Friday, April 21, 2017

New Member Induction Ceremony 2017


Megan Kimball, Chapter Vice President, Midori Knowles, Chapter President, and Kayla Nikosey, Chapter Secretary (all photos by James Imrie, Class of 2018)

We held our 5th annual Induction Ceremony for Chi Zeta 262 on Wednesday, April 19th. 

We began our Induction Ceremony with awards, acknowledgements and congratulations:

Each year the officers of Chi Zeta put in extensive hours to make sure that all of our events run smoothly. We sponsor the An Afternoon Abroad Event in late fall, which brings together the 4 language clubs as well as numerous other student organizations on campus for an afternoon of international food, music, and culture. We also host a Hot Chocolate Social in February for students wishing to learn more about the honor society and, of course, our annual Induction Ceremony. None of these events would have been successful without the time and efforts of each of our 3 officers. Please join me in thanking Midori, Megan and Kayla for their outstanding service to our chapter.

For only the second time in our 5 year history, I would like to present one member of Chi Zeta with a special award for outstanding service. Our society has a number of core beliefs, and I’d like to highlight one that is especially relevant to our award winner.
  • it is incumbent upon members to attempt to inspire in others a desire to study the language, literature, and other cultural manifestations of foreign peoples. 

Today I would like to honor one of our officers, not only for her commitment to Chi Zeta, but to the overall success of our Spanish program, inspiring her fellow students in their study of language, literature and, culture.

Midori, a Spanish concentrator who studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain, has also served as a Spanish tutor in ACE for the past two years, and in that capacity has helped many students become successful language students. Midori visited classes, and has worked one-on-one with many of our program students, who have nothing but praise for her work. One student shared the following: “I would like to share how kind she was and how helpful she was whether it was with homework or helping me prepare for a upcoming test. She was always able to help me as well as offer tips to help me succeed in class. She would also go above and beyond.” Please join me in thanking Midori Knowles for her outstanding service, to both the honor society and our language program.


I would also like to congratulate three members of our chapter for having their original target language work published in the national magazine, The Forum.

  • Amelia Eppard’s essay Gracias, Luis is a moving account of her experiences as a volunteer in the the Central Falls after school program. 
  • Many of our new members (see full list below)
  • Danielle Wood and Taylor Scholefield each wrote original poems in the style of A mi retrato by Sor Juana In├ęs de la Cruz. 
The magazine may be accessed online at PhiSigmaIota.org.

We then proceeded to the official Induction Ceremony, which included candle lighting by representatives of each language.

Cody Freeman (Chinese)
Rebecca Goulet-Martel (French)
Kayla Nikosey (Spanish)
Professor Elisabetta Misuraca (Italian)






Finally, welcome to our newest members of the international foreign language honor society, Phi Sigma Iota.

CLASS OF 2017
  • Madeline Fasold
  • Rachel Miller
  • Brett Paley
  • Jack St. Andre

CLASS OF 2018
  • Giselle Alvarez
  • Gabrielle Barrett
  • Taylor Carlton
  • Victoria Cipolla 
  • Kathleen Gonzalez
  • Alyssa Goodwin
  • Nicolette Haug
  • Holly Kaufman
  • Paige Lemieux
  • Courtney Mitchell
  • Alexandra Ortiz
  • Logan Paul
  • Keighan Richardson
  • Benjamin Schulte
  • Mijeong Shin
  • Alexa Walsh
CLASS OF 2019 
  • Megan Barry
  • Mia Broderick 
  • Elise Chen
  • Michelle Chen
  • Johanna Craig
  • Claudia Dionne
  • Gregory Goodinson
  • Kafui Gozey
  • Katie Malo
  • Margaret Mellitt
  • Kayla Navaro
  • Amy Sullivan
  • Kyle Svenson

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