Pi Delta Phi, the French National Honor Society, will install a chapter at Butler University on Feb. 11.
Ceremonies to install the chapter and induct the first Butler members will be held from 3-4 p.m. that day in the University Club in Atherton Union. John Janc, professor emeritus from Mankato State University in Minnesota and north central vice president of Pi Delta Phi, is scheduled to conduct the installation.
“Having this at Butler is good for the students because it’s something wonderful for them to put on their resume,” Associate Professor of French Eloise Sureau-Hale said. “You’re a member for life and it offers awesome scholarships for students. You can go to France and you can go and study with their programs in addition to what we do here at Butler.”
Butler currently has approximately 35 French majors and an equal number of minors. To be admitted to Pi Delta Phi, a student must have a 3.0 GPA in French, a 2.8 overall GPA and must have taken at least one 300-level or higher French course.
“I’m hoping that a lot of students will be interested,” Sureau-Hale said.
Pi Delta Phi, established in 1906, is the French National Honor Society for undergraduate and graduate students at accredited public and private colleges and universities in the United States. There are currently more than 330 chapters 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.
The purpose of the 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.
Future induction ceremonies at Butler will take place each February.