Each year since 1984, the Dr. Wanda Persichetti Medal is awarded to the outstanding foreign language graduate. This distinction is based on the student's cumulative average in foreign language courses and dedication to the promotion of foreign language study. Recent recipients are: Maria Alana Scavone 2008, Kathleen Rose McCormick, 2009, Caroleena Cole, 2010, Ashley Thiel, 2011, Tayler Simmons, 2012, and Rebecca Friemann 2013 (pictured right).
Founded in 1917 at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, Phi Sigma Iota is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. Having initiated over 60,000 members since its founding, Phi Sigma Iota recognizes outstanding ability and high standards in the fields of foreign language, literature, and culture, including Classics, Linguistics, Philology, Comparative Literature, Bilingual Education, Second Language Acquisition and ESL. At an induction ceremony each spring Phi Sigma Iota honors eligible
Through Phi Sigma Iota, Marywood University and its Department of Foreign Languages promote the benefits of speaking other languages and studying other cultures through coursework as well as internships both in the United States and abroad.
As a Phi Sigma Iota member you may choose to wear a gold pin on your graduation robe.
The Department of Foreign Language annually holds the Phi Sigma Iota Honors Convocation in the spring. Inductees, their families and friends, the language faculty and guests enjoy the festivities. In 2009 alumna Colleen Moulin was the keynote speaker and addressed the importance of culture in foreign language study.
Jayzell Payne accepts his
Fernando Prieto –
Jessica Fultz, Ashley Thiel and Tayler Simmons
Dr. Kenny and Ashley Thiel
Dr. Cerminaro-Costanzi and Julie Le
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