Our annual commencement reception on May 3, 2019 was once again a festive and joyous occasion. As graduates and their families savored pain au chocolat and almond biscotti, the Faculty Room of the University Club bubbled with excitement.
When our BA graduates reflected on their French and Italian studies, it was no surprise that study abroad came up again and again as a most impactful experience. Friends and Italian minors Sarah Eiden and Lauren Albert, who both studied on the IU Bologna Program, reminisced about the day a blanket of snow made an unusual appearance in the city, covering the piazzas with a calming cloak. Lauren recalled one of the high points of their stay being a night at the opera to see Verdi’s Don Carlo, a different experience when everyone around you can understand the libretto. Claire Ambrose (BA, French) and Rebecca Hailperin-Lausch (BA, French and Psychology) both emphasized the joys of provençale cuisine they savored while on the IU program in Aix-en-Provence, where they both gained some cooking skills as well.