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The language of friendship: pen pals project helps students connect

http://www.nicholsonstudentmedia.com/life/the-language-of-friendship-pen-pals-project-helps-students-connect/article_d04f8e30-2b08-11ec-98c4-933c08bae4be.html Irina Pidberejna said she took an intermediate Russian course her junior year of college because growing up in Ukraine had given her a knack for the language. However, the people and places the course has brought her to are things she said she would have never expected. “The Russian program at UCF is really one of a kind,” said Pidberejna, a visual arts and emerging media management alumna. “Finding these opportunities, you feel really lucky to be involved in it.…

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Russian Traditional Clothing

Today our STARTALK students listened to a wonderful presentation by our teaching assistant Sasha Vargas about traditional Russian clothing. The first item of clothing they learned about was traditional women’s dresses. The first type of traditional women’s dress our students learned about was the sarafan. A sarafan is a loosely fitting, long jumper dress worn over a long linen shirt and belted. A necessary component of traditional Russian dress, the belt was often worn under the sarafan. Next, students learned…

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Happy Birthday, Liya Akhedzhakova!

On this day, 83 years ago, famous actress Liya Akhedzhakova was born in Dnipro, Ukraine (USSR). Akhedzhakova starred in many films throughout her career, including the very popular “Office Romance” (Служебный роман). She won an award for this film in 1971 called Vasilyev Brothers State Prize of the RSFSR. She also won other awards, including best supporting actress for the movie “Promised Heaven” (Небеса обетованные). In 1956 she entered the Moscow Institute of Nonferrous Metals and Gold where she studied for eighteen…

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Today: Russian Traditional Painting Styles Workshop

Today our STARTALK Russian Intermediate instructor, Irina Pidberejna, gave a fantastic presentation on traditional Russian painting styles, and led a workshop where students emulated these styles in their own art. Some of the styles included in the presentation are Гжель (Gzhel) and Мезенская Роспись (Mezen Ornament). Мезенская Роспись originated at the end of 19th century in villages around the river Mezen. It is characterized by only red, black, and white colors, while also featuring deer, horses, and geometrical patterns. The…

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President of RASA receives the most prestigious award at UCF, Order of Pegasus

Mariana Kellis, College of Arts and Humanities, is a history major with minors in political science, Russian studies, and a TEFL certificate. Mariana has served as President and Secretary of the Russian American Student Association, Secretary of UKnighting the World Through Literacy, and Senator for the Student Government Senate during the 52nd session. She has researched social class relations during the Russian Imperial era. Her Honors Undergraduate Thesis discusses the perspectives of American abolitionists on Russian serfdom during the Antebellum…

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Essay Contest!

Russian Language Program at the University of Central Florida With the support of Russian American Community Center of Florida “US – Soviet Relations During World War II: The Path to Victory over Fascism” Essay Contest In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the victory over fascism in World War II, please encourage all the students are encouraged to participate in the Writing Contest described below. The papers may discuss any aspect of the cooperation between the United States the Soviet…

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STARTALK Interview with a Boren Fellow

Karla Aurazo, an intermediate group student, is a Boren Fellow, who studied Russian in Kazakhstan. We asked Karla to share with us her experiences in Central Asia, and tell the story behind her gorgeous traditional dress: “Я жила в Казахстане один учебный год. У меня было много прекрасного опыта в Центральной Азии. От прогулок по базарам до походов в горы – мало-помалу я понимала силу и происхождение казахского народа. Их традиции, их гостеприимство, их языки, их прошлое, настоящее, и то, что…

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STARTALK Field Trip

On Thursday, July 18th the UCF STARTALK Program went on an excursion to St. Petersburg, Florida. While there, we toured Saint Andrew’s Russian Orthodox Church where we learned of the religious aspects that are brought to Russian culture through the church. The Church was established in 1948 and serves the community of St. Petersburg. Over the decades, St. Petersburg has acted as a cultural center for Russian immigrants with the church at the center of it. Though it has moved its…

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