The Xavier University Class of 2008 graduated last week and left the campus to start their careers or take the next step in their education. The list of students who completed majors and minors in the Department of Modern Languages indicates the exciting possibilities awaiting graduates of modern language programs. These individuals have prepared themselves linguistically and culturally to deal with an increasingly globalized world. They pursued programs in a wide range of other disciplines, once again exhibiting the high value of the skills cultivated through language studies in virtually any field. All Xavier students must complete two semesters of a language other than English as part of their core requirements. These students chose to study in more depth and carry not only their language skills, but the Jesuit ideal of service to others into the next step of their lives.
A November, 2007 study by the Modern Language Association (MLA) showed significant increases in foreign language study at
Of course, global events shape the choice of languages studied. But this is as it should be, given the rise in Spanish-speaking residents of the
The Bush administration in January 2008 proposed spending $114 million on educational programs to expand the teaching of Arabic, Chinese, Farsi and other languages typically not taught in public high schools. President Bush said the effort would play a critical role in national security and lead to American students' gaining a better understanding of foreign cultures. "In order to convince people we care about them, we've got to understand their culture and show them we care about their culture," Mr. Bush said. Globally fluent graduates are a must for American competitiveness. International study, volunteer work or internships, have become a necessary credential in the workforce. The number of college students studying abroad is twice that of only eight years ago.
Xavier’s language graduates who have shared their plans with the department’s faculty members are found to be using their skills in a number of different fields:
(12533) Christine Klymko of Hopewell Junction, NY (major Philosophy, Politics & the Public Honors program, minors Spanish and history) will begin graduate study in mathematics at Emory University in Atlanta.
(14701) Gregory Koehler of Jamestown, NY (major Philosophy, Politics and the Public honors program, minor economics and history, extensive coursework in Spanish) has accepted a position in the City of Cincinnati Office of Economic Development.
(15367) Alicia Plachecki of Venetia, PA (major Spanish, minor Latin American studies and theology) has been accepted into the Language Assistants Program by the Spanish Ministry of Education and will work in a public school in southern Spain during the 2008-09 academic year.
(22308) Cameron Seward of
(30345) Marie Watson of Atlanta (major French, minors natural sciences and chemistry) will begin study at the Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, TN.
(43015) Sydney Patterson of
(43560) Michael Bauer of
(43560) Alison Traudt of
(44056) Jennifer Komos of Macedonia, OH (major French, minor psychology) has been accepted into the graduate program of the Ohio State University Department of French & Italian, deferring enrollment for a year.
(44511) Julianne Koury of
(45177) Kevin Hoggatt of Wilmington, OH (major Philosophy, Politics & The Public Honors program, minors math and Spanish) is working as an Assistant to former U.S. Congressman, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Trade Representative Rob Portman at the Cincinnati office of Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP.
(45226) Analise Belfiore of Cincinnati (major Spanish, minor professional education) has started work as a long-term substitute Spanish teacher in the Rapid Run Middle School of the Oak Hills School District.
(45233) Lauren Grove (major Spanish, minors Latin American studies and gender and diversity studies) will work as an interpreter in the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center.
(45239) Amber Richardson of
(45459) Cristina Romeo of Centerville (major Spanish, minors natural sciences and chemistry) has accepted a position as a research assistant in the Department of Cell Biophysics and Pharmacology in the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.
(45459) Amy Wetterau of
(46060) Michaela Maloney of
(46278) Willie Byrd, Jr. of Indianapolis (major international business, minor Spanish) has joined Teach for America, and will teach in a Memphis, TN middle or high school for the next two years.
(46835) Alicia Earnest of Fort Wayne (major Spanish, minor mathematics and chemistry) has joined the St. Joseph Worker Program and will volunteer in social outreach programs at a Spanish-speaking parish in
(47468) Lindsay Jackson of
(53151) Christopher Owsiak of New Berlin, WI (major Spanish, minor natural sciences) will begin study in the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. After completing officer training this summer, he will accept a commission in the US Army Reserves.
(53222) Stefanie Schiel of
Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition. Founded in 1831, the university is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks it No. 2 among master’s-level universities in the Midwest, and The Princeton Review names it as one of the “Best 366 Colleges in