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Kerstin Taylor, 2011 German graduate, just accepted a position as a German teacher at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach.

Scott Werner, 2011 German graduate, just received his M.A. at the University of Heidelberg's "Heidelberg Center for American Studies." He moved to Germany when he received a fellowship from the Transatlantic Program following his graduation from ODU.

Steven Blalock and Halle Garcia (German & Spanish) have both received prestigious Fulbright awards to teach English and American Studies in Austria. Blalock's position is located roughly 1 hour outside of Innsbruck in the towns of Kramsach and Zell am Ziller while Garcia will teach at  at the Kirchliche Pädagogische Hochschule in Vienna for the 2009-2010 academic year.

Celia Stauty (Spanish) is currently in the Master's Program in Linguistics at the Monterrey Institute in International Studies.

Jennifer Felan (Spanish) upon graduation (2008) received the Meritorious New Teacher Candidate Award from the College of Education. She is currently in Guanajuato Mexico completing her Master's degree in Spanish from Southern Oregon University.

Katie Lought (Spanish) is putter minor in Latin American Studies to good use as a Program Coordinator for Operation Smile. Operation Smile. Operation Smile is a medical charity that provides free surgeries for children and adults with facial deformities all over the world. She organizes and leads medical missions to Mexico, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Ecuador.

Shawndell Mayes (Spanish) is currently in the Ed.S (Educational Specialist) Program with an emphasis on Administration and Leadership at Old Dominion University. Her plans are to ultimately open her own private Spanish language immersion school.

Darrell Templin (Spanish) is a Spanish teacher at Maury High School in Norfolk, VA.

Sandy A. Gottfried (Spanish) is a Spanish teacher at Indian River High School.

Hector Morales (Spanish) is a Spanish teacher at Kecoughtan High in Hampton, VA.

Stephanie Cunningham (International Studies 2005) is working toward a Master's degree in Latin American and Carribean Studies with a concentration on foreign policy and security at Florida International University. During her studies at ODU, Cunningham was involved in Model United Nations and participated in education abroad courses in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Buonos Aires, Argentina. She attributes such life-changing opportunities to the diversifying nature of ODU, adding that her studies were possible "thanks to Mike Dean at the Office of Study Abroad!" Cunningham is currently involved in a project for the Organization of American States (OAS) monitoring and analyzing political, institutional, social and economic climates in Latin American countries to identify potential crises (Courtesy of: Alumni News. College of Arts and Letters).