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KNIGHT IN THE ORDER OF
PALMS – Patrick Rolot, Consul General of France in New Orleans and members
of her family toast Southeastern Louisiana University foreign languages
professor Margaret Marshall following her recent decoration as a “Knight
in the Order of Academic Palms” by the French government. From left, are
Marshall’s husband, Skip Paul, daughter Audrey Paul, son Christopher Paul,
Marshall and Rolot.
FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO FRENCH LANGUAGE
HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana
University foreign languages professor Margaret Marshall has been honored
by the French government for “outstanding contributions to the spread of
French language and culture in the world.”
In a ceremony at the home of
the Consul General of France Patrick Rolot in New Orleans, Marshall was
decorated as a Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques (“Knight
in the Order of Academic Palms”) by the French Ministry of Youth, National
Education and Research.
A member of the Southeastern
faculty since 1984, Marshall has been teaching French to students of all
ages for more than three decades. She served as head of Southeastern’s
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures from 1996 to 2002.
Marshall said her life-long love
of the French language began in childhood when her older brother repeated
to her the phrases he was learning in school. “I thought it was the most
beautiful language in the world, and I said one day I’ll speak it,” she
“I began at home,” she added.
Her husband, Skip Paul, and children, Audrey and Christopher, are all bilingual.
“So, we live what we feel is important,” Marshall said.
Marshall earned her bachelor’s
degree in French from Syracuse University and her master’s and doctoral
degrees from Pennsylvania State University. Among her many activities in
promoting French, She was instrumental in the “twinning” of five cities
in Tangipahoa Parish and France, and, as the recipient of a prestigious
Fulbright Research Award, spent the spring 2003 semester at the University
Aix-Marseille where she researched "linguistic insecurity” in Louisiana.
Marshall has served as president
of the Council for Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) and the
Louisiana Foreign Languages Teachers Association, and vice president of
the American Association of Teachers of French. She also serves as a member
of the board of the French American Chamber of Commerce.
Marshall has written books on
French dialects and French Creoles, presented numerous workshops for teachers
at national conferences, and has coordinated a Southeastern summer study
program in France for the past four years.