Staff Profiles


Barbara Sawhillmaru-jumps

Director of the CILC


Barbara is the Director and chief bird-wrangling and fish-feeder of the center. When not clambering up the support beams of the CILC to retrieve wayward cockatiels (or in previous years, a remote-controlled dirigible) she is working with Faculty to think of helpful ways to incorporate technology into the teaching of language, literature and culture at Oberlin. She is also a member of the Hispanic Studies Department and teaches HISP 303 “Conversation and Communication in Spanish.” Barbara also runs the Virtual Language Table Project. A proud (some would say misguided) member of the Red Sox Nation and a native of New England, she blogs about language learning and technology and also for the college.


Rosalind Soltow

Administrative Assistant


An Oberlin graduate, Rosalind completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in viola performance. Before coming to the CILC, she worked in the conservatory for four years. She also performs with two regional orchestras and manages the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestras in addition to her work for the college. Rosalind spends what little free time she has practicing yoga, learning Spanish, baking pies, and watching foreign films.


Bob Peters

Language Technology Specialist


Bob serves as a technician for the CILC and the language staff and faculty.  Before he came to Oberlin College he studied and taught Korean language at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center  and worked as an electrical engineer designing and building advanced flight simulators.  Bob is particularly skilled in connecting systems; his goal is to make the machines work for us, rather than allow the opposite.


Mengchen (Sue) Xu215282_564978226880157_552537743_n

Student Assistant – Graduates Spring 2016

Sue is a third-year Art History major from Beijing. She sometimes forces(encourages) her tutees to speak in Beijing accent just because it sounds more homey. She is obsessed with Asian cuisine but all she really does is stir-fry. She spends her free time reading Chinese war fictions, listening to cheesy Arabic songs, and watching Korean drama. She pictures herself travelling around the world in the future and studying miniature paintings in Shiraz if she has to settle down.



Anders Villalta

Student Assistant Graduates Spring 2016   Anders is a second year studio art major who spends his free time cooking, swimming, and learning too many languages to keep track of. He enjoys telling people secrets in words they don’t understand, drawing hands, and marveling at the ability of ginger to improve pretty much any dish. With plans to study painting in Amsterdam, and eventually to become an architect, Anders knows where he hopes this [train] will take him, but he doesn’t know for sure. But it doesn’t matter, ’cause cats are forever.


Some of our staff are abroad traveling the world…


FullSizeRenderIsabella Zelichenko

Student Assistant – Graduates Spring 2017   Isabella is a second-year, prospective Computer-Science major, from Queens, New York. She enjoys talking to herself in Japanese, but is only capable of speaking to small animals in Russian. In her free time, Isabella enjoys dancing Hip-Hop and DJing House music. She has adventured in 10 different countries (including the U.S.) and 15 U.S. states. She can confirm that Sue’s stir-fry is top notch (see above)