We’re ready for a great year!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a full month since classes have started! We are well into September, and off to a great start!

 

So far, we’ve hit up the “beach” at Thousand Hills, gone to the first Truman football game, and have also been gathering around every Sunday night to watch Spanish and French TV shows. Some of the residents have also started to learn some basic Portuguese with Julianna, and other residents are learning Catalan with Dr. Capuano.

 

Resident Derek presented about Picasso’s influence in Spanish art history on Sept. 15th for Sigma Delta Pi. Derek also helped make quesadillas to sell on the quad with Sigma Delta Pi as a fundraiser. Keilah has been going to Milan to volunteer with people that speak Spanish as their native language, and are interested in learning English. Sebastian has been involved in HALO.

 

Last week, we had three students present about their travel abroad experiences to the rest of our house. Derek talked about his summer study abroad program in Quebec, Keilah talked about her mission trip to Guatemala, and Mia talked about her year abroad in Belguim through Rotary Youth Exchange. We are lucky to have had many students go abroad because we can learn so much from them without even leaving Truman!
 

We’ve had great attendance at our weekly Spanish and French Conversation table on Thursdays. It’s nice to see people that don’t live in our hallway join us as well!

 

We are looking forward to next Wednesday, which will be our first Spanish Movie/Poetry Club meeting of the semester. Professors Dr. Carreño and Dr. Aleman will be leading a workshop about the Cuban film “Los Dioses Rotos.” We’re excited to be able to talk and analyze the film with them!

 

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New Leadership

Congratulations to Julianna Fellows, who was selected as the new Student Advisor for the Romance Language House. Julianna was a resident of the house during the 2012-2013 school year. She has studied abroad in places like Brazil and Ecuador, and she continues to study Latin American culture in college. Julianna will assume her role in August 2014.

Congratulations once again!

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What have we done?

This year the residents of the ROML House have been busy. Many joined clubs and are now leading some clubs in some way, shape or form! They haven’t however forgotten about their friends back in Casa. Here’s a look back at some pictures from this year.

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Ridiculous Relays

Paglias

Red Barn Festival Students

Poetry

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Pep Rally

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Move In

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Hy Vee Trip

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Fun in the Snow

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Flamenco Performance

First Days

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Trip to Milan

This past Saturday, residents of the Romance Language House traveled to Milan, MO. They were able to eat authentic Mexican cuisine at the San Marcos Taqueria. Everyone also had the opportunity to shop at the Flor de Mexico Mexican Store. It was tons of fun for the residents and Alejandro. For all of you who bought them; enjoy your delicious Jarritos!

 

 

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¡Bienvenidos a casa!

¡Quiero darles la bienvenida a casa a todos nuestros residentes! Estoy emocionado por todas las actividades que haremos este semestre y espero que todos los residentes disfruten de ellas. ¡Buena suerte con el semestre que comienza mañana!- Alejandro

Winter Break!

It’s been a long semester and everyone is ready to go home for a break! Luckily this is going to be a month-long break from school. Everyone has enjoyed their time in the Romance Language House, and we’ve all gotten to really know each other. There are lots of awesome things planned for next semester, and hopeful you all will rested and ready to go! Safe trips home, and happy holidays.

It’s fall and chilly in Kirksville

 

 

Boy is it chilly out there! Sorry for not keeping everyone up-to-date on what we are doing around the ROML House. It’s been a long three weeks, and we’ve all been busy with school, the house, and other activities. On Oct. 18th we had our second Student Facilitated Discussion. It was led by residents Sara Murillo and Carlos Vogt, and had an attendance of about 10 people which is over half the house.

On Oct. 20th we enjoyed some delicious “tacos dorado” during our first Latin Cooking Night. This was led by residents Lydia Bagnall and Keilah, and Student Advisor Alejandro Dominguez. It was a great time, and there was some dancing after dinner. See picture below

We continue to have our weekly “Mesa de Conversación”. Check out a picture below too. There are many more things to do before the semester is over, and we’ll make sure you are informed!

If you are visiting Truman during a showcase remember to stop by our table and get some more information. If you are interested in applying for residence for the 2014-2015 school year, click the Application tab and submit your application.

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It’s Been a Long Week!

¡Hola a tod@s!

Well we hope everyone who reads these posts is doing well. It’s been a long time since we’ve written anything about Casa Hispánica. Lots of stuff has happened since then, but let’s just talk about how long of a week this was.

This week is the Hispanic American Leadership Organization’s (HALO) Week! This means they have lots of great events throughout the whole week that promote the Hispanic culture and community. Sunday members of Casa went to a flamenco performance by two Puerto Rican dancers/actors. They visited Truman to help with the upcoming production of “Blood Wedding” by Federico García Lorca. This was a great opportunity for our residents to interact and experience some Hispanic culture.

On Tuesday, some residents attended the screening of “Harvest of Empire.” This film tells the untold story of Latinos is America. It was definitely an eye-opening experience because it tells us history that were are not taught in school as Americans. The film showed how many economic and political policies of the US directly affect the great waves of migration from Latin America to the US.

Thursday, residents came out in support of our student advisor, Alejandro, who participated in a panel discussion about Latinos in America. This was a time for people to come and ask questions about Latinos who live in the US. Popular topics included the road to the US, immigration policy, Milan, MO community, Dream Act, and US politics.

So as you can see this week has been long enough, but it’s still not over. Today, HALO celebrates its 10th birthday with a piñata bashing party on the quad. Alejandro will also be selling his delicious pumpkin muffins at Oktoberfest later this afternoon. Tomorrow we have the opportunity to pie him in the face if we donate a dollar to the Adair County Humane Society.

Weeks like these make us wonder how Alejandro and other staff can get everything done; still, we also wonder how we have time to attend all of these great events. That’s all for now folks, but let’s enjoy this wonderful Purple Friday by listening to some about work!

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Celebration!

This week was Ale’s birthday and we celebrated big! Sebastian’s mom  made a delicious tres leches cake for us to enjoy. Some SA friends of his joined us for dinner at Ruby Tuesday. We bought him some miscellaneous gifts including a red pepper shirt. It’s absolutely precious, and he wears it when he cooks or bakes. It’s a pretty good week in the Romance Language House. We have our first student facilitated discussion today, and it’s going to talk about the murals during Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile. Should be an interesting time.

Also this week, Ale ordered our house t-shirts for this school year. They look awesome and they should be here soon.

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It’s a Short Week!

¡Buenos días a tod@s! This school week is only 4 days long, so I technically don’t know if we’re at the halfway point or not. This past weekend was Labor Day weekend, but despite this our Spanish Game Night was still a success. We had 10 members show up which is great seeing as how many people went home for the weekend. Members of Casa played Manzanas con Manzana, Gestos and Loteria. They discussed new words as they came up, and we tried to explain using only Spanish words that they already knew. Overall, it was a great way to start the 3-day weekend.

I like how the school year is off to a great start. We have had many opportunities to bond, and so far residents are enjoying their time here. Lots of hugs, laughs, and fun time going on in the Romance Language House.

Enjoy this song by Prince Royce.

un beso”

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