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Spanish and Portuguese teams up with LACIS to honor graduates!

On Friday, May 13, 2016, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese held a reception (jointly with Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies) to honor the Fall 2015 and Spring and Summer 2016 graduates with majors in Spanish, Portuguese, and LACIS. The event was held in the Madison Ballroom at the Concourse Hotel. All graduates of the program and their guests were invited to attend a reception that included a keynote address by Karl Whitemarsh, a 2013 graduate of Spanish, Portuguese, and LACIS, messages of congratulations from the Departmental Chair and the LACIS Director, awards to outstanding Spanish & Portuguese and LACIS majors, and certificates of completion to graduates in attendance.

At the reception, the Department of Spanish & Portuguese honored eight outstanding Spanish graduates: (From left to right) Pilar Isabel Carnecer Estrada (Spring 2016), Jacob Fleming (Spring 2016), Christian Gerhart (Fall 2015-No photo), Whitney Johnson (Spring 2016), Matt Hoyer (Spring 2016), Trevor Schell (Spring 2016), Amy Sleep (Spring 2016-No Photo), and Alex Waldman (Spring 2016). The Department additionally made its first-ever award for Early Excellence in Spanish to sophomore Anna Janke (Last Photo). The selection of these nine students was based on their demonstrated commitment both to academic excellence and to deep and meaningful engagement with their communities, particularly through service and outreach to Spanish-speaking communities in the United States and abroad. The students’ numerous service activities included working as tutors and childcare volunteers at the Centro Hispano and Literacy Network here in Madison, assisting with community-based research projects focused on health and child development, and volunteering at hospitals, clinics, and schools both in Wisconsin and while studying abroad in Spain. We in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese are very fortunate to have the chance to work with such exceptional and socially engaged students!