In 2009, Marilyn K. Rahilly (BA ’71, French and Italian), of Reston, Va., retired from the US Department of Education, where she worked as an English language program specialist. She earned an MA in Bilingual Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a PhD in Multicultural-Multilingual Education from George Mason University. In 2017, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Taiwan, and she now teaches English as a Second Language as an adjunct professor at community colleges and universities in the Washington, DC area.
VISTA Wealth Strategies, a provider of financial planning and wealth management services, announced that Judy (Lippman) Redpath (BA ’72, French) has been named to Forbes’ 2022 Best-in-State Women Advisors. Redpath founded VISTA in 2006 to provide an independent approach to financial planning and wealth management. She specializes in working with entrepreneurs, small business owners, and professionals and their families, overseeing family finances, and focusing on the accumulation, distribution, preservation, and strategic transfer of wealth. Redpath lives in Herndon, Va.
Ed Bouquet (MAT ’75, French) recently retired from forty years of teaching French in private schools, mostly at Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Mass., where he also served as Assistant Librarian and coached several sports. Staying active with his own sports, volunteer work, and a local French conversation group, he still has cousins in France. During one of his trips there he was made "Honorary Citizen" of France in his grandfather's village in Lorraine. He resides in Holyoke, Mass.
How Lovely Are Thy Branches by Lillian Sizemore (BA ’80, Italian and Fine Arts) an 89-foot diameter temporary walking labyrinth installation constructed from recycled holiday tree branches, was on display at Olbrich Park in Madison, Wis., from Jan. 30 until Feb. 28, 2022. A native Midwesterner, Sizemore brought a lifetime of creative engagement to this public art project combining studies in geometry, mandalas, labyrinths, and garden design. Sizemore participated in the overseas program at the University of Bologna while an IU student, and over the past 25 years she has studied mosaic techniques with maestri from around the world. From 2013–16, Sizemore participated in the postgraduate research program at the Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts in London, with a focus on translating Gino Severini’s mosaic pedagogy. Working in collage, watercolor, and mixed-media mosaic she creates dynamic works designed for intimate observation and deep reflection. Sizemore is a specialist in midcentury mosaics, and her essays have been published in a number of international magazines. She is the owner of Lillian Sizemore Design and resides in Madison, Wis.
“I spent the years between 1977 and 1983 as a student of French in the Department of French and Italian at IU after having met Prof. Mark Musa on a beach in Pollensa, Spain,” writes W. Hugh Miller (MA ’82, French). He continues that, after completing the MA and a few additional years as a student, “I returned home to South Africa and have not been able to return to the USA since. In the time since returning to my homeland, much has happened on the historical front, with the arrival of Nelson Mandela as the new president, and a whole new era in this country. I have taught French, Russian, and my home language, Afrikaans, at university and high-school level. I am writing this with the purpose of recording my deep, abiding love for the many professors under whose wonderful guidance I spent my fruitful years at IU. The most notable, whom I carry in my heart, are Professor Samuel Rosenberg; both Professors Carr, with a special place in my heart for Diana Guiragossian-Carr; Prof. John Hyde; and Emile Snyder. I was saddened to read of Sam Rosenberg’s passing. He was a gentle and loving soul who shaped my academic life in many ways, as I shared with him a love of Medieval French.”
Elizabeth Caulfield Felt (BA '88, French & English), Senior Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, has written two novels: Syncopation: A Memoir of Adele Hugo is about Victor Hugo's scandalous daughter. Wilde Wagers is a romance-mystery-farce featuring Oscar Wilde.
In August 2021, Jessica (Proctor) Barth (BA ’91, French and English) joined MultiCare Health System as its senior health system counsel. MultiCare is a nonprofit health care organization based in Tacoma, Wash. Barth has previously held positions with the law firm Faegre Drinker and with Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, as an adjunct professor at the IU Maurer School of Law, and as law clerk for the Hon. Bruce Selya in the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit. She holds a JD degree summa cum laude from the Maurer School of Law at IU Bloomington.
Seth J. Gillihan (BA ’97, French and Biology) is the author of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple: 10 Strategies for Managing Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Panic, and Worry. The book delivers a simplified approach to learning the most essential parts of cognitive behavioral therapy and applying them to your life. It offers explanations of 10 essential CBT principles and helpful self-evaluations to keep you on track. Gillihan completed a doctorate in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a licensed psychologist and the author of multiple books on mindfulness and CBT, Head of Therapy with the self-therapy app Bloom, and host of the Think Act Be podcast. He was a full-time faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania from 2008 to 2012, and taught in the psychology department at Haverford College from 2012–2015. He has been in private practice since 2012 and lives in Ardmore, Pa.
Brian T. Crawford (MA ’03, French and Germanic Studies) is a founding member of the Downtown School, an independent high school founded in Seattle in 2018. He currently teaches English there, and he is the school’s director of communications. A strong proponent of the value of global education, Crawford uses literature as a window into diverse viewpoints and has led ten international trips for students, including four to Rwanda. The speaker of six languages, he is a multiple award-winning author of fourteen novels, a curriculum guide, and a culture and etiquette guide to Rwanda. Crawford lives in Lynnwood, Wash.
Adding a unique qualification to her CV, Charlène Gilbert (MA ’16, French Linguistics) recently received a perfect score on the Certificat Voltaire, an exam that evaluates spelling skills in the French language. “I love finding spelling errors,” she said. “It’s a mental exercise that I enjoy.” You can read more about her perfect 1,000/1,000 score online at France Info. Gilbert is currently finishing her PhD dissertation in FRIT, entitled "Recursion and edge effects in wh-movement in native and non-native French: Evidence from reading times." She resides in Spokane, Wash.
Scott Evans (MA ’17, French Linguistics) presented work from his dissertation at Diachro X, held at the Sorbonne in Paris on May 31 - June 2, 2022. His paper was entitled “Le sujet nominal postverbal en moyen français: analyse de la structure informationnelle.” He plans to soon defend his dissertation and is still residing in Bloomington and teaching French for the Department.
Carlotta Paltrinieri (MA ’14 and PhD ’18, Italian) started a tenure-track position in Early Modern Italian Studies at Royal Holloway, University of London, in Fall 2021.