GREAL Alumni Newsletter - December 2006

Volume 7, No. 1
December 2006

From the chair:

Through the years, as we grow in size, one thing remains: students and teir language learning are still our priority. We wish you all the best for the holidays and for 2007!

-- Robert Di Donato, Chair


Miami students want and need more foreign language study than ever; GREAL is stepping up to the plate. By fall 2007 we will be the department of German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Hebrew, Arabic, Korean and Hindi.


Dr. Margaret Ziolkowski, Professor of Russian, was honored with Miami's highest recognition for accomplishment in scholarly research this fall and named a Distinguished Scholar 2006-2007.

Dr. Ziolkowski came to Miami from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1988 and became a full professor in 1998. During that time she has taught the full range of courses in Russian, from Russian 101 to advanced courses in Russian literature. She has also developed honors courses and a freshman seminar, "The Eastern European Vampire Tradition in Folklore, History, and Literature."

She was honored for her many and well regarded publications, including four books and numerous articles.

Her Alien Visions: The Chechens and the Navajos in Russian and American Literature, was published in 2005 by University of Delaware Press. Her previous books include Hagiography and Modern Russian Literature (1988), Literary Exorcisms of Stalinism (1998), and The Tale of Boiarynia Morozova: A SeventeenthCentury Religious Life (2000).

Dr. Ziolkowski and her husband, Miami History Professor Robert Thurston, have two children and live in Oxford.

Alumni News from All Over

Mark Simakovsky has returned from a Fulbright fellowship in the Republic of Georgia and is a Presidential Management Fellow at the Office of Russian Affairs, U.S. Dept. of State.

Charmaine Marosi Jones '97 works in marketing at the Cleveland Clinic. She and her husband Doug welcomed their daughter Camilla Elaine in December, 2005.

Carina Jeep '02 married Shawn Cutter July 8, 2006, in Las Vegas. Carina is an attorney in Tampa; Shawn is an IT consultant for Tallan.

Tonya Baker Hampton '95 is earning a Ph.D. in and teaching German at University of Cincinnati. She and husband Robert have two children, Claire, 3,and Bobby, 1.

Marianne Windholtz '05 completed a Fulbright at University of Munich and is now working in the Economic and Valuation Services group at KMPMG in Chicago.

Karin Tuleen Dunn '85 is a certified German-English translator in patents and other technical fields, lives with her husband and four children in Fairfax, Virgima.

Katie Campbell '06 is working in sales in Indianapolis. Michelle Mitchell '06 is working on a newspaper in Palm Springs, California. Andrea Stefaniuk, after a summer in Austria working at an international summer camp, is teaching German in the Cleveland area.

Jennifer Jenkins is completing her Ph.D. in German at the University of Wisconsin. Kristin Withrow '06 writes that she is attending medical school at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Got news? Send it to us at


Miami's Chinese program will offer an intensive Chinese language course in China this year for the first time. The 2007 Summer in China will take place in Tianjin, June 25-August 3, offering first, second and third year Chinese language and a culture course. The program will be directed by Miami professor Dr. Shi Liang.

This summer will see three Miami programs in Russia: the GREAL Language Program in Novgorod, May 20-June 23; the Havighurst Russian Summer Workshop, June 22-July 13; and the Russian Business Workshop, June 23-July 8.

A new major in East Asian Languages and Cultures, including a Japan concentration, a China concentration, and an East Asia Concentration, is being offered starting Fall 2006. Already 30 students have signed up for the major, which includes courses in either Chinese or Japanese language and literature, history, art, geography, political science and religion.

A new major in Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies is being offered for the first time starting in Fall 2006. The program's core courses include second- and thirdyear Russian language and third-year Russian literature. Other courses include political science, religion, history, anthropology, architecture, film studies, classics, management and music.