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Dr. Jacob (“Jake”) Caflisch, III, Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Linguistics and Slavic Studies, age 78, passed away on Sunday, June 25, 2017, surrounded by family. From his birth on December 7, 1938, in Union City, PA, to his death on Sunday, he touched all around him. Indeed, Jake was born a teacher, which ran in his family. His love for the Humanities was seen in his membership in the FL West Coast Symphony, where he played three instruments: oboe, clarinet (second chair), and English horn.  He continued his love for the Humanities at Duke University where he was a medical illustrator. After Duke, he returned to where he was raised, Sarasota, FL, to attend Manatee Junior College. He met Sophia (his wife of 53 years) there. His love for languages developed, and he transferred to Florida Southern University, majored in English and minored in religion. He continued his education at Indiana University, earning his Ph.D. in Linguistics. From there, he taught English at Edinboro University, PA, then moved to FL where he taught at the University of South Florida. He was, in fact, one of the founding members of the Linguistics department. Although his specialty of over 38 years was Slavic linguistics, he taught numerous courses, even learning Mandarin. He also attended Middlebury Language Institute for Russian in Putney, VT. In all, he was fluent in ten languages and was a published scholar of countless articles and one book, Issues in Russian Linguistics. In addition, Noam Chomsky, his main mentor, and Jake corresponded regularly concerning linguistic topics. Moreover, like kids do today who bring their cell phones to the table during dinner, Jake would always bring books to the table. In fact, he always had a book in hand.  Finally, he was a devoted husband, father, and brother. He is survived by his wife, Sophia, his three children, Jacob Jr. (Margarida), Yvonne (Kurt), and Kim, his grandson, Dylan,  his brother, William Sr. (Sheila), his nieces, Sophia, Chelly, Frances, Sheila, and his nephews, Andrzej, Kazimierz, William, Jr., and Andrew. Graveside services will be held on July 8, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with the viewing  on July 7 at 6-8 p.m. at Serenity Meadows Memorial Park, 6919 Providence Road, Riverview, FL. In lieu of flowers, a gofundme account (under the name Dr. Jacob Caflisch) has been created. This direct link is (Obituary provided by Dr. Caflishch’s daughter.)

Five of our Classics students were among the winners of the CAMWS (Classical Association of the Middle West and South) Latin Translation contest for 2016-2017. CAMWS is the second largest Classics association is the world and our students competed against over 460 students from 40 different colleges, including Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Virginia, the University of Illinois, the University of Texas, Wake Forest University, the University of Georgia, Indiana University, and Emory University (all AAU member institutions).  Awards included Bretton Cotton (Second place overall, cash award) and certificate winners:
1. Ashley Derr (Ninth place overall)
2. Stephen Webinga (19th place overall)
3. Duncan Miller (20th place overall)
4. Kathryn Hazleton (21st place overall)
Dr. Eleni H. Manolaraki’s students were only in third-semester Latin; Dr. Jason Nethercut’s student, Kathryn Hazleton, was only in her first semester of Latin when she took the exam.

MA Student Sophia Boules' poster on The Evolution of Little Red Riding Hood won 2nd place in the Arts and Humanities section of the 2017 Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium held on Friday, April 21, 2017 at USF. Congratulations Sophia!

The 10th Annual Spanish Fair and Expo on April 18, 2017 was a tremendous success!  We might have set a record for attendance - at times, it was standing room only! We had great presentations, theater, music and great food. The Fair is only made possible through the support of many friends at USF and the community. Special thanks go to our financial supporters (USF World, Status of Latinos, and the Spanish Graduate Student Association), to the organizinsg committee (Sonia Wohlmuth, Maritza Chinea, Alejandro de la Pava, and Antonia Pérez Franco), and to all of our wonderful graduate students who, once more, showed up in great numbers to help make the fair a success.