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Boise State and Concordia Law Partner for Project Laura

Students from Concordia Law University, University of Idaho – School of Law, and Boise State University are collaborating with local immigration attorneys to represent individuals in the Boise immigration court who seek asylum, protection under the convention against torture, and special immigration juvenile status as part of Project Laura.

Project Laura is Boise’s legal community’s response to the Latin American refugee crisis. Since 2014, the number of Latin American families fleeing violence in the U.S. has significantly increased, and as of 2016, unrepresented refugees facing deportation total approximately 2/3 of all Boise’s non-detained removal cases. Until Project Laura, no pro bono program existed in Boise to provide legal representation of these individuals.

Nicole Derden, founder of Project Laura, is the instructor of record for the Immigration Clinic at Concordia Law School, and Fatima Cornwall, Department of World Languages, is the instructor of record for the Spanish program.

Students from Boise State University assist with bilingual interpretation during attorney-client visits, as well as with document translation.

For more information visit: http://www.projectlaura.org/

Annual China Night Event to be Held January 28th

The Boise State Chinese Club will host the annual China Night to welcome the “Year of the Rooster”. The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2017 in the Jordan Ballroom of the Boise State Student Union Building.

Chinese Dinner will be served. Entertainment will include beautiful Chinese traditional dances, Chinese ethnic group dances, Chinese Kung-Fu, Tai-Ji performance, Korean Drum dance. Additionally, Boise State students will present Chinese songs, Taekwondo demonstration, and magic show.

The annual China Night event is open to students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public. Admission for Boise State students is free. Donations are welcome from non-students.

Free event parking will be available at the Lincoln Garage.

Internship Opportunity: Spanish, French, ASL

Location: Pi Baby Boutique.  

As of January 1, 2017, we’ve expanded our company and space to include an adjoining Studio.  (Pi Baby Boutique + Studio)

We are lining up a calendar of classes focused on early childhood development.  The classes are projected to start sometime late January to early February and will continue until summer break. 

Classes will consist of a 4, 6 or 8 week series.  Ages will range from infancy to 5Y+; primarily focusing on those children who have. It started school yet.  

We are seeking to hire a few upperclassmen for internship opportunities to teach a series of classes during next term, Spring 17.  

The intern specifically would be for the following
(by age 1-2Y, 2-3Y, 4-5Y)
Intro to Spanish
Intro to French  
Baby Sign Language (infancy – 18M)
Intro to ASL (18M+)
And possibly…
Cultural Awareness (possibly a 6 week series for ages 2-3, 4-5 that helps kids celebrate diversity)

French Student, Bethany Poythress, to Speak as Student Commencement Speaker for Fall 2017 Graduation

Portrait of BethanyBethany Poythress from Kuna will be the student commencement speaker on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Poythress is graduating with bachelor of arts degrees in French and international business. She has been recognized consistently on the Dean’s List with High Honors and has served as a peer mentor for Boise State University’s Honors College, where she led a weekly discussion group with freshmen students who were adjusting to university life.

“Boise State has been an environment of growth for me. While I have always valued and done my best to exhibit academic excellence, Boise State has helped me grow in a variety of other areas,” Poythress said. “Boise State has provided me with so many opportunities, and I absolutely feel I owe it to the university, myself and the world to reflect the values I have learned.”

Poythress was a member of the International Business Organization, the French Club, the Boise State University Student Foundation, the Honors Student Association, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She volunteered at the Idaho Humane Society, and both volunteered and completed an internship at Zoo Boise where she taught visitors about wildlife conservation, demonstrated proper animal-handling skills for children and implemented an adopt-an-animal program, among other duties.

In nominating Poythress as student speaker, professor of French Jason Herbeck said it is her passion for learning, even when it means devoting time and energy to an already busy schedule, that sets her apart from her peers.

“Whether if be with respect to completing an individual assignment or her college career as a whole, Bethany is someone who, rather than take the easiest or fastest path, has consciously decided time and time again to make the most of her education and, in so doing, commit herself fully and meaningfully to the tasks at hand. In today’s fast-paced academic environment where focus is too often placed on obtaining the diploma itself, there is perhaps no more decisive or admirable trait in a student.”

After returning from studying abroad for five months in Lyon, France, Poythress served as a Study Abroad Buddy, helping international students learn to navigate life in Boise.

“The stories Bethany recounted about living and studying abroad, while ranging from sheer frustration and homesickness to humorous circumstances and a satisfying sense of accomplishment, all led her to a common conviction that she imparted to her peers — namely, that taking risks and trying new things is ultimately rewarding and memorable on the condition that you invest yourself wholeheartedly and with determination,” Herbeck said.

Beret Norman Presents at 2016 ACTFL Conference in Boston, MA

Beret Norman

Associate Professor of German
Department of World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences

Beret Norman presented with a team of three other German instructors at the ACTFL (American Council of Teachers of Foreign Language) Convention in Boston Nov. 18-20. Their presentation, “Meaningfully Integrating Technology,” was both a process and a product focused on the larger panel’s title, “Making an Impact Through Collaboration.”

