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Alumni Newsletter - Fall 2019



Edition no. 23 
Fall 2019


Table of Contents

On-Campus at IAU Alumni Events Get Involved
Giving Back to IAU
News from Our Alumni



























Do you have any updates or information you would like to share in the next alumni newsletter? Contact alumni@iau.edu or call 1.800.221.2051 to share your story. We'd love to hear from you! 

On-Campus at IAU


IAU Secures New Academic Facility in Barcelona, Spain
IAU's Barcelona program continues to grow and we are excited to announce that we have secured a new site in the center of the city, where we will begin operations on January 1, 2020, just in time to receive our January term students.  The new center is located in the Dreta de l’Eixample district near Plaça de Catalunya. This quiet, tree-lined neighborhood provides an optimal academic environment for both students and faculty.

The center includes several classrooms, faculty offices, a reception hall, conference space, study lounge, and a large kitchen for Catalán cooking classes and demonstrations. In addition, the new center has a large terrace which will enable students and faculty to take full advantage of Barcelona’s year-round temperate climate. The center will be especially valuable as IAU expects to host its largest cohorts yet in Barcelona in 2020, including over 100 students there in the spring semester. 

The Marchutz School Travels to Giverny
The Marchutz School of Fine Arts students have had a great semester. With daily studio classes, weekly seminar classes, and field studies to sites where Van Gogh lived and worked (Arles & St. Remy) and to Monet's home in Giverny, students continue to immerse themselves in the culture of art in Provence. Later in the semester, students will travel to Paris to spend five intensive days in the museums, as well as a day exploring the sites of Cézanne in and around Aix. 

 

Photos by Pauline Betrancourt


Fall 2019 Lecture Series

Photo by Kelly Killoran
IAU hosts lecture series, symposiums, and conferences each term with speakers from the IAU Faculty, Resident Fellows, Visiting Scholars, local community leaders, as well as experts in fields relevant to the current events of the region. IAU strives to remain active and engaged with the academic and cultural community of the region, and one way to achieve this is by maintaining an open and up-to-date dialogue for the student body.

View the Fall 2019 Lecture Series Schedule here.

IAU Professor Creates New Prize for European Studies
An IAU/ACM professor (who wishes to remain anonymous) recently endowed a new prize that will honor a student who has made an outstanding contribution to courses dealing with more than one European country, and who has shown a special interest in, and enthusiasm for, European integration. This prize will be named the "Simone Veil prize for European Studies," after the renowned French champion of European integration. This prize will be given to the selected student(s) at the closing ceremony of each semester when IAU's other academic awards are given. We are extremely grateful for the generosity shown by our professor.

Beginning French Students Visit Local Aix Boulangerie

Experiential learning is central to IAU's mission and philosophy. Every IAU course integrates experiential, high-impact, outside-the-classroom components where students can learn about the culture of their place of study. This semester, beginning French students in Professor Estelle Roger-Fix's class visited a nearby boulangerie to learn about one of France's most prominent symbols - the baguette!

From Professor and French Language Coordinator, Estelle Roger-Fix: Je suis allée visiter la boulangerie à côté de l’IAU avec le cours FRE101-102B. Les objectifs pédagogiques étaient : discuter des ingrédients du pain traditionnel et des pains spéciaux, payer en français. Et bien sûr on a fait une dégustation ! En plus les étudiants qui le souhaitaient pouvaient partir avec leur propre baguette traditionnelle !

Faculty Retirements and Departures
Dr. Charles Potter, Professor Philip Lorrain, and Professor Amy Mumma

Sadly, IAU learned this fall that Dr. Charles Potter intends to retire from teaching.  After many years teaching media studies and communications at New York University, Professor Potter began teaching at IAU in 2007, impressing many students with his course on Provençal culture in literature and the media as well as his course on France under the occupation, in which he regularly invited former members of the French resistance to speak to students.  IAU students were incredibly fortunate to benefit from Professor Potter’s encyclopedic knowledge of the region and of France as a whole.  We are grateful that Professor Potter will continue to have a role within the IAU family as an advisor and guide. 

