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

LRC Student Staff

Anoush Aghababian

Anoush Aghababian is a junior currently pursuing a Classics major with a double minor in anthropology and studio art. She is fluent in Japanese, and has studied both Ancient Greek and Latin extensively. She also has learned conversational Macedonian during her stay in the country during the summer of 2013. She hopes to add Twi to this list of languages after her study abroad experience in Accra, Ghana in the spring of 2015. On campus, Anoush is involved in the Bullets Marching Band, Phi Sigma Iota, the national honor society for classical studies, and the PLA program as the Ancient Greek assistant. She also works at the Classics and History Department Office, and is a member of the LRC staff. 

Mariam Aghayan

Mariam Aghayan is a sophomore at Gettysburg, where she is a Political Science Major. She was born in Yerevan, Armenia and lived there until she moved to Albany, NY when she was in 6th grade. She is fluent in Armenian, Russian, and English; has elementary knowledge in French and Spanish; and is currently learning Italian. She is a member of the European Youth Parliament, as a delegate of Armenia. On campus, she is the secretary for the Habitat for Humanity club, and a member of Gettysburg's Model UN. Mariam is the PLA for Dr. Warshaw’s FYS, works as the admissions coordinator for Gettysburg College Admissions, and is also a staff member at the LRC.

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!!

Yifeng Chen

Yifeng Chen is a sophomore mathematics major from China, which is the world's most populous country with a huge population over 1.35 billion. China is also a historical country containing a long history over 5000 years. He speaks Chinese, Japanese and is currently learning French. He is interested in math, Japanese, computer science and traveling around the world. In addition to studying at Gettysburg College, he works for LRC as a student member staff.

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!

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