Our alumni have found success in many different careers, traveled to countries across the globe, and built upon their language skills and the strong foundation of an IU liberal arts education. Many have now distinguished themselves in a variety of professions.
We are proud of our diverse and accomplished group of 2017 BA graduates: 18 French majors and 5 Italian majors. Courtney Relyea-Spivack (Majors: French and Theatre) intends to pursue a career as an actress and will be appearing in two IU Summer Theatre productions: Loves Labors Lost and Persuasion. Other graduates will return to Europe to teach English, such as Mitchell Sigmund (Majors: Italian and English), who will be going back to Italy to teach in Lombardy on the SITE program and Grace Shymanski (Majors: French and History), who will be teaching English in France next year as part of the TAPIF program. Other graduates will begin graduate studies in a variety of locations such as Strasbourg (Crystal Lemming), Scotland (Elizabeth Lindemann), and at Notre Dame right here in Indiana (Gabriella Di Palma). In addition, some will embark upon career paths such as interior design (Charlotte Jolly, BA in French and Interior Design) and international development (Kelsi Genday, BA in French and Communication & Culture).
Our MA and PhD students have also gone on to successful careers. Our MA graduates have obtained jobs in business, education, and diplomacy, among other fields. You’ll find IU PhD graduates in French and Italian on the faculty at a variety of institutions, ranging from small colleges like Davidson to large research universities like Arizona State. Mary Vogl (PhD, French literature ’98) is Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at Colorado State. Manuela Gieri (PhD, Italian ’89) is a well-known scholar of Italian cinema who is professor at Università degli studi della Basilicata in Potenza, Italy. Sometimes artistic talents dictate a future career, such as for Chris Lysack (PhD, French literature ’14), who is a professional opera singer in Aachen, Germany.
To maintain the superior quality of our educational programs we depend on the support of our alumni and friends. Without your generosity, we would be unable to provide the unique opportunities which make the Department of French and Italian at IU one of the most vibrant in the country.
We love to hear from our alumni since many of you pursue exciting endeavors after graduating from IU. Please fill out the IU Alumni Association Class Notes form here to let us know what you’re up to!