The first half of academic year 2014-15 has flown by and we find ourselves on the doorstep of 2015 with many new opportunities and challenges to look forward to. There have been several accomplishments of note in need of recognition over the past year, not the least of which is the service of Lori Wiest who did a stellar job as interim chair. I would like to thank Dr. Wiest for all her hard work and determination and we all wish her well in her new position as Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Whether it be new study abroad programs and university connections in countries such as Chile and Germany, successful sabbatical applications, peer-reviewed publications in world class publishing houses and journals, new tenured faculty applications, successful conference participation, scholarship and grant applications, or increased innovation in the classroom, the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures at WSU is pushing the boundaries of research, teaching, and service in new and intriguing ways. As you read through all of the sections in this newsletter, you will see that the department is engaged in a great deal of meaningful scholarly activity, worthy of a tier-one research institution. In a global economy and an ever-shrinking world, the Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures means business: Let us globalize your education.
This newsletter is an important part of a new outreach program, trying to connect with interested alumni, future students, parents, and interested Cougs anywhere. Feel free to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. There will soon be a new website for the department, which should also serve to keep everyone up to date on important departmental news. The newsletter, social media platforms, and website are important factors in presenting the top-level research, teaching, and service performed by our faculty members.
In conclusion, thank you for your support of Foreign Languages and Cultures at WSU and I hope that I have the chance to meet a great many of you in the coming semesters. It truly is humbling to see the positive attitudes and can-do spirit that this campus, college, and department exude.
Jolyon T. Hughes, Ph.D.
Professor of German
Chair, Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures
Washington State University
Thompson Hall 110B
Campus Delivery 2610
Pullman, WA 99164-2610
Phone: (509) 335-6173