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Northeast Region For the States: CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, WV

Allegheny College, Meadville, PA Alpha Chapter #0
Thirty-six new members were initiated during a ceremony on February 16, 2009. Inductees were chosen for excellence in their study of Chinese, French, German, Latin, and Spanish. A member representing each language delivered a short speech on how language learning has marked their learning experience and awareness of themselves and their world. We welcome all new members and wish them continued success!

Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY Beta Omega #202
The Beta Omega Chapter had its annual induction ceremony on Sunday, April 26, 2009. John Starks, Assistant Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies and Dean Don Nieman, Dean of Harpur College served as guest speakers. (See Photo) of officers and guests.

Cabrini College, Radnor, PA Gamma Xi, #215
On Friday evening, April 18, 2008, eleven initiates were inducted into the Gamma Xi Chapter of Phi Sigma Iota. President of the chapter, Allison Superneau, Vice President, Christopher Sweeney and Secretary/Treasurer, Britany Wright, were there to participate in the candlelight ceremony and to congratulate the newest members. (See photo.) After the ceremony, the entire membership, together with Faculty Advisor, Dr. Cynthia Halpern and other foreign language faculty, Dr. Raquel Atena Green and Ms. Leslie Atik, enjoyed an international dinner together. Congratulations to the new officers for the 2008-2009 academic year:President Britany Wright,Vice President Nikole Czapp, Secretary/Treasurer Brittany Giampola.

College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore, MD Epsilon Zeta #232
The Chapter sponsored a presentation on "Mexical Slang" and held an initiation ceremony during spring 2009.

Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA Lambda #11
The Lambda chapter members have been an active group of students. In the Fall, they baked and sold cookies on campus and donated the proceeds to the Red Cross. And in the Spring they had a fundraiser during the last week of classes. In February, Phi Sigma Iota Lambda Chapter inducted 19 new members in a beautiful ceremony which parents and faculty alike attended. The speaker at the event was an alum and Phi Sigma Iota initiate from 2004 who was a graduate of French.

Niagara University, Niagara University, NY Alpha Upsilon Chapter #123
The Alpha Upsilon chapter of PSI has put together a Modern Languages Team to participate in the national Relay for Life to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. The all-night event will take place on March 28-29 at Niagara University. The chapter induction ceremony, recognition of seniors, and annual banquet will take place at the end of April.

Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ Sigma Sigma Chapter #60
Sigma Sigma chapter had its first activity for 2008-09 on Oct. 8. The outstanding officers, Alexandra Rondon, Peter Chung and Kari Setzer worked for several months with Rutgers Career services to plan a foreign language career night, with guest speakers from various professions where foreign language is beneficial. Representatives from several corporations, the Peace Corps and a federally certified legal interpreter and translator were included in the program. Since this was the first time this was done at Rutgers in many years, we hoped for 15-20 students. We had over 100 in attendance. Needless to say, this will become a regular activity for our chapter. An exciting and auspicious start to the new academic year!

Saint Vincent College, Latrobe PA Zeta Chi Chapter #246
Newly chartered in 2007, Zeta Chi sent a photo of the candlelight initiation ceremony held in December. In the front row: Dr. Doreen Blandino (chair of the Department of Modern Languages), Leah Turner, Angel Mertz, Karen Oldfield, Nicci Lucchetti, Julie Gulling, Kelly Cunningham, Vicente Gomis (faculty advisor), Robin Ewing (French instructor). In the back row: Michelle Gil-Montero (faculty in the English department, guest speaker), Solimar Moyer, Larisa Ziemianski, Father Renée Kollar (Dean of the School of Humanities and Fine Arts), Christina Steinhauser, Clara Miller, Emily Mikolic. Not in the picture, but also inducted was Cassidy Sobek. Congratulations on such a fine start!

North Central Region For the States: IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, ND, NE, OH, SD, WI

Beloit College, Beloit, WI Theta Chapter #8
Inducted sixteen new members for the academic year 2008-9.

Capital University, Columbus, OH Beta Theta Chapter #188
On April 16, 2009 the Theta Beta Chapter celebrated the induction into our society of twenty one new members with a delightful ceremony accompanied by a short presentation from our Dean, Dr. Richard Ashbrook, celebrating their accomplishments. After this, Rachel Adkins shared with us her experiences while studying abroad in Granada, Spain and was fallowed by Megan Baxter who studied and volunteer while in Oaxaca, Mexico. This ceremony was well attended by family members of new as well as by former inductees. See Photo.

Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, MI Eta Mu Chapter #256
Chartered in 2008, Eta Mu Chapter held their first initiation ceremony on Feb. 25, 2009 and proudly inducted twelve members. Congratulations to all!

