N eil Ann Parks was elected president of the Friends of French Studies at LSU at its 18th annual dinner meeting Feb. 5 at the Baton Rouge Country Club. Special guests were Stacia Haynie, dean of the College of Humanities & Social Studies, and Jill Roshto, former director of development for the College of Humanities & Social Studies.
Addressing the membership were William Arceneaux, president of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL), who introduced its new executive director, Charles Larroque. He gave an update on the organization’s progress to promote the French language and heritage of the state, including the Escadrille Program that annually sends recent college graduates to a year long French immersion training program at the University of Rennes, in Rennes, France.
John Protevi, chairman of the French Department, and Amanda LaFleur gave an update on current LSU programs, including those focusing on the Acadian French cultural efforts in Arnaudville. Adelaide Russo gave an overview of the upcoming International Colloquium on French & Francophone Studies that will be hosted by LSU Feb. 26 -28 at the Baton Rouge Hilton. Kevin Bongiorni presented an update on the department’s summer immersion program in Barcelonnette, France, and the Ubaye Valley, as well as a new joint project with the World War II Museum in New Orleans, which will take place this June in Normandy, France.
In other business, retiring President Robert Lafayette was recognized for his many years of service both to the organization and to the cause of French education in general, both in Louisiana and nationally. And board member Seola Arnaud Edwards provided the members with flyers announcing the 20th anniversary celebration in Jausiers, France, of it’s “twinning” with Arnaudville July 3-5.
The evening concluded with entertainment provided by pianist Michael Borowitz, and vocalist Alisha Rosa, both from the LSU School of Music.
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