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Alison Rose Sommer
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Employment History

Academic Information Associate: Languages and Fine Arts, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN, 2007-present

-      Develop educational technology solutions for faculty in the languages, fine arts, and other departments

-      Provide technical support for faculty, staff, and students

-      Provide specialized training and expertise in video/audio editing and manipulation for the Macalester community

-      Direct the Humanities Resource Center, a computing and multi-media resource center with specialized equiptment and software for language, art, music, and media studies

-      Train and supervise 15 student employees of the Humanities Resource Center in customer service and techinical support for computer and video systems

-      Run workshops for faculty, staff, and students on uses of technology for education and business

-      Support campus Moodle (learing management system) use, including leading Moodle workshops for faculty

-      Member of the Digital Assests Management, Information Services Instructional Support, Lab Management, and other workgroups

-      Work with various other college projects and groups


Chinese Instructor, St. Peter Community Education, St. Peter, MN, fall 2007

-      Designed ciriculm, prepared matierals, and taught Chinese for Preschoolers, an introductorly level Mandarin Chinese language class, for children age 2 - 5 and their parents

-      Designed ciriculm, prepared matierals, and taught Chinese for Children, an introductorly level Mandarin Chinese language class, for children in grades 2 - 6


Culpeper Language Center Director, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN, 2005-2007

-      Develop technology and other resources for faculty and students of foreign languages

-      Worked with faculty to develop French Major E-Portfolios

-      Designed and implemented system for viewing and recording international television from a satellite provider and various other international media

-      Implemented system for digital audio exercises for foreign languages

-      Worked with Spanish faculty to develop student exercises for creating Spanish language podcasts and web pages using iLife software

-      Primary Moodle course support contact for college faculty

-      Provide technical support to the department of Modern Languages and Cultures

-      Update and maintain websites for Modern Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures using Adobe GoLive and Photoshop

-      Supported and lead various departmental digital video projects

-      Supervise and maintain the Culpeper Language Center and its resources

            -      Macintosh computer lab, teaching station, media development station, international media viewing room, foreign language printed materials, and study area

-      Assist in various other projects in Information Technology

-      Campus-wide wireless deployment project

-      Software and hardware upgrades for faculty

-      Train and supervise Culpeper Language Center student lab assistants


Instructor, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN

-      Taught Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture, January Term, 2007

            -      Developed curriculum and syllabus

            -      Introduced students to basic Mandarin Chinese language, as well as topics in Chinese culture 

-      Assisted with Instruction of Introduction to East Asian History, Spring Semester, 2007

           -      Gave several lectures on topics in Chinese history

           -      Participated in text selection for the course


Student Computing Support, Carleton College, Northfield, MN, 2002-2005

-      Worked on computer helpline, diagnosed and fixed computer problems for students and lab users


Camp Counselor/Chinese Instructor, Sen Lin Hu, Concordia Language Villiages, Bemidji, MN, summer, 2003

-      Taught beginning level mandarin Chinese to children 8 to 15 years old

-      Supervised camp cabin as well performing other basic counselor functions

-      Active lifeguard



 Carleton College, Northfield, MN

-      Bachelor of Arts, June 21, 2005

-      Major: Asian Studies, with a concentration in history

-      Senior Comprehensive Project: The Great Leap Forward: The History of Death


The University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis MN 

-      Advanced Modern Chinese, fall and spring, 2006-2007


Academic Interests

Language and Cultural Studies

-      Two Chinese language courses, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

-      Five Chinese language courses, Carleton College

-      Participated in Carleton’s Chinese seminar in Tianjin, China, 2002

-      Two Japanese courses, Carleton College

-      Six courses in East Asian history, Carleton College

-      Four courses in Asian sociology, anthropology, and linguistics, Carleton College

-      One course in English as a second/foreign language education, Carleton College

-      Six years of German language study, Hopkins School District

-      Two years of Japanese language study, Hopkins School District

 Computer and media studies

-      Two computer science courses: Introduction to Computer Science, Data Structures, Carleton College

-      Introduction to Video Production, Carleton College

Professional Conferences and Presentations

-      Attended and presented at Educause Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago, 2010

           -      Presentation: Using Video to Engage Students without Stress

-      Co-Presented at NITLE Instructional Technologists' Virtual Conference, 2009

          -      Presentation: Jóvenes Latin@s Cuentan: Digital Storytelling

-      Attended and presented at GusDay 10, Carleton College, MN, 2009

           -      Presentation: Using Technology to Facilitate Learning and Community Outreach

-      Attended and presented at IALLT Conference, Georgia State University, GA, 2009

          -      Presentation: Technology Solutions for Collaborative Translation Projects

-      Attended and presented at GusDay, Augsburg College, MN, 2009

          -      Presentation: Technology Solutions for Collaborative Writing Projects

-      Attended and presented at MWALT Conference, Case Western Reserve University, OH, 2008

           -      Presentation: Technology Solutions for Collaborative Translation Projects

-      Attended and presented at GusDay, Gustavus Adolphus College, MN, 2008

           -      Presentation: Obtaining, Recording, and Using Television for Education

-      Attended NITLE ITLAC, DePauw University, IN, 2008

-      Attended IALLT Conference, Tufts University, MA, 2007

-      Attended CALICO Conference, University of Hawaii - Honolulu, HI, 2006

-      Attended GusDay, University of St. Thomas, MN, 2006

-      Attended F.L.E.A.T. 5 Conference, Brigham Young University, UT, 2005


Volunteer Teaching Experience

-      ESL Teacher’s Assistant, Greenvale Elementary School, Northfield, MN, 2004

-      ESL Peer Tutor, Hopkins High School, 2000-2001

-      Elementary Ed Basic Skills Teacher’s Assistant, Hopkins School District Summer School Program, 1996-2000


Leadership Positions

-      Co-Captain/Coach, Women’s Hockey at Carleton, 2004-2005

-      Science Fiction Alliance Club Librarian, Carleton College, 2004-2005

-      Science Fiction Alliance Club President, Carleton College, 2003-2004

-      Chinese Club Co-President, Carleton College, 2002-2003

-      Co-Captain, Hopkins High School Girl’s Varsity Hockey, 2000-2001

Athletic Experience

Arrows Hockey, Women's Hockey Association of Minnesota B2 level team, 2005-present

-        Positions: defense (2005-2008), center (2009-present)

Women’s Hockey at Carleton, Women’s Hockey Association of Minnesota C-Level team, 2001-2005

-        Positions: center (2001-2004), left defense (2004-2005)

-        Captain for 2004-2005 season

Hopkins High School Women’s Hockey, Varsity Level, 1995-2001

-        Positions: defense (1995-1996), center (1996-1998), left wing (1998-2000), center (2000-2001)

-        Captain for 2000-2001 season

-        Team Awards: 1997 State Qualifying team, Classic Lake Conference Champions (1996/67 season), Section 6 Champions (1996/97 season), 1997 MN State Tournament Sportsmanship award, Women’s Hockey State Academic Champions (2000/01 season),

-        Personal Awards: Six varsity letters, All Conference Honorable Mention (1999/2000 season), All State Academic (1999/2000, 2000/01 seasons)

















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