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Sep 22, 2023


February 15, 2024 News

You may eligible to participate in the National Student Exchange (NSE) next year! 

What is NSE?

 

National Student Exchange offers study away to colleges and universities throughout the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. You can spend a quarter, semester, or academic year on exchange. If you are interested in new challenges or change of pace, NSE may be for you. 

Why NSE?

 

NSE is affordable. Students can pay tuition to their home campus or in-state tuition to their host campus while on exchange and most financial aid applies.

 

NSE is accessible. No passport is required (other than Canada-U.S. exchange) and our eligibility requirements allow most students in good academic standing to participate.

 

NSE enhances academics. NSE students take classes that apply to degree requirements and/or take classes not available at Cal Poly. Find campuses with your major. Check out NSE’s info-sessions on “Language Opportunities through NSE” and “Beyond the Mainland” which highlights the Universite de Montreal and the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey 

 

 

NSE offers adventure. Exchange to a campus completely different! Explore a big city campus like those near New York City or Boston. Exchange to a campus near the beach or in the mountains. Exchange to a Multicultural Serving Institution (MSI) including HBCUs or HSIs. Improve your language skills studying in Puerto Rico or Canada.

LEARN MORE ABOUT NSE

Contact your CAMPUS NSE COORDINATOR. They will have the most up-to-date info on the application process, deadlines, and the best campuses for you.

REQUEST INFO

Attend an NSE INFO SESSION to learn the basics of NSE (tuition, financial aid, course options, housing, and research tips).

SIGN UP FOR CAL POLY'S NSE INFO SESSION ON FEBRUARY 9

OR

SIGN UP FOR AN INFO SESSION THROUGH NSE

Begin your NSE APPLICATION! We are now accepting applications for Summer 2024, Fall 2024, and Spring 2025. The deadline for Priority Placement is February 14, 2024.

APPLY NOW

 

 

U-RISE at Cal Poly is currently recruiting students for the 2024-2025 academic year and applications are due Friday, February 23, 2024.  Your outreach last year was invaluable in recruiting our wonderful 1st cohort - please help us find our 2nd cohort of scholars. Please pass along to your students.

Please consider forwarding the attached flyer to potential candidates and posting it in your departments/offices.  Personal outreach – encouraging a specific student to apply – was a very effective method of recruitment in year one and we encourage you to reach out to students you know again this year!

 

Information about U-RISE:

U-RISE is an exciting program funded by NIH that provides research opportunities to students from underrepresented groups and develop their identities as scientists. Students will leave inspired and prepared for success in graduate school in the biomedical field.

Students in the program will receive tuition assistance (~$7,800/year for two years), an annual stipend (~$14,000/year for completing 10-15 hours/week on research), and a paid 10-week summer research experience.

U-RISE is a 2-year training program consisting of four key components:

  1. A mentoring team and individual development planning
  2. Mentored research experiences at Cal Poly and at a research-intensive university
  3. Formal coursework to support students’ development as scientists
  4. Events outside the classroom (e.g., research seminars, professional development, team building, peer mentoring)

 

For more information and to apply, please visit:

https://healthresearch.calpoly.edu/u-rise

 

The Gilman and Gilman-McCain Scholarship Program Applications Are Now Open! 

The Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship provides awards of up to $5,000 for students who are U.S. citizens, Federal Pell Grant recipients, and studying at undergraduate level at a two or four-year institution.  The Gilman-McCain Scholarship is open to child or spousal dependents of an active duty military member who receive any type of Title IV Federal Financial Aid.  For both scholarships, STEM students may be eligible for an additional $1000, and students studying a Critical Needs Language can receive up to $3000 more!

Learn more about the Gilman and Gilman-McCain Scholarships and application process at gilmanscholarship.org and be sure to submit your application by March 7, 2024

If you receive a Pell Grant and want to apply, mark your calendars.  The International Center is also hosting an application workshop on Thursday, February 22, 11:10-12:00 in 52-e28. Please attend to learn more about the program and get advice from a Gilman Alumni Ambassador and International Center staff on putting together a strong application.
 

