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We are very pleased to introduce the following new faculty members who have joined us this year:
Assistant Professor of Arabic Dr. David DiMeo comes from Bos¬ton, Massachusetts. After earning a B.S. degree from West Point, he served in the U.S. Army for 26 years as a Middle East Specialist and Arabic Linguist. He earned an M.A. from Princeton University, with a thesis on the Muslim Brother¬hood, and then earned a Ph.D. at Harvard University in Modern Arabic Literature. His research focused on Egyptian writers who laid the groundwork for revolutionary change in the political and social system. He comes to us from West Point, where he taught Arabic since 2000. He has two kids in high school and a Corgi at home. He calls himself a new but very loyal fan of the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Dr. Dimeo will take a leadership role in building the Arabic program at WKU.
Chinese Instructor Yifang Zhang is a doctoral student at Northeast Normal University in China, where she is conducting dissertation research on discourse analysis. As a graduate student, she also taught Chinese language courses at the university's Department of Overseas Education. During the 2010-2011 academic year, Ms. Zhang studied Spanish at the University of Piura in Peru and taught Chinese through the Han Ban "volunteer teacher" Program of the Chinese government. In 2012- 2013, she will teach beginning and intermediate Chinese at WKU through the Han Ban Program. In her free time, she enjoys Chinese calligraphy and Chinese cooking.
Modern Languages is pleased to again be able to host two Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants. Isaac Muhando comes to us from Nairobi, Kenya, where he taught at an international school. He likes acting and directing, and was active in the drama program for four years while in college. He is very interested in AIDS prevention in Africa, and served as a Peer Educator Supervisor for the organization "I Choose Life Africa." He self-identifies as a leader who wants to continue to improve his leadership skills. He will teach first-year Swahili. Rachid Abou Abdellah comes to us from the southern part of Morocco. He taught English as a Foreign Language at a Middle School for eight years before coming to WKU. He looks forward to improving his language teaching skills and learning about American culture. He will teach first-year Arabic. For both Rachid and Isaac, this is the first time they have traveled outside their native countries. Help us make them feel welcome.
The Spanish Club is looking for you!
The Spanish Club is looking for new members. This is a great opportunity to get involved and to practice your Spanish skills. Contact Eder Maestre <firstname.lastname@example.org> for more details.