Staff Profiles


Barbara Sawhill

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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.


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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.


Min Suh

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Min is a third-year Psychology major from Seoul. He lived in New Zealand for a year when he was 12, where he developed a habit of saying “can’t” in a British accent, but will say everything else in an American accent. He loves traveling, especially to countries he has never been before. It is his goal in life to travel to every single country in the world. He spends his free time watching movies, cooking food, and playing football (soccer). He is struggling with Chinese but enjoying while he does so.


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Student Assistant – Graduates Spring 2017

Isabella is a third-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).

Tara Wells

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Tara is a third-year, transfer student from Roanoke, Virginia. She has declared a major in Latin Language & Literature and hopes to add minors in Anthropology and Greek Language & Literature. In addition to a passion for Classics, she loves dancing, singing, reading, writing, traveling, and cuddling with cats. Tara hopes to attend graduate school for Classics and spend much of her time studying abroad, learning as many languages as her brain can handle.

Soomin Kim

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Soomin is a Composition major from Seoul, Korea, and the rest of her family lives in the Philippines. She speaks English and Japanese (but no kanji), and is studying Spanish. She loves learning new languages because she believes that language is the most powerful way to understand and explore the culture. She enjoys traveling with her friends during vacations, which makes her spend all the money she has saved for a semester. In her free time, Soomin likes to collect vintage clothes, watch movies and Korean TV shows, listen to music, and read books.


Some of our student workers are studying abroad:

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Student Assistant – Graduates Spring 2018
Clover is a second-year from Hanoi, Vietnam. She is planning to major in Communications (individual major) and minor in Sociology. Her native language is Vietnamese, but recently she’s caught herself thinking in English as it’s now the main language she has to use daily, and she’s also taking French and Chinese. She loves 1) any kind of music, as long as it’s sad and slow; 2) taking emotional portraits of her close friends with her amateur photography skills; and 3) writing. She hopes to become a journalist without being put in jail by Vietnamese government for what she writes – but that depends.


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Student Assistant – Graduates Spring 2018

Laura is a sophomore East Asian Studies and Cinema Studies double major student. She likes fairy tales, folk tales, horror stories, or anything that deals and only deals with fantasy.  For real life, she likes to collect socks(219 pairs) ,  DVDs, shoes(# is hard to tell),posters, water bottles, and anything that is collectable. She also collects her fantasy dreams. One of her fantasy dreams is living in Ushuaia, Argentina after she turns to her 60. That is the main driven force for her to study Spanish since four years ago. Also, she just starts her journey to learn Japanese because she believes this is the language that sounds like what truly belongs to her fantasy-self.


Sofia Smith Hale 

Student Assistant – Graduates Spring 2018

Sofia is a junior Comparative American Studies major with a concentration in Education and documentary film. She loves to learn in interactive and creative ways, and share wisdom and knowledge with others. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese and likes dreaming in all three combined. She enjoys cooking, biking in the sun, diving into the ocean, being with young kids, and music that makes your body move. She hopes to become a teacher in the near future and continuing using art as a tool for social change.


since four years ago. Also, she just starts her journey to learn Japanese because she believes this is the language that sounds like what truly belongs to her fantasy-self.

Danilo Powell-Lima                    

Student Assistant – Graduates Spring 2018

Danilo is a third year Politics and Philosophy double major hailing from Teaneck New Jersey. He loves to listen and dance to Portuguese music even more than he loves shoving some political theory in his face. When he’s doing none of those three activities he’s surely refreshing his Portuguese vocabulary by scouring through one of his many boxes of flashcards. Danilo doesn’t know where he’ll go after Oberlin, but one thing’s for certain: his flashcards are coming with him.