Hattiesburg, Miss., January 25 - Cheryl Maqueda, assistant professor of Spanish at William Carey University, was recently honored as the Mississippi Foreign Language Association (MFLA) Teacher of Excellence. She was also re-elected as president of the Mississippi chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP) in November. Maqueda and WCU adjunct instructor of French Beth Pierce presented a workshop entitled, “Culture Sparks” at the 2012 MFLA meeting, and it has been accepted for inclusion in the program at the 2013 AATSP Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, July 8-11. She will also represent Mississippi at the regional South Conference on Language Teaching held in Birmingham in March.
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Hattiesburg, Miss., November 27, 2012 - Seven William Carey University students were formally inducted into the WCU Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society on November 14 on WCU’s Hattiesburg campus. Established in 1924 to confer distinction for high achievement in English language, literature, and writing, Sigma Tau Delta invites members to join based on academic excellence.
The 2012 Sigma Tau Delta inductees were Autumn Barnard of Laurel, Nancy Barnard of Laurel, Randi Clark of Purvis, Amanda Gwin of Moselle, Alyssa Keyes of Ringgold, Ga., Natalie McMillen of Hattiesburg and Danielle Walters of Carriere. Faculty sponsor is Edison Williams, instructor of philosophy and language and literature, and co-sponsor is Dolores O’Mary, administrative assistant for language and literature. Officers elected for the 2012-13 year are Alyssa Keyes, president, and Alex Parker, vice-president.
A reception followed the ceremony.
Hattiesburg, Miss., September 28, 2012 - William Carey University recently hosted the sixth regional workshop of the Mississippi Foreign Language Association (MFLA) in the Student Conference Center.
Following the welcome by Yohanna Jiménez, adjunct professor of Spanish at WCU and MFLA president, a presentation entitled “Culture Sparks,” was led by Beth Pierce, French teacher at Columbia High School and adjunct French instructor at WCU, and Cheryl Maqueda, assistant professor of Spanish at WCU and president of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (MS-AATSP). Next, Nolvia Ventura, a Spanish teacher at Presbyterian Christian School, presented “Creative Activities to Impact the Foreign Language Classroom and the Whole School Community.”
Following a luncheon on campus, Jiménez gave updates on the MFLA and Maqueda gave updates on MS-AATSP. After the updates, Jiménez presented “Fun Games and Activities to Motivate and Involve World Language Students,” and Seth Powell, a Spanish teacher at Oak Grove Middle School, presented “Outside In – Creating Relevancy and Intrigue.” In closing, Jiménez, Maqueda, and Ventura presented “Using Technology in the Language Classroom.”
Jiménez concluded the workshop by announcing details about the 2012 MFLA Conference which will be held at Lake Tiak O’Khata Resort in Louisville November 9-10. All foreign language educators and students are encouraged to join and come to the conference. Dues and registration for first-time member, students, and first-year teachers are $10. For more information, visit www.msfla.org.
Colby Lambert, a senior biblical studies major and English minor from Raleigh, recently received the Ernest Pinson Scholarship awarded by the Board of Ministerial Education, Mississippi Baptist Convention Board. Board member Dr. Daniel Caldwell, dean of the Cooper School of Missions and Biblical studies and professor of religion at WCU, presented the scholarship to Lambert.
The scholarship is given to outstanding church-related vocations students. Lambert serves as youth pastor, as well as interim pastor, at Lake Como Baptist Church.