Senior Asian Studies student Mikayla Higgins has been inducted into the National Collegiate Chinese Honor Society. Sponsored by the Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA), the National Collegiate Chinese Honor Society is founded to recognize the outstanding academic achievement of college students in learning Chinese as a second language. Honor Society members must meet the following qualifications:
- Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4-point scale in Chinese language courses and have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale for all college level courses taken
- Must demonstrate strong evidence of engagement and commitment to Chinese language and culture related in school or community activities.
- Must preserve an excellent record of behavior in and out of school.
Valparaiso University student Teshurah Lee ’18 was one of 150 students worldwide selected for the prestigious “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition held recently in China.
The “Chinese Bridge” Proficiency Competition recognizes and showcases the Chinese language in several rounds of competition. Teshurah competed against 150 other students in Changsha, China, after winning the U.S. Midwest Chinese Speech Competition, held in her hometown, Chicago. An Asian Studies major, Teshurah is interested in pursuing a career with a global ambassador program. At Valpo, she is a Chinese tutor; sings in the women’s choir and gospel ensemble; and is a member of the Black Student Organization, the Commission for an Inclusive Valparaiso Community, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Steering Committee. Teshurah began Chinese language courses as a high school freshman and has participated in Chinese competitions each year since, which has helped her to build critical verbal and presentation skills. And while Teshurah said she learned about Chinese culture in her language courses, being in the country enabled her to truly experience the culture. “I was able to go back to their roots and learn why they do what they do,” she said. The “Chinese Bridge” Chinese Proficiency Competition’s goal is to stimulate enthusiasm of youth in learning the Chinese language and reinforcing global understanding of the Chinese language and culture.
The Asian Women Scholars Workshop took place on September 23 and featured presentations by campus faculty in International Studies, Communication, and the Law School, among others.
- Teshurah Lee ‘18, a fourth-year Chinese student, won first place at the 2016 U.S. Midwest Chinese Bridge Speech Contest at DePaul University. Congratulations Teshurah!
- Kathleen Salter ‘19, a second-year Chinese student, was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship by the Department of State. Kathleen will study Chinese in Xi’an, China this summer.
- Maia Moore ’18, a second-year Chinese student, received a Caterpillar Foundation Scholarship and a Freeman-ASIA award. Maia will study abroad in Hangzhou during the fall 2017 semester.