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National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest

Please join us in celebrating Russian language students who received awards in the Thirteenth Annual ACTR National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest.

John Nunes - first place among first-year non-heritage students
Joe Babeu - third place among first year non-heritage students
Mark Borreliz - honorable mention among first-year non-heritage students
Matt Kupfer - first place among students with 3 years of experience in learning Russian
Maya Tydykov - first place among heritage students who never went to school in Russia
Anastasia Austin - second place among heritage students who never went to school in Russia

We are so enormously proud of their achievements, and we also want to say a big SPASIBO to everybody who participated in the contest.  It would not happen without your participation.  So even if you did not get a placement, you made a significant contribution to the promotion of the Russian language in the country! In this year’s contest, there were 1,057 essays submitted from 48 universities, colleges, and institutions across the nation. Each essay was ranked by three judges in Russia, and often the results were simply too close to call.  This year's topic was: “What is a friend?"

Brandeis started participating in the national essay contest since 2009, but we have already proved that we have a very strong Russian language program!  We win something every year!  This is the Russian Studies hall of fame that we are very proud of:
2009 contest - Kenny Altidor receives honorable certificate in the category Level 2 (second-year Russian)
2010 contest - Julia Rabkin receives 3rd place in the category 'heritage speakers' (!)
2011 contest - Virginia Partridge receives honorable certificate in the category Level 2 (second-year Russian)

Best wishes to everybody for a great summer!
Russian Studies Faculty

Community-Engaged Learning Initiative

We are developing a community-engaged learning initiative that will allow students to develop language skills while providing social support to Russian-speaking residents of a rehabilitation center.