Department News


Visit our Facebook Page and see pictures of LVC language students visiting Peru or Germany, trips to theaters in New York City and Hershey, as well as other events organized by our language programs.

Photo: LVC students Colleen Delaney (left) and Jesus Sandoval (right) with Assistant Professor of Spanish Gabriela McEvoy (center) at the 15th century Inca site Machu Picchu, Peru (7,970ft elevation) - they traveled there in May 2011, as a service learning component of the Indigenista Literature course.

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A Postcard from Germany

Junior Scott Reagan, German and International Studies Major, writes on his first two weeks in the Summer Study Abroad in Wurzburg, Germany. Scott talks about stereotypes that are actually true, experiencing the celebrations for Germany’s fourth soccer world championship, what it takes to get Germans to hug you, and American lifestyle catching up with him in Bavaria. He writes: “…we definitely obtain some of the best worldly wisdom while simply living within German society, within a Germany city, using German public transportation, and… speaking German!” The study abroad group already visited Munich and is currently in Berlin. Read the postcard here.


Pictures: Top: Scott Reagan (right) celebrating the German soccer world champion title. Bottom: LVC and Hillsdale College students above Wurzburg, on the balcony of the fortress Marienberg. More pictures can be found on our Facebook page.



Graduating Spanish Major gathered experience in Spain and Mexico

Senior Ashley Ferrari graduates with triple majors in philosophy, international studies, and Spanish, and a political science minor. Read the news article and watch the YouTube interview about her study abroad in Spain and a research trip to Mexico with Lebanon Valley College. 

Picture: Ashley Ferrari '14 and Kathleen Tacelosky, Chair of the Languages Department and Associate Professor of Spanish.


German Major Genevieve Hugenbruch Presenting at Conference

German, History, and International Studies Major Genevieve Hugenbruch is presenting at the Undergraduate Research Conference in German Studies at Lafayette College. Her talk is titled: "The Prevented Narrative of the First World War: German Remembrance and Identity Formation."

Assistant Professor of German Joerg Meindl moderated a panel.

Find the full program here.



Phi Sigma Iota (International Foreign Language Honor Society) Induction Ceremony

Date: April, Monday 7, 2014

Time: 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Place: Zimmerman Hall



Presentation on Pennsylvania German Culture (March 22)

Joerg Meindl, Assistant Professor of German, will speak at the Pennsylvania Ducth gathering "Zammelaaf" in Lebanon, PA, on Saturday, March 22, 2 p.m.

The topic of the presentation:

"Just like home? A Palatine looks at the Pennsylvania Dutch."

The Zammelaaf is an event open for everyone, presenting Pennsylvania Dutch culture and food. Find the detailed program and location here.



Service trip to Peru - Supply Drive

LVC students and faculty members will participate in a one-week service trip to Mismiñay (an indigenous community in Cusco Peru). You have the chance to make an international impact, simply by donating basic supplies, which would help provide much-needed resources to children in Cusco.We are seeking pencils, markers, crayons, and other materials. Find details here.


La tertulia de jueves

La tertulia en LVC está destinada para los estudiantes que tengan como área de especialidad o subespecialidad  el español y  para aquéllos que están interesados o interesadas en practicar el español.  Por ello, el propósito de esta tertulia es la práctica y el desarrollo oral del idioma español.

A continuación detallamos el cronograma de reuniones para la primavera 2014:

Lugar:  Mund College Center Dining Room (la parte de atrás del comedor)

Hora: 11:30 – 12:30 pm


jueves 27 de marzo, 2014

jueves 10 de abril,  2014

jueves 1ro. de mayo,  2014

Enjoy the Spanish conversation with your lunch!

More details:

¡Los esperamos!


Looking back at the Winter break


In December 2013, Dr. Rick Chamberlin, Associate Professor of German and French, traveled to Germany and used the opportunity to attend a soccer game of Borussia Dortmund.


Current research

Carmen García Armero, Assistant Professor of Spanish, presented about the “The Spanish Experience of Trauma as seen through the Film: En la ciudad sin límites (The City of No Limits)” after a screening of the movie in ‘Reel Thinking’ Series of the Alliance for Psychoanalytic Thought of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia (PCOP).


Rick Chamberlin, Associate Professor of French and German, and Jörg Meindl, Assistant Professor of German, were accepted as chairs of a panel on “German in Pennsylvania” at the The Northeast Modern Language Association’s 45th annual convention in April 3-6, 2014, in Harrisburg, PA. -- Furthermore, Dr. Jörg Meindl was accepted as chair of the roundtable “Dead immigrants for a lively language course? Using historic resources to enhance the language classroom” at the same conference. They proposed the topics of the panel and roundtable, will select participants and moderate the panel/roundtable.


Week-long service-learning trip to Callao, Peru (May 2014)

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Languages in conjunction with the Office of Community Service and Volunteerism and Study Abroad has been awarded the President’s Innovation Fund to support a week-long service-learning trip to Callao, Peru the week following graduation in May 2014.

Our service work will focus on a small elementary school which receives very little support from the government and faces unusual hardships.

Contacts are Gabriela McEvoy and Chaplain Fullmer.

Find Details and contact information here.


Arnold Grant for Experiential Education Awarded to Gabriela McEvoy

Assistant Professor of Spanish Dr. Gabriela McEvoy received an Arnold Grant for Experiential Education for a research project with students. The research involves the transcription of 50 letters sent from the United States and Peru. Two students will participate in the research. After categorizing and analyzing the letters' main topics, the students will write a paper with Dr. McEvoy and submit it for publication.

More information on The Edward H. Arnold and Jeanne Donlevy Arnold Program for Experiential Education 

Where do Alumni Work? Language Skills and Careers

Read how LVC Graduate Erica Trapassograduate Erica Trapasso '10, German Minor and Art History Major, found a job thanks to her language skills: a career based on German and Art History.

Photo: Erica Trapasso '10

Two LVC Alumni found a home and job in Spain - study abroad and language skills opened new opportunities. Read more here:

Read the story on two LVC alumni working in Spain.


Innovative “Spanish for Heritage Speakers” Class Responds to Student Need (featured on WGAL and Lebanon Daily News)

As the Hispanic population continues to grow in Lebanon County and across the country, the number of children raised in Spanish-speaking homes continues to rise. But as these students attend school where English is the language of instruction, they grow up without any formal education in their native tongue.

Lebanon Valley College also realized an increase of Hispanic students that were fluent Spanish speakers, but were struggling with spelling and grammar, and therefore having difficulty placing into the appropriate Spanish class for their abilities. Continue reading at LVC news...

The course attracted interest in regional media outlets:

NBC affiliate WGAL visited Ivette Dr. Guzman-Zavalla's course "Spanish for Heritage Speakers" on November 15. See the coverage on the WGAL website.

Also, see the article in the Lebanon Daily News on the course.