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Pi Delta Phi (French National Honors Society)

UMM Chapter Kappa Xi

Pi Delta Phi is the French National Honor Society for undergraduate and graduate students at accredited public and private colleges and universities in the United States. The oldest academic honor society for a modern foreign language in the U.S., Pi Delta Phi was founded as a departmental honor society at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906. There are currently more than 370 chapters of the Society in the United States and two representative chapters at the American Universities in Paris and Aix-en-Provence in France. The society was admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies in 1967. For more Pi Delta Phi history, visit

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

The Morris chapter of Pi Delta Phi was chartered in 1990 and currently enjoys a membership of fifty-five students and faculty members—current, alumni, and emeriti. Like many individual chapters, Kappa Xi recommends inductees based on specific criteria:

  1. Inductees must demonstrate excellence in their French courses, consistently earning strong grades or demonstrating marked improvement
  2. Inductees must have achieved a high level of proficiency and accuracy in their French expression
  3. Inductees are people who make French a priority in their lives
    • They have been active participants in Entre Nous activities
    • They plan to use French in their future

Previously inducted student members of Kappa Xi include:

  • Rachel Balzar (year inducted: 2014)
  • Caitlin Hinschberger (2014)
  • Yasmin F. Shardow (2014)
  • Kathryn Waletzko (2014)
  • Tiwaloluwa Ajibewa (2013)
  • Kaitlyn Slieter (2013)
  • Sarah Ranney (2012)
  • Josh Smith (2012)
  • Sarah Thiede (2012)
  • Allison Haas (2010)
  • Kelley Swanlund (2010)
  • Ashe Deering (2009)
  • Jen Hagen (2009)
  • Kate Droske (2008)
  • Anna Harrington (2008)
  • Herman Koutouan (2008)