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Spring Semester 2014 was full of hard work and fun for Russian@UH.
We celebrated the recipients of 2014 Wiswell Award for Excellence in Russian Studies and Active Support of the Russian Club:
Maica Knisely, Monique Kaminskaya, Shayne Matsuda, Nina Ledermann and Alena Hoggan.
Our Beginning and End of Semester Russian Receptions were devoted to
– Maslenitsa or Spring Welcome
– celebrating a year of hard work and fun with the New Russian Club at UH Manoa
We hosted two Russian Cultural Booths that featured Russia as integral part of Asia-Pacific Region. The festival participants had a unique chance to have their pictures taken in Russian colorful ethnic costumes, see Russian cultural artifacts and try Russian food
– at International Night “A Voyage Through Paradise” on March 15,
– at cultural fair organized by The Lovers of South Asian Cultures on April 26.
Wednesday Wiswell Russian Tea parties @ 3:30 rocked:
– professor of Russian from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, Jean Kim, told us about the Russian club at her university;
– Mark Duvall, a Physics graduate student hosted a sing along. Students learned a Russian song from the 60s, which celebrates friendship and togetherness;
– we discussed the Sochi 2014 Olympics and their media coverage;
– Patricia Polansky, the UH Russian bibliographer, spoke about Ella Lury Wiswell, a UH Russian Professor. Former student of Professor Wiswell, Patricia shared her memories as well as unique documents and photographs telling a story of an amazing life;
– Alexandra Weber, a graduate of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Columbia University spoke about her work as a translator of Russian literature;
– Irina Razuvan, a fashion designer from Vladivostok, displayed her work for young women;
– our own UH Manoa Architecture graduate student Keahi (aka Klim) Arena invited club members to his on-campus studio to show his project on Russian low cost housing.
Russian Conversation Table, where students had an opportunity to chat with native speakers, met every second Thursday of the month at Coffee Bean/Tea Leaf café (Manoa Market Place).