Awards

Faculty Awards

Trustees Teaching Award

Each year, the Department recognizes outstanding classroom teaching by bestowing upon one tenured or tenure-track professor the Trustees Teaching Award. Only 6% of tenured and tenure-track faculty at IU-Bloomington receive this award each year. The award is intended to emphasize teaching in class, but outstanding performance in course development or supervision can also be considered. Below are our recent award winners.

  • 2017 - Hall Bjørnstad
  • 2016 - Alison Calhoun
  • 2015 - Oana Panaïté, Karolina Serafin
  • 2014 - Massimo Scalabrini
  • 2013 - Kevin Rottet
  • 2012 - Julie Auger
  • 2011 - Nicolas Valazza
  • 2010 - Massimo Scalabrini
  • 2009 - Colleen Ryan
Graduate Student Awards

The Department is pleased to recognize its outstanding graduate students during the annual French and Italian awards ceremony, held in early April each year. We are very grateful to our donors who make these awards possible.

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Peter Cannings Memorial Prize

A British citizen, Peter Cannings studied French and linguistics at the School of Economics and Political Science of the University of London and then received a Maîtrise and Doctorat de troisième cycle at the Université de Provence in Aix-en-Provence. He joined the faculty of the Department in 1974 where he distinguished himself as an enthusiastic and creative teacher and a highly talented scholar in theoretical linguistics. He helped found the journal Studies in French Linguistics but did not live to see its first issue published in 1978. His life was cut short at the age of 27 by a car accident after less than four years at IU, in October 1977. His family helped establish this award in his memory, for a student of French or general linguistics.

  • 2017 - Jamie Root
  • 2016 - Kelly Kasper-Cushman
  • 2015 - Rodica Frimu
  • 2014 - B. Devan Steiner
  • 2013 - Kelly Farmer
  • 2012 - Jennifer Betters
  • 2011 - Ryan Hendrickson

Eneria Ruggeri Memorial Award

Eneria Ruggeri (Rome, 1922-1989), was a passionate and refined connoisseur of Italian literature, art and cinema, with a specific interest in drama and poetry. She volunteered as a nurse during WWII and, together with her family, she helped hide Italian citizens of Jewish origin from the Nazis. During the liberation of Rome, she worked with the pro-Allied Resistance movement. This award is for students who have demonstrated a superior ability in their Italian classes as well as a clear passion for the study of Italian language and culture.

  • 2017 - Carlotta Paltrinieri
  • 2016 - Isabella Magni
  • 2015 - Lucia Gemmani

Grace P. Young Graduate Awards (French)

Grace P. Young, whose great-grandfather David H. Maxwell was one of the founders of Indiana University, served as an Instructor of French from 1917-1923; and as Professor from 1923 until her retirement in 1956. She collaborated with her husband Bert Young on the publication in 1947 of Le Registre de la Grange, 1659-1685, an account of the theatrical activities of Molière's troupe. It was through a bequest of copies of the Registre that the Grace P. Young Fund was established in 1970.

  • 2017 - Jessica Tindira, Carly Bahler
  • 2016 - Amanda Vredenburgh, Sarah Kay Hurst
  • 2015 - Mark Black, Amber Panwitz, Flavien Falantin
  • 2014 - Krista Williams, Anemarie Calin
  • 2013 - Loïc Lerme, Nicole Burkholder
  • 2012 - Georgy Khabarovskiy, David K. Wagner, Michael Dow
  • 2011 - Erin Edgington, Benjamin Niehaus, Olga Scrivner

Mario & Katrina Vangeli Graduate Awards (Italian)

The Vangeli Awards were established by Professor Edoardo Lèbano and his wife Mary Vangeli Lèbano in 1989 to honor the memory of Captain Mario G. Vangeli, of the US Navy, Mary's father. He was a graduate of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis and later attended MIT where he earned a Master's Degree in Naval Architecture. After a distinguished Navy career including service in WWII, he became European President of Raytheon International. As of 2003, the awards also honor the memory of his wife, Katrina Vangeli.

