Trips to the French Alps and Arnaudville were shared with members and guests of the Friends of French Studies at LSU at the group’s 17th annual dinner meeting Jan. 30 at the Baton Rouge Country Club. William Arceneaux, CODOFIL Foundation president, also reported on the status of French education in Louisiana schools and the expansion of opportunities for students to study abroad.
That experience was the one shared by Tara Smithson, co-director of the LSU Ubaye Valley Program, and her students, Emily Jordan and Joshua Springer. They each told of their experiences this past summer studying in Barcelonnette, France. Cajun French instructor Amanda LaFleur and conversational French instructor Jeanne Jégousso talked of their visit to Arneaudville and interactions with local residents interested in preserving their French language and culture.
The evening’s agenda also included the election of officers. They include President Robert Lafayette, first Vice President Neil Ann Parks, second Vice President Heck Olinde, Secretary Angélique Bergeron and Treasurer Louis Curet. Named to the board of directors were Ashley Herrick, Ted Jambon, the Rev. Cleo Milano, Camilla Pugh, Allison Roark and Nabil Saad.
Special guests were Malcolm Richardson, associate dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences; Jill Roshto, development director; and Greg Stone, chairman of the Department of French Studies. Entertaining the gathering were vocalist Natalie Logan and pianist Louis Wendt.
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