REEEC celebrated the end of the academic year with a Spring Reception on May 4th. Skalnik Prize winners, FLAS fellows for both the summer and 2017-2018 academic year, graduating students, and REEEC’s dedicated graduate student workers were announced and lauded. REEEC faculty, students, and staff thanked Director David Cooper for a wonderful 5 years of service. In appreciation, we recalled some of the most memorable moments of the last 5 years. We wish him all the best as he returns to the Slavic Department full-time. REEEC wishes everyone a terrific summer! See you in the fall!
On December 7, 2016, REEEC held its annual Winter Reception in Illini Rooms A & B of the Illini Union. Faculty, staff, students, and guests enjoyed tasty refreshments and Ukrainian holiday music. It was a festive closure to an eventful Fall semester! REEEC would like to wish Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all!
Faculty, staff, students, and Summer Research Lab (SRL) participants celebrated the beginning of SRL and the 40th anniversary of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS) with a reception at the University YMCA on June 21, 2016. Attendees enjoyed food from the Russian, East European, and Eurasian region prepared by Piato Cafe. Speakers from the University Library and REEEC reminisced on the origins of SRL and SRS, including Larry Miller’s and Ralph Fisher’s tireless efforts to build the programs, and praised the good work both organizations continue to do to promote research and studies on the region. Everyone had a wonderful time with friends and colleagues!
REEEC celebrated the end of the academic year with its annual Spring Reception on Friday, May 13. Students, faculty, staff, and guests enjoyed refreshments provided by Pekara Bakery. During the reception, student award winners and graduating students were recognized. Matthew Klopfenstein (Ph.D. student in History) was named the winner of the 2016 Yaro Skalnik Prize for his essay entitled “Modernity and the Task of Ozdorovlenie: Russian Doctors and the Discourse of Social Hygiene.” Summer 2016 FLAS fellows were announced (please see here for the list of fellows). Graduating REEEC M.A. students Bethany Wages and Emily Lipira, and graduating undergraduate students Gabriella Repala (REEEC) and Medina Spiodic (Economics with a REEEC minor) were also recognized for their achievements in REEE studies. The REEEC staff wishes everyone a wonderful summer! We hope to see you all again in the fall!
On Monday, July 13, members of the REEEC community gathered at The Bread Company to wish Associate Director Alisha Kirchoff well as she leaves Champaign-Urbana to begin her doctoral studies in sociology at Indiana University this fall. Students, faculty, and staff shared memories of Alisha’s five remarkable years at REEEC. David Cooper, Director of REEEC, led a roast in honor of her achievements and in remembrance of fun moments at the Center. Along with Prof. Cooper, Joe Lenkart (SRS Manager), Richard Tempest (Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and former Director of REEEC), Michael Finke (Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures), and Cynthia Buckley (Professor of Sociology) also participated in the roast. Alisha will be missed, but we wish her and her family all the best!
Faculty, graduate student, and staff affiliates of REEEC gathered at the University YMCA on June 19, 2015, to welcome the 2015 Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) participants, and honor the legacy of REEEC and SRL founder Ralph Fisher. Organized by the Slavic Reference Service (SRS) and REEEC, the event highlighted the beginning of SRL. John Wilkin, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian, was in attendance and gave his remarks. Everyone enjoyed eating the delicious food from the Russian, East European, and Eurasian region and socializing with colleagues.
REEEC celebrated a successful 2014-2015 academic year with a spring reception on Friday, May 15. Along with enjoying refreshments and socializing, REEEC-affiliated faculty, staff, students, and guests honored award winners, graduating students, and departing colleagues. Attendees also honored the memory of Prof. Ralph Fisher, who founded REEEC, by having their photos taken as part of the #ThanksRalph campaign. Everyone had a wonderful time!
#ThanksRalph Table, where attendees wrote brief notes to show Prof. Ralph Fisher their appreciation.
Writing a note at the #ThanksRalph table.
Zsuzsanna Magdo (Ph.D. Candidate in History) writing a note at the #ThanksRalph table.
Refreshments served at the reception.
Refreshments served at the reception.
Red velvet cake to honor graduating students.
Vanilla cake to honor graduating students.
Cutting the cake.
Slices of red velvet cake.
Peter Wright (Ph.D. student in History) helping himself to refreshments.
Nadia Hoppe (Ph.D. student in Slavic Languages and Literatures) and Irina Avkhimovich (Ph.D. Candidate in Slavic Languages and Literatures) having some refreshments.
Linda McCabe (REEEC Office Support Specialist), Gabriella Repala (junior in REEEC), and Jeremy Crumpton (senior in REEEC).
Lucy Pakhnyuk (senior in REEEC and Political Science) and Sara Yanny-Tillar (M.A. student in Germanic Languages and Literatures).
Peter Wright, Diana Sacilowski (Ph.D. student in Slavic Languages and Literatures), and Kate Butterworth (M.A. student in REEEC).
Matthew Sutton (Ph.D. Candidate in Slavic Languages and Literatures) helping himself to some refreshments.
Emily Lipira (M.A. student in REEEC), Dr. Curtis Richardson (Visiting Assistant Professor in REEEC), Ryan Eavenson (M.A. student in REEEC), Lucy Pakhnyuk, Sara Yanny-Tillar, and Jeremy Crumpton.
Dr. Oleksandra Wallo (Lecturer in Slavic Languages and Literatures) with her daughter Kaitlin.
Peter Wright, Alana Holland (M.A. student in REEEC), Rick Ebenshade, Irina Avkhimovich, Kate Butterworth, Alejandra Pires (Ph.D. student in Slavic Languages and Literatures), Nadia Hoppe, and Diana Sacilowski.
Dr. Judith Pintar (Visiting Assistant Professor in Slavic Languages and Literatures) with Rhoda Evelyn Kirchoff Macintosh.
Alana Holland with Rhoda Evelyn Kirchoff Macintosh.
Prof. Zsuzsa Gille (Interim Director of REEEC) and Prof. Sever Tipei (Professor of Composition-Theory).
Zsuzsanna Magdo catching up with Patryk Reid (Ph.D. Candidate in History).
Prof. Zsuzsa Gille giving the director’s remarks.
Prof. Carol Leff (Assoc. Professor of Political Science) announcing the graduate student winner of the Yaro Skalnik Prize – Alana Holland.
Prof. Carol Leff announcing the undergraduate student winner of the Yaro Skalnik Prize – Lucy Pakhnyuk.
Bouquet of flowers given to Alisha Kirchoff (Associate Director of REEEC) in recognition for 5 years of outstanding service.
Emily Lipira, Dr. Rob Whiting (Ph.D. in Geography, course mentor at Western Governor’s State University), Prof. Carol Leff, and Alana Holland.
Socializing at the spring reception.