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San Luis Coastal Unified School District is looking for qualified candidates to teach or be activity leaders in their Summer Experience Program. This may be a great opportunity for students who are currently enrolled in the Cal Poly teacher credentialing program to gain some practical experience and establish collegial relationships with existing SLCUSD staff. Students majoring in other subjects are also encouraged to apply.

We have credential required teacher positions (for those expected to complete the program in June - $41/hour) and non credential required activity leader positions ($30/hour) for those who will not yet have a credential. 

 

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Upcoming Events & Activities

Sep 22, 2023


Upcoming events & Activities

As Seen in In Touch with WLC February 15, 2024

 

 

The Center for Service in Action is thrilled to be hosting the 22nd annual Change the Status Quo Social Justice & Service Speaker Series keynote event, An Evening with Richard Blanco on February 27, 2024 at 6pm in Chumash Auditorium.

Selected by President Obama as the fifth Presidential Inaugural Poet in U.S. history, Richard Blanco was the youngest, the first Latinx, immigrant, and gay person to serve in that role. In 2023, Blanco was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Biden from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami in a working-class family, Blanco’s personal negotiation of cultural identity and the universal themes of place and belonging characterize his many collections of poetry.  His work asks those universal questions we all ask ourselves on our own journeys: Where am I from? Where do I belong? Who am I in this world?  Currently, he serves as education ambassador for the Academy of American Poets and the first-ever poet laureate of Miami-Dade County.

The Center for Service in Action’s annual series aims to empower students to use the Learn by Doing spirit to challenge social norms, ask critical questions, demand solutions, and make lasting social change.  Admission is FREE and open to the public.  Further details are available now at serviceinaction.calpoly.edu/CSQ

 

The Center for Service in Action is thrilled to be hosting the 22nd annual Change the Status Quo Social Justice & Service Speaker Series keynote event, An Evening with Richard Blanco on February 27, 2024 at 6pm in Chumash Auditorium.

Selected by President Obama as the fifth Presidential Inaugural Poet in U.S. history, Richard Blanco was the youngest, the first Latinx, immigrant, and gay person to serve in that role. In 2023, Blanco was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Biden from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami in a working-class family, Blanco’s personal negotiation of cultural identity and the universal themes of place and belonging characterize his many collections of poetry.  His work asks those universal questions we all ask ourselves on our own journeys: Where am I from? Where do I belong? Who am I in this world?  Currently, he serves as education ambassador for the Academy of American Poets and the first-ever poet laureate of Miami-Dade County.

The Center for Service in Action’s annual series aims to empower students to use the Learn by Doing spirit to challenge social norms, ask critical questions, demand solutions, and make lasting social change.  Admission is FREE and open to the public.  Further details are available now at serviceinaction.calpoly.edu/CSQ

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First Year Russian Courses

Feb 14, 2023


  • The WLC Department is now offering Russian Language and Culture courses. 
  • Russian I is offered in Fall (WLC 101), Russian II in Winter (WLC 102), Russian III in Spring (103). 
  • Upon successful completion of the first-year Russian courses, students will: 
    • Develop their beginning proficiency equivalent to A1/A2 (CEFR) in listening, speaking, reading and writing through the study of Russian texts, songs, cartoons, films and popular culture.
    • Gain cultural understanding of a region which has nearly 200 different ethnic groups and nationalities. 
    • Explore Russia’s current crisis and complex history which has made major contributions to world culture across literature, visual art, music, theater, film, the sciences, philosophy and other areas.
  • For questions, please contact: Dr. Angelica Browne: anbrowne@calpoly.edu

Enroll in Russian Language and Culture Classes! 

Добрó пожáловать на курсы рýсского языкá

Russian Language students making silly faces, 2023.Russian Language students smiling, 2023.

