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Pi Delta Phi

Pi Delta Phi is the National French Honor Society, founded at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906. The Society is devoted to:

  1. recognizing outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures
  2. increasing the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world
  3. stimulating and encouraging French and francophone cultural activities.

Students are nominated to become members of Pi Delta Phi based on their academic achievement in French courses and their overall commitment to French and francophone cultures. A minimum overall GPA of 3.00, as well as a 3.00 in French and a declared major or minor in French Studies are required. The faculty advisor to PDP is Professor Pears.

2013 Inductions

On November 10, 2013, Washington College’s Nu Rho Chapter inducted four new members into Pi Delta Phi– the French National Honor Society.

The new inductees are Professor Rachel Paparone, Lily Britt, Marie Leming, and Andrea Ritsch. They were welcomed in and introduced to the society by the four officers of PDP– Rachel Landale, Eli Banghart, Katie Despeaux, and Cara Subasic.

From left to right: New members Professor Rachel Paparone, Lily Britt, Marie Leming, and Andrea Ritsch.From left to right: New members Professor Rachel Paparone, Lily Britt, Marie Leming, and Andrea Ritsch.

2012 Inductions

On November 8, 2012, the Nu Rho Chapter of Pi Delta Phi, led by President, Katie Gildner, and Treasurer, Taylor Goss, inducted 5 new members into the society.  Pictured from left to right (front to back: Jessica Fitzpatrick, Rachel Landale, Gabrielle James, Jillian Obermeier, Carissa Marcelle, Kim-Vi Sweetman, Katie Gildner, Taylor Goss, Megan McCurdy, Mariko Anderson, Katie Despeaux, and Grace Arenas) are all the society members in attendance for the induction ceremony, which coincided with the American Association of Teachers of French’s National Pi Delta Phi Day! 

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