Norman and her three colleagues — two high school teachers and one other university colleague — spent a year collaborating via Google Hangout-meetings, implemented a survey about technology for instructors, and have ideas both to reduce the geographic distances in communications among German teachers and to share how technology is being used in their classrooms.

There were more than 8,500 attendees at the ACTFL Convention, making it one of the largest to date.

Fatima Cornwall and Spanish 382 Students Volunteer to Provide Spanish-English Interpreting Services

Fatima Cornwall portrait.

Fatima Cornwall

Spanish Language Coordinator
Department of World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences

Fatima Cornwall and five of her students from Spanish 382 (Spanish for Healthcare Professionals) volunteered to provide Spanish-English interpreting services at parent-teacher conferences at the Idaho Arts Charter School in Nampa on Nov. 3.  Here are what some of the students had to say about the experience:

“I was really nervous at the beginning but I managed to pull myself together to provide the service to my best ability. I would definitely do it again to gain more hands-on experiences, and for further self-improvement and self-growth.” – JunNy Foo, psychology and Spanish major

“The experience was special to me seeing the little boy’s mom smile upon hearing good news from the teacher.”  – Kelsea Malloy, political science and Spanish major

“It forced me to think on my feet and figure out ways to say things differently. Both the parent and the teachers were awesome, and patient with us. I’m glad I did it, and I would definitely do it again.” – Hannah Unger, political science and Spanish major

Sharon Wei Guest Speaks at the University of Idaho Confucius Institute Invited Lecture Series

Portrait of Sharon Wei

Sharon Wei

Lecturer
Department of World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences

Sharon Wei was the guest speaker at the University of Idaho Confucius Institute Invited Lecture Series on Nov. 10. Wei’s presentation provided an overview of the social, cultural and historical foundation associated with modern Chinese business etiquette, including important “Do’s and Don’ts” when trying to develop partnerships with Chinese companies.

Mastering the fundamentals of Chinese business etiquette allows American entrepreneurs to engage in social and business activities in a culturally sensitive manner. Such a skill can reduce the potential for misunderstandings. Also, engaging in appropriate etiquette demonstrates respect for the Chinese culture and strengthens personal friendships that may lead to future successful business partnerships.

Korean Club hosts “Exploring Korea” Event

On Friday, Nov. 11, the Korean program hosted an event with Boise State Korean Club, “Exploring Korea: Hidden Treasures of Korean Arts and Korea’s Industrial Achievement.” Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project (KSCPP) from New York was our special guest and they presented their documentary films depicting Korean old and new. The Boise Korean Dance Team also performed a Korean traditional dance, “Small Drum Dance”. All participants shared Korean history books and traditional snacks that KSCPP served after the event.

Treasures of Korea provided meal Treasures of Korea Group Treasures of Korea

Alicia Garza Publishes Article, “Growing Sideways: Adolescent Girls and Female Masculinity in Helena María Viramontes,” in Collection of Essays

Alicia Garza

Associate Professor and Spanish Section Head
Department of World Languages
College of Arts and Sciences

Alicia Garza had an article published in a collection of essays titled “De Aztlán al Río de La Plata: Studies in Honor of Charles M. Tatum.” Garza’s essay, “Growing Sideways: Adolescent Girls and Female Masculinity in Helena María Viramontes” ‘The Moths’ and ‘Their Dogs Came with Them’” discusses the representation of adolescent embodiment and how gender functions as a source of persecution for girls who are tomboys and who engage in what is perceived as rebelliousness via the performativity of female masculinity. Garza points out that Viramontes scrutinizes attempts by social institutions such as family and communities to confine and restrict adolescent girls, beyond childhood, who do not fit neatly into the social paradigm that constitutes femininity.

Brittney Gehrig, French Major, Helps to Translate Letters for Special Presentation

The presenter BrittanyRocky Barker, a reporter for the Idaho Statesman, will present an amazing story of Franco-American friendship to the members of Alliance Française and the public on Friday, November 11th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Skyview High School cafeteria.

Rocky Barker is descended from French immigrants who came to Illinois from their Vosges Mountain village of Wildersbach in 1847. He and Brittney Gehrig, Boise State French Major,  have compiled and interpreted, the unique collection of letters from French relatives to his great grandfather, his grandmother and other family members since then.

The letters tell a remarkable story of two families on each side of the Atlantic, strengthening the bonds through two world wars until the landing on the moon. Rocky and Britteny will share the story, focusing on the date of the talk Nov. 11 and the way his family helped the French families through the wars.

At the center is a remarkable French woman Marguerite Claude, whose independence set her apart as World War I was starting and who held her family and her village together through the harsh occupation of the Nazis in WWII.

Rocky Barker is the author of Scorched Earth: How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America. The highly acclaimed book was a finalist for the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award in nonfiction. The story inspired a television movie, Firestorm: Last Stand at Yellowstone on A&E Network which was co-produced by Rocky. His first book, Saving All the Parts, Reconciling Economics and the Endangered Species Act, was published in 1993 also by Island Press. He co-authored the Flyfisher’s Guide to Idaho and the Wingshooter’s Guide to Idaho with Ken Retallic.