April 13, 2010


ALLIANCE, Ohio - Alpha Mu Gamma, the national foreign language honorary, held its 30th biennial convention March 29-30 at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut and among those actively participating were students and professors of Mount Union College.

Since the founding of the honorary society, students and faculty from across the country have been in attendance at the conventions. This year, three students and Dr. Angela Zumbar and Dr. Mark Himmelein of the foreign language department at Mount Union were selected to make presentations.

The students included Katy Boyce, a senior French major from Alliance, who presented "The Role of Women in 17th Century French Literature"; Steve Gehlert, a senior Spanish major from Worthington, who presented "A Brand New Experience: A Journey into the Heart of Basque Culture"; and Melissa Wolpert, a senior French major from Alliance, who presented "Romantisme vs. Realisme: Les Romans de Chateuabriand, Sand, Balzac, Flaubert et Zola."

All three students are foreign language teacher candidates and gave their presentations prior to the convention at Mount Union as their Senior Culminating Experiences.

Also at the convention, Zumbar, professor of Spanish, presented "The Isabella Breviary," a discussion she recently gave at the College's annual Faculty Lecture concerning the historic and artistic implications of the gift of the Breviary to Queen Isabella, Queen of Spain.

Himmelein, assistant professor of German, presented a lecture entitled "Distance Learning: What Role Should it Play in Foreign Language Teaching?" at the convention, as well.

In addition, Dr. Frank Triplett, professor of French and chair of the foreign language department at the College, concluded his term as Alpha Mu Gamma's National President (1998-2001) and was re-elected to a second term. Zumbar was also re-elected to a second term as the society's Regional Vice-President for Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

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