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MLLI Student Awards, 2020

April 15, 2020 9:31 AM
The following graduating seniors in MLLI have been recognized by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) for their academic achievements:

Overall Academic Achievement Award:  Sarah Natterman

Sarah is an outstanding student in her MLLI/Language and Cultural Studies major with a specialization in Korean. She has done exemplary work in UMBC Humanities Scholars Program and MLLI Honors Program. She is also a recipient of URA for 2019-2020 for her research on shared memory construction about political movements in Korea.


Overall Academic Achievement Award:  Kenya Avalos

Kenya is a returning student who is completing a BA/MA program in Spanish and TESOL with a 3.9 GPA and two children at home! She has excelled academically in all of her Spanish courses and is a class leader. Kenya has been a role model in our program; she will be an inspiration to her future students.


Angela Moorjani Award for Excellence in Language Skills:  Ryan Mahle

Ryan is completing the two language option in MLLI with Spanish and Arabic. He has studied abroad for five weeks in Colombia. His oral language skills in Spanish are outstanding and his writing is insightful with impeccable grammar. Ryan is in the BA/MA program in Intercultural Communication and will continue in the INCC MA program next year.


Angela Moorjani Award for Excellence in Language Skills:  Matthew Linz

Matthew has completed the requirements for the MLLI Russian major track and the Political Science department's International Politics minor track, maintaining a 4.0 GPA. He has multiple travel experiences in Russia, spending a total of six weeks in St. Petersburg and Moscow. He has completed an independent study course on Belarus's history and its contemporary relations with Russia and the West. Upon graduating, Matthew will work as an intern for the NSA's Summer Language Program. He has also been named as a semi-finalist for a Fulbright award to teach English in Kazakhstan and is awaiting word regarding finalist status.


May Roswell Memorial Award for Excellence in Writing:  Anessa Hughes

Anessa, a nationally certified sign language interpreter and non-traditional UMBC student, has completed the requirements for the MLLI Applied Linguistics major track, maintaining a 3.9 GPA. A veteran of the United States Navy, she enlisted in active duty and worked in the field of intelligence as a cryptologist and Spanish translator. She currently serves as a practicum mentor to interpreting students at the Community College of Baltimore County at Catonsville. Anessa has presented several workshops to students and colleagues on topics such as ethical decision making and the role of verbs in ESOL teaching. At UMBC, she works as a Writing Center tutor and sign language interpreter. After graduation Anessa plans to work in Deaf Education with the goal of increasing literacy rates for Deaf students.


Ricardo Palomares Award for Service and Academic Excellence:  Tasneem Mansour

Tasneem is an excellent student in her MLLI/Language and Cultural Studies major with a specialization in Korean and the Arabic minor. Her work in all her Korean, Arabic, and MLLI courses has been outstanding, and she is completing brilliant intercultural research for MLLI Honors Program. She has also helped Korean American communities in the region and ELI students from around the world.

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