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

Past Outstanding Students

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. 

Meet Our Outstanding Seniors for 2010!

Mike MinierMikael (Mik) Minier, who graduates with a B.S. in Biochemistry, a B.S. Mathematics, and a B.A. in Japanese, will start a Ph.D. program in Chemistry at MIT in the fall. There, Mik will have the opportunity to work with Steve Lippard, one of the world's leading bio-inorganic professors. Far from being a reclusive laboratory hermit, Mik is gregarious, open and friendly. Among other accomplishments at Pacific, he is a founding member of TriBenzene, a student organization dedicated to promoting interest and excellence in science in the K-12 grades. Mik is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a highly selective academic honor society, and winner of the Fred and Marguerite Early Undergraduate Research Award. (Mik is pictured here with College of the Pacific Dean Dr. Thomas Krise.)

Laura Easton has chosen the rare and challenging path of majoring in French while earning her B.A. in Education. She is a straight-A student across the board, and the quality of her work in French, even before studying abroad, has been truly impressive from the beginning. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa this year and won the Jan Good Award for best essay in Modern Languages and Literature. In the fall, Laura will apply to Master's Programs in Education, where she will bring together her studies in pedagogy and French language and literature. Her plans include teaching and returning to France.

Dr. Traci Roberts-Camps Publishes About Nature in Latin American Literature

Professor Traci Roberts-Camps published the chapter "Nature as Articulate and Inspirited in Oficio de tinieblas by Rosario Castellanos" in the book The Natural World in Latin American Literatures: Ecocritical Essays on Twentieth Century Writings (McFarland, 2010). She also recently presented the paper "The Female Body as Spectacle: 'Angel de fuego' by Dana Rotberg" at the Annual Mexican Conference at University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Arturo Giráldez Publishes Book on Globalization in the 16th Century

Professors Arturo Giráldez (Modern Languages and School of International Studies) and Dennis O. Flynn (Economics) published China and the Birth of Globalization in the 16th Century (Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate 2010). This volume in Ashgate's Variorum Collected Studies Series contains an introductory essay and reproduces eleven select articles published during the authors' 15-year collaboration.

Dr. Richman Presents Paper on Haitian Novelist Jacques Roumain

Professor Kathy Richman presented the paper "Militant Cosmopolitan in a Creole City" on Haitian novelist Jacques Roumain at the American Comparative Literature Association meeting in New Orleans in April 2010.

Students Hold "Half-Hour for Haiti" Fundraiser

Students in Dr. Richman's Francophone literature course, French 122, held an information and fundraising forum called "Half-Hour for Haiti" in which they presented information about social, economic and cultural aspects of Haitian society, and raised about $500 to support the work of Doctors without Borders after the earthquake.