The Modern Linguist

Faculty Spotlight

Carmen Felice, Spanish Lecturer

Carmen Felice with family in downtown Spokane

The students in our department are the highlight of each day! I am thankful for their commitment and their desire to absorb my native language and all aspects of its rich culture. I am from Venezuela, where I worked for 20-plus years with a multi-national company in the areas of business and import and export. A wonderful synergy occurred when I had the opportunity to utilize this experience, teaching students in Spanish for Whitworth's Master of International Management Program. Jan Term 2013 proved also to be full of adventure as I accompanied 20 students to green and lush Guatemala, with its humble people willing to share their hearts, homes, food and Mayan traditions with us. Inside the classroom and during study-abroad opportunities, my goal is to foster and nurture environments where my students can be immersed in the language for the richest learning experience.

I have been married for 40 years, and I have three children and three grandchildren. They are also my highlights. Since my husband and I love to cook, we serve through feeding people, whether it is in our home or cooking for tired parents at the Ronald McDonald house or Spokane's Union Gospel Mission. We are members of Life Center Church and have had the amazing opportunity to teach and use our bilingual skills to care for and love others in the name of Christ in Penasco, Mexico, as well as in other Spanish-speaking countries.

Carmen Felice with familyI wish to instill encouragement in all of my students because the road to acquiring a second language is not easy but it is very rewarding. Professionals with expanded language skills often enjoy a wide and diverse range of wonderful and exciting work opportunities. Personally, the satisfaction and growth that come from reaching and serving people from different cultural backgrounds in the name of Christ is, in one the God we serve..."AWESOME!"

Eye on Alumni

Julia Bovee, '14, French and Communication Double Major

Julia Bovee

After leaving Whitworth and living abroad for a semester, I moved home to Sitka, Alaska, and found (what I thought was) a temporary job in retail, where I told my boss I might be there for a few months. A few months turned into a few years and a part-time sales job turned into a management position. For the past two years, I've been the assistant manager at Silver Basin, a large gift, clothing and kitchen boutique in my hometown. Our store attracts a large number of international tourists in the summer, allowing me to use the multicultural communication skills I gained at Whitworth. In sales with non-native English speakers, this can sometimes feel like high-stakes charades—it can involve a lot of pointing, gesticulating and laughing! I also serve many French-speaking customers, which has allowed me to continue practicing my French at work. Many of these travelers will not encounter other French speakers in Alaska and they are always very grateful to have a few moments where they can communicate more easily. Oftentimes when approached, they will apologize in French and explain they don't speak English. I love watching their faces light up when I reply in their language!

While retail was not where I expected to end up, I have loved every minute of my job. Every day I use the analytical and critical-thinking skills that I gained at Whitworth. I also enjoy meeting and developing relationships with customers and industry partners from around the world. In addition to sales, I have had the opportunity to learn every aspect of managing a store, including purchasing, merchandising, training and managing employees, and buying. One of my favorite experiences was attending a gourmet food trade show in San Francisco with my boss, where we networked with new companies and tried lots of yummy new foods from around the world. Sometimes I still can't believe that I get paid to eat and shop!

Julia Bovee

Outside of work, I love spending time outdoors. I live right on the ocean, where I often ride my paddleboard through neighboring islands. I've had some incredible Alaskan adventures, including hiking a volcano and watching a meteor shower from my tent on a mountain ridge. I also volunteer with Young Life, building relationships and friendships with local high-school girls. Volunteering with kids was something I enjoyed while I was a student at Whitworth and I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to continue serving here in Alaska.

Working with students has always been my passion, so I am excited to now pursue a career in higher education. I was recently offered a job as an international student recruiter in Bellevue, Wash., where I will continue using my background in sales and marketing to help international students study in the United States. After being home in Alaska for the past few years, I am excited to have the opportunity to travel internationally and build relationships with schools and students abroad. While I was not expecting to work in retail, the skills I gained in sales and marketing have allowed me to move into a position that will combine my professional background with my passion for education and travel.

A View from Abroad

Abby Nyberg, '17, Political Science Major

Abby Nyberg

Standing in the boarding line for my flight to the United Arab Emirates, I listened to the people around me speaking in languages I couldn't even try to understand, and I felt completely insane. What was I doing, going to a new country for five months? I had never been outside of the United States for more than a month, and I had never been outside of North or South America. Somehow, I convinced myself to get on the plane anyway. It had all started with a mostly random decision to take an Arabic course at Whitworth University, and seemingly five seconds later I was on a plane to the Middle East.

Now, I'm almost in month three of my five-month-long study-abroad experience, and I still feel completely insane. In my daily life as a study-abroad student at the American University of Sharjah, I interact with people from all around the world, and I have the chance to learn about a culture, religion and language commonly misunderstood or even feared in the United States. Learning Arabic, especially while studying in an Arab country, is more than just learning a language. I'm learning about Arab history and culture, while meeting people who live in Arabic-speaking countries and have a completely different view of the world from the one taught by the American media and educational system. I'm forced to confront my own biases while learning to interpret my own worldview and those of others.