After many years of guiding IAU students through the French language, we celebrate the retirement of Professor Philippe Lorrain, who began teaching the theory and practice of phonetics at IAU in 1996 and was key in maintaining IAU’s partnership with the Aix-Marseille University.  Professor Lorrain also taught advanced French language classes during the summer term.  He has long been a presence in Aix, having received his degree in socio-linguistics from Aix-Marseille University where he remained as a professor for the Service Commun d’Enseignement du Français aux Étudiants Étrangers, as well as teaching international students in many programs throughout Aix.  We will greatly miss Professor Lorrain at IAU, but hope to see him in the streets of Aix enjoying a well-deserved retirement.   

Finally, IAU recently announced with sadness Professor Amy Mumma’s decision to step down from her position as Professor and Coordinator of Global Wine Studies at IAU/ACM. We are grateful to Professor Mumma for devoting her considerable creative energy and academic experience to building a vibrant IAU Global Wine Studies program that continues to flourish.  We will miss her focus on creating a rich learning experience for all her students, many of whom she continued to advise as they pursued careers in the wine industry.  As she is fond of saying, jamais en vain, toujours en vin!   In announcing her decision, Professor Mumma said that it had been a great pleasure and privilege to work with her IAU colleagues and students.  IAU/ACM wishes Professor Mumma the best of success in her future endeavors.  

IAU Welcomes New Board Members Barbara Kafka and Peter Dorman

IAU is honored to report that at the October IAU Board Meeting, two new board members accepted an invitation to become trustees.   

Dr. Peter Fitzgerald Dorman served as the President of the American University in Beirut, Lebanon (AUB) from 2008 to 2015. He is a Mediterranean specialist and scholar of Mid-East Studies. As an epigrapher, philologist, and Egyptologist he spent most of his career as a professor and chair in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (NELC) of the University of Chicago, and was director of Chicago House in Luxor, the Epigraphic Survey field project of the Oriental Institute. He is presently a professor emeritus of the University of Chicago. Dorman is a leader in the study of the ancient Near East and is the author and editor of several major books and many articles on the study of ancient Egypt, including:  Faces in Clay: Technique, Imagery, and Allusion in a Corpus of Ceramic Sculpture from Ancient Egypt (2002), Sacred Space and Sacred Function in Ancient Thebes (2007), Perspectives on Ptolemaic Thebes (2013), and Creativity and Innovation in the Reign of Hatshepsut (2014).  

Ms. Barbara Kafka is a retired World Bank senior executive who served in a range of positions which involved her in the economic and social development of countries across Africa, the Middle East and Asia.  She currently chairs New Futures, a Washington DC-based scholarship organization serving low-income youth in the region and is a member of the management committee and project adviser at the Partnership for Transparency Fund, a nonprofit organization supporting civil society approaches to enhance transparency and the rule of law in developing and emerging countries.  

The accomplishments of Dr. Dorman and Ms. Kafka hold them in good stead to serve on the IAU/ACM Board and help lead our institution into the next phase of development and academic excellence.  Welcome Dr. Dorman and Ms. Kafka!

Council of Academic Advisors Holds Annual Meeting in Aix-en-Provence



IAU hosted a lively and productive meeting of the Council of Academic Advisors (CAA) on October 17-19 in Aix-en-Provence.  The CAA is an advisory council composed of professors and administrators from the field of international education at universities across the United States who are tasked with advising IAU on academic, programmatic, and procedural aspects of its operations.  The theme of this year's meeting was "Diversity and Student Well-Being Abroad."  

IAU’s Council of Academic Advisors (CAA) was created to ensure that its academic directors and professors are kept up to date on international education trends and to provide feedback on and act as a sounding board for ideas for curricular and pedagogical innovations. The CAA membership is drawn from national leaders in international education, a variety of campuses that send students abroad, and individuals in professorial and administrative ranks at universities across the US. IAU has made significant policy decisions based on some of the feedback it has received from the CAA.

For a full list of CAA members, please click here.


Alumni Events


Save the Date! French Ambassador to the United States to Host Reception in IAU and ACM’s Honor
February 22, 2020

Please join current French Ambassador to the United States, Philippe Étienne, and IAU College leadership, staff, and colleagues in international education for an Apéro Dînatoire - light hors d’ouevres and cocktails - as we celebrate Franco-American relations and international education.  An email invitation will be sent very soon and will include details and instructions on how to register. We hope to see you there!


