Senior Earns Top Honor in French

The Department of Modern Foreign Languages has announced that senior Kelly Silvers (Chaska, Minn.) is the recipient of the 2013 AATF Outstanding Senior in French Award from the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF). This award is made annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in the study of French as well as exceptional commitment to the French language and the many cultures where it is spoken. A recipient for the Award at Augustana College must be a major in French, a non-native speaker of French, have achieved a minimum 3.4 GPA in French, and have completed an honor's thesis with a minimum grade of A-.

Silvers is a triple major in French, International Studies, and Modern Foreign Languages. She participated in a semester study abroad program in Grenoble, France, and is a member of Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society. Her honors thesis, La Vie et la poésie de Charles—Orléans, examined the intersection between the poetry and the life of Charles, Duke of Orléans and King of France, who was taken prisoner by the English following the Battle of Agincourt on October 25, 1415.

The AATF was founded in 1927 and is the largest national professional association of French teachers in the world with nearly 10,000 members. It has as its mission "the promotion of the study of French language and French-speaking literatures and cultures at all levels."