Alpha Mu Gamma Inducts New Members
After a two-year hiatus, eligible language students were inducted into Alpha Mu Gamma, national foreign language honor society. On March 7, 2010 five LSU students were received into national membership as well as into Gamma Tau, La Sierra University’s chapter.
Boasting over 300 chapters nationwide, Alpha Mu Gamma honors students who have excelled in one language other than English and have an overall GPA of 3.0. The students inducted were José Luis García, Anne Leah Guía, Orfa Leticia López, and Alexandra Lisett Ramírez, all Spanish majors or minors. Zachary Scott Jaggers was inducted for excellence in the study of Spanish and Japanese.
The purpose of Alpha Mu Gamma is to promote the study of foreign languages and its goals are embodied in the tripartite ideals of Enlightenment, Friendship, and the Sympathetic Understanding of Other Peoples.
At the request of Dr. Lourdes Morales-Gudmundsson, chair of the World Languages Department and sponsor of Gamma Tau, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote the following proclamation for Foreign Language Week:
“It is a pleasure to send my warmest greetings to everyone observing Foreign Language Week.
I applaud your efforts to encourage cultural understanding through the study of new languages. Our state is proud to be home to a vibrant mix of people, and learning new languages is one of the best ways we can celebrate our diversity and foster greater appreciation of Californians of all backgrounds.
Improving our foreign language skills also allows us to discover new abilities within ourselves and helps us to build more meaningful relationships with our friends and neighbors. I know the importance of language study firsthand, and I thank all those who are dedicated to teaching and learning foreign languages in our Golden State.
Please accept my best wishes for a memorable week and every future success.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010