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Lee Hosts Latin American and Iberian Studies Conference By Olivia Webb   Lee University’s Department of Language and Literature recently hosted the seventh annual Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference on Latin American and Iberian Studies.   This conference aims to cultivate academic excellence among undergraduate students and to unite students and professors from a wide variety of disciplines. Local high school students were also invited to take part in a poster presentation session, which was organized by assistant professor of Spanish Dr. Carmen Guerrero, her Spanish classes, and high school students from the community.   “Even after seven years of this conference, we continue to see the fruit of teamwork and passion for language, literature, and culture,” said Dr. Alexander Steffanell, associate professor of Spanish. “I’m so happy to share in this experience with such a professional and devoted group of colleagues and students and to see the fruit of the Kingdom among us.”   Presenters included students from Colgate University, J. Frank White Academy, Lee University, Messiah College, Northern Kentucky University, Princeton University, University of Memphis, University of North Alabama, University of Richmond, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of the South, and Western Carolina University.   Lee University presenters included Timothy Bideshi, Sarah Clayton, Elyssa Edwards, Chase Filasky, Loren Garcia, Kenzie Holton, Annelie Johnson, Micaela Lucas, Victoria Lentz, and Allie Toombs.   Panel presentations included “Culture, Philosophy, and Societal Issues,” “Linguistics in the World,” and “Institutions and Human Right,” as well as other topics related to the culture of Latin America and Iberia.   The presentation panel moderators were Dr. Jean Eledge, Audra Chaney, Dr. Sara Ortega-Higgs, Dr. Betsy Poole, and Hannah White, all from Lee University, as well as Dr. Scott Infanger of University of North Alabama and Renee Congdon of Colgate University.   “The symposium was an incredibly rich, inspiring experience,” said Eledge, chairperson for Lee’s Department of Language and Literature. “The preparation and organization combined with the enthusiasm, energy, and obvious level of engagement of all who presented or participated in any way made this academic opportunity one that truly furthered understanding and appreciation of other languages and cultures.”   Lee alumnus, Zachary Greene, was the guest speaker at the conference. Greene graduated in 2013 from the Department of Language and Literature and the Department of History, Political Science, and Humanities. In 2017, Greene worked in Peru and Ecuador with indigenous communities. He teaches Spanish at J. Frank White Academy.   “I would definitely come back to Lee University for its next annual undergrad conference on Latin American and Iberian studies,” said Congdon. “It was great to talk among peers about similarities and differences between our research and our areas of study, and I would recommend this conference to others in the field.”   For more information on Lee's Department of Language and Literature or the Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Conference on Latin American and Iberian Studies, call (423) 614–8210.     PHOTOS: (1) Loren Garcia, Spanish major, presents on carnivals throughout Spanish speaking countries. more
Bradley County 4-H members competed in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Achievement Contest on May 5 in Athens.  more
Lee Student Receives Neese Nursing Scholarship   Heather Herring, a junior nursing major in the Lee University School of Nursing, recently received the Willie J. Neese Nursing Scholarship, funded by the Tennessee Elks Benevolent Trust (TEBT).   Herring, a native of Cleveland, is the daughter of Rhonda Herring and a 2013 graduate of Cleveland High School.   “I am so grateful for this scholarship,” said Herring. “It will help me accomplish my dreams of becoming a trauma nurse. With this scholarship I am able to continue the nursing program without worry and would like to thank God and the Elks Lodge for awarding me this scholarship to be able to fulfill this dream."
Cleveland High School students joined about 350 of their high school peers in Murfreesboro on March 6 to express their views on public education in Tennessee at the Tennessee School Boards … more
Bradley County Virtual School will hold summer classes for high school credit accrual. Successful credit earned will be transferred for students enrolled within the Bradley County School … more
NASHVILLE — Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and the Tennessee Department of Education have announced the 40 public schools selected to receive a total of nearly $2.3 million in the second … more
Melissa Fugate, teacher and drama club sponsor at Polk County High School, is proud to  announce that she and club actors are presenting a fun, fantastical production of the musical"Willy Wonka … more
2017-18 Honor Roll Third Nine Weeks GOLD HONOR ROLL (ALL A’s)9th GradeGwenevera F. AcebedoJoseph C. AdamsSamuel W. BainWilliam P. BlackwellAvery F. BrokishChristopher D. CarteeEmma C. … more
This year, Valley View Elementary has welcomed a new therapy dog to the staff.   The school counselor, Kathy Carter, has been using therapy dogs in her counseling lessons for many … more
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