In May 2023, Dr. Browne and her students celebrated their completion of a whole year in Cal Poly's pilot Elementary Russian courses! Молоде́ц!

Student Creative Projects and Experiences

Learning to Dance the Ukranian Hopak, Spring 2023

 


WLC 101: The story of Vasilisa and Baba Yaga

The story of Vasilisa and her trials with Baba Yaga. Will she overcome the challenges that face her? A modern adaptation of a Russian folktale.

Read the original folktale here.

-- by Chris, Liam and Ruby

 


WLC 101: Final Project News Parody

Breaking News in San Luis Obispo! For our Russian I final project, we practice our quarter's vocabulary in a creative news reel. We discuss today's погода (weather), the upcoming выборы президента (presidential election), and the creation of Cal Poly's new курс русского язика (Russian course).  And with the help of our whole class, we include some advertisements and a местный скандал (local scandal)!

-- by Anna, Sanjay, Savannah and Stefany

 


WLC 101: Intercultural Exchange Project

Artyom, Carter, and I spoke about a wide variety of things. Artyom currently lives in Tbilisi and works at a call center surveying people in Russia on various political topics. He is currently on the second year of his gap year from classes at MISiS, and will not be returning for the time being. We learned some new words and phrases in the first meeting. We all happened to speak German so for our project, we decided to translate a German song into English and Russian. We shared several songs that we liked, both German and English, and decided upon ‘Es lohnt sich nicht ein Mensch zu sein’ by Eisbrecher. The translation is on lyricstranslate

--by Sanjay


WLC 102: Final Project Film Прощай Ваня

This quarter, we enjoyed watching episodes of the Russian children's show Ералаш.We were inspired to recreate one episode in particular.

Watch the original episode here.

--by Agar, Cole, Owen, Sanjay and Savannah

 


WLC 103: Final Project Film "Идиют Идет"

Inspired by Soviet Comedies, our film follows an unfortunate protagonist who is late for her date! Will she make it on time? Who will she meet along the way?

--by Agar, Cole, Owen, Sanjay and Savannah


WLC 103: Final Creative Project

During this quarter, I became fascinated by the rich history of Russian animation, particularly the exquisite works of Andrei Khrjanovsky's captivating visuals and Yuri Norstein's masterpiece, "The Hedgehog in the Fog." While meeting with my exchange partners from MISiS, including Veronica (WLC 290), Sergei, and Kirill (WLC 310), we quickly bonded over our shared love of Russian and American cartoons. As part of my final creative project, I was inspired to create my own animation after drawing inspiration from Week 1 of WLC310, where we explored Russian words that are difficult to translate. I decided to focus on the word "Toska," which captivated my interest due to its emotional depth and cultural significance. Throughout the quarter, I collaborated closely with my Russian exchange partners, particularly Veronica, who helped me to better understand the nuances and context of Toska. She took inspiration from our discussion, and continued to research foreigner interpretations of Toska into a research study that won first place at MISiS and will be turned into a larger study! Her personal experience with the word inspired me to seek narratives. In my final animation, Sergei generously shares his own story of Toska, which is backed by Kirill's original acoustic song that conveys his own interpretation.

--by Savannah Bosley

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Former French minor Zooms from France with WLC 310

Feb 9, 2023


Former French minor Elizabeth Dodge is currently serving as a TAPIF teaching assistant at the Académie de Nantes in Le Mans, France. On February 7, Elizabeth met with Dr. Brian Kennelly's WLC 310 (Cultures of France) students via Zoom and shared how some of the topics discussed in WLC 310 and FR 302 last academic year have been helpful to her as she lives and works in France. Dr. Kennelly's students appreciated the opportunity to connect with her and further nuance what we have been discussing in class. 

