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SGA talks foreign languages and Helping Hands

November 13, 2010

By Carmen Brown, Staff Writer

On Wednesday, Student Government Association held their weekly meeting in the Recreation and Fitness Center. On the agenda for this meeting was a new study abroad program, parking regulations and Helping Hands can drive.

Leading the discussion about the study abroad program was Dr. Diana Santiago, the foreign language chair. Santiago gave a presentation concerning foreign language at Young Harris College. Currently, the foreign language department has submitted foreign language minors for approval. In the future, the foreign language department hopes to get foreign language majors as well. As of now the only foreign languages offered at YHC all are Spanish and French.

To bolster the foreign language department, YHC is working on the option for students to attend a study abroad program at the University of Barcelona in Spain or the University of Nice in France.  As of now, YHC attorneys are reviewing the paper work for the program. Once the memorandums are approved, students can begin their study abroad course through YHC. However, because the program is still in its infancy, the first trial of the program will take place during the summer and will only last a few weeks. Students interested in studying abroad should contact Dr. Santiago in the foreign language department.

Students should also be aware that foreign language placement tests are available for students to take. This test determines the level of proficiency that a student has in a foreign language; and, based on the test, students can know which course they should register for. Though the test serves as a gauge for language proficiency, students can ultimately choose whether to take a lower level course or upper level course, based on their score and a recommendation from the foreign language department.

Among other topics, SGA discussed students’ questions and confusion concerning parking regulations. Many students are confused about which parking lots are available for student parking. To deal with this issue, SGA has formed a subcommittee to research this issue.

While working to solve the parking dilemma, SGA is also encouraging students to participate in the Helping Hands can drive, which is a program where students can donate canned foods and give donations to help less fortunate families. Students can drop off their donations either in designated locations around campus or in their residence hall. Proceeds from the event will help provide less fortunate families with canned goods and donations for Thanksgiving. The drive will continue collecting cans and donations from students until Nov. 15 at 5 p.m. Sudexo will give a catered meal to the winning dorm.

While next week’s SGA meeting is cancelled, further discussion of these and other topics will continue after Thanksgiving break.

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