Get Involved


ACM Degree Program Applications Open for the 2020-2021 Academic Year 


If you have been dreaming of returning to Aix, now is your chance!

If you are like many other IAU alumni looking for reasons to return to IAU and Aix-en-Provence, consider the Master’s degrees offered through IAU’s degree-granting entity, The American College of the Mediterranean (ACM). ACM offers a 2-year MFA degree in Painting and 1-year master's degrees in Art History, French Studies, International Relations, and Business Administration. ACM also offers a Bachelor's degree with over 15 majors and minors from which to choose, so feel free to share this information with any high school or community college students you may know. Click below to learn more or begin an application.

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IAU/ACM Internship Referral Program

Does your place of work offer internships to students? IAU and ACM are interested in creating an alumni internship network, where IAU alumni could connect with IAU and ACM students to encourage internships in diverse fields around the world. Interested in learning more or discussing collaboration possibilities? Please contact Philip Breeden at philip.breeden@iau.edu


Alumni Fellows Program

Are you interested in returning to IAU to share what you know about student life in Aix? As a student at IAU, surely you remember how much a mentor on-site (and your age!) was a welcomed contact. Students often arrive in Aix not knowing exactly what to expect of the city, school or culture. As a means for recent graduates to gain teaching and international education experience, IAU offers the Alumni Fellows Program to those IAU alumni from the last three years willing to offer mentorship to the body of students in Aix for a semester or academic year.

For more information, requirements, and application procedures, please visit www.iau.edu/alumni/fellows or contact Dean Leigh Smith at leigh.smith@iau.edu



Host an Alumni Reception

IAU hosts alumni receptions each year in various cities around the U.S. These events rely on the generosity of our alumni and partners, and the city where these events are held usually depends on where we have someone willing to donate their time, energy, and space.

Are you interested in hosting an IAU alumni reception in your city? Contact alumni@iau.edu or call 1.800.221.2051 to discuss possibilities. 


Giving Back to IAU



There are many ways to donate to IAU. Regardless of the amount or the form that a donation may take, IAU is deeply humbled by the action itself. Whether donors wish to honor or commemorate an individual, or contribute to buildings and classrooms through IAU's Naming and Legacy Opportunities, or help ensure the excellence of IAU programs for future generations of students, we invite potential donors to consider and select one or more of the donation opportunities listed below and on the IAU website. We sincerely thank you for your support.

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This December 3rd, join IAU in participating in the global #GivingTuesday movement. 

What is Giving Tuesday? Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and after the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy.

This year, consider making a gift to your international alma mater, IAU, on Giving Tuesday (December 3rd). You can donate to student scholarships, the legacy or building fund, through Amazon Smile, and more.  Join IAU in supporting current and future IAU students in having a life-changing experience abroad. Give back to IAU today!

Did you donate to IAU on Giving Tuesday? We'd love to see your post on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram with IAU tagged and make sure to hashtag #GivingTuesday #iaufrance #theiau ! 


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Consider supporting IAU on Amazon Smile. You shop how you normally would on Amazon.com, and a percentage of the proceeds goes directly to IAU. 

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The Yamina Boudellal Diversity Scholarship

In honor of Yamina Boudellal, for her forty-six years of untiring and devoted service to the students of the Institute for American Universities, a scholarship fund has been opened to assist students in studying abroad with IAU. Yamina's love of IAU will always inspire us!

Funds from this scholarship will be used to attract outstanding students from diverse backgrounds who are traditionally underrepresented in international education.

Since the scholarship fund was created in May 2017, we have raised over $15,000 to help send underrepresented students abroad! Contribute now to support this effort. 

Donate to the Yamina Boudellal Diversity Scholarship


IAU Legacy Giving: The Mont Sainte-Victoire Society

IAU is extremely grateful to our alumni and other supporters who have remembered IAU in their estate planning. The Mont Saint-Victoire Legacy Society is an association for donors who have included IAU in their estate plans through a planned gift or other charitable donation.

