Student News & Profiles

Emma Budwig (Middle School Teacher of Spanish, San Francisco Friends School) speaks Spanish as her primary language at home.

But at Middlebury, she discovered that there's more to language learning than speaking the language. "The professors here, from all over the world, are fabulous, and the cocurricular activities, from movies to concerts and roundtable discussions, provide enrichment far beyond the classroom." Emma has also discovered how graduate work at Middlebury can attract the attention of prospective employers. "I am positive that having a Middlebury degree on my résumé was the reason that I was chosen for an interview," she says. "This fall, I'll be moving out to San Francisco to start my new job."

Marybeth Redheffer works to assess responses to humanitarian crises around the world

Marybeth Redheffer (MA Spanish ’04, Middlebury; MA International Policy Studies '06, Monterey Institute of International Studies) returned to Madrid to work for DARA, an international non-profit organization that specializes in the evaluation of humanitarian action. Marybeth has been very involved in DARA's largest initiative, the Humanitarian Response Index (HRI), which annually assesses responses to humanitarian crises to see how well donor countries are abiding by good practice. In addition to coordinating the publication of the HRI, she has participated in field missions to Colombia, Georgia, Ethiopia, the Philippines, and Indonesia and is co-author of the crisis report on Georgia.

Margaret Fenwick publishes "green guide" with prologue by Jane Goodall

Writer and blogger Margaret Fenwick (MA Spanish ’00) has published Eco Chic: Pequeños gestos para cuidar de ti y tu planeta, an upbeat and positive green-living guide specifically written for Spain, the Spanish people, and the Spanish culture. Published by Ediciones Martínez Roca (Grupo Planeta), the book features a prologue by renowned anthropologist Jane Goodall. Margaret writes, "Without the excellent education of the Middlebury Spanish program and the generous Juan Centeno Memorial Scholarship I was awarded, none of this would have been possible."

Never a dull moment for Katrina Spencer during year abroad in Madrid

Currently completing the year-abroad portion of her MA in Spanish, Katrina Spencer is keeping very busy in Madrid. In addition to teaching English to Madrileños, interning at a trilingual bookstore where she reads Spanish-language stories to children, singing contralto in a university choir, and participating in a Spanish radio interview about the film "Precious" (note: interview begins about a third of the way into the program), she has also become an event organizer for Generation Schengen, a group that promotes permeable European borders and intercultural exchange. In addition, she has started a Facebook group called "Afro-Madrid" for people of African descent living in Madrid; the aim of the group is to promote cultural events and sites that celebrate African heritage and to explore Spain's relationship to Africa, a topic which Katrina hopes will form the basis for her doctoral studies.

Vanessa Ehler creates World Language Museum at Tolland High School

Vanessa Ehler, MA Spanish '08, was awarded a Tolland Education Foundation Grant to create the World Language Museum at Tolland High School. Inspired by her art professor in Madrid, Carlos Vela, Vanessa selected 75 pieces to complete this exciting addition to her Connecticut school. The Museum includes prints by the following artists: Dali, Goya, Velazquez, Botero, Khalo, Rivera, El Greco, Monet, Manet, Matisse, Braque, and Magritte.

School of Spanish

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Audrey LaRock, Coordinator
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