Staff Profiles

Barbara Sawhillbarbara

Director of the CILC
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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 205 /303 “Advanced 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.


Emily GazdaGOAT

Extreme Administrative Assistant and Lover of Animated Goats
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Emily graduated from Oberlin in 2012, and is working for the CILC, the OCLC, and CLEAR. (She deals in acronyms.) Her favorite piece of the internet is the animated goat to the right. You should probably click on it. While not dealing with administrative things, Emily scoops ice cream at Cowhaus and teaches and tutors math. She enjoys cooking things that are almost edible and figuring out how to store things in her tiny apartment.


Julia Hendersonjulia

Student Assistant
Graduates Spring 2014

 

Julia is a 4th year cello performance major in the conservatory. If she’s not holed up in a practice room, Julia can usually be found riding her bike or working on a puzzle. At home she enjoys sailing with her Dad and her dog. She’s still figuring out how to get a sailboat into the reservoir.


Aidan Mullaneyaidan

Student Assistant
Graduates Spring 2014

 

Aidan wants to be the very best, like no one ever was. To catch them is his real test, to train them is his cause. When not traveling across the land (searching far and wide), Aidan can be found singing loudly in places he probably shouldn’t be or playing hide and seek by himself. He is a Neuroscience major and loves giving hugs. The two aren’t related but he just wanted you to know that.


Anders Villaltaanders

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.


Ellie FlessnerEllie

Student Assistant
Graduates Spring 2016

 

Ellie is just a young explorer trying to make it in this crazy world of ours. She spends most of her time in the language lab, partly because the birds are her only friends and partly because she has yet to actually find the exit. Her hobbies include cliff diving and rocking back and forth in the fetal position as Nickleback plays in the background. Her skills include proficiency in smart classroom technology, fluency in spanish, safe cracking, and elementary Karate.


Mengchen (Sue) Xu215282_564978226880157_552537743_n

Student Assistant
Graduates Spring 2016

 

Sue is a second-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.

Some of our staff are away for the semester, traveling the world…

Hannah Gilfixhannah

Student Assistant
Graduates Spring 2015

 

Hannah is a third year student from Massachusetts majoring in neuroscience. A dual citizen with France and the US, Hannah enjoys splitting her time reading both French and English books. At CILC she likes to read the children’s books in languages she does not understand and hopes that one day they will miraculously make sense. She is currently studying Spanish and will be studying abroad in Peru during the Spring Semester.


Camilla Sentercamilla

Student Assistant
Graduates Spring 2015

 

Camilla is a third year neuroscience major who enjoys making bread, watching cynical TV, and adoring almost every animal (excluding of course slimy and slithery things). She hopes to one day be a passionate baker, florist, or pharmacist but until then, is thoroughly enjoying the pressure to achieve exerted on her by her parents. Next semester she will study non-sciences in Spain and will perhaps stay the summer in Sweden in attempt to improve her Swedish and make her mother proud.


Austin CopeAustin

Student Assistant
Graduates Spring 2015

 

Austin grew up in the wild mountains of Colorado, in a little town you’ve probably never heard of. After graduating from the school there, he decided to spend a year in the flat little country of Belgium, and then three and a half years in the flat state of Ohio. When not thinking about landscapes, Austin enjoys learning to speak Bird at the CILC and working toward his politics major at Oberlin. He’ll be in Spain this spring (2014), but after that he’ll return for one more year at Oberlin.