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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 4/1/04
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NEW HONOR SOCIETY -- Southeastern Louisiana University has installed its first group of students into the university’s new Zeta Alpha Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, an international foreign language honor society. Shown with members of the foreign languages and literatures department faculty are, from left, front row, Agnieszka Gutthy, Phi Sigma Iota faculty advisor and professor of Spanish; LaTesha Charbonnet, New Orleans; department head Lucia Harrison; Rosa Negron, Covington; second row, Hannah Nershi, Hammond; Robin Smith, LaPlace; Vickie Mistretta, Norco; third row, Caroline Mattheus, Gonzales; Leah Voisin, Theriot; Leah Sullivan, Greenwell Springs; Natali Trush, Hammond; fourth row, Marta Gumpert, professor of Spanish and French; Apryl Varnado, Baton Rouge; Carol Pampell, Baton Rouge; Benjamin Brofman, Hammond; Meg Marshall, professor of French; fifth row, Ed France, retired professor of Spanish and French; Cheryll Javaherian, professor of Spanish; and Carlo DiMaio, professor of Spanish and Italian and professor emeritus. 

      HAMMOND – Thirteen Southeastern Louisiana University students have been installed as the first members of the university’s new chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, an international foreign language honor society.
      The Southeastern foreign languages and literatures department held the induction for the Zeta Alpha Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota on March 25 at Michabelle Restaurant in Hammond. 
      “Phi Sigma Iota is the highest academic honor anywhere in the field of foreign languages and literatures,” said professor of Spanish Agnieszka Gutthy, the chapter’s faculty advisor. “It recognizes outstanding ability and high standards of students and faculty of foreign languages, literatures and cultures.”
      She said the 13 students invited to join the society were selected because of their academic distinction in one or more foreign languages as well as their general college coursework.
      Students inducted into the honor society were LaTesha Charbonnet, New Orleans; Rosa Negron, Covington; Natali Trush, Hammond; Vickie Mistretta, Norco; Leah Sullivan, Greenwell Springs; Hannah Nershi, Hammond; Apryl Varnado, Baton Rouge; Robin Smith, LaPlace; Leah Voisin, Theriot; Caroline Mattheus, Gonzales; Benjamin Brofman, Hammond, and Carol Pampell, Baton Rouge.