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Foreign Language

Meet Some Graduates

Andrew Gleason, Class of 2012
Major: Spanish & Peace and Global Studies  

Andrew currently lives in Santiago, Dominican Republic after living in Collado Villalba, Spain where he taught English at a Catholic school.

"Graduating with degrees in both Spanish and Peace and Global studies has prepared me well for a global career track. During my first year at Le Moyne I knew that I wanted to pursue the Spanish language in some capacity, but it was not until I spent a semester studying in Spain that I realized the true worth of a second language. Currently, as Program Coordinator for Creighton University’s Institute for Latin American Concern (ILAC), Spanish plays an integral role in my job. I live and work in the Dominican Republic, coordinating and facilitating medical missions and service immersion experiences that aide the rural poor. I would not be in this rewarding position if it were not for the hard-working, dedicated and inspirational Spanish professors at Le Moyne."

Best part of being a Dolphin? "Forming life-long friendships with my peers and professors."

Ashley M. Casey, Class of 2012
Major: Communications and Spanish/ Gender & Women’s Studies  

Ashley currently lives in Manlius, New York. She has worked as a journalist for the Scotsman Media Group since January 2013. Her work has appeared in the Finger Lakes Vacationer, Today’s CNY Woman and The Valley News.

"From the first time I visited, I could feel a great sense of community at Le Moyne. It’s like a big family — ask any alum! I felt especially at home in the Spanish department, where I forged connections with both my professors and my fellow students. Majoring in Spanish taught me to think about the world more critically and with more empathy for others."

Best part of being a Dolphin? "The friendships I have made at Le Moyne!"

Katherine Panning, Class of 2009
Major: English/ Spanish, French and Irish  

Katherine currently lives in Buffalo, New York. After Le Moyne, she pursued two advanced degrees: a Master in Library and Information Studies from SUNY Buffalo and a Master in English from the University of Connecticut.

"I love how small Le Moyne is because each student can be involved in any field, pursue any interest. Because of Le Moyne's academic offerings and flexibility, I was able to study both Spanish and French, along with completing a summer language-immersion program in Ireland to learn Irish Gaelic. I was able to become close with several of the Foreign Languages and Literature faculty, taking multiple courses with them; this helped my learning because they knew how I learned and helped me progress through the upper-level courses. Some of my closest friends studied the same multiple languages, and others participated in the summer language-immersion programs in Italy at the same time I was in Ireland. That's an amazing connection to have - we have years of discovery, opportunity, introspection, and fun we shared together."

Best part of being a Dolphin? "Pride. I'm proud of my time in Central NY, at a small, Jesuit school, at a college whose mascot is a dolphin, and being able to share that with my sisters and my good friends."