Pi Sigma Iota

Phi Sigma Iota

Jan 26, 2023


World Language and Cultures is proud to welcome the Chi Sigma chapter of the Phi Sigma Iota foreign language honors society to campus. Phi Sigma Iota is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages and is Cal Poly's first language honors society. Applications for membership are now open for qualified students until February 12th.

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German Conversation Table

Oct 18, 2022


Join The German Conversation Table to practice your German, learn more about German culture & meet new friends! Everyone interested in speaking German or just listening is welcome! Feel free to bring your lunch!

Time & Date: Every Wednesday 11:10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Venue: Steps in front of Kennedy Library

Organized by German-speaking faculty members in collaboration with Cal Poly German Club.

Contact: Angelica Browne: anbrowne@calpoly.edu Milo Wolter: mwolter@calpoly.edu

 

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Applications for the 2023-2024 Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) Open Oct. 15 to Jan. 15

Oct 11, 2022


Learn More at: Teaching Assistant Program in France

Every year, the French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. offer approximately 1,500 teaching assistantships for American citizens and permanent residents to teach English in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France as well as in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion. This school year, the 2021-2022 Assistants de langue en France program was maintained by the French Ministry of Education. We are happy to report that selected U. S. assistants were able to begin their positions in France at the beginning of the month with no delays thanks to the progressive easing of travel restrictions between the U. S. and the European Union. We continue to make information and resources relevant to the COVID-19 situation in France available to our new cohort of assistants and are happy to be able to continue to support them as they settle into their new roles.


Assistants are assigned a teaching schedule of 12 classroom hours per week that may be divided among up to three schools, although most assistants are assigned to only two.  Classes are conducted in English.  The teaching assistant may conduct all or part of a class, typically leading conversations in English.  Duties may include serving as a resource person in conversation groups, providing small group tutorials, and giving talks related to American studies in English classes.  Assignments vary depending on the school’s needs, the assistant’s abilities, and the educational level to which he or she is assigned (elementary or secondary).


The 1,500 American English Language Assistants make up a significant cohort of the over 4,500 Language Assistants in France every year who teach 15 languages and represent 60 countries. 


Facilitated and administered by France Êducation International (formerly known as the CIEP), not only is this program an important investment in robust foreign language education in France, it is also a critical investment in the promotion of the French language abroad and the development of multilingual, international professionals and educators across the globe. 

Congratulations to Diana Beas, CLA Academic Achievement Award winner for 2021-2022!

Apr 26, 2022


 
Diana Beas (SPAN '22) has been selected as the CLA's winner of the Academic Excellence Award, which goes to one graduating senior in each college. Diana's nomination states, "Diana Beas is a phenomenal student. Having transferred from Allan Hancock College with a 4.0 GPA, she has maintained this exceptional GPA at Cal Poly as well. Her academic achievements are particularly noteworthy considering that she lived in Mexico for most of her childhood and teen years. In addition to her consistently outstanding academic performance, Diana has demonstrated her commitment to community outreach in several ways. For her SPAN 470 (Medical Spanish) class, she prepared a service learning project to teach mental health to Latinx students in the Santa Maria area. She gave a presentation on this project to the WLC Program Review team during their site visit in November 2021. In WLC 360 (Research Methods) Diana's exceptional work included a professional-quality translation of homeowner application materials for Habitat for Humanity of SLO County and a service learning experience at Santa Maria High School. Diana is an exemplary member of the Cal Poly community and a role model for other First Gen and Latinx young people."
 
Congratulations, Diana, from all of us in the WLC Department!

WLC 360 students translate Habitat for Humanity Homeownership materials

Feb 20, 2022


Students in WLC 360 (Research Methods in World Languages & Cultures) translated application materials, a powerpoint presentation, and a homeownership orientation script into Spanish for Habitat for Humanity for SLO County. These translations will enable Spanish-speaking community members to become informed about Habitat's Homeownership & Building Program and to apply for one of the nine Habitat homes to be built in Paso Robles. The translated materials can be found here: https://hfhsloco.org/apply/

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