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Stuart McLaughlin

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Stuart McLaughlin

Stu McLaughlin (shown here in Astana, Kazakhstan with Moldir Kulamkadyr, a 2016 year Penn State graduate) is a senior at Penn State with a major in Russian and minors in Spanish and Arabic. His linguistic interests led him to begin studying Russian in addition to his Spanish and Arabic classes. After a year spent studying Russian at Penn State, Stu spent the summer of his sophomore year enrolled in advanced language courses in Saint Petersburg; his study was supported by the FLAS fellowship.  Since then he has been an active member of the Penn State Association of Students in Russian, as well as a teaching assistant for beginner to intermediate level Russian courses. His aspirations for an international career in translation include working as a professional interpreter for dignitaries and Foreign Service work in U.S. Embassies with a specialization in Eastern European and Central Eurasian language and culture. In 2016 Stu received another FLAS fellowship and spent the summer at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, studying Russian, Kazakh, and translation theory. This fall, Stu will be continuing his studies at Penn State and begin adapting his linguistic skills towards a career in professional translation and interpretation.

Joseph Nakpil (B. A. in Russian 2015)

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Joseph Nakpil (B. A. in Russian 2015)

Joseph Nakpil (class of 2015) finished his undergraduate degree with a double major in Comparative Literature and Russian.He studied abroad several times (including to the Republic of Georgia and the Czech Republic), and studied many languages (including Chinese and Turkish), but eventually found Russian to be his mainstay. He is currently pursuing his PhD at The University of Southern California in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.

Rebecca Zadowicz

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Rebecca Zadowicz

Rebecca Zadowicz graduated with her Ph.D. in German Literature and Culture in 2010. She now puts the research and writing skills she developed while completing her Ph.D. to good use as an analyst at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Laura Brown

Laura Brown (RUS/MUSIC) was College Marshal in 2014 and is now pursuing a PhD at Yale.
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Laura Brown

Laura Brown was College of the Liberal Arts College Marshal in 2014. She double majored in Russian and Music, which allowed her to combine her love for Russian language and culture with her specialization in musicology.  She is currently a PhD student in Musicology at Yale University.

Kyle Snowberger

Kyle Snowberger (GER/AERSP) receives a summer internship in Germany.
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Kyle Snowberger

Kyle Snowberger graduated in May 2016 with a double major in German and Aerospace Engineering. He now works at Beechcraft Defense Company LLC, a subsidiary of Textron Aviation in Wichita Kansas, as an "Advanced Design Engineer- goverment business," which means that he gets to use creative thinking and engineering tact to conceptualize and design products. In Summer 2014 he completed a paid internship with the Manitowoc Company in Wilhelmshaven, Germany. He also received additional funding from the Career Enrichment Network in the College of Liberal Arts to help offset tuition costs related to the internship. When asked why he has chosen to major in German alongside Engineering, he points to the following article from the Washington Post:  We don’t need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training.

Joshua Brown

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Joshua Brown

Joshua Brown graduated with his Ph.D. in German Linguistics and Applied Linguistics in 2011. He is now an assistant professor of German at the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. His research focuses (amongst other things) on Pennsylvania German and issues of language maintenance and shift. In 2014 he was named a Teacher of Excellence by the German Embassy, AATG and Goethe Institute. See his personal website: http://www.joshuarbrown.com/ 

Courtney Johnson Fowler

Courtney Fowler receives Fulbright and NSF grants to support her dissertation work.
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Courtney Johnson Fowler

Courtney Johnson Fowler is a current Ph.D. student in German Linguistics and Applied Linguistics. She has the distinct honor of receiving a Fulbright Fellowship, an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant, and RGSO funding from the College of Liberal Arts to help fund her dissertation research, which investigates language production among German-Italian bilinguals from Südtirol. She spent the 2014-2015 academic year in Salzburg collecting her data and is hoping to complete her dissertation this year.

Ashley Roccamo

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Ashley Roccamo

Ashley Roccamo graduated with her Ph.D. in German Linguistics and Applied Linguistics in 2014. She is now the Associate Director of Articulation and Assessment of the Language Center at the University of Southern California.  In this position, she works together with faculty from ten different languages to create and sustain plans for program evaluation.  She is also in charge of planning Language Center events and workshops for faculty. See her personal website for more information: http://ashleyroccamo.weebly.com/

Adam Baker and Abigail Massaro

Adam Baker and Abigail Massaro (GER 2015) receive English TAships to Austria.
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Adam Baker and Abigail Massaro

Adam Baker and Abigail Massaro—two German majors from the class of 2015—were awarded English Teaching Assistantships in Austria for the 2015-2016 academic year. They spent the year teaching English to Austrian high school students in Wels (Adam) and Vienna (Abigail). Congratulations to Adam and Abby on this accomplishment!