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Alumni Profiles

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Alumni News

See below for recent stories about our alumni and their post-graduation adventures.

Associate Professor Richard Watts
June 14, 2021
The Department of French & Italian Studies would like to congratulate our graduating seniors! The class of 2021 has shown true dedication and perseverance to finish their bachelors degrees in a very challenging time. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the families of the graduates for their support and patience during this year. To celebrate our graduates, FIS held a virtual graduation ceremony on Friday, Jun 11th, which we recorded live in Denny Hall on campus and broadcast over... Read more
Ian Platou in Pisa
September 3, 2020
    Italian Studies alumnus Ian Platou loves Rome. “It is probably the most unique city in the world” he says. The passion of the Italian people is unique and “you feel it everywhere you go” he says, from the fans cheering in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico to the restaurant owner thanking you for your business. Ian studied abroad in Rome on two separate occasions with the UW Honors Program. He “was so enamored with the culture” and had such a great time during his first study abroad experience that he... Read more
UW student Anna Sulc with penguin
June 11, 2020
French & Oceanography major Anna Sulc has traveled the world for her humanities and science research. Read this story in the College of Arts & Sciences Perspectives Newsletter
UW foreign language alumni
December 16, 2019
On Nov. 6th, seven UW alumni who graduated with degrees in various foreign languages came to campus to take part in a panel discussion to offer advice and answer questions about their careers and how studying a language can impact one’s career and life post-graduation. French & Italian Studies advisor Sabrina Tatta, organized the event along with Spanish & Portuguese Studies, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Scandinavian Studies, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, Asian... Read more
Dean's medalists with Dean Bob Stacey
August 8, 2019
Read the College of Arts & Sciences Perspectives Newsletter feature "Student & Superlatives" by Nancy Joseph about the 2018-2019 Dean's Medalists, including one of our French majors, Ashley Beeman!
Lianna Gaudry
June 28, 2019
Lianna Gaudry, a French major and Italian minor was recently accepted to the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF). The TAPIF allows American citizen to live in France for 7 months, teaching English to students in primary or secondary schools. The program gives participants an excellent teaching experience and first-hand knowledge of French Language and culture. Lianna, who just graduated from the University of Washington Summa Cum Laude... Read more
Alicia & Matthias
June 21, 2019
French and Italian Studies graduates and their families gathered with staff and faculty in the Simpson Center on June 13th to celebrate the culmination of their time at the UW. Over 80 people mingled, chatted and enjoyed refreshments before Chair Geoff Turnovsky took a few minutes to speak about the graduates and recognize some of their outstanding achievements. He commended the students' hard work and wished everyone the best in their post-graduation endeavors. Congratulations to all the... Read more
cherry tree
June 20, 2019
Read the French & Italian Studies Spring 2019 Newsletter and catch up on what our faculty and students have been up to!
Kenneth Barger
January 7, 2019
Read about French Major Kenneth Barger (BA, French 2014) and his fascinating career as an interpreter and translator for the court system in the College of Arts & Sciences Perspectives Newsletter. Kenneth Barger has an impressive ability to curse in French and Spanish. He also effortlessly translates legal terms into those languages. Both skills are essential to his job.... Read more