This fund supports students studying a foreign language and culture abroad.
Created with a bequest from a retired professor of Russian at UB, this fund supports students studying a foreign language and culture abroad. Nina Tretiak-Shields was born in 1914 in Ukraine and attended Kharkiv University during the totalitarian regime of Joseph Stalin. Despite threats to her life from Stalin’s forces, she stayed at the university to complete her doctorate. In 1940, Dr. Tretiak-Shields fled Ukraine and landed in a refugee camp in Germany. In 1950, she immigrated to the US with her family. Speaking no English, she was awarded a scholarship to study Russian Language and Literature at Indiana University. In 1959, Dr. Tretiak-Shields came to the University at Buffalo and opened the Department of Russian Language and Literature. She retired from UB in 1982.The aim is to foster direct contact with the host culture and immersion opportunities that help advance language acquisition as well as cross-cultural understanding.