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The BSU Chinese Club invites you to the annual “China Night”

China NightThe BSU Chinese Club will host the annual “China Night” on Monday, February 11, 2013, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Jordan Ballroom of the BSU Student Union to celebrate the Year of the Snake.

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment will start at 7:00 p.m.  Entertainment will include Chinese traditional dances, traditional Chinese musical instruments, a Chinese church choir, a Chinese youth orchestra, and a Chinese Tai-Ji Demonstration. Additionally, BSU students will perform several American songs and dances. The annual event is open to students, faculty and staff, and the general public.  All BSU students are free. The general public is asked for a $3 Admission donation.

Free China Night parking is available in the Lincoln Garage (next to BSU Student Union Building).

Beret Norman publishes articles in the Women In German Yearbook

Beret Norman, associate professor of German in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, has had two publications appear in the Women In German Yearbook (2012). Her peer-reviewed article, “Antje Ravic Strubel’s Ambiguities of Identity as Social Disruption,” discusses four novels by the prolific author, with whom she and colleague Katie Sutton also conducted and published an interview: “‘Memory is Always a Story.’: An Interview with Antje Ravic Strubel.”

Jason Herbeck elected regional delegate of the Modern Language Association’s Delegate Assembly

Jason Herbeck, Associate Professor of French in the department of Modern Languages and Literatures, was recently elected for a three-year term to the Modern Languages Association’s Delegate Assembly.  As a regional delegate, Herbeck will attend MLA annual convention meetings to represent the professional interests and concerns of colleagues, particularly those from the Western US and Western Canada.  Founded in 1883, the MLA is devoted to the study and teaching of language and literature, and is comprised of nearly 30,000 English and foreign language teachers in 100 countries.

Nere Lete publishes English translation of two short stories

Nere Lete, Assistant Professor of Basque in the department of Modern Languages and Literatures, recently published the English translation of two short stories in Basque; “Silences” by Jokin Muñoz and “Politics Today” by Eider Rodriguez.  These two stories are part of the collection titled Our Wars: Short Fiction on Basque Conflicts published by the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Fàtima Cornwall is now a certified federal judiciary interpreter

Fàtima Cornwall, Spanish language coordinator in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, recently passed the federal exam (Spanish and English) and is now a certified federal judiciary interpreter for the State of Idaho. Cornwall already was a certified state interpreter.

The new principal of Liberty Elementary School holds a Spanish minor from Boise State.

Kelly Arispe gives a keynote presentation at the Colloquium on Latin American and Iberian Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Kelly Arispe, assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, was invited to give a keynote presentation at the eighth annual Colloquium on Latin American and Iberian Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Oct. 26 at the University of California Davis. The presentation was titled, “The paradox of lexical acquisition/ La paradoja de la adquisición léxica,” and addressed advanced vocabulary learning and the potential benefit of Computer Assisted Language Learning.

Arispe also recently co-authored an article in System with Robert Blake titled “Individual factors and successful learning in a hybrid course.”  This is one of the few articles that considers intelligence and personality factors and their relationship to the success in a hybrid language learning course.

BSU Alumna chosen to be commencement speaker at Virginia Tech

Annie Hesp earned a BA in Spanish, Secondary Education from Boise State in 1999.
MA Portland State 2001
PhD University of Michigan 2010
Currently, she is an Instructor of Spanish at Virginia Tech
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Maria Alicia Garza presents at the Western Literature Association Conference

Maria Alicia Garza, associate professor of Spanish in the department of Modern Languages and Literatures, presented a paper at the 47th annual Western Literature Association Conference held in Lubbock, Texas, Nov. 7-10.  The title of her paper was “‘No Dogs, No Mexicans’: Violence and Erasure in Helena María Viramontes’ Their Dogs Came with Them.”

International Programs Fellowship

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is now accepting applications for its International Programs Fellowship at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The Fellowship is a full-time position lasting for two years and will begin in summer 2013. The Fellowship is sponsored and managed by PRB and funded through PRB’s IDEA Project (Informing Decisionmakers to Act), a cooperative agreement between PRB and USAID. The Fellow will work within USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health in Washington, D.C., which works to advance and support voluntary family planning and reproductive health programs worldwide. The Fellowship is intended for recent graduates with a B.A. or B.S.; candidates with advanced degrees are ineligible.


  • Support the Senior Policy Advisor and members of office management.
  • Respond to external and internal requests for information on U.S. family planning requirements and agency family planning activities.
  • Support efforts to improve compliance monitoring of family planning requirements within the USAID program.
  • Complete administrative duties as assigned.

Other duties and activities will be determined by the interests of the selected Fellow and the needs of the Office of Population and Reproductive Health.


  • B.A., B.S., or other undergraduate degree by June 2013.
  • Education and/or work experience related to international population/reproductive health policy or public health.
  • Strong writing, analytical, and communication skills; ability to effectively manage time and work with diverse personalities.
  • Skills in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Dedication to advancing family planning and reproductive health issues and programs in developing countries.
  • Demonstrated ability to rapidly assume additional responsibilities and complete tasks with limited oversight.

In addition, experience living outside of the United States and foreign-language facility (especially French) is highly desirable. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or hold an appropriate work visa and will need to get a security clearance.

 The PRB International Programs Fellowship pays a stipend of $35,000-$40,000 per year plus benefits. The position is subject to the availability of funds. The Fellowship may involve foreign travel.


Interested individuals should email a cover letter and resume directly to the address below. The cover letter should describe the candidate’s professional goals, her or his interest in the field of population and international development, and why she or he is suited for the Fellowship. In addition, the candidate must arrange for two letters of recommendation from employers or professors to be sent by email to the same address.

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be emailed to PRB no later than Feb. 25, 2013.

Selection of the PRB International Programs Fellow will occur by late spring 2013. All candidates will be notified of the selection decision by email.


Applications should be emailed to: