With forty contestants from ten Midwest universities in this Chinese language competition, our students all (ALL!) took first prizes in their categories. Joel Peter Wagner won the only first prize of Level One; Level Two granted two first prizes, our students, Anthony Dodge and Heather Kaus, won both of them. In other words, our three students won all the first prizes for level one and level two. Heather was also chosen to go to China and represent the University in the 10th "China Bridge" international language competition.
This is a tribute to both the students and teachers in our Chinese language Program, led by Director Ling Wang.
The Second College Student Chinese Speech Contest of the Midwest Area was held at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, on April 23, 2011 with forty graduate and undergraduate Chinese language students from ten universities competing in this showcase of Chinese language programs from the region. The event was supported by Hanban and the Consulate General of PRC to Chicago, and was organized by the Confucius Institute and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at Purdue University.
Hong Wei, Director of Confucius Institute at Purdue University, sent a congratulation letter, saying "Your students made a foremost impression on each of us, with their extraordinary speech and performance talents." "Associate Vice President and Dean Meredith McQuaid says, "What wonderful news -- we are not surprised, but we are delighted. They have had excellent instruction and they are obviously very smart people."
Arrangements for trip to Purdue were supported by the Confucius Institute and the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures.