Department of Hispanic Studies Headlines


Rachel Aron ('16-major) was awarded the Hispanic Studies Department Luis Leal Scholarship to study in Palma de Mallorca, Spain during the summer of 2016. Her story here.

Marta Aguirre  ('17 - major) was awarded a 2016 Eckley Scholars Award for her project “Education Not for Sale”  Her story here.  In March 2015, she was also a Luis Leal Endowed Scholarship winner Her story here.

Nathan Douglas ('15 - major) won a study abroad grant from the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (Sigma Delta Pi) to Alacalá de Henares, Spain at the Instituto Franklin-University of Alcalá de Henares for 4 weeks in July 2015. He was previously awarded a Mellon Humanities Scholarship to work on “And no one was waiting for me: Place and space in post-war and post-Franco Catalunya”) Summer 2014. His story here.

Hannah Eby ('15 - major) won a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education titled "Cultural Ambassadors: North American Language and Culture Assistant in Spain". She will work as K-12 language assistant in a Spanish public school during the 2015-2016 academic year. She was also recognized as the 2014 Student Laureate by  The Lincoln Academy of Illinois for her outstanding academic commitment and extracurricular activities. Her story here.

Kyle Fahsl ('20 - major) was highlighted in the Pantagraph newspaper for his participation in the inaugural eSports intercollegiate varsity sport at IWU.

Dr. Daynalí Flores-Rodríguez (faculty) presented a lecture, "Trans-Caribbean Narratives of Dictatorship and the Latin American Imaginary," on Feb. 19, 2016 at ISU as part of the Latin American and Latino Studies Program "Conversando entre nosotros" Brown Bag Series. Her story here.

Lizbeth García ('16 - minor) was chosen to participate in the Summer Enrichment Program. The IWU program focuses on professional and personal growth and is open to current Multiracial, African-American, Latino-Hispanic, Asian-American, Native American (MALANA) and international students.  Her story here.

Ruby García ('17 - major) was awarded a Gilman Scholarship to study abroad in Chile in Fall 2015. Her story here.

Melissa Guzman ('16 - minor) who interned at the Spanish-language network, Univisión, was invited to the US Hispanic Leadership Institute Conference by Sylvia Torres, a Chicago-based alderman. Her story here. Feb. 2016

Dr. Christina Isabelli (faculty) spearheaded the LRC Language School for Kids via a Donnocker Innovation Program Grant. Read about the Spanish Saturday Program here. She also received an IES teaching grant to teach in Madrid, Spain for 6 weeks in May. Her story here.

Danny Kenny ('13 - major) was awarded a Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarship to pursue a master's degree in environmental management and development at the Australian National University in Canberra. His story here.

Julie Lewis ('16 - minor) spearheaded the Bus Stop Project as part of the Zoellick Fellowship in Social Entrepreneurship. Her story here. She also won a grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education titled "Cultural Ambassadors: North American Language and Culture Assistant in Spain" for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Meaghan Mormann ('16 - major) was awarded the Technos International Award April 2016. Her story here.

Dr. Carolyn Nadeau (faculty) was awarded a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities grant for the translation and critical analysis of a 17th-century Spanish cookbook. Her story here.  She also published Food Matters: Alonso Quijano's Diet and the Discourse of Food in Early Modern Spain with the University of Toronto Press (2016). Her story here.

Kaitlyn O'Brien ('19 - major) was awarded the Hispanic Studies Department Luis Leal Scholarship to study abroad in Chile in Fall 2016. Her story here.

Yesenia Martínez Calderon ('20 - major) was awarded a scholarship by the Council for IWU Women for her ability to "exhibit personal and professional passion, communication skills, empowerment, leadership, and the influence and change that an individual brings upon others". Her story here

Nettie Rauch ('15 - major) has been named an IWU Action Research Center Weir Fellow for her work studying nonprofit organizations across 10 focus areas. Her story here.

Kathryn Rothas ('14 - major) took a creative approach to study abroad with her goal of becoming a bilingual dentist. Her story here

Ethan Szpara ('14 - major) presented his research titled, "Is all 'Spanglish' the same? An analysis of code-switching in Hispanic bilinguals of Colombian, Cuban and Mexican origin," at the XIV Simposio Internacional de Comunicación Social (14th International Symposium on Social Communication), held at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba in January 2015.