In a pandemic, we cherish fellowship any way we can, and last Friday, April 16, faculty and students of the Department enjoyed celebrating their achievements together in the first departmental awards ceremony to be held via Zoom. Awards were given to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, Associate Instructors, and faculty, and while we couldn’t share hugs and refreshments in person, we are no less proud of the accomplishments of our colleagues and students.
Among our undergraduate students, seven awards were given for achievement in French studies, and three for achievement in Italian studies, including a scholarship for study in Bologna which we hope can be put to use in the Fall. In addition, seven students of Italian were inducted into the Indiana University chapter of the Italian honor society Gamma Kappa Alpha by chapter coordinator Professor Colleen Ryan.
For graduate students, eight academic awards were given, plus four service awards to our Graduate Student Organization representatives Giorgio Losi, Lee Killey, Elke Defever, and Jonathan Hall, who organized an excellent colloquium this spring. In addition, Associate Instructor prizes went to two French and one Italian graduate students.
Finally, two faculty members received Trustees Teaching Awards: Professor Marco Arnaudo and Senior Lecturer Karolina Serafin. As usual, the chair and host, Professor Oana Panaïté, kept these names secret until the end, gradually revealing their names through positive comments gathered from their students.
The Department is incredibly proud of our award winners, who this year persevered and excelled despite the difficult learning environtment imposed by the pandemic. Bravo!
See the full awards program here.