2017 Indiana Outstanding College Student of Spanish / Portuguese Award by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish & Portuguese

By: Maurcia Marschke

October 30, 2017

Originally published by Departmant of Romance Languages and Literatures

University of Notre Dame students Mary Kathryn Eilert, Andrew Stephen Grose,* and Lucy Xian Jones will receive state recognition. They have been selected as one of the recipients of the 2017 Indiana Outstanding College Student of Spanish/Portuguese Award by the Indiana Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). They really deserve this recognition. Their outstanding academic record, exceptional interest for the Iberoamerican/Brazilian culture, exemplary community service, remarkable overseas experience and astonishing passion for Spanish and Portuguese were evident in the nominations presented by professors Rachel Parroquin, Marisel Moreno, Tatiana Botero, Marcio Bahia, Sandra M Texeira, Maria Rosa Olivera-Williams, and Jimena Holguin.

The committee was so impressed that seven professors were involved in all the nomination process what shows the great appreciation you all have for these students.

The Award Ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 4th at 10:00 a.m. at the Sheraton Hotel Indianapolis (Keystone Crossing, Suite 16, Second Floor) during the AATSP Business Meeting that is part of the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association Conference ( 

Felicitaciones de nuevo! It is an honor for AATSP Indiana to have such brilliant students from University of Notre Dame in our ceremony where we recognize the best students and best Spanish/Portuguese teachers in the State of Indiana.


*Andrew Grose participated in the Center for Social Concerns' International Summer Service Learning Program. He spent an eight-week immersion in El Salvador working in a nutrition program called Libras de Amor with FUSAL (La Fundación salvadoreña para la salud y el desarollo humano). As part of the Libras de Amor team, Andrew was responsible for measuring children’s height and weight to track their monthly progress, conducting mental stimulation exercises with mothers and children, testing for anemia, and providing nutrition consultations for mothers whose children are at risk.

Andrew and his site partner were based in Arambala, Morazán Department, which was one of the regions in El Salvador most affected by the civil war. While working in Morazán, he became interested in mental health issues, in particular the relationship between war and mental health in a country like El Salvador where it has not been prioritized by the governments. Andrew started researching and writing a project proposal for Fulbright to come back to the country next year and carry a much deeper research on this topic.