Dr. Tom Capuano, who started working as faculty liaison for the Romance Language House in 2011 or 2012, retired from Truman State University this summer. Here’s what he has to say about working with ROML House: “It’s been wonderful to observe the wing transform from “Casa Hispanica,” with mostly Spanish speakers, to a pan-Romance semi-immersion project involving French speakers — often with their imposing presence at our Thursday dinners — and Portuguese and Italian speakers as well. After all, the process of learning all these languages is basically the same, and it’s particularly gratifying to see how motivated our Truman language learners can be! Over the few years since I took over from Prof. Carol Marshall, I’ve had the pleasure of observing the students organize themselves into a true language learning community, including the sponsoring of cooking events, film viewings, poetry readings, immersion weekends, and guest speakers. The Romance Language House is a very special space where the excitement of learning about the cultures of the Romance speaking world spreads easily from room to room and from language to language. It has been an honor to interact with such highly motivated students!”
We thank Dr. Capuano for his dedication to Truman and the ROML House, and we wish him a joyous retirement.