Abby Nyberg

Trusting yourself in a new culture and a different language is extremely difficult. I have to force myself to talk to people and have new experiences, despite the temptation to settle into a routine and ignore the unfamiliar world around me. So far, I've heard the Islamic call to prayer hundreds of times, watched the sunset over the Arabian Gulf, ridden a camel in Dubai and an elephant in Jaipur, India, seen the tallest building in the world and the largest mall in the world, gone snorkeling in the Gulf of Oman, visited the Taj Mahal during a weekend trip to India, and so much more. My desire to learn Arabic has led to this whole semester of new experiences and new friendships, and has motivated me to learn everything I can about the Arab world. I would encourage anyone who can to learn a new language and study abroad; it can be terrifying, but simply being in a new place with new people and a new language creates new depths and passions inside you for learning and understanding.

Announcements and Upcoming Events

World Languages & Cultures Fall Event Nov. 4
Our super-cool, super-fun department event is coming up on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 4-5:30 p.m., and we want you ALL to come (and bring three friends) and dance, Dance, DANCE! We have a professional instructor from Satori Dance Studio who will teach merengue, bachata and salsa. We will have drinks, snacks and even toppings for our snacks. Come help make this a party and laugh at your friends' dance skills! This event fulfills the Spanish course requirement for Experiencia Cultural.

Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow
Anita Perez Ferguson will be at Whitworth Feb. 16-20, 2016. The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program is a cost-effective way for campuses to host a weeklong residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures and informal discussions. The program creates better understanding and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds for the entire campus community.

Tutoring: All levels – FREE; Walk-Ins Are Always Welcome!
Review grammar, check homework, review for tests, get help with proofreading and editing papers, and practice your conversational abilities.

  • French: Thursdays and Sundays, 8-9 p.m., Westminster 252
    Contact Hanna Martin at

  • German: Wednesday afternoons, 4-5 p.m., Library, Room 208
    Contact Isaac Quezada at

  • Spanish: All levels, five nights a week! Library, Room 208
    • Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 7-8 p.m.
    • Mondays, Wednesdays, 8-9 p.m.
    Contact Vanessa Curless at

DELE: Diploma of Spanish as a Foreign Language

This test provides an official accreditation of a student's degree of fluency in the Spanish language. The accreditation is issued by the Spanish Ministry of Education and is an internationally recognized certification. The test provides students an official means to demonstrate their level of fluency to potential employers. It measures fluency and accuracy across reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students interested in taking the DELE must take the online placement test to determine which level is right for them. Students should make a well-informed decision in this regard since it is a PASS/FAIL assessment. Please note that Whitworth faculty members are currently certified to offer the B1, B2 and C1 exams. Students wishing to take other levels may do so at other testing sites.

The next testing date is Friday, May 20, 2016. The registration deadline is Monday, April 11.

For more information, please contact Rachelle Hartvigsen at or x4765.

Scripture of the Month

English: Galatians 5:22-23
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!


سفر إشعياء - الأصحاح 41
أمّا ثَمَرُ الرُّوحِ فَهُوَ: المَحَبَّةُ، الفَرَحُ، السَّلامُ، الصَّبْرُ، اللُّطْفُ، الصَّلاحُ، الأمانَةُ، الوَداعَةُ، ضَبْطُ النَّفْسِ. وَلا تُوجَدُ شَرِيعَةٌ تَمْنَعُ هَذِهِ الأُمُورِ.>

Chinese: 加 拉 太 书 Galatians
5:22 圣 灵 所 结 的 果 子 , 就 是 仁 爱 , 喜 乐 , 和 平 , 忍 耐 , 恩 慈 , 良 善 , 信 实 , 5:23 温 柔 , 节 制 。 这 样 的 事 , 没 有 律 法 禁 止 。

French: Galates 5:22-23
Mais le fruit de l'Esprit c'est l'amour, la joie, la paix, la patience, l'amabilité, la bonté, la fidélité, la douceur, la maîtrise de soi. La Loi ne condamne certes pas de telles choses.

German: Galater 5:22-23
Die Frucht des Geistes aber ist Liebe, Freude, Friede, Langmut, Freundlichkeit, Güte, Treue[a], Sanftmut, Selbstbeherrschung. Gegen solche Dinge gibt es kein Gesetz.

Greek: ΠΡΟΣ ΓΑΛΑΤΑΣ 5:22-23
ο δε καρπος του πνευματος εστιν αγαπη χαρα ειρηνη μακροθυμια χρηστοτης αγαθωσυνη πιστις πραοτης εγκρατεια κατα των τοιουτων ουκ εστιν νομος

Japanese: Galatians 5:22-23 検索のヒント:

Spanish: Gálatas 5:22-23
En cambio, el fruto del Espíritu es amor, alegría, paz, paciencia, amabilidad, bondad, fidelidad, humildad y dominio propio. No hay ley que condene estas cosas.

Swahili: Wagalatia 5:22-23
Lakini tunda la Roho ni upendo, furaha, amani, uvumili vu, wema, fadhili, uaminifu, upole, kiasi. Hakuna sheria inayopinga mambo kama haya.

Vol. 22 Issue 1 November 2015

The Modern Linguist was birthed from the desire to unite those who study in the world languages discipline at Whitworth University. The newsletter features information, news and stories applicable to those involved in the program. Let it serve you well.

World Languages & Cultures Department
Westminster Hall
Whitworth University
Phone: 509.777.4765
Department Chair and Editor-in-Chief: Jennifer Brown
Editor: Rachelle Hartvigsen
For student employment information, please contact Rachelle Hartvigsen, program assistant, at 509.777.4765