Alumni & Friends
Our alumni have found success in many different careers, traveled to countries across the globe, and built upon their language skills and the strong foundation of an IU liberal arts education. Many have now distinguished themselves in a variety of professions.
The plans among our 2015 BA graduates range from medical school to teaching abroad. After spending the summer helping at his family’s dairy farm in northwest Indiana, Adam Leep (BA, Italian and Communication & Culture) plans to teach English in an Italian high school for a year before pursuing graduate studies. Arthur Masyul, who received a double degree in Music and French, will continue violin studies at DePaul University in Chicago. French major Charis Mortenson will teach English at a lycée in Rennes through the French government’s TAPIF program. With a degree in Italian and “Rome and the Renaissance” (through the Individualized Major Program), Vianna Newman is moving to New York for an internship at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, where she will work with Italian art and design objects. And Thomas Bebekoski, a self-described “science kid” embraced by our humanities department, is going on to medical school with a BA in French and a BS in Microbiology. We are so proud of our graduates!
Our MA and PhD students have also gone on to successful careers. You’ll find IU PhD graduates in French and Italian on the faculty at a variety of institutions, ranging from small colleges like Davidson to ivy league universities like Yale. Thomas Klingler (PhD, French linguistics ’92) is chair of the Department of French and Italian at Tulane University, and Mary Vogl (PhD, French literature ’98) is Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures at Colorado State. Sometimes other talents lead students toward non-academic careers, such as Chris Lysack (PhD, French literature ’14), who is a professional opera singer in Aachen, Germany.
To maintain the superior quality of our educational programs we depend on the support of our alumni and friends. Without your generosity, we would be unable to provide the unique opportunities which make the Department of French and Italian at IU one of the most vibrant in the country.
We love to hear from our alumni since many of you pursue exciting endeavors after graduating from IU. Please send us a quick email and let us know what you are up to!