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Modern Languages and Literatures

Four students talk about using Spanish in the future - Spring 2012

Three Spanish majors in the graduating class of 2012 will be pursuing unique careers upon graduation.  A fourth student will be departing Pittsburg State after two years in the program to devote all his time to his own business.  Each of their career paths has already had many successes and the future for each looks very bright.

Danielle Davis has been selected by her sorority to visit local chapters all over the United States to assist them in developing their programs.  The organization will pay for all her expenses during this time as well as provide her with a stipend.  Danielle is excited about this opportunity and is looking forward to this next stage of her life.  Upon completion of her year of service, she plans to continue her education and is considering several options including international business.

Caleb Hays shares this year’s Modern Languages Program award as the Outstanding Spanish Student.  Caleb has studied Spanish and Computing while at Pittsburg State, as well as having been a member of the University Chorus.  As a result, he has travelled with that organization to both Italy and Ireland.  Caleb has also been working as an intern in the local office of Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins.  Upon graduation, he plans to pursue a Master's of Business Administration degree in International Business at the University of Kansas.

Nick Judd shares this year’s Modern Languages Program award as the Outstanding Spanish Student.  During his time at Pittsburg State, Nick participated in one of the many opportunities for study in other countries that Pittsburg State offers and spent a semester in Salamanca, Spain.  Nick has also worked as a student employee in the Modern Languages Program and has been a Spanish tutor.  He has accepted an offer to be a graduate teaching assistant at Illinois State University where he will pursue his Master’s degree in Spanish.

Patrick Stoddart began his own business, Revdel LLC, while a junior at Lee’s Summit (MO) High School.  During his two years at Pittsburg State he has majored in Spanish, because of his love of the language.  He has received awards for outstanding academic achievement in his Spanish courses each year at the Modern Languages and Literatures banquet.  He also served as President of Alpha Mu Gamma, the national foreign language honor society, this year.  Because of the continued growth of his company, Patrick has decided to dedicate himself full time to it, placing his academic career on hold for now.  We wish him well as he pursues his dream.