  • 2013 - Mary Migliozzi
  • 2011 - Giulia Benghi
  • 2009 - Federico Pacchioni
  • 2007 - Beatrice Arduini

Lander MacClintock Memorial Award

Lander MacClintock was a professor of both French and Italian in the Department from 1920 to his retirement in 1960. He received BA, MA, and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago, and his scholarly works and editions include The Age of Pirandello (1951), Sainte-Beuve's Critical Theory and Practice, and The Contemporary Drama of Italy. He was a life-long devotee of the arts and music, from his early days of touring with the San Carlos Opera Company to his organization of a special exhibit in conjunction with the Orchestre National of France performing on campus in 1948.

Most of our awards are specifically for undergraduate or graduate students, and specifically for achievement in French or Italian. However, the Lander MacClintock Award is given alternately to a French student and to an Italian student, and it can be awarded to either an undergraduate or a graduate student.

  • 2017 - Jill Owen (graduate, French)
  • 2016 - Sara Dallavalle (graduate, Italian)
  • 2015 - Kassandra Chronis (undergraduate, French)
  • 2014 - Isabella Magni (graduate, Italian)
  • 2013 - Kathryn Bastin (graduate, French)
  • 2012 - Emanuela Pecchioli (graduate, Italian)
  • 2011 - Amandine Lorente-Lapole (graduate, French)

Olga Ragusa Graduate Award

Dr. Olga Ragusa, Lorenzo Da Ponte Professor Emerita of Italian and Comparative literature at Columbia University, is one of the most important scholars of modern Italian culture and literature today. The author of many books and articles whose topics range from the 1700s to the present, she has written on Goldoni, Alfieri, Manzoni, Verga, Pirandello, Gadda, Prezzolini, and Pasolini, among others. In 2004, Professor Ragusa gave a generous donation to the Italian program at IUB, which she values for its quality and productivity. This award is for graduate students in Italian who have demonstrated a remarkable scholarly ability in their courses as well as in their degree examinations.

  • 2017 - Lucia Gemmani
  • 2015 - Carlotta Paltrinieri
  • 2014 - Edward Bowen

Associate Instructor Awards (French)

  • 2017 - Leila El-Murr, Jacob Ladyga
  • 2016 - Flavien Falantin, Amanda Vredenburgh
  • 2015 - Kelly Kasper-Cushman, David Wagner
  • 2014 - Sarah Kay Hurst, Jill Owen
  • 2013 - Rodica Frimu, Amber Panwitz
  • 2012 - Kelly Biers, Loïc Lerme
  • 2011 - Jennifer Betters, Ryan Hendrickson

Associate Instructor Awards (Italian)

  • 2017 - Leonardo Cabrini
  • 2016 - Sara Dallavalle, Letizia Montroni
  • 2015 - Lucia Gemmani
  • 2014 - Carlotta Paltrinieri
  • 2013 - Isabella Magni
  • 2012 - David Winkler
  • 2011 - Luisa Garrido Baez, Andrea Polegato
Undergraduate Awards

The Department is pleased to recognize its outstanding undergraduate students during the annual French and Italian awards ceremony, held in early April each year. All faculty members are asked to nominate students for the awards, and then the faculty meet to make the final decisions. These awards are all based on merit: excellent academic performance in three or more French or Italian classes is required. We are very grateful to our donors who make these awards possible.

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Grace P. Young Undergraduate Awards (French)

Grace P. Young, whose great-grandfather David H. Maxwell was one of the founders of Indiana University, served as an Instructor of French from 1917-1923; and as Professor from 1923 until her retirement in 1956. She collaborated with her husband Bert Young on the publication in 1947 of Le Registre de la Grange, 1659-1685, an account of the theatrical activities of Molière's troupe. It was through a bequest of copies of the Registre that the Grace P. Young Fund was established in 1970.

