This Week in LACS 4/22/2024

In this Edition: **Chair out of office Wednesday to Friday, Additional Chair Office Hours: Monday 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:00 (Virtual), Election Week: GC**

Dear colleagues, 

Good Morning on this last full week of classes. I hope you had a great weekend and are getting ready for the end of the semester. 

Please note that I will be out of the office Wednesday to Friday this week to conduct an external review at Appalachian State. I will respond to email as possible and extend my office hours on Tuesday and add some for Monday. 

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Dates and Events this Week

April 22

  • 10:00-12:00 pm and 2:00-4:00 pm additional Chair Office hours (virtual)

April 23

  • JAPN 4410 Intern Showcase Event, Mebane 065, 4:00-5:00 pm

April 24

  • 9:00-10:00 am, Webinar “Survey Based Research in Community Translation and Interpreting,” Chris Mellinger (Zoom)

April 26

  • Japanese Speech Contest, Fretwell 100, 3:00-5:00 pm

Looking Ahead

Dates and Events

April 30

May 1

  • Deadline to submit Book Orders for Fall 2024 here

May 4

  • CATI Conference, 8:00 am-5:00 pm, Cone Center, Sign up here

May 11 

RSVP for the Commencement Ceremony you plan to attend

  • CHESS Commencement, 10:00 am, Halton Arena
  • Graduate School Commencement, 3:00 pm, Halton Arena 

May 13-17

May 15


Congratulations to Bobby Hobgood for giving an excellent workshop in our Conversations about AI series “AI in the Language Classroom.” Not only did participants enjoy the hands-on workshop, creating their own avatars and learning about chatbots, but they also enjoyed Bobby’s fabulous cake and informal conversation in the lounge after the workshop. 

Congratulations to Sandra Watts for a successful Anabel Aliaga-Buchenau Witness in Residence Initiative. Sandra hosted Emily Francis, an alumna of our department, who gave several presentations to classes, to the campus community and as part of a Salon over two days. Ms. Francis related her story of taking care of her siblings in Guatemala as a thirteen year old, while her mother was in the US working and periodically sending money. She then detailed her journey to the US with her siblings and then her adaptation to living in the US. Ms. Francis now teaches High School ESL in Concord to serve students who have come to the US like she herself did. Hearing her experiences moved her audiences and provided a window into a world many of them did not know much about. 

Congratulations to Jane Houston for receiving the Study Abroad Faculty Award from the Office of International Programs. 

Congratulations to our Japanese Studies Program. Two UNC Charlotte students were presented with the Order of the Dogwood prize by the NC Japan Center, NC State University for their statewide academic excellence related to Japanese studies: Gladiz De la Rosa Ceballo, double majors in Japanese Studies and International Studies, two Undergraduate Certificates in Translating Japanese-English and Business Japanese (second from the left) and Amali Worrell, Japanese Studies Major, Undergraduate Certificate in Translating Japanese-English  (second from the right) in the first row in the photo 

Congratulations to Bobby Hobgood for presenting “Leveraging Diversity to Build Community in the World Language Classroom”  at UNC Chapel Hill. 

Congratulations to Olga Padilla-Falto for completing the Racial Equity Workshop: Race Matters for Juvenile Justice on April 4-5, 2024.

Congratulations to Sandra Watts who was re-certified as a QM Peer Reviewer for Higher Education and completed The Online Learning Consortium’s “Evaluating Online Faculty,” a seven-day course. She also presented “From Object to Subject: Teaching Latinx Studies with the Community of Inquiry Model.” Latinx Studies Association Biannual Conference, 2024.

Congratulations to Asa Yoneda whose translation, The Premonition by Banana Yoshimoto, published by Counterpoint Press, has been longlisted for the PEN America Translation Prize.


Community Engaged Research

Please find urbanCore’s summer programming to support faculty doing community-engaged research here: summer calendar and the flyer for a six-week writing community, which includes planned activities in the botanical gardens. 


Saturday, May 11, 10:00 am

College of Humanities & Earth and Social Sciences

College of Science

2024 Day of Remembrance
The University will honor the lives of Reed Parlier and Riley Howell and recognize the strength of our survivors at 8:30 am, Tuesday, April 30, with a wreath laying and bell ringing at the site of the memorial. See more information: 2024 Day of Remembrance

Thank you for all you do. 

All the best,