For more information about remembering IAU in your estate plans, please contact 
Kurt Schick, Dean of Alumni Affairs.

News from Our Alumni


Writer Jan Brogan ('78) Turns Hit Novel into TV Series

Jan Brogan, IAU alumna from 1978, and IAU Resident Fellow in Spring 2018, has sold the rights to her mystery novel, A Confidential Source, to Transactional Pictures (Steven Soderbergh and Philip Fleishman, Executive Producers). Creator Michael Corrente wrote the pilot and the television series is currently under development. Congratulations on this exciting news, Jan!


"Then and Now"

Louise Nessralla ('18)
Barry Sussman ('59-'60)
Dean Parisi ('89)
Casey Maginier O'Hara ('05)

For our "Then and Now" features, we ask two open-ended questions of our alumni: 1. Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself; 2. How did your time abroad with IAU influence/inspire/change/or otherwise affect your life afterward? Here, Louise Nessralla ('18), Barry Sussman ('59-'60), Dean Parisi ('89), and Casey Maginier O'Hara ('05) tell us about how IAU influenced their lives after their time abroad.


Louise Nessralla ('18): "Then and Now"


Would you mind telling us a little bit about yourself? 
"To all reading this: Hello! Allow me to introduce myself. I’ve recently graduated from Boston College with a B.A in Communication and a minor in Film Studies. During the spring semester of my junior year I decided to study abroad in Aix-en-Provence at IAU and it has been one of my most memorable experiences. I love to creatively express myself, whether that’s through film, photography, writing, or even lollygagging with my friends." 

How did your time abroad with IAU influence/inspire/change/or otherwise affect your life afterward?
"My time at IAU has influenced me in ways that I hadn’t expected. For instance, I took my first photography class ever with the lovely Pauline Bétrancourt which not only sparked my interest in taking pictures, but expanded the way I perceived images in both art and reality. One major experience that influenced my life since IAU was taking the class Muslim Presence in Europe with Yumna Masarwa. I had never taken a class like that before and Yumna’s dynamic energy and obvious passion for teaching made learning that much more enjoyable. When I returned home to Boston to begin my senior year of college, I had been chatting with a dear film professor of mine, recounting my time in Aix and raving about Yumna’s class. Seeing my excitement when I spoke about the class and what I had learned, my professor suggested I apply for a grant to produce a short social justice documentary about Muslims living in France. A few months later I was back in Aix, this time as a filmmaker, working with Yumna to coordinate interviews and create a documentary that applied all of the things she had taught me in class a year ago. I went on to present the documentary at ArtsFest, a student art festival at Boston College, and received the Costa-Gavras award for social justice documentary filmmaking. It’s surreal to think how all of this stemmed from taking one class and I am grateful for the time I had at IAU. My experiences abroad truly served as a pivotal point in my interests and I hope to one day return this wonderful community where it all started." 

Thanks for sharing your story, Louise!


Barry Sussman ('59-'60): "Then and Now"

    
Photos: (left) Barry with his wife Sue and the artist Felix Aublet; (right) Barry in fall 2019.


Barry Sussman ('59-'60) shares below how his time abroad with IAU influenced his life moving forward: 

"My teachers, especially Professor Wenzeliua, and Madame D’Amselme, opened my eyes to an exotic new world of existential thought, eastern and western European literature, western art and culture and the picturesque roads of Europe which IAU friends and I explored during school breaks. Two other factors impacting my personal, intellectual and social growth were the proximity to diverse European countries (great museums and architecture, different cultures and peoples,) and interacting with other students who also had a thirst to see, taste and experience all that our year abroad afforded us.

"When I returned home I met the woman who would share the next 56 years of my life. I graduated the U. of Illinois, continued there for my Masters then went to Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, Ca. to work on my PhD in American Studies. Near the end, faced with having to write yet another paper on “Moby Dick”, I asked Sue if she would mind us selling our car and using the money we'd saved to buy a Volkswagen camper in Germany and travel around for as long as our money held out. We were hoping for at least 2 to 4 years but two experiences changed those plans.

