Images of Celebrate Languages Week

As part of Celebrate Language Week, on Tuesday, March 15 the World Languages Department held an International Poetry Reading, featuring poems in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.

Pictured below are the student readers, who brought the poets’ verses to life.


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The International Poetry Reading also featured the dedication of a new collection to NOVA Alexandria’s library donated in honor of former NOVA student, Patrick Hamm, an avid reader and caring friend who took pride in his Mexican heritage. After Patrick died suddenly on October 9, 2015 at the age of 32, his friends from his Fall 2014 Spanish 202 class raised $500 to purchase Mexican and Mexican-American literature and non-fiction, in Spanish and English. Each book contains a bilingual bookplate indicating that it was donated in Patrick’s honor. Patrick’s friends take comfort in knowing that the the books will be enjoyed by generations of students to come.

Pictured below with a sample of the collection of the donated books are L to R: Matt Todd (Library Director), Patricia Escamilla-Hamm (Patrick’s mother) and Martha Davis (Assistant Dean, World Languages).


Pictured below with Patricia Escamilla-Hamm is Marcy Delos, who dedicated her reading of Libro de segunda mano by Antonio Deltoro in memory of Patrick Hamm.


Thursday, March 17 featured three events. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, Terry Nealon, Alexandria resident, native of County Mayo, Ireland, and CEO of Fishtree presented a Celebration of Irish Culture and Language. Among the aspects he highlighted were Ireland’s economic achievements, the “troubles,” world-renowned writers and musicians as well as common Irish phrases and sayings.



Pictured above, left to right, with Terry Nealon are Shon Grant (Lead Assistant Dean, Liberal Arts) and Martha Davis (Assistant Dean, World Languages).

An International Karaoke Contest followed. Pictured below with Prof. Amanda Trostle (Spanish), who hosted the event, are the three winners, who sang in French, Chinese and Spanish and were presented with gift cards. Congratulations, singers!


The Chinese and Spanish Boardgames event began with a performance by Alan Morris, who sang in Chinese and played the ukelele. Alan has taken nearly every Spanish course offered at NOVA and is now a student of Chinese 102.


“Happy Birthday” was sung in Chinese and Spanish to one lucky student.


And, as Spanish custom dictates, the birthday boy’s ears were pulled 20 times, once for each year.


Let the games of Scrabble en español and mah jongg begin!




Thank you to all who made Celebrate Languages possible, especially Professors Dali Tan, Laura Franklin, Amanda Trostle, Eddy Arana, Lama Hamdan and Nadya Malagò-Blackburn of the World Languages Department and NOVA Alexandria’s World Languages student participants, and for the support of Matt Todd, Library Director, Lexi Franklin, Coordinator of the Hodge Language Center, and Patricia Escamilla-Hamm.

Save the Date: Celebrate Languages Week

NOVA Alexandria’s World Languages Department is proud to present Celebrate Languages Week from March 14-17, 2016. All events are free. For more information, contact Prof. Martha Davis at

Monday, March 14
Il Postino/The Postman
11:15-1:30 PM in AA196
Italian Film with English Subtitles
Moderated by Prof. Nadya Malagò Blackburn

Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios/Women on the
Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
5:00-7:00 PM in AA196
Spanish Film with English Subtitles
Moderated by Prof. Eddy Arana

Tuesday, March 15
International Poetry Reading
2-3:30 PM in AA160
Hosted by Profs. Laura Franklin, Dali Tan & Martha

Wednesday, March 16
3:30-5:30 PM in AA160
Film in Arabic & English with English Subtitles
Moderated by Prof. Lama Hamdan

Lola rennt/Run Lola Run
6:45-9:00 PM in AA196
German Film with English Subtitles
Moderated by Prof. Eddy Arana

Thursday, March 17
A Celebration of Irish Language & Culture
12:30-1:30 PM in AA158
Presented by Terry Nealon, CEO Fishtree
Lunch will be served

International Karaoke
1:30-3:00 PM in AA160
Hosted by Prof. Amanda Trostle with
World Languages Faculty Judges

Karaoke contest rules:

Link to sign up for karaoke contest:

International Board Games
3:00-5:00 PM in AA160
Co-Hosted by the Chinese Club & S.A.L.S.A.


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!