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Eye on Alumni
Amy MoosAmy Moos: In her own words
After graduating from Whitworth in 2009 with a B.A. in Spanish language and literature, I put my degree right to use. I became an AmeriCorps Vista employee working for the National Farm Workers Service Center at an afterschool learning center in Phoenix, Ariz. I lived in an extremely diverse and impoverished area where I taught elementary-age kids and managed a team of volunteers to run the afterschool program. In addition to speaking Spanish daily, I translated documents, wrote my own bilingual newsletters, interpreted during parent meetings for the speakers we brought into the community, and much more!

After my time in Phoenix, I came back to my hometown, Boise, Idaho, hoping to find a job where I could use my language skills. I am currently working at Midtowne Insurance, Inc., as a bilingual customer service representative. The agency is located a few miles from Boise and serves a large population of Hispanic people who work as laborers in construction and agriculture. I use my Spanish skills daily to explain and sell insurance and troubleshoot for clients. I knew that after my undergrad years I was not finished with my education, so I began applying for graduate programs last fall. I was accepted with full teaching assistantships at two schools, and a partial assistantship at a third. In August I will attend the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, to obtain my M.A. in Spanish language. I will also teach undergraduate beginning-level Spanish courses. I hope to become a professor eventually, because it seems I just can't get enough of the academic setting.

Faculty Spotlight
Dinorah ScottMeet Dinorah Scott, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Spanish and Linguistics
Coordinator of the Language Program and Student Residence at Whitworth University-Costa Rica
Dinorah Scott joined the Whitworth faculty in 2006. Because of her interest in applied linguistics, specifically in language acquisition, she has taught the lower-division Spanish courses (SN 101/102), working with other instructors to improve the Elementary Spanish I/II curriculum. She has also taught an upper-division course, Spanish Linguistics – SN 460, and Latin American Women Writers – SN 434, which counts for Gender & Women Studies credit. Finally, Scott has served the campus community by teaching interdisciplinary courses such as International Films – HU 201.

Scott recently presented a paper at the 20th annual North American Christian Foreign Language Association (NACFLA) conference, "Hospitality to the Stranger," at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind. Her paper was about the results of a faith and learning integration project she implemented in her Elementary Spanish I/II classes throughout the 2009-10 academic year.

Over the last three years, Scott has served as the Spanish Live Lab program advisor. In this role, she appreciates the great student employees who work as coordinators. "I am blessed to advise such students!" she says, "And also to work with my department colleagues, from whom I have learned so much."

This fall, Scott will teach at Whitworth's international campus in Costa Rica, where she will serve as coordinator of the language program and the student residence program.

News & Events
Spring Social a Success
About 30 students gathered with modern languages faculty members on Monday, May 3, for the inaugural Modern Languages Spring Social, an event celebrating our wonderful majors. Participants enjoyed socializing in the good company of classmates and friends while also enjoying Mexican fajitas and French chocolate torts (via Sodexo).

Departmental scholarships were also announced for 2010-11. In most cases, $1,000 scholarships were given to declared French and Spanish majors or minors based on academic excellence, dedication to the department, and financial need.

Scholarships were awarded to Spanish majors Annie Aeshbacher, Stephen Eyman and Caitlin Dill. Julie Caruso received the French departmental award. Winners of the Bruce Sweatt Scholarship, for those studying abroad in a French-speaking country during the 2010-11 academic year, include Amy Wyatt, who will study in Guadeloupe, and Danny Gubitz, who will spend the year in France. Congratulations to our scholarship recipients! A heartfelt thanks to all who attended – we hope to see you next year!

Job Postings
The Northshore School District near Seattle is seeking two teachers to teach in its dual-language program (English and Spanish) this coming year. If you are graduating this year and are interested, please contact Whitworth alumnus James Bettis (, who teaches 5th and 6th grades at Wooden Elementary School in Bothell, Wash.

DELE Exam Update
The Spanish DELE exam level C I will be available in fall 2010. Mark your calendars for the test date: Saturday, Nov. 20.

Vol. 1 Issue 1 April 2010

The Modern Linguist was birthed from the desire to unite those who study in the modern languages discipline at Whitworth University. The newsletter features information, news and stories applicable to those involved in the program. Let it serve you well.

Modern Languages Department
Westminster Hall
Whitworth University
Phone: 509.777.4765
Department Chair and Editor-in-Chief: Bendi Benson Schrambach
Editor: Aaron Newby, '11
For student employment information, please contact Vicki Daggy, program assistant, at 509.777.4765

Scripture of the Month
"Exercez l'hospitalité les uns envers les autres, sans vous plaindre."
I Pierre 4:9

"Aun los jóvenes se cansan, se fatigan, y los muchachos tropiezan y caen; pero los que confian en el Señor renovarán sus fuerzas; volarán como las águilas; correrán y no se fatigarán, caminarán y no se cansarán."
Isaías 40:30-31