This Week in LACS 1/16/2024

I hope you had a good long weekend and are ready for week 2 of the Spring semester.

Dates and Events this Week

This week is Niner Nation King Week

Wednesday, January 17 

  • Last day to register/add/drop with no grade

Thursday, January 18 

  • Final Payment Due Date/Cancellation for Non-Payment
  • 5:00-6:00 pm, Niner Nation King Week: An Evening with Harvey Gantt, McKnight Hall, Register

Friday, January 19

  • Syllabi and Office hours due to Hanna Lee 
  • Department Meeting 2:30 – 4:00 pm, LRC (Title IX Presentation), Draft Agenda

Looking Ahead

Dates and Events

January 22

  • Candidate 1

January 23

  • All Day: Candidate 1

January 24 

  • Census Date for Spring Enrollment
  • Niner Course Pack last day to opt-out
  • Student Workshop: “How to Study a World Language” by Dr. Bobby Hobgood, please circulate this Flyer among your students. 
  • Candidate 2

January 25

  • All day: Candidate 2

January 26,

January 29, 

  • Candidate 3

January 30

  • All day: Candidate 3

February 2

  • Early Alerts due for all 1000/2000 level courses by noon 

February 5-6

February 9, 2024

  • Department Meeting 2:30 – 4:00 pm, LRC 

February 16, 2024

February 17, 2024

February 22-23, 2024

March 15, 2024

  • Department Meeting 2:30 – 4:00 pm, LRC 

March 29, 2024

April 12, 2024

  • Department Meeting 2:30 – 4:00 pm, LRC 

April 19, 2024

April 30, 2024

  • Department Meeting 10:30 – 12:00 pm, Party 12:00 – 2:00 pm 


Welcome to our new adjunct professor, Ms. Asa Yoneda, who will join the Japanese program to teach undergraduate classes in translation. Ms. Yoneda holds an MA in Translation and Interpreting from the SOAS at the University of London. We are excited to have her support the growing translation program in Japanese.


Congratulations to Daniela Dal Pra for being named Interim Director of Film Studies. She will serve as director and advisor for the program in Spring 2024, and through the Academic Year 2024-25. 

Congratulations also to Daniela Dal Pra, for being invited by the America-Italy Society and the Italian Consulate of Philadelphia to give a presentation entitled “Venice as a Fish.”

Announcements & Updates

Annual Evaluation Deadline Coming Up

Search Update

Please sign up for lunch and for escorting our three candidates for the Translation position. All faculty members are invited to participate. 

Please remember the first candidate arrives next Monday.

January 22-23 Candidate 1

January 24-25 Candidate 2

January 29-30 Candidate 3

Self-Study Update

The external reviewers, Sonia Colina and Carrie Collenberg-Gonzalez, will be in the department on Monday February, 5 and Tuesday, February 6. You have received individual emails inviting you to the meetings, which are meant to shed light on your role in the department. Note that you might have received several invitations depending on your role. 

Please find the entire itinerary here: External Reviewers Itinerary. We still need escorts. Please sign up.

LACS Presentation Series – Conversations about AI  

Matteo Di Michele, “AI and Ethics”, Friday, January 26, 2:30 – 3:30 pm, LRC and Zoom

Matteo Di Michele is a global technology and operations executive with 20 years of international experience across a variety of functions such as law, supply chain management, environmental sustainability, and artificial intelligence. He published Artificial Intelligence: Ethics – Risks – Opportunities in 2023.

CHESS – Looking for Self-Nominations

Please see this charge the Dean created for a Theme Course Working Group. Please let me know whether you are interested in participating in the Working Group. Please let me know by Monday, January 29 whether you would like me to send your name forward to the Dean’s office. The work would take place during the Spring 2024 semester and be completed well before the semester ends so that recommendations can be included for the faculty development program that will take place in May. 

Emergency Contact Information

Please review this FAQ and update your emergency contact information through, if needed. Check to make sure your address is correct too. It is important to keep this information updated with the University so human resources and safety and security can access it in an emergency.

Conversation Partners Program 

Please announce to your students that the Conversation Partners Program is offering them opportunities to practice the languages they are learning with native speakers in this informal setting.  Meetings are on Wednesdays from 12 PM – 1 PM in CHHS 278.

Free Monthly Webinars for Employees

Free, monthly, interactive webinars, sponsored by Human Resources through the School of Professional Studies, offer Charlotte employees the tools to tackle tough workplace challenges. All the webinars are virtual and scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Find more information here

Student Workshop

Bobby Hobgood is offering a workshop “How to Study a World Language” for our students. Please circulate this Flyer to your students. 

We have some very busy weeks ahead with the campus interviews and the external reviewer visit. I appreciate all your contributions to making this all happen.