Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- May 23, 2005
Cal Poly Summer Spanish Language Immersion Program
Recognized by State of Morelos, Mexico
Cal Poly Continuing Education and University Outreach and the university's
Modern Languages and Literatures Department will be recognized by the State of
Morelos, Mexico, for outstanding work in promoting the Spanish language and Mexican
Cal Poly's Spanish Language Immersion Program has been held in Cuernavaca each
summer for the last 12 years. The award honors a university or organization outside
Mexico for continuous interest in and support of the Mexican culture.
"Awards are given to universities and organizations that embody the principles of
exceptional teaching, learning and the broadening of students' worldviews through
international education. This year, the Cuauhnáhuac Spanish Language Institute,
Cal Poly's partner institute in Mexico, nominated Cal Poly for this prestigious
award," said Margo Camilleri, marketing manager for Cal Poly Continuing Education
An award ceremony is scheduled in Cuernavaca on June 7, and Cal Poly plans to send
a representative to accept the award.
"The State of Morelos is recognizing Cal Poly's commitment to student learning and
its desire to broaden the life experiences of its students. Moreover, Cal Poly has
an exceptional reputation in the educational community in the United States. By
consistently bringing students to study at Cuauhnáhuac, Cal Poly has also shown
its commitment to the City of Cuernavaca," said David Cano international relations
and marketing director for the Cuauhnáhuac Institute.
Cal Poly Continuing Education and University Outreach, in cooperation with the
university's Modern Languages and Literatures Department, have been offering the
Spanish Language Immersion Program since 1993. During this one-month program at
the Cuauhnáhuac Institute in Cuernavaca, participants attend Spanish classes daily
and live with a host family. Participants earn 8 units of Cal Poly credit during
the four week program.
Although most of the participants, whose language skills range from beginning to
advanced, are Cal Poly students, the program is open to the public.
Professor William Martinez of the Modern Languages and Literatures Department is
this year's committee chair. Professor Kevin Fagan, also of the Modern Languages
and Literatures Department, is serving as resident director. Rose Whitworth of Cal
Poly Continuing Education and University Outreach is the program developer and
Margo Camilleri, Cal Poly Continuing Education and
University Outreach (805) 756-7136;