Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2016 Phi Sigma Iota Induction

The Department of Languages of William Jewell College inducted ten new members into the Phi Theta Chapter of the international foreign languages honor society, Phi Sigma Iota, on Saturday, April 23. Inductees this year represent majors and minors in four languages: French, Japanese, Latin, and Spanish. The faculty of the Department of Languages, friends, family, and current Phi Theta Chapter members celebrated the induction of these new members: In French: Hilary Alden, Johanna Alpert, and Meredith Graves; in Japanese: Molly Hutson; in Latin: Ciara Rucker and Meara Von Malottke; and in Spanish: Tiffany Eldridge, Claire Etzenhouser, Shea Marcinski, and Aubrey Stewart.
2016 Initiates Present at the Ceremony: Meredith Graves, Claire Etzenhouser, Molly Hutson, Shea Marcinski, Johanna Alpert, Hilary Alden, Tiffany Eldridge, and Ciara Rucker
Contributing to the ceremony were Phi Theta Members Lisa Brune (French) who read the selection on the Languages of the World, Jenny Nelson (French) who read the selection on French, Jessica Harmon (Chinese) who read the selection on Japanese, and Betsy Tucker (Spanish) who read the selection on Spanish. Dr. Jane Woodruff, professor of Classics, read the selection on Latin, in lieu of Sarah Crosley (Classics) who could not be with us. Dr. Robert Wells, assistant professor of Spanish, assisted, awarding certificates while Dr. Susan Myers, Chair, awarded pins.
Hilary Alden receives her certificate from Dr. Wells.
Johanna Alpert receives her pin from Dr. Myers.
Dr. Wells congratulates Meredith Graves.
Dr. Myers awards Molly Hutson's pin.


Tiffany Eldridge receives her pin.
Dr. Wells congratulates Claire Etzenhouser.
Shea Marcinski receives her pin.
Also mentioned in the program was Sarah Crosley, the 2016 Senior Star in Classics and the Phi Theta initiates graduating who recieved the honor cords: Molly Hutson from our Japanese instructor Junta Shirai, Ciara Rucker from Dr. Woodruff, and Aubrey Stewart.
Molly Hutson receives her honor cord from Instructor Junta Shirai.
Dr. Woodruff offers honor cords to Ciara Rucker.

After the the distribution of honor cords, our initiates gave short word on their commitment to languages in the order listed in the program. (My apologies to our first initiate for whom I was not quick enough with the record button.)
 Congratulations to our new Phi Theta members!

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