-life situations during her internship in San Sebastian, Spain in the economics and marketing departments of the city’s Department of Culture.

The Boise State University Honors College colloquium reinforced her value of obtaining a diversified education. Jessica’s dedication to her coursework reflects in the honors she has received, including a College of Business and Economics Signature Student, a College of Arts and Sciences Peer Ambassador and a Dean’s List honoree for multiple semesters with highest honors.

Jessica has been involved on campus as the membership vice president for Alpha Xi Delta in 2017, attended the Alpha Xi Delta National Convention in Boston in 2015 and attended a recruitment training workshop in College Park, Maryland while at Boise State.

Jessica is from Phoenix, Arizona.

To read more about the Top 10 Scholars Awards, please click the link below:

German Secondary Education major, Emily McNamee, Selected to Participate in Fulbright Austria

Photo of Emily McNameeEmily McNamee, a German Secondary Education Major with a minor in Linguistics, has been selected for a highly competitive one year position as an English Teaching Assistant in Innsbruck, Austria, through Fulbright Austria.

Ms. McNamee looks forward both to implementing her language teaching strategies acquired as an undergraduate at Boise State as well as sharing the unique culture of Idaho with her future students and to expanding her current competencies in German by learning more of the particular aspects of Austrian German. She is the seventh winner of this unique program from Boise State since 2005.

About the program:

Since 1962, the US English Language Teaching Assistantship Program in Austria has provided US College and university graduates with opportunities to work at secondary schools throughout Austria as teaching assistants. US teaching assistants not only enhance the instruction of English as native speakers; they also are important resources for first-hand information about the United States and the “American way of life.” The Austrian Federal Ministry of Education finances this program, which is administered by Fulbright Austria (the Austrian-American Educational Commission).

 More information about the program is on the program’s website

Boise State Student Translators Share Their Talents With Make-A-Wish Idaho


Boise State language students

Make-A-Wish Idaho, a nonprofit that provides meaningful experiences for children facing life-threatening medical conditions, recently partnered with 22 students from Boise State’s Spanish 381 Introduction to Court Interpretation class to translate 30 forms and documents into Spanish.

The organization’s forms had been available only in English, limiting the number of families who could use Make-A-Wish services.

The students translated the documents free of charge. Instructor Fatima Cornwall from Boise State’s World Languages Department approved the translations that had been proofread by other students.

“You are truly making an immediate impact on our local wish families,” Sarah Baynes Shinn, Make-A-Wish president and chief executive officer, told students. “The need for translated documents is a pervasive need throughout the Make-A-Wish enterprise as a whole. Your work will help children here in Idaho, but will also be shared with other Make-A-Wish chapters to help us communicate with wish kids across the U.S.” Students reflecting on this community-based experiential learning opportunity said:

“I value the experience I gained through this project that was uniquely allotted through my college coursework and appreciate that I could be of service to my community,” said student Ashley Potzernitz.

Student Erik Guerra agreed that the project was meaningful because of its real-world application, connecting people to services they need.

“This project was beneficial to my learning and my community; something that one doesn’t get from being in college that often. Hopefully, future students who take Spanish 381 will have the opportunity to do this kind of project, whether it’s for organizations like Faces of Hope, Fair Housing Act attorneys or other groups that provide services to underserved communities in our state.”

Second Korean Language Speech Contest

The Second Korean Language Speech Contest at the Boise State Undergraduate Research Conference took place on April 16th in the Boise State Student Union building.

Eight Korean 102 students participated in the contest, and Dr. Jae-Hyeon Ryu, President of Idaho Korean Association, and Eun-Young Choi, Coordinator of Idaho Sejong Korean School did evaluated contestants and chose the three winners. In particular, Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Seattle sponsored this contest with three award certificates, prizes for the winners, and participation gifts.

In this contest, Hailey Aspen Bennett won the Gold Award (first place), Bibiana Ortiz won the Silver Award (second place), and Reilly Carter won the Bronze Award (third place).

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