Gazette Newsletter


October 13th, 2017


Shelby County Schools will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a District Celebration on October 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Hickory Ridge Middle School. The celebration will showcase student and community performances and parent resources. Volunteers are needed to assist with setting up for the program. Jennifer Johnston can offer scholarship hours and/or volunteer hours (especially those involved in other organizations around campus). If you are interested, please contact: Talia J. Palacio at

The mobile Guatemalan Consulate will visit Memphis on October 21-22. Spanish speaking volunteers are always needed to help with the event. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to volunteer with the local Latino community to help them get the appropriate government documents. The event will take place 7:00 am-7:00 pm at Trinity United Methodist Church at 1738 Galloway Avenue, Memphis, TN 38112. Please sign up for a volunteer slot if you are able to help! Contact Jennie Dickerson with any questions!

The Undergraduate Spanish program will host a Spring 2018 Internship / Future Job Opportunity meeting on Tuesday, October 24th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in Jones Hall 226. There will be 10 organizations present that will provide information, including, Latino Memphis, Su Casa Ministries, The Family Safety Center, Shelby County Schools, Youth Villages, etc... Snacks will be provided! If you are unable to attend, please contact Jennifer Johnston with questions.

There will be a career informational session for Japanese/English bilingual students. Ms. Sumire Kamatsuki, who is a graduate of the University of Memphis and now works for an international recruiting company, Activ8, will be on campus Thursday, October 26 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm in Jones Hall, Room 249.

Burn calories and have fun moving to the rhythms of merengue, salsa, bachata, cumbia & reggaeton with Diana Ruggiero, University of Memphis Spanish Professor & Certified Zumba Instructor. Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 pm through November 8 in the Fogelman College of Business and Economics Classroom Building (FCB) in the coffee area next to room 262. Register online:

Faculty Activities

Vania Barraza presented the paper "La historia que se repite: Chile y la perspectiva obstinada de Patricio Guzman," at the II Symposium of the LASA Southern Cone Section. Montevideo, Uruguay (July).

Monika Nenon's article "‚Daseyn enthüllen'. Zum mediengeschichtlichen Kontext von Friedrich Heinrich Jacobis Eduard Allwills Papiere" appeared in Goethe Yearbook XXIV, 2017, pp. 155-175.

Hironori Nishi's article, entitled "Exposure to wa and ga in L2 Japanese pedagogy: Comparison between learner input and L1 usage," has appeared in CAJLE 2017 Proceedings (2017), 195-201.