Friday, May 3, 2013

Phi Sigma Iota Induction Ceremony

New Phi Sigma Iota members: Webber, Peoples, Jaeger, Deckman and Belshe

William Jewell College’s Department of Languages on April 27 inducted nine new members of the Phi Theta Chapter of the international foreign languages honor society Phi Sigma Iota. Inductees this year represent majors and minors in five languages: Arabic, French, Greek, Japanese and Spanish. Joseph Gunn, vice-president of the Phi Theta chapter, the faculty of the Department of Languages, friends, family and current Phi Theta Chapter members celebrated the induction of new members of the chapter: Charlotte Belshe, Paige Bolduc, Erin Christiansen, Natasha Deckman, Rachel Jaeger, Rebeka Loyd, Bailey Moffitt, Susan Peoples and James Webber. Present at this year's induction ceremony were Charlotte, Tasha, Beth, Susan and James.
Dr. Amaya Amell, professor of Spanish and advisor of Phi Sigma Iota, awarded cords to the new initiates.
Charlotte receives her honor cords from Dr. Amell

 Charlotte, completing a minor in Spanish, talked about her language studies.

Dr. Susan Myers, Chair of Languages, congratulated the new initates while awarding them their certificates.
Tasha receives her certificate
Tasha talks about her studies in Spanish as she finishes a major in Spanish.

Beth Jaeger holds a special place in the history of the Phi Theta Chapter as our first initiate in Arabic.
Beth receives her certificate

Beth, having completed a minor in Arabic Area Studies, talks about her language learning experiences.

Dr. Myers also awarded the initiates their Phi Sigma Iota pins.
Susan participates in the pinning ceremony
James awarded his Phi Sigma Iota pin
Susan has completed a minor in Japanese Area Studies and shares her thoughts about her language learning experiences.

James, a Spanish major, concluded our program with reflections on his experiences in Spanish.

Congratulations to our new initiates!

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