"The first was, after spending weeks traveling around England, Scotland, and Ireland, I decided to drive directly to Aix-en-Provence so I could show Sue how beautiful the town was and share with her the experience I had there just five years earlier. While visiting IAU we learned that a fellow student, the artist Sam Bjorkland, was still living in Aix, on the road to Tholonet. Sam’s wife told us about a wonderful artist who had a cheap room for rent and said we should go check it out. We did and this led to our living on a farm with artist Felix Aublet, his wife Jane and their three children. Felix invited us to paint with him in his atelier where he shared his vast knowledge of art as well as his model.

"The second was that the rent, canvases, paints, etc. cut into our meager budget. But we decided the richness of our experience living in Aix -- painting, becoming part of a beautiful family, helping harvest the farm's grapes -- was worth shortening the time we could stay in Europe. Then, Sue became pregnant. After a show of our paintings at the Amis des Arts gallery on the Cours Mirabeau, we returned to the States and settled into a life of love, laughter, children and travel. I went into a family business, continued painting and began photographing some of Sue’s magazine articles (she's a writer). We returned to Aix to visit the Aublets every five years or so. Since retiring in 1999, we have had the opportunity to stay in Aix for four to eight weeks at a time. We have brought all three of our children to Aix so they may see firsthand how magical it is. We even took our oldest son to the Aublet farm to see where he was conceived. We are now dropping heavy hints to our youngest grandchildren to consider a summer or year studying in Aix at IAU.

"I really can't imagine what my life would have been if I'd never come to Aix. IAU turned my life around, transforming me from an indifferent student to a person passionate for learning and gave me an insatiable lust for travel, language and life."

Thanks for sharing your story, Barry!


Berardino Parisi ('89, Toulon): "Then and Now"


    
Photos: (left) Berardino in Toulon in 1989, back row, second from the right; (right) Berardino presenting at a healthcare conference in Abu Dhabi in October 2018

As Director of International Business Development at the American Medical Association, Berardino is responsible for the creation and execution of the international strategy within Health Solutions. Prior to his current role, he held a variety of global leadership positions at leading American and British technology firms in the USA and Europe.

Berardino holds a Master of Business Administration from Dominican University in River Forest, IL, USA and a Bachelor of Arts in international business from St. Norbert College in DePere, WI, USA. He studied at the Università per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy and the Institute for American Universities (IAU) in South France. Berardino is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a frequent guest lecturer at Concordia University in Chicago, USA.

IAU asked Berardino: How did your time abroad with IAU influence/inspire/change/or otherwise affect your life afterward?
"My time at IAU validated my curiosity and desire to better understand diverse cultures, languages, history and business practices. It has shaped my thinking today and left fond memories that will remain with me forever."

Thanks for sharing your story, Berardino!


Casey Maginier O'Hara ('05): "Then and Now"

Casey Maginier O'Hara ('05) shares below how her time abroad with IAU and a chance encounter later on with IAU in Aix influenced her life path:

"As a sophomore year student at Siena College in New York, I wanted to study abroad. I was undecided at the time (thinking teaching but not really sure what level...). I had continued to take French my freshman and sophomore years of college and had always dreamed of going to France. After speaking with my French professor, he suggested the program at IAU in Aix-en-Provence and I said ok! Fall of 2005 I was off to Aix...

"While abroad, I just fell in love with Aix and all things French. I was fortunate enough to live with a family and really experience life as une française. Walking to IAU, the beautiful colors of Provence, the smell of fresh coffee and freshly cleaned streets... A life that was COMPLETELY different than what I had become accustomed to living on Long Island in New York. It seemed like a dream.

"During this time abroad, I had to decide on my major. I knew I wanted to teach, and I had already ruled out Elementary Education (God bless our elementary school teachers!), and while at IAU I happened to take a Comparative Education course which studied the American, French and British education systems. I loved it and decided to put two of my loves together, French and Education and went on to get my degree in French education. I finished up at Siena with a major in French and minor in Spanish, and then went on to get my Masters in Teaching French at Stony Brook University right after.

