The Department of Languages and Culture Studies continues to expand its global presence through outstanding faculty, staff, and students. Most recently, two of our "family" were recognized for their contributions to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte at the 24th Annual International Education Celebration held on April 17 in the Halton Reading Room of the J. Murrey Atkins Library. More than a dozen faculty and staff from the Department as well as other members of the university community gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of those who have demonstrated excellence as scholarship recipients, writing competition winners, and award recipients during the past year.
Dr. Ana-Isabel Aliaga-Buchenau (Anabel) was recognized as this year's recipient of the Faculty International Education Award. Dr. Buchenau is an Associate Professor of German, teaching upper level German classes as well as classes in translation, and currently serves as the Associate Chair of the Deparment of Languages and Culture Studies. She has received numerous awards and recognition not only for her outstanding teaching and scholarships, but also for her outreach efforts to the German Community in the Charlotte Metro Region. She established a relationship with the German Language and Culture Foundation, resulting in up to 30, $2,000 scholarships for German Majors to study in Germany each summer. During her time as coordinator of the German Program, the number of Majors increased from 32 to 110!
Also recognized was Scott Schreiber, a Senior Computer Science Major who is minoring in Japanese. Scott received the 2018 Student International Education Award. Demonstrating his committment to becoming a "Global Citizen," he has participated in two study abroad experiences, the first as a participant in the Kakehashi Project, and later as a student at J.F. Oberlin University, both in Japan. Scott volunteers for the Office of Education Abroad as a Peer Advisor, and has also worked as a Program Assistant for the Office of Intercultural and Educational Experiences. Further, he has volunteered for special events in the Charlotte Region like the Annual Charlotte Bon Odori Festival. He has also served as a "Peer Advisor," sharing his study abroad experiences and knowledge of Japanese language and culture with other UNC Charlotte students. Most recently, Scott was accepted to the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program (JET), and will go to Japan in July 2018. Of note, during his acceptance speech, Scott commented on the profound responsibility to bring a positive and encouraging demeanor to every interaction with students who inquire about study abroad. He says, "For me, it may be one of many conversations and opportunities I have to support someone, but for that individual, the interaction may be the only one they experience regarding study abroad."