Kent State University, Kent, OH Gamma Pi Chapter #217
Gamma Pi Chapter announces that it has launched a website at http://dept.kent.edu/mcls/PhiSigmaIota/index.html

Muskingum College, New Concord, OH Phi Nu Chapter #30
Their website at: http://www.muskingum.edu/~modern/Phi_Sigma_Iota/ceremonies.html features photos of the fall 2008 and spring 2009 initiation ceremonies.

North West Region For the States: AK, MT, OR, UT, WA, WY

Southeast Region For the States: AL, FL, GA, KY, NC, SC, PR, TN, VA

East Carolina University, Greenville, NC Sigma Upsilon Chapter #62
Four candidates were initiated in a ceremony January 31, 2008 and this chapter is "running strong!" Their officers for 2007-08 include: President Libby Yee, VP and Program Director Shan Newton, Secretary/Treasurer Jill Dawkins, and Social Chairman Benjamin Hinton.

Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC Delta Psi #180
The annual Initiation ceremony was helf on April 16. One of the inductees, Kristi Moe, has just received word of being awarded a Fullbright scholarship for study in Germany and another, Lark Walters, has received a Rotary fellowship for study in Germany. We are quite proud of their accomplishments.

University of Richmond, Richmond, VA Iota Epsilon #70
During a ceremony and dinner on March 24, 2009, Iota Epsilon Chapter inducted 28 new memebers.

South Central Region For the States: AR, KS, LA, MO, MS, OK, TX

Cameron University, Lawton OK Delta Rho #175
Delta Rho Chapter held its Initiation Banquet on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at the Cameron University Ballroom. (See photo.)
   Faculty advisor Teresa Lubrano installed the following officers for 2008-2009: President, William Kyle Bolton; Vice President, Joshan Hung; Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. George E. Stanley; Assistant Faculty Advisor, Misael Santiago.
   Scholarship and awards were also presented during the ceremony. The Lahoma Benke Scholarship was awarded to Crystal Kreiger Johnson, the Delta Rho Benke Scholarship was awarded to Leila Ghosn, and the Graziella Scholarship was awarded to Sara Phillips. Nine students received the Honeycutt “Flocci Non Facio” Scholarship to students of Latin and certificates of appreciation were presented to a number of those present.

Southeastern Louisiana State University, Hammond, LA Zeta Alpha #241
On March 17 the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures inducted a new group of two professors and fourteen students into Zeta Alpha Chapter. (See photo.) This is the fourth time the Department has recognized the outstanding ability of its students. This year inductees are students who major or minor in Spanish and French. The initiation ceremony took place in a local restaurant and was presided over by Dr. Lucia Harrison, Head of the Department and Dr. Agnieszka Gutthy, PSI faculty advisor. This year we were honored by the presence of the distinguished guests: Dr. Bryan De Poy, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Dr. Debra Westall, alumna of Southeastern Louisiana University and now professor of English at Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain, and Mr. Antonio Matarredona, Education Advisor at the Embassy of Spain.

Southwest Region For the States: AZ, CA, CO, HI, NM, NV

California State University Chico, Chico, CA Beta Tau #197
On Feb. 24, 2009, Beta Tau chapter hosted author Antonio Arreguin-Bermudez and translator Sara Cooper for a reading from their work Miel Quemada, Burnt Honey. Together with the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, they sponsored an art exhibit entitled "Poetry. Look at it! The Visual Poetry of Pablo del Barco." A creative reading event featuring the chapter's literary magazine Me. Multilingual Echoes was also held in April.

San Francisco State University, San Francisco CA Eta Alpha #142
Spring initiation ceremony of the Eta Alpha Chapter was held on April 29, 2008 at San Francisco State University. (See photo.) The event was a great success with 10 undergraduate honorees, 7 graduate honorees and 1 faculty honoree. We were delighted to have so many talented candidates. The ceremony had three presenters, Will Jameson (undergraduate student in Chinese) and Tolga Akgun (graduate student in French) shared their experiences with languages, and Jenny Liang (graduate student in Chinese) recited a poem of her creation in Chinese celebrating the learning of languages. Ms. Ismini Ioannou was elected Student President and Ms. Hilda Montanez will be our Vice-Student President. A reception with delightful and insightful conversation followed the initiation. Congratulations to all!

University of Denver, Denver Co Alpha Alpha #1
Seventeen new members, studying French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish were initiated on March 5, 2009. Election of officers was conducted and the following students will serve for the 2009-2010 academic year: President: Sarah Lonowski, Vice-President: Barrett Holman, Secretary: Courtney Heiss, Treasurer: Danielle Van Suchtelen.

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Allegheny College
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