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Service Learning in Haiti

The French Program commitment to Haiti continued this January 2016.  Drs. Mitaut and Ragone offered their double seminar to prepare students for their trip to the island nation.  Ali Mowers, Laura Hilliard, Angela Davis Nana Sime, Fallon Finnegan and Andrew Hutchinson went then to the village of Gros Mangles where, under very harsh conditions, they help build the much needed dispensary.  Kudos for these dedicated students as the goal of raising the walls was indeed reached (last year had been dedicated to building the foundation). Mr. Jonas Celius and Dr. Ragone led this very successful trip.

Group picture1 Group picture2

FALL 2015

6th Annual High School Contest

On Saturday 14th of November, the Modern Languages was very happy to host 7 area high school whose students competed in German, French and Spanish.  The whole day series of events included poetry reciting, Jeopardy and Karaoke.  An Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) was then administered for those students wanting to gauge their level in the language.  Dr. Wildermuth was judge for the German events, with the help of student ambassadors Paula Bauder and Curtis Rabe; Drs. Lesman and Ragone judged the Spanish events with student ambassadors Amber James and Jenifer Sanchez; Drs. Mitaut and Ragone took care of the French events with student ambassadors Marisa Rhoads and Mitch Nickerson; while Dr. Ricardo was in charge of the Karaoke contest with several local musicians, professionals and aficionados.

After a sit-down lunch offered at Reisner Cafeteria offered graciously by the Office of Admissions, it was time to announce the different winners in all the categories.  The school garnering the High Point Trophy this year was won by Carlisle High School.  CONGRATULATIONS!!

Congratulations  to all the participants who shone throughout the contest and to all the teachers for preparing and bringing wonderful students.

6th Annual High School Contest 1 6th Annual High School Contest 2

6th Annual High School Contest 3 6th Annual High School Contest 4

Immersion Afternoon

As every year during International Week on campus, the Modern Languages Department hosted an Immersion Afternoon.  Our classrooms offered cultural and educational presentations prepared by the students of the department.  In a little more than an hour, students can travel the world!  Germany, the Dominican Republic, Morocco, Spain, France, Malawi and Haiti, among others, were represented in colorful and interactive displays.  Several clubs from around campus came to participate as well:  the Saudi Arabian club, the Indian club, the Klub Kreyol, the French Club, the German Club, all contributed to make this event a great success.  Food from different countries was served to enhance this multicultural experience.   We thank the Office of Study Abroad for its annual support.

Immersion Afternoon 1  Immersion Afternoon 2

Immersion Afternoon  Immersion Afternoon 4

Immersion Afternoon 5  Immersion Afternoon 6

The French are coming!!!

The partner school to the French Program visited Shippensburg for a week this fall.  After the very successful visit of our students to the St. Jo school in Boulogne-sur-Mer, it was with great pleasure that we welcomed the group.  Students of St. Jo have come to Shippensburg for three years now and the exchange--friendship!  culture!!  language!!!--under the sponsorship of Dr. Mitaut is proving to be a wonderful experience for all.  Thank you to Professor Régnier from the French school for bringing her students here and for fostering the exchange.

Among the many activities of the French students were a visit to Washington DC, another to Harrisburg, a detailed tour of the Volvo plant in Shippensburg, a walk on the Appalachian trail, participation in several classes at the university and, of course, a pizza party!  We sincerely hope that they enjoyed their American experience as much as we did our French one!  Our American students had a wonderful time practicing French and making new friends.  The students who had been in Boulogne-sur-Mer in May were delighted to see old friends.

Please come back soon!!

St Jo 1 students in front of fence

St Jo 2 students in front of tractor  St Jo 3 student pizza party


German Professor featured in Ship Magazine

Dr. David Wildermuth, Assistant Professor of German, was recently featured in Ship Magazine.  To read the story of his amazing research on WWII, please follow the link: 

Ship Magazine

Emmy Nomination for Documentary on the French Program Haiti Service-Learning experience

The documentary created by Communication/Journalism alumna, Ally Hill, with Dr. Kim Garris as her adviser, received an Emmy nomination this August 2015.  The list of nominees is accessible at

Click here to see the list of nominees.

Click here to see the documentary.

If you are interested in participating in this experience yourself, please go to our Haiti project link.

               French Program Study Abroad Trip to France

Ship In France Blog 

The French Program led in May a study-abroad program that took students to Boulogne-St. Martin in the North of France and to Paris.  The students were offered 3 courses to choose from, with the possibility to garner 6 credits.  Dr. Mitaut, who organized the trip, offered the FRN 204 course on ideas and Cultures of the French speaking world.  Dr. Ragone taught the FRN 103 Intermediate French course and FRN 300, the Advanced Conversation course.