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Ricardo A. Narváez Awards

2010 Recipient, Charlie Jordan

Charlie Jordan, long-time teacher of Spanish at Columbia Heights High School in MN, received the 2010 Ricardo A. Narváez Award as the outstanding teacher of Spanish or Portuguese in Minnesota.  The award was given to him at the Mexican Consulate in St. Paul on November 12, 2010, as part of the annual meeting of the state association of teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.  Charlie has distinguished himself as a teacher who encourages learning both within and outside the classroom.  He has held several positions in state organizations for the teaching of foreign languages, the most recent being his service for six years as the Treasurer of the MN chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

2011 Recipient, Maggie Broner

St. Olaf Associate Professor of Spanish Maggie Broner recently received the 2011 Ricardo A. Narváez Award, an honor the AATSP bestows annually upon an outstanding Spanish teacher in Minnesota. A native of Argentina, she grew up in both Venezuela and Canada, influencing her specialization in linguistics and second language acquisition and pedagogy. She served as the director of linguistic studies at St. Olaf from 2005 to 2011. Outside of St. Olaf, Broner has served as president of the Minnesota AATSP and published several articles on language acquisition and teaching. “She has demonstrated professional excellence over a period of many years. She has distinguished herself as a teacher, as a researcher, and for her service within professional organizations,” says St. Olaf Professor of Spanish León Narváez, who earned the award himself in 1987. St. Olaf Professor of Spanish Gwendolyn Barnes-Karol also received the award in 1997.

Distinguished Professors of Romance Languages

Frank Odd and Jim Dunlop

The year 2002 marked a major milestone in the history of the Department of Romance Languages at St. Olaf College.  May 2002 saw the retirement of Professor Frank Odd, who had taught at St. Olaf since 1972, and December 2002 marked the retirement of Professor James Dunlop, who had taught here since 1968. Their wisdom guided and inspired the work of the Department for over thirty years.

Quince Duncan Honorary Doctorate

Quince Duncan is a Costa Rican fiction writer who has gained an international reputation, not just as an author, but also as a human rights leader. Through his novels, short stories, essays and other writings, Duncan illustrates the black African contributions to and experiences in Spanish-American culture in an uplifting and liberating light.

As a West Indian black growing up in San José, Duncan had to bear the brunt of a racially oppressive society. Despite the external social obstacles, Duncan completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in literature, linguistics, and Latin American Studies at the National University.

Quince Duncan’s quest for racial equality in Costa Rica extends itself on a global scale as a message of tolerance, acceptance and appreciation of all of humanity’s diversity.

Duncan was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree from St. Olaf College in September of 2001.