Friday, March 18, 2016

International Languages Week

The Alexandria World Languages Department celebrated International Languages week from March 14-18.  The Library pitched in to support International Poetry Reading, featuring student readers reciting poems in Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.

The International Poetry Reading also featured the dedication of a new collection to NOVA Alexandria’s Library donated in honor of former NOVA student, Patrick Hamm, an avid reader and caring friend who took pride in his Mexican heritage.

After Patrick died suddenly on October 9, 2015 at the age of 32, his friends from his Fall 2014 Spanish 202 class raised $500 to purchase Mexican and Mexican-American literature and non-fiction, in Spanish and English. Each book contains a bilingual bookplate indicating that it was donated in Patrick’s honor. Patrick’s friends take comfort in knowing that the the books will be enjoyed by generations of students to come.

Pictured above with a sample of the collection of the donated books are L to R: Matt Todd (Library Director), Patricia Escamilla-Hamm (Patrick’s mother) and Martha Davis (Assistant Dean, World Languages).

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