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Cumberlands French and Spanish Honor Society’s Hold Induction Ceremony


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Wednesday, April 11th, the University of the Cumberlands (UC) Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society, and Sigma Delta Pi, the National Hispanic Honor Society, held their annual spring induction ceremony in the Gatliff Chapel.

Students inducted into the French Honor Society included Zachary Bell (Hawarden, United Kingdom), Lauren Bradley (Elizabethton, TN), and Amber Hipsher (Talbott, TN).

To be a member students must be sophomores or higher, complete at least one French course beyond the intermediate (200) level, have an overall GPA of 3.0 with a GPA in French of 3.3, and rank in the top 35% of their class.

Students inducted into the Spanish Honor Society included Jeff Barnett (Jellico, TN), Bernadette Devlin (San Francisco, CA), Darcy Mascotti (Bellbrook, OH), Gabriel Molina (Williamsburg, KY), Andres Pedraza (Forest Hills, NY), Hannah Roehrborn (Palatine, IL), Genia Vickers (McKee, KY), and Sarah Wheeler (Lexington, KY).

To be a member students must have completed at least six courses of college-level Spanish, including at least three hours in upper-level Hispanic literature or culture, have at least a 3.0 GPA in all Spanish courses, have an overall GPA of at least 3.0, complete at least 3 semesters of college, and demonstrate an interest in all things Hispanic.

Pi Delta Phi was founded as a departmental French honor society at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906, and was nationalized the following year when the Beta Chapter was established at the University of Southern California in 1907. At the present time, Pi Delta Phi numbers more than 350 chapters, established at accredited public and private colleges and universities in almost every state, as well as at the American Universities of Paris and Aix-en-Provence. The society was admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies in 1967. The Lambda Gamma chapter at University of the Cumberlands was founded in 1992, when the University was still known as Cumberland College.

Sigma Delta Pi is dedicated to promoting interest in Hispanic culture. Membership is open to outstanding students of the Spanish language and Hispanic literature. The first chapter of Sigma Delta Pi was established in 1919 at the University of Berkeley. There are now over 430 chapters with 80,000 members. Cumberlands’ chapter was chartered in 1991.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.