Newsletter 2004

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Celebrates its Best and Brightest

     Professors, students, and parents gathered on Sunday 15 February to celebrate the initiation of new members to the Foreign Language Honors Societies with chapters at the College. Current Phi Sigma Iota members Jessie Bergstrom, Catina Crismale, Jennifer Greene, Erin Koontz, Kristie Orlando, and Mary Papiernik assisted Dr. Erika M. Sutherland to update the initiation program and plan the ceremony. The evening began with a lovely spread of appetizers and desserts but soon moved on to the main event. Dr. Sutherland introduced the speaker, Fulbright Scholar and 2001 Muhlenberg graduate Kathryn McCleary. In her keynote speech, Ms. McCleary shared her experiences and insight about combining academic interests. Her dual course of study at Muhlenberg --in history and Spanish-- at Muhlenberg and Fulbright research in Madrid on the cultural contexts of domestic violence give testimonial to the power of a good combination! Following the presentation, Department Chair Dr. Kipa welcomed all in attendance and began the initiation ceremony. Five German Studies students, one Russian Studies student, two students in French, and eighteen in Spanish were inducted into their respective honor societies. Congratulations to all!


Delta Phi Alpha: German

Anna Marmaros
Sarah Risch
GaryLee Schaefer
Elizabeth Karen Smith
Karen McGovern (2003)

Dobro Slovo: Russian

Michael Saratovsky

Phi Sigma Iota: French
Phi Sigma Iota: Spanish
Alberic Rogman
Bonnie Silberbogen*
Lindsey Bramson
Stephen DeMeo*
Elizabeth Drew*
Wendy Eichler
Jill Friedman
Diana Garretto
Jacqueline Gerard
Gretchen Herbert
Sarah Johnson
Danielle Kline
Katherine Kohler
Stephanie Krauss*
Rebecca Rosenau*
Michelle Sartor*
Joanna Schober
Toni Scott*
Melissa Stein
Melissa Tarlowski

*: inducted in absentia