Consul General visits the University of Valparaiso
On September 20, Consul General Guillaume Lacroix visited the University of Valparaiso also known as "Valpo", an institution founded in Indiana in 1859.
Mr. Lacroix was welcomed to the university by Jacob Sitati, Lecturer in the International Studies Department, and Program Director in the International Commerce and Policy (ICP) Degree Program. As part of the ICP Speaker Series, Mr. Lacroix met with a group of graduate students for an open conversation on geopolitical issues. "I enjoyed the discussion with students about France, transatlantic relations, EU and many other topics." said Consul General Lacroix after the seminar.
During his visit, Consul General Lacroix also promoted Pr. Randa Duvick to the rank of Officier in the Order of the Palmes académiques for her invaluable contribution to French language and culture. Randa Duvick is a Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures and an Historian. Her most recent research involves the French-Canadian fur trader Joseph Bailly de Messein and the history of French traders and soldiers in Indiana in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Professor Duvick is active in professional organizations, including serving the American Association of Teachers of French as chapter president and as regional representative on the national Executive Council. In 2015-16, she was president of the Indiana Foreign Language Teachers Association.