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Café Français &  Aperitivo Italiano now serving

Do you want to improve your ability to speak French or Italian? Join your  peers for Coffee, Pastries and Conversation:

Café Français:

Thursdays 2:00 – 3: 00 p.m.

Furman 001

Aperitivo Italiano:

Rand Hall (first floor, area above post office) 


September: Wednesday 12; Monday 17; Thursday 27

October: Monday 15; Friday 26

November: Thursday 8 (Award Celebration); Tuesday 27




 Spring 2017


The Gardner Prize is awarded to a graduating senior for excellence in French. John Simpson was the recipient of this year’s award.


The Lancaster Prize is awarded to to a graduating senior for excellence in Italian.  Hudson Peters was the recipient of this year’s award.


The French Consulate in Atlanta presents books to graduating seniors for meritorious work in French. This year’s prizes were awarded to:
Meredith Bradshaw
Hannah Resnick
Rachel Sapp



Spring 2017

Wachs Awards in French

1st Place Essay- Chloe Ibsen for L’angoisse du subjonctif
2nd Place Essay- Audrey Hommes for “Le Horla” et la syphilis
1st Place (tie) Creative- Vanessa Berghoff for La Provence, Une Petite Merveille
1st Place (tie) Creative- Arianna Nimocks for Une ode à un tournesol dans un jardin de légumes
2nd Place Creative- Kyle Gavulic for La plus difficile ascension

 Wachs Awards in Italian

1st Place Essay- Kevin Re for Una Nuova Vita per i Russo
2nd Place Essay- Stephanie Schor for Machu Picchu
1st Place Creative- Nicole Cox for I Corpi Belli
2nd Place Creative- Gabrielle Dyson for Uccello Piccolo



Travel awards for Study at Vanderbilt in France

Fall 2017

  • Nathalie De Benedetti, Franklin Brooks Memorial Award
  • Elexia Coleman, Claude and Vicenette Pichois Scholarship
  • Victoria Herring, Claude and Vicenette Pichois Scholarship
  • Corinne Owen, Franklin Brooks Memorial Award
  • Marisa Stieber, Jayne L. Drushal Scholarship

Spring 2017

  • Yiran Chen, Jayne L. Drushal Scholarship
  • Hannah Dighton, Franklin Brooks Memorial Award
  • Elizabeth Winter, Franklin Brooks Memorial Award

Phi Delta Phi Initiation

2016 Fall

On December 1st the following French Undergraduate students were initiated into the French honor society, Pi Delta Phi:


Jacob Abell
Richa Bijlani
Alexandra Nickerson
Marissa Davis
Kristen  Nordham
Meredith Bradshaw
Agnes Bell
Emma Hollingsworth
Niina Kurki
Alexa LaBarbiera
Meghan McGinley
Robert Barsky, Honorary

Also pictured are President Hannah Resnick and Exchange Student Alexandra Astier.

2015 Fall 









On December 4th the following French Undergraduate students were initiated into the French honor society, Pi Delta Phi:

Lauren Alexandra Brooks
Renzo Antonio Costa
Sophia Karyn Cramer
Michael Paul Frankland
Bonnie Marie Griffin
Mary E Gwin
Lucy J Hall Hartley
Olivia Ruth Huddleston-Boatman
Ariane Marie Huet
Changlin Ke
Margaret C King
Katharine Patricia Linek
Emmett Zane McKinney
Madison Erin McMurray
Caroline P Nicholas
Hannah Melody Resnick
Gianna R Strand
Kate Slater Thomson
Gideon Ticho
Paige Christine Wilson


Spring 2015

A gold medal is awarded annually to the top graduating student from each school in honor of founder Cornelius Vanderbilt, who endowed the awards.  This year DANIELLE BEAUJON, French and European Studies major, was named the College of Arts and Science Founder’s Medalist. Taking a wide range of courses early in her Vanderbilt career, Danielle developed new and provocative ways of looking at the world by studying abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France. A course there on North Africa inspired her honors research. Beaujon’s honors thesis in the Department of History compares the experiences of two populations of refugees who fled from Algeria to France in 1962. Fluent in French, she carried out research for her project in government archives in Marseilles. Beaujon also participated in Momentum Dance Company, tutored refugee children at LEAD Academy Middle School and performed with Vanderbilt Off-Broadway. Following graduation, Beaujon will pursue a Ph.D. in French history. She plans a career as a professor of history