Award Date: May 2011
Associate Professor Cheikh Ndiaye (French/ Chair of Modern Languages ) with Dean Kristin Bidoshi (Dean of Studies/Associate Professor of Russian) have successfully secured a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) in Russian for the 2011-12 academic year.
The FLTA is a welcome and exciting resource for Union's Russian program, which is a well established language and literature program that is comprised of one full time faculty member and an adjunct instructor of Russian. The addition of a Russian FLTA to our program in recent years has been invaluable and a great asset, offering a tremendous opportunity for expanded exposure to the language and culture. Our program offers students the opportunity to pursue an Interdepartmental Major in Russian or construct their own Russian major within the Organizing Theme Major. Students are also able to Minor in Russian. Two full years of language instruction are offered on a regular basis as well as upper level courses in Russian literature and culture (in Russian) and topic courses in Russian literature, culture, folklore and film (in English). Third and fourth year language courses are offered as the need arises. Our weekly Russian Table (breakfast in the dorms, or lunch in the campus center) is well attended. We offer our students many different activities and opportunities to speak/hear Russian outside of the classroom. Every year we participate in a Russian Olympiada (a friendly language competition with 5 other Colleges/Universities). Each Spring we visit Brighton Beach for an end of the year Russian dinner. Our Russian and East European Culture Club is active on campus and in our community. Past events include Russian film evenings, Russian festivals with music, comedy, skits (in conjunction with the Albany-Russian organization Sputnik), Russian dinners, trips to theater and ballet performances in Schenectady and Albany, trips to Russian Orthodox Monastery in Jordanville, annual trip to Brighton Beach (Brooklyn, NY), Ukrainian Easter Egg coloring, Czech hockey evenings, etc.