LRC Staff

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Betsy Lavolette
Director of the Language Resource Center and Lecturer, Language Resource Center

LRC Student Staff

Begench Atayev

My name is Begench. I am a sophomore from Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia. I can speak English, Russian, Turkish and Turkmen. I have attended a boarding school in Wisconsin. My interests are Economics, IR, Chinese, Football(Soccer), watching comedies. And yeah, I love 12 grain chicken salad sandwich at Bullet Hole! I also love camels!!

Katie Hanson

Katie is a senior Japanese Studies major from Wilton, Connecticut. She speaks Japanese at an advanced level as well as Latin, French, and Arabic at more basic levels. She is an active choral singer and has performed music in over 10 different languages. In addition to working at the LRC, she is one of the PLAs for Japanese 101.

Marianelly Rios

Hi there! I’m a junior at Gettysburg this year and I absolutely love the campus. I'm involved with Swing Club, Migrant Education Mentoring, Students for Life, and DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship. I'm a declared psychology major with a Spanish minor. I was raised bilingual in English and Spanish but I also studied French for six years before coming to Gettysburg so if you ever want to get coffee at “Café Saint-Amand” avec moi, by all means I’m in! If you're a Spanish student and need help, I’m also a Spanish PLA! My favorite meal to get at Bullet is Ciabatta with Tuna and at Servo, Bruschetta Chicken. Haven't tried it? You're missing out.

An Sasala

Hallo! Hola! Hi! My name is An Sasala and this is my third year working for the LRC. Language is kind of my thing as my double major in German Studies and Spanish/Latin American/Caribbean/Latino Studies proves. I also have a minor in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies which I have explored abroad in both Chile and Germany. My languages include English (obviously), Spanish w/ a Chilean accent, German, and basic reading proficiency in both Yiddish and Dutch. Originally, I come from Cleveland, OH, but I can’t wait to get back to Berlin and my favorite food ever: Döner Kebab! (Go Cebo’s!)

Samantha K. Smith

Arabic greeting My name is Samantha, and I’m a senior from Palmerton, PA. I am a Religious Studies major with a minor in Middle East and Islamic Studies. In addition to working at the LRC, I also work in the History and Classics Office. On campus, I am involved in ALLies, and I am the president of Mock Trial. For fun this past summer I started reading the Harry Potter series in Arabic. Bengench might like the camels, but in my not so humble opinion, giraffes are where it’s at!