Foreign Language Symposium Held at Immaculata University

The SouthEastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education (SEPCHE) will present a Foreign Language and Culture Symposium on Saturday, April 8, at Immaculata University from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The half day conference, explains Kathy Clark, associate professor and chair of the department of foreign languages at Immaculata, "will showcase the work of over eighty talented students from the eight SEPCHE member institutions. Immaculata University is delighted to host the third annual symposium. Each year we have seen the number of student presenters increase." Students will feature art, literature, music, dance, and topics of current interest in their presentations. Other students will relate the challenges they tackled while living and studying abroad in France, Spain, Australia, Guataemala, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico, and still others will share their service learning experiences with conference attendees.
Immaculata University students and their presentations include:
In Spanish
Continuing Education student Sandra Pascuas: Una vision acerca de la muerte en "Las Coplas" y La Célestina
Junior Megan Rodolico: Velázquez y Las Meninas: Sutileza de lo Barroco
Sophomore Lorena Torres: El Amor Cortés
Freshman Angela Llerena: La evolución del romance desde el siglo XVIII

In French
Junior Bridget Halcin: Le Cardinal Richelieu
Senior Rachelle Jean-Baptiste: Raoul Dufy et Marie Laurencin, peintres

Keynote speaker for the event is Bruce Heckman, Director of Curriculum Development for Immerge, a cross-cultural apprenticeship program. Mr. Heckman will address the topic, "Language and Worldview." Mr. Heckman will describe the absolute importance of becoming an insider to understand another´s person´s worldview and the role language plays to reach this goal.
Mr. Heckman holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska and an M.A. in Missiology from Fuller Seminary.
His address will be followed by a performance by the Holy Family University Polish Dancers. They will perform the Polonaise, a stately processional dance whose origin dates back to the 17th century. The Sevillanas Dancers from Rosemont College will close the day´s events with a performance of a Spanish folk dance, an old Castilian courtship dance which is a very important part of any main celebration in the South region of Spain, Andalusia.
SEPCHE is a consortium of eight independent higher education institutions in the Greater Philadelphia region that engages in a collaborative approach to the challenges of higher education and work to promote quality and efficiency of academic programming, student access, faculty development, institutional operations and community outreach, through sharing a range of activities, services, technology, and information. Member schools of SEPCHE are Immaculata, Arcadia, and Holy Family universities and Cabrini, Chestnut Hill, Gwynedd-Mercy, Neumann, and Rosemont colleges.
For more information on SEPCHE and the Foreign Language Symposium, please call Brighid Blake, SEPCHE´s executive director, at 215-572-8543.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.


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