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News from the Russian Division at Saint Louis University

Seniors recognized at Spirit of the Billiken 2016 Awards Ceremony

Ajay Chatrath (pictured below with President Pestello) was among the honorees on April 23. The article reads: "These students represent what it means to be a Billiken, and excel in the following areas: academics, leadership, community service, commitment to Saint Louis University and dedication to 'living the mission' after graduation." You can read the Newslink story in its entirety here


Outstanding Seniors Ajay Chatrath (Russian Studies) and Kurtis Breger (Russian Club President and Russian Studies minor) were both recognized at the Student Excellence Awards Ceremony in Spring 2016. Kurtis was nominated by the Department of Chemistry and Ajay by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Russian faculty member Dr. Blake describes Ajay:

"While maintaining a 4.0 with his triple major in biology, economics, and Russian already attests to his academic excellence, Ajay's superior command of Russian and his sophisticated literary and theological analyses demonstrate not only the breadth, but also the depth of his knowledge."

Ajay believes that studying Russian has helped him "to explore philosophical questions, ideologies, and politics" with a new perspective.

His contributions, studies, and initiatives at SLU have prepared Ajay for the challenges and demands of his next step: medical school.

To read Dr. Blake's full comments on Ajay, click here.

From Newslink: Elizabeth Blake, Ph.D., received a Fulbright-Hays Grant

Elizabeth Blake, Ph.D., assistant professor of Russian in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, is one of 12 teachers of Russian to receive a Department of Education Fulbright-Hays grant from American Councils for a six-week professional development program during the summer of 2016 at the Russian State Pedagogical University (Herzen) in St. Petersburg.

This competitive grant will support Blake's development of online resources in Russian that will provide the division's students, who come from increasingly diverse backgrounds, with content-based materials furthering cultural competency, thereby helping them to attain proficiency in this critical language.

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