  • 2017 - Em Brewington, Abigail Elston, Crystal Leming
  • 2016 - Megan Dyer, Jordan Lenchitz, Helen Grace Shymanski
  • 2015 - Ava Dickerson, Kathleen Gordon, Ash Kulak
  • 2014 - Anjona Ghosh, Thomas Bebekoski, Alyssa Lindley, Miranda Hoegberg
  • 2013 - Ana Fumurescu, Eleanor Berry, Chelsea Templeton
  • 2012 - Olivia Stidham, Jessica Johnson, Andrew C. Johns
  • 2011 - Katelyn Colvin, Stephen Greist, Melissa Thompson

Mario & Katrina Vangeli Undergraduate Awards (Italian)

The Vangeli Awards were established by Professor Edoardo Lèbano and his wife Mary Vangeli Lèbano in 1989 to honor the memory of Captain Mario G. Vangeli, of the US Navy, Mary's father. He was a graduate of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis and later attended MIT where he earned a Masters Degree in Naval Architecture. After a distinguished Navy career including service in WWII, he became European President of Raytheon International. As of 2003, the awards also honor the memory of his wife, Katrina Vangeli.

  • 2017 - Gabriella Di Palma
  • 2016 - Hannah Henderson
  • 2015 - Adam Leep
  • 2013 - Mary Katherine Vaughn
  • 2012 - Rena Kingery
  • 2011 - Robert Bradley Smith
  • 2010 - Stephen Hiller

Charlotte F. Gerrard Memorial Prize (French)

This award honors the memory of Charlotte F. Gerrard, who was a lecturer and Professor of French in the Department from 1965 to 2000. She earned her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1966 and was a specialist of 20th-century French theatre. In addition to her research and teaching on theatre, she acted in plays as a young student and then directed several readings of French plays during her time at IU. She is remembered for her love of teaching and her lasting friendships with former students throughout the world.

  • 2017 - Courtney Relyea-Spivack
  • 2016 - Emma Narumi Johnson
  • 2015 - Isabel Bradley
  • 2014 - Alisa Klepach
  • 2013 - Jacob Ladyga
  • 2012 - Elizabeth Shariat Panahi
  • 2011 - Lee William McHenry

Mary V. Lèbano Memorial Award (Italian)

This award was established by Professor Edoardo Lèbano to honor the memory of his wife Mary Vangeli Lèbano, who died on September 8, 2007. Mary, who studied and lived in Italy for extended periods of time, loved Italian language and culture and nourished a sincere interest in the progress made by her husband's students. She would be happy to know that the accomplishments of deserving students of Italian are recognized through this award.

  • 2017 - Mitchell Sigmund
  • 2016 - Laura Rastl
  • 2015 - Ian Bever
  • 2013 - Abigail Silbert
  • 2012 - Jessica Wehr
  • 2011 - Nicolas Perfetti
  • 2010 - Elizabeth Swanger

Quentin M. Hope Memorial Award (French)

Quentin M. Hope was Professor of French in the Department of French and Italian from 1956 to 1988, serving as chair from 1965 to 1977. His life-long passion was 17th-century French literature, in particular the writing of Charles de Saint-Evremond, and his PhD thesis at Columbia University explored the work of this French soldier and essayist. He went on to publish two monographs on Evremond as well as many articles on the free-thinking libertins.

  • 2017 - Emily Tallo
  • 2016 - Dana Vanderburgh
  • 2015 - Elizabeth Timberlake
  • 2014 - Jane Reagan
  • 2013 - Molly B. Newell
  • 2012 - Miranda Hoegberg
  • 2011 - Nicole Burkholder

Eneria Ruggeri Memorial Award (Italian)

Eneria Ruggeri (Rome, 1922-1989), was a passionate and refined connoisseur of Italian literature, art and cinema, with a specific interest in drama and poetry. She volunteered as a nurse during WWII and, together with her family, she helped hide Italian citizens of Jewish origin from the Nazis. During the liberation of Rome, she worked with the pro-Allied Resistance movement. This award is for students who have demonstrated a superior ability in their Italian classes as well as a clear passion for the study of Italian language and culture.

