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UC’s Lambda Gamma Inducts Eight New Members


From left to right, the inductees are: Amy Roberts, Julie Deyrup, Kristin Gotch, Jared Stafford, Ariel Robinson, Kerra Scott and Kelvin Lucas. Not pictured: Jacob Moak.

Williamsburg, KY - Eight University of the Cumberlands (UC) students joined the Lambda Gamma chapter of Pi Delta Phi at UC in a ceremony conducted by chapter moderator, Dr. Laura Dennis-Bay this past week on UC’s campus.

The inductees include Amy Roberts (Winchester, KY), Julie Deyrup (Williamsburg, KY), Kristin Gotch (Shelley, ID), Jared Stafford (Morehead, KY), Ariel Robinson (Williamsburg, KY), Kerra Scott (Arlington, TX), Kelvin Lucas (London, KY), and Jacob Moak (Prestonsburg, KY).

Pi Delta Phi is a national French honor society founded at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906. The society was admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies in 1967. Today, it numbers over 300 chapters in almost every state, as well as chapters in Paris and Aix-en-Provence.

The purpose of this society is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literature, to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world, and to stimulate and encourage French cultural activities.

The Lambda Gamma chapter was established at what was then Cumberland College in 1992. Dr. Laura Dennis-Bay took over as chapter moderator when she came to UC in 2001. “This is the largest number of students to join since I first started at UC 10 years ago!” said Dennis-Bay.

An interesting note is that two of the inductees, Jacob Moak and Julie Deyrup are the first students at UC, in documented history, to join both the French and the Spanish Honor Societies.

Lifetime membership is open to all students who meet the academic requirements set by the society. These include showing exceptional interest and aptitude in the study of the French language and Francophone cultures, being in at least the second year of French study, completing at least one advanced French course, and maintaining a B average overall with an A average in French. Members receive insignia (a pin and honor cord) and are eligible for benefits such as competing for scholarships to study abroad.

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.