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Modern Languages and Literature
Wendell Phillips Center Annex
Beth Moreno
Administrative Assistant
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Outstanding Students

These Modern Languages and Literature students not only exhibit academic excellence, but also serve as examples of the mission of College of the Pacific. They have excelled in the classroom and beyond, whether it's through multiple degrees, research, study abroad or service to their communities. They are the epitome of excellence and champions of the liberal arts. Take a glimpse at some of the Modern Languages and Literature department's outstanding students:


Adam AndersonAdam Anderson

Adam Anderson is a double major in International Relations and the Chinese language, with an Economics minor. He has recently been awarded a prestigious Boren scholarship, which will enable him to study Mandarin Chinese in Shanghai, China for a year. Following graduation, Adam intends to work in the national security field. Learn more about Adam>>





Congratulations to our 2016 Outstanding Student

Each year, the Department of Modern Languages and Literature recognizes outstanding students who demonstrate academic excellence.

This May, we recognized the exceptional work of one student with the 2016 Outstanding Student award:

  • Connie Mach

Congratulations to our 2014 Outstanding Graduates

French - Emma Schyberg
Spanish - Eugenia Abigail Hernandez & Amy Wyckoff
Chinese - Brianna Harrison
Japanese- Alyssa Namba
German - Matthew Muller
Russian - Alyssa Rodriguez 

And congratulations to MLL Phi Beta Kappa inductees Jennifer Lacombe and Jesse Herche

Congratulations to our 2012 Outstanding Graduates

Each May, we recognize the exceptional work of our college's top seniors with the Outstanding Graduate award. 

Benjamin Fong

  • Benjamin Fong
  • Lindsay Kipnis
  • Dora Scott 

Benjamin Fong graduated with a degree in Asian Languages and Studies with a Chinese concentration. He was recently elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society and the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society. As Co-Director of UOP Knolens Chapter of Mortar Board, Benjamin served as a student representative for the Department and Program Coordinator in Nanjing International Communication and Translation Center while studying abroad in China. He also received the Modern Language and Literature Department's Best Senior Award for the Chinese program.

Lindsay KipnisIn addition, Benjamin is in Pacific's Pre-Pharmacy accelerated program and will attend University of the Pacific's Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in the fall.

Lindsay Kipnis earned degrees in French and Theater Arts and was awarded Outstanding Senior in both the Modern Language and Literature and Theater Arts departments. She is a Powell Scholar and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

She has a full summer ahead: an internship at the Summer Repertory Theater in Santa Rosa, CA; travel to Israel as part of the Birthright Israel program; then to France, where she has been named a teaching assistant in English by the French government for the 2012-2013 academic year. Her posting is to the Academy of Reims.

Dora ScottDora Scott graduated Summa Cum Laude with degrees in Spanish Pedagogy and Music Performance with a concentration in the viola. She is in several honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa; Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society; Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi; Mortar Board National Collegiate Senior Honor Society; Sigma Delta Pi National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society; Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First-Year Students.

Dora plays the viola and will attend CSU Sacramento to work on her Masters in Music, concentrating in viola performance.

Annual Awards

Students have the opportunity to earn special recognition within the Modern Languages and Literature department:

  • The Jan Good Award is presented to winners of an annually posted essay contest in French or Spanish.
  • The MLL Annual Awards night at the end of spring semester celebrates student achievement in all of the languages.

Former Japanese Major Receives NSF Fellowship at MIT

Mikael (Mik) Minier graduated from Pacific last spring (2010) with a triple major: B.S. in Biochemistry, a B.S. Mathematics, and a B.A. in Japanese. He started the Ph.D. program in Chemistry at MIT this past fall, and he was recently awarded a substantial fellowship through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The GRFP provides three years of support, providing a generous stipend and cost-of-education allowance in addition to other resources.

Pacific Student Receives Prestigious Fulbright-Hays Grant

Stephen LeePacific student Stephen Lee '12 was notified last week that he will receive a prestigious Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad Program grant. Stephen, a double major in the Eberhardt School of Business and the College of the Pacific, will receive $10,000 to help pay for expenses while he is enrolled in the CIEE Study Center's Intensive Chinese Language and Culture program in Taipei in the spring 2011 semester.