Spotlight Archive

One of the Department of Modern Languages and Literature's instructors took the time to teach others some beginning marks to learning Arabic! Nada Hamouch is captured in this inspiring picture, growing the minds of our Mountain Hawks!

One of the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, Nicholas Masri is the most recent recipient of the Citical Language Scholarship to study Chinese! Due to the pandemic, last year, winner Nicholas Masri was unable to attend a study-abroad experiece. Masri reapplied this year against an entirely new pool of applicants, and has continued to win through perseverance, determination, aand most likey lots of studying. This spotlight is to show the power of a Mountain Hawk. Way to go Nicholas!

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Congratulations to MLL Graduating Majors!
You overcame many difficulties to be here today.
Best of luck in your future endeavors!
Raina McKoen  
Chloe Tremblay 
Grace Miller  
Grace Ciabattoni 
Jenny Lee (IR-MLL with Spanish)
Keenan Overa (IR-MLL with Chinese & Russian Studies)
Samantha Malgoris (IR-MLL with Arabic)


Marta E. Hanson 韓嵩 PhD, The Johns Hopkins University, Department of the History of Medicine

Date: February 23, 2021  4:30pm


Co-sponsored by: Programs of Asian Studies and Health, Medicine and Society


The department of Modern Languages and Literatures would like to congratulate the following graduating seniors!  


Trevor Watlington - Please see Trevor's statement on his experience studying Chinese at Lehigh CLICK HERE

June Young Sohn


Alexandra Harris - Please see Alexandra's statement on her experience studying French at Lehigh CLICK HERE

Holly Rubloff

Olivia Thomas


John Lindenau

Eric Wolf - Please see Eric's statement on his experience studying German at Lehigh CLICK HERE


Samina Forbath - Please see Samina's statement on her experience studying Japanese at Lehigh CLICK HERE


Julia Florkowski - Please see Julia's statement on her experience studying Spanish at Lehigh CLICK HERE

Katelyn Grimes

Melissa Marcus


Jack Goodman


Again, congratulations graduates, from the faculty and staff of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.  Good luck and best wishes on all of your future endeavors. 


Evan Berke is a junior in the business school majoring in Business and Accounting.
His interest in the Russian language and culture began when he was 10-years-old.
“I remember watching hockey on TV with my family and thinking that the Russian players’
names were very interesting. Hearing their names being spoken led to me falling down a rabbit
hole of discovering the language and culture.”
Evan did not have an opportunity to take Russian language courses when he was a child, but as
soon as he came to Lehigh, he jumped on the opportunity. Under the guidance of Professor
Mary Nicholas (Lehigh’s Russian professor), he registered for two beginning Russian courses.
Learning Russian blossomed from a simple interest to a hobby he enjoyed. He took the initiative
to do more than going to class, but also taking advantage of Professor Nicholas’ office hours
and going to Russian event on campus whenever the opportunity arose. To the surprise of both
Evan and Professor Nicholas’, he reached intermediate fluency after a year of taking classes.
According to Professor Nicholas, “He has completely enriched himself in the Russian culture
and language, even though he is in America.”
Evan eventually became eager to become fully immersed in the Russian language and culture,
so he began looking for study abroad programs. Professor Nicholas recommended the
Overseas Professional and Intercultural Training program to Evan, and he applied with no
hesitation. The OPIT is a program that helps students “gain substantive professional experience
through internships in business, STEM, and social issues in 20 countries throughout the
Balkans, the Baltics, and Eurasia.”
Evan was accepted into the program and ended up working in Moscow with an organization
called HapDay Group. HapDay Group focuses on helping Russian entrepreneurs break into the
American market.
This was his first time living in a country where English was not the predominant language. His
experience in Moscow helped propel his language skills and learn to “see the world through the
eyes of a Russian.”
Evan’s professional aspiration is to do business across Russia and Asia, and continuing to work
with individuals from HapDay Group after graduating.
Evan recommends all students, across all colleges, should try to learn a foreign language. “The
world is becoming more interconnected every day. If you want to do business outside of the
United States, hiring a translator will only get you so far.”
Not only are there a plethora of scholarships and opportunities for undergraduate students to
take their education and professional aspirations overseas, but there are also similar programs
for scholars and professionals all over the world to undergo “international graduate study,
advanced research, and university teaching worldwide.” One of these programs is the Fullbright
Program, one of the largest international exchange programs offered by the U.S. Department of