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Alum Spotlight

Grace deMeurisse, B.A., '19, Linguistics, was recently in The New York Times. From the article, "I wish I had known how to separate my learning from my grades. My educational experience became profoundly better and more enriched when I learned how to start learning for the sake of learning, and not for the sake of monotonously turning in an assignment for the grade I would get in return." Read more HERE

Grace deMeurisse

Grace deMeurisse at graduation, spring of 2019.

 

Student and Faculty Spotlight

Students Nancy Brill and Brahm van Woerden presented their research at the 2019 Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference in Flagstaff, AZ, Sep. 2019.

Linguistics students and faculty shared their research at the 2019 Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Conference in Flagstaff, AZ, Sep. 2019.

Faculty and students pose with their research poster in front of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Sep. 2019. From left, Dr. Jordan Sandoval, Dr. Kirsten Drickey, student Nancy Brill, and student Brahm van Woerden.

 

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Outstanding Graduate in Linguistics

Laura Munger

Photo of 2018-2019 Linguistics Outstanding Graduate, Laura Munger

From Western Today: Laura Munger of Portland, Oregon, graduated magna cum laude and with University Honors in June with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She majored in linguistics with a minor in Arabic and Islamic studies. During her time at Western, Munger pursued major-concentrations in second language acquisition and language change, all while maintaining a 3.98 GPA. Her capstone project involved exploring the changing uses of taboo words in English over time. She also worked as a research assistant for Western Talks, helping to raise awareness of linguistic diversity in the WWU community. After graduation, she plans to pursue a doctorate in linguistics at the University of Washington. Munger is a graduate of Central Catholic High School.

 

Linguistics major, Manda Baur, has been chosen as the winter 2019 College of Humanities and Social Sciences commencement speaker

Photo of Manda and friends

Baur, front, poses with friends on the beach. “They've helped me through a lot the past couple years,” Baur said. Photo courtesy of Manda Baur.

“Baur grew up in the Tri-Cities and graduated from Southridge High School and Columbia Basin College. At Western, Baur has studied linguistic discrimination, particularly oppression through language, and how language affects society. They also volunteered for Jeopardy, Western’s student literary magazine.” Read more about the winter commencement ceremony HERE.

 

Senior Karlly Palica and sophomore Sarah Bahzad set up a tripod and camera to interview passing students in Red Square on Thursday, March 7. Photo by WWU Visual Journalism student Roisin Cowan-Kuist

Senior Karlly Palica and sophomore Sarah Bahzad set up a tripod and camera to interview passing students in Red Square on Thursday, March 7. The pair conducted a study of accents in the Pacific Northwest for a project in their LING 402 / ENG 436 class. Photo by WWU Visual Journalism student Roisin Cowan-Kuist.

Kailey Hegedus was chosen as the 2017-2018 Outstanding Graduate in Linguistics.

Read more about it HERE.

Two Western Linguistics Program Students Awarded Coveted Fulbright Scholarships

Congratulations to Maria José Palacios Figueroa and Kimberly Christensen

Read more about it HERE

Maria José Palacios Figueroa will graduate next month from WWU and then spend next year on a Fulbright to Brazil, teaching English to students who are studying to become English teachers. WWU photo/Rhys Logan

Maria José Palacios Figueroa

Photo of Kimberly Christensen

Kimberly Christensen

Jeffrey James Guptil was chosen as the 2016-2017 Outstanding Graduate in Linguistics.

Read more about it HERE.

 

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