Spanish cultural project awards students for their research

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Spanish cultural project awards students for their research

November 17, 2015

First and third place winners Poster winners from the course Spanish 1114 were awarded recently, pictured left to right is Dr. Claudia Young, assistant professor of Spanish; third place winner junior from Enid and nursing major Erin Norrie; first place winners Abbie Haskins junior from Nash and psychology major and Brody Nichols junior from Seiling and business major; and Dr. Francisco Martinez, professor of Spanish.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Foreign Language program recently had a cultural project with prize winners.

For the second time in the course Spanish 1114, taught by Dr. Francisco Martinez, professor of Spanish, and Dr. Claudia Young, assistant professor of Spanish, students were able to participate in the cultural project.

“The idea was to create awareness about a Spanish speaking country to celebrate Columbus Day and as a fundraiser for Dr. Dorothy Day’s Spanish Scholarship fund,” Martinez said.

Martinez explained that students were given instructions and rubrics to help their research after they picked their country. Those who participated received grades for the posters and attending the event, but it was not mandatory to attend all of the events.

Second place Poster winners from the course Spanish 1114 were awarded recently, pictured left to right are the second place winners Nathan Weatherly a freshman from El Paso, Texas and agriculture major with Matt Bickford a sophomore from Braintree, Massachusetts and a business major.

“Along the semester, we planned to have four or five activities so that they could attend the ones according to their schedule,” Martinez said. “We have had a presenter, karaoke, a movie forum, Columbus Day, and we are planning another movie before the end of the semester.”

First place and the recipients of the $20 prize for their poster design and research were juniors Brody Nichols, business accounting major from Seiling, and Abbie Haskins, psychology major from Nash. The first place duo’s country of choice was Republica de Guatemala. Second place with a prize amount of $15 was freshman Nathan Weatherly, agriculture major from El Paso, Texas; and sophomore Matt Bickford, business major from Braintree, Massachusetts, for their country of Cuba. Third place and a $10 prize went to junior Erin Norrie from Enid, who is majoring in nursing and chose Argentina as her country.

“The Spanish students were motivated doing research about another country different from theirs,” Martinez said. “They learned about it,and they liked it a lot.”

For more information on Spanish courses please contact Martinez at (580) 327-8466 or fjmartinez@nwosu.edu or Young at (580) 327-8464 or coyoung@nwosu.edu.

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