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May 9, 2016

Language Students Win Entry into National Honor Societies, Awards

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Pi Delta Phi Inductees in their French Stateliness

On Friday, April 25, 2015, we held our Departmental Honors Ceremony. The ceremony was opened with a wonderful performance on the lute by student Ryan Closs. Twenty-four Adelphi students were inducted into one of three Honor Societies: Pi Delta Phi (French), Gamma Kappa Alpha (Italian), and Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish). Dr. Amador opened the ceremony after which the Dean of the Arts and Sciences, Dr. Sam Grogg, shared a few words of inspiration. We were also delighted to have with us two benefactors of generous scholarships for our students: Mr. Robert Hartmann, alumnus; and Professor David Prottas.

The following students were inducted into honor societies:

French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi: Chioma Chuks-Okeke, Egan Colbert, Ashley Corbeil, Ashari Edwards, Grace Ewing, Sean Gaynor, Freddy Huitzil, Ioanna Ioannides, Ben Nichols, Collin Savage, Erica White (inducted by Profs. Rudolph & Wadhera)

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Happy Gamma Kappa Alpha Inductees

Italian Honor Society, Gamma Kappa Alpha: Diana Malizia, Marissa Marinucci (inducted by Prof. Hiller)

Spanish Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi: Euli Abreu, Diana Archibala, Olivia Autry, Brianna Callejas, Declan Hart, Victoria Hawkins, Britney Hernandez, Lauren Jacobson, Taylor Langston, Leela Riquelme, Briana Rubenstein.

Scholarships were awarded to the following outstanding students:  

Smalley Fellowship in Italian Studies: Diana Malizia

Mary Louise Vazquez Awards in French: Sean Gaynor & Collin Savage

The Robert Hartmann Scholarship for Excellence in Spanish: Jessenia González

We were also delighted to present awards to several outstanding students:

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Sigma Delta Pi Inductees, Lighting the Candle of Wisdom

Ruth Richardson Awards for Excellence in Spanish: Euli Abreu, Diana Arichabala, Olivia Autry, Brianna Callejas, Declan Hart, Victoria Hawkins, Britney Hernández, Lauren Jacobson, Taylor Langston, Leela Riquelme, Brianna Rubenstein, Christopher Weihs

Dolores Roethel Awards in Spanish Literature: Diana Arichabala, Victoria Hawkins

Prottas French Writing Contest : 1st: Sebastián Zapata; 2nd: Sean Gaynor; 3rd: Chioma Chuks-Okeke

Prottas Italian Writing Contest : 1st: Mary DeMaio

Prottas Spanish Writing Contest: 1st: Pedro Izquierdo 2nd: Pia Steffes & Rong Zeng; 3rd: Declan Hart & Shivm Shah

We continued a tradition with another vocal performance at the ceremony by our own Professor Hiller on the piano. This year, we heard Vincenzo Bellini’s romantic ballad “Ah, rendi pur contento.”

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