Cuisine, Culture & Language: An International Film Series

NOVA Alexandria’s World Languages Department proudly presents an international film series, “Cuisine, Culture and Language.”

Series is free and open to the public. Screenings will take place in Hodge Language Center, AA160

All films are subtitled in English and followed by discussion.

Kebab Connection (German)
Thursday, November 12, 2:00-4:00pm
Discussion moderate by Prof. Eddy Arana

Eat Drink Man Woman (Chinese)
Friday, November 13, 1:00-3:30 pm
Discussion moderated by Prof. Dali Tan

Like Water for Chocolate (Spanish)
Thursday, November 19, 12:30-3:00 pm
Discussion moderated by Prof. Martha Davis

Tampopo (Japanese)
Friday, November 20, 1:00-3:30 pm
Discussion moderated by Prof. Elizabeth Bull


Please contact Prof. Martha Davis ( for further information.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

A representative from the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program will visit our campus later this month. CLS provides fully-funded overseas immersion programs for eight to ten weeks during the summer in fourteen different languages, including Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Swahili and Turkish. Airfare, tuition, room and board, cultural program expenses, overseas health benefits and applicable visa fees are covered. Participants also receive a small stipend to cover incidental expenses and meals not provided by the program. The only expenses the student would be responsible for is fees to obtain a U.S. passport if you don’t already have one, and medical exam fees to complete the medical form.

The program is open to undergraduate students in all fields of study. Many of the languages that are part of the program require no prior experience with or study of the language. The State Department is particularly interested in promoting to students at our campus in an effort to “broaden the base of Americans studying and mastering critical-needs languages and to represent the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States.”

Please consider applying for a CLS and plan to attend the presentation on Tuesday, October 20 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Hodge Language Center (AA 160) to learn more about this invaluable opportunity. The CLS application deadline is November 30.

Questions? Contact Prof. Davis at


Save the Date: Bilingual Play & Acting Workshop

Teatro Milagro is back this fall by popular demand!

Searching for Aztlán, a bilingual play about Mexican-American culture and identity will be performed by Teatro Milagro at the Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center on Wednesday, September 30th at 11:00 a.m.

The theater company will conduct an acting workshop following their performance from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (Location TBA.)

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information please contact or visit 

photo by Silvia Malán-González


Save the Date: Festival de cine


Hosted by World Languages Department
NOVA Alexandria
September 15-23, 2015

All films subtitled and followed by post-screening discussion
Film festival free and open to the public

Tuesday, September 15 at 2:30 PM in AA160

Las Analfabetas


Drama, Moisés Sepúlveda, 2013, Chile

Wednesday, September 16 at 12:30 PM in AA 196

Un cuento chino
(Chinese Take-Away)


Comedy, Sebastián Borensztein, 2012, Argentina, Spain

Thursday, September 17 at 12:30 PM in AA196

(The Crow’s Nest)


Drama, Comedy, Arturo Menéndez, 2014, El Salvador

Tuesday, September 22 at 2:30 PM in AA160



Drama, Pedro Pérez Rosado, 2012, Spain

Wednesday, September 23 at 2:00 PM in AA196

7 Cajas
(7 Boxes)


Thriller, Action
Juan Carlos Maneglia & Tana Schémbori, 2013

Made possible with the support of Pragda, SPAIN arts & culture, the Secretary of State for Culture of Spain and NOVA’s Office of Student Life.


For more information contact Prof. Martha Davis at

Congratulations, S.A.L.S.A.!

The Spanish American Latin Student Association (S.A.L.S.A.) swept the Student Life Awards presented on Thursday, April 30, winning Student Organization of the Year, Student Leader of the Year (Rodney Velasquez) and Student Volunteer of the Year (Moises Davidson). Congratulations!!

President Rodney Velazquez, pictured below, gave a creative, heartwarming and inspirational keynote address at the opening of the awards ceremony.


S.A.L.S.A. handed out a number of club awards on Thursday, too. Pictured below are “LDP” Award winners. Congratulations!



New Humanities Course for Fall 2015

(HUM 295) Hispanic Women Writers (3CR)

Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Featuring fiction by Laura Esquivel, Isabel Allende, Sandra Cisneros and Julia Álvarez. Stories, discussion and assignments available in English and Spanish based on student enrollment.

 Questions? Contact Prof. Martha E. Davis at

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¡Nuevo curso de humanidades para el otoño de 2015!

(HUM 295) Escritoras hispanas (3CR)

martes y jueves 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Con ficción de Laura Esquivel, Isabel Allende, Sandra Cisneros y Julia Álvarez. Cuentos, discusión y tareas estarán disponibles en inglés y español según las habilidades de los estudiantes que se inscriben.

¿Preguntas? Póngase en contacto con la Profa. Martha E. Davis at


Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Symposium

Greetings from the ET4OL Symposium in Dallas, Texas! We are learning exciting things about engaging students in online and face-to-face classes.

Some apps for professors and students alike:
Screen Chomp
Zoho Projects

In the “Women in EdTech” session, a virtual panelist, Prof. Maha Bali from the American University in Cairo, mentioned her “personal learning network.”  Mine are NOVA students and colleagues, professional organizations such as FLAVA, ACTFL and Merlot and former classmates. Where/who is your learning network?


Dr. Joseph Windham Student Voices Conference

Patrick Hamm and Marcy Delos, former Spanish 202 honors option students, participated in the Dr. Joseph Windham Student Voices Conference last night. They shared their fascinating research, which they originally had presented in Spanish to their classmates last semester, on “A History of Mexican Migration to the United States” and “Heightening Risks of Crossing the U.S.-Mexico Border.” Congratulations on a job very well done! ¡Enhorabuena!

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Photos by Martha E. Davis


Photo by Sabine Daly