  • 2016 - Jenica Brown
  • 2015 - Vianna Newman
  • 2014 - Adriana Giuliani, Frank Granger

Albert & Agnes Kuersteiner Memorial Prize (French)

This award was established in 1980 by IU alumnae Ruth Kuersteiner Fink and Elsa Kuersteiner Martin in memory of their parents, Agnes Duncan Kuersteiner (IU class of 1907) and Dr. Albert Kuersteiner, who was Professor of French here from 1898 until his death in 1917. The award consists of French books selected by the Department and the student.

  • 2017 - Rebecca Hailperin-Lausch, Karly Murat-Prater
  • 2016 - Shannon McPike
  • 2015 - Dana Vanderburgh
  • 2014 - Erik Troske
  • 2013 - Ava Dickerson
  • 2012 - David B. Bloom
  • 2011 - Maria B. Walker

Carol Ann Brush Hofstadter Memorial Scholarship (Italian)

Carol Brush studied Italian and art history at Indiana University and in 1977 spent a summer in Bologna, Italy, through an IU exchange program. She adored Italy——its people, its culture, and its language——and nine years later returned there for the summer with her husband, IU professor Douglas Hofstadter. One day while dining in a Roman restaurant, they randomly ran into Edoardo Lèbano, Carol's favorite Italian professor, and had a great reunion. In 1993, motivated by their shared love for Italy, Carol and Doug chose to spend Doug's sabbatical year in Trento with their two young children, Danny and Monica, but after just three months there, Carol died very unexpectedly. Despite the tragedy, Doug and the children remained in Trento for the rest of the sabbatical year and as a consequence, Danny and Monica became fluent in Italian, —a gift from their mother. In the wake of Carol's death, her family and friends created a scholarship in her memory, so that more students could discover Bologna and learn to love it as she did.

  • 2016 - Matthew Galeski, Cecilia Theberge
  • 2015 - Jacob Schmaltz, Mitchell Sigmund
  • 2014 - Emily Ellis, Rebecca Nash
  • 2013 - Blake Steiner, Naama Levy
  • 2012 - Margaret Uland, Kelsey Pepmeier, Brandon-Lee Dayton
  • 2011 - Nicolas Perrino, Sabrina Russello

John K. Hyde Award (French)

John Kenneth Hyde received his PhD in French from Indiana University in 1965. He taught at Oberlin College 1962-67 until returning to IU as Professor of French from 1967 until his death in 1983. He was particularly interested in teaching French and Québécois civilization and culture, and also spent time developing the Department's business French class during the later years of his career. He served as faculty advisor for the French House and as Director of Graduate Studies. The John K. Hyde award was first given in 1985.

  • 2017 - Julia Vicic
  • 2016 - Sophia Saliby
  • 2015 - Abigail Elston
  • 2014 - Arthur Masyuk
  • 2013 - Jacob Wycoff
  • 2012 - Kevin Gardner
  • 2011 - Sarah Chestnut
  • 2010 - Kimberly L. Long

Lander MacClintock Memorial Award

Lander MacClintock was Professor of both French and Italian in the Department from 1920 to his retirement in 1960. He received BA, MA, and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago, and his scholarly works and editions include The Age of Pirandello (1951), Sainte-Beuve's Critical Theory and Practice, and The Contemporary Drama of Italy. He was a life-long devotee of the arts and music, from his early days of touring with the San Carlos Opera Company to his organization of a special exhibit in conjunction with the Orchestre National of France performing on campus in 1948.

Most of our awards are specifically for undergraduate or graduate students, and specifically for achievement in French or Italian. However, the Lander MacClintock Award is given alternately to a French student and to an Italian student, and it can be awarded to either an undergraduate or a graduate student.

