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Alumni

WLC Alumni

Foreign Languages at Iowa State University were taught sporadically from the university’s inception. It was not until 1899 that the Department of Modern Languages was formed and foreign language study became a permanent part of the academic curriculum. In 1969 the department was renamed Department of Foreign Languages in order to allow for the teaching of Latin and Classical Greek. In 1977 the department name was changed to Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures to bring visibility to its dual curricular focus. On July 1, 2006, we became the Department of World Languages and Cultures to better encompass the scope of the department’s mission and responsibilities with regard to Iowa State University’s strategic plan. Since 1970, over 1100 students have graduated from the combined departments of Modern Languages and Foreign Languages and Literatures. We will continue to add to these numbers as the newly named Department of World Languages and Cultures. As a way to recognize the many and diverse achievements of our graduates, the department has established Distinguished Alumni Awards to be presented each fall during ISU Homecoming Week. The first awardees were recognized in 2004 at the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Recognition Dinner. Nominations for the departmental Alumni Achievement Awards are accepted on a rolling basis. Please consider nominating someone you believe has made an impact in his or her profession.

 

Previous Award Recipients

2015

Roy Salcedo (Spanish, 1998) WLC Distinguished Alumni Award

2012

Donald D. Steiner (German, 1978) WLC Distinguished Alumni Award

2011

Elizabeth K. Andre (Spanish, 1998) WLC Distinguished Alumni Award
Christopher Johanson, Classical Studies Alumni Achievement Award

2010

Gene Lange, (German, 1969) WLC Distinguished Alumni Award
Blythe Bowman Proulx, Classical Studies Alumni Achievement Award

2009

Ronald A. Schubert, (Spanish, 1967) WLC Distinguished Alumni Award
Warren H. Stine, Classical Studies Alumni Achievement Award

2008

Madolyn Johnson, (Spanish, 1966) WLC Distinguished Alumni Award
David R. Jones, (Spanish, 1992) WLC Distinguished Alumni Award
Lisa M. Tetrault, (French, 1989) WLC Distinguished Alumni Award
Mark Ryerson, Classical Studies Alumni Achievement Award

2007

Kimberly E. Contag, (Spanish, 1980) WLC Educational Achievement Award
Susan Sandholm Petersen, (German, 1973) WLC Educational Achievement Award
Christopher Sorensen, (French and German, 1991) WLC Professional Achievement Award
Paul D. Mitchell, Classical Studies Alumni Achievement Award

2006

Sue Otto, (Spanish, 1969) WLC Professional Achievement Award
Christine Romans, (French, 1993) WLC Professional Achievement Award
Beth Vander Wilt, (Spanish, 1984) WLC Educational Achievement Award
Amy G. Thompson, Classical Studies Alumni Achievement Award

2005

Beth Eilers, (French, 1987) FLL Alumni Educational Achievement Award
Frederick Schwink, (German, 1983) FLL Alumni Educational Achievement Award
Gary Stahl, (Spanish and International Studies, 1983) FLL Alumni Professional Achievement Award
Heather D. Schafroth, Classical Studies Alumni Achievement Award

2004

Anne Bourdine (Russian, BA ’86) FLL Alumni Professional Achievement Award
Gene Larson (French, BA ’76) FLL Alumni Educational Achievement Award

Connecting with World Languages and Cultures @ Iowa State

There are many ways in which the graduates of our language programs can renew their connection with the faculty and students in World Languages and Cultures at Iowa State. Alumni are always welcome back to campus to visit with our faculty, to check out our new Language Studies Resource Center, or to meet with our students. Our undergraduate students benefit tremendously from interaction with our graduates as they seek out advice on combining academic majors, recommendations on study and work abroad, and first-hand information on graduate studies and career options.

If you would like to visit the Iowa State campus and share your academic or professional expertise with our students, please contact the department chair at 515-294-4046. We also welcome alumni assistance in identifying internship opportunities for our advanced undergraduates, establishing student scholarships, or supporting other departmental initiatives. We look forward to connecting with you again at Homecoming, during VEISHEA, or whenever your travels take you through Ames!