  • 2017 - Jill Owen (graduate, French)
  • 2016 - Sara Dallavalle (graduate, Italian)
  • 2015 - Kassandra Chronis (undergraduate, French)
  • 2014 - Isabella Magni (graduate, Italian)
  • 2013 - Kathryn Bastin (graduate, French)
  • 2012 - Emanuela Pecchioli (graduate, Italian)
  • 2011 - Amandine Lorente-Lapole (graduate, French)

Gamma Kappa Alpha Italian Honor Society (Italian)

Gamma Kappa Alpha acknowledges superior scholastic performance in the field of Italian language, literature and culture, and is the only National Italian Honor Society in the United States and Canada.

  • 2017 - Alexandria Heston, Francisca Figueroa, Kayla Myers, Cari Rice, Benjamin Turney, Marina Walinski, Carmen Henderson
  • 2016 - Emily Ellis, Jenica Brown, Jessica True, Gabriella Di Palma, Jacqueline Hassenplug, Rebecca Nash, Laura Rastl
  • 2015 - Ian Bever, Halle Hill, Vianna Newman, Mitchell Sigmund, Kara Tullman, Nadia Zunarelli
  • 2014 - Erika Fisher, Meaghan Rigali, Alexandra Utter, Daniel Watts
  • 2013 - Susan Swanson
  • 2012 - Joseph Barnes, Mary Gazdziak, Nathan O'Connor, Rachel Schrage, Mary Vaughn
  • 2011 - Eva DeBoni, Michael Lockard, Samuel J. Park, Chaise Yarling
  • 2010 - Courtnie Clemens, Stephen Hiller, Mariella Stie, Mariela Colindres Garcia
Italian Honors Awards

Pi Delta Phi—Omicron Upsilon Chapter

Visit the website of the national Pi Delta Phi French honor society.


Fall 2016 inductees

Lucas AdamsStephen AverittAron Barrera
Caroline BedwellEmory BrunnerTaitum Caggiano
Kaitlynn CullLaura DemseyRebecca Hailperin-Lausch
Stephanie KennedyPraise KimLoïc Lermé
Noëlle LindstromJoyce MannonKarly Murat-Prater
Jason MurnerNathanael RollisonGrace Rushton
Adam SmithKristen SwansonJulia Vicic

Fall 2015 inductees

Erika EadsNicole M. EhleringerAdam C. Kiefer
Jad LabbanEligh LanglaisJordan Lenchitz
Shannon McPikeAnne-Therese RyanHelen Grace Shymanski
Angela TauberAmelia Marie Weller

Spring 2015 inductees

Adam D. AlamilloAnna M. AlgerJordan Andreanopoulos
Devynn Em BarnesMaeve Kathleen BartissThomas Michael Bebekoski
Katherine Marie BlakeAshley ChambersAva Joan Dickerson
Chloé DufourMegan DyerAbby Elston
Madeline Jane GlennMara Gonzalez SoutoHalle Elizabeth Hill
Megan HuibregtseCharlotte JollyJillian Jones
Alisa KlepachAsh KulakElizabeth Lindemann
Amanda Danielle MankovichKristine N. MarshallHalley Rose Meslin
Savannah Claire MeslinSarah Jeane MoserMacaira O'Connell
Emily KKatelyn TestermanRachel Thickstun
Elizabeth TimberlakeDana Scott Vanderburgh

Gamma Kappa Alpha

Visit the website of the National Italian Honor Society.


2017

Francisca FigueroaCarmen HendersonAlexandria Heston
Kayla MyersCari RiceBenjamin Turney
Marina Walinski

2016

Emily EllisJenica BrownJessica True
Gabriella Di PalmaJacqueline HassenplugRebecca Nash
Laura Rastl

2015

Ian BeverHalle HillVianna Newman
Mitchell SigmundKara TullmanNadia Zunarelli

2014

Erika FisherMeaghan RigaliAlexandra Utter
Daniel Watts

2013

Susan Swanson

2012

Joseph BarnesMary GazdziakNathan O’Connor
Rachel SchrageMary Vaughn
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