"I landed a French teaching job right after I finished my studies and taught for 7 years. I loved it. Sharing my love for a language and culture with kids every day. We organized trips to France and/or Spain every year for our high school students which I loved and really helped our students to see the importance of language learning and opening themselves to other cultures. I continued to travel as well, but as I approached 30, I began to have a yearning to return to France, and more specifically Aix. Fortunately, Rebecca Coyle [IAU Associate Director in the US Office] had reached out to me to let me know about the Atelier Professionnel that IAU was now offering and I applied. After 6 or so years of teaching I was ready and excited for some Continuing Ed. Once I was accepted, I began planning my summer 2015 to spend some more time in Paris (sans élèves!) and Aix-en-Provence.

The Atelier was a wonderful experience. It was a personalized program in which I was able to pick and choose the courses and professors I wanted to follow as well as the workshops and outings. This time around I chose to rent an apartment in the center of the Place Cardeurs and I was not disappointed. I really was living comme une Aixoise. Flower market right outside my door, cafés and bars all around. It is my (and now my husband's) favorite spot! One morning, Muriel [Cros, Director of the Centre d'Etudes Francaises] had organized a trip for our group to do a tour of Bibemus (where Cézanne used to go to paint the Mont Sainte-Victoire). Little did I know this visit would change the course of my life... We took a small navette from the center of Aix to the Trois Bons Dieu parking. There, we waited (and waited...) for our guide to arrive to take us up to Bibemus. He arrived, late, running to meet our group and catch the bus to the top. Gabriel, my now husband, and our charming bilingual guide, could have been an hour late and it wouldn't have even mattered! He was wonderful. Dark-haired, handsome and well-spoken, he took us through the footsteps of Cézanne. Stopping to explain and admire the beautiful views from Bibemus. It is not until you are there that you really understand Cézanne. Gabriel and I spoke briefly during the tour, I was quick to make it known that I was a teacher and not a student like the others and at the end, he asked for my number and how long I would be staying in Aix. Later that evening we went out for a drink and spent as much time as we could together before I was to go back to New York. Un coup de foudre. It really was. I did NOT want to leave. I searched for flights, but a week later I ended up back in New York. I spent the rest of the summer looking for ways and jobs in or around Aix that would allow me to go back to be with him. If anyone has ever tried, it is not easy finding a job sans Visa. So... after about 2 months of research, I ended up finding the Teaching Assistant Program in France (or TAPIF as many Americans call it) which would grant me a Visa to live and work as a Teaching Assistant in a public school in France for 7 months. I applied. And we waited 6 long months for an answer. In April of 2016, I was accepted into the program in a Lycée in Aix-en-Provence. It was a dream come true. I left my teaching job in NY, took a bit of a leap of faith to be with Gabriel and live and work in France. That summer I moved to Jouques (30 minutes north of Aix) to begin our new life ensemble. I worked as an English Teaching assistant at the Lycée Vauvenargues. It was a wonderful experience, especially as a French teacher, to be able to live and work at a French public high school. I gained invaluable experience from working alongside (French) English teachers and just living and working in France.

After 2 years in France, we decided to give New York a chance so we packed up the family and moved over to NY. My husband was ready for a career change, we wanted my step kids to learn English, and it just felt like the right time to make the move. We are now both French teachers on Long Island. 

Thanks for sharing your story, Casey!


Alumni Return to Aix!



Sara Kovacs ('06) pictured here with IAU Professor and Director of Student Life, Margaux Hofstedt, who Sara said was instrumental in making study abroad a possibility for her.  Sara stopped by IAU in mid-October. 


Katie Fleet ('80), pictured here with Vice President of Administration, Philip Breeden, visited IAU in mid-October. She had not been back since her time abroad in 1980.  She had a host family in Puyricard, and one of her principal memories is of the walk to and from town. This experience of the countryside, she said, influenced her choice of a career in flower farming back in the U.S.  


Barry Sussman ('59-'60) and his wife Susan were happy to be back in Aix. Read more about Barry above in his "Then and Now" feature.


Cindy Mathieson ('72), pictured here with her husband, Rand, visited IAU in early October. She has kept up with her French all these years through kids, a second BA, a career in musical theatre, and numerous moves around the US. She is so committed to the French she learned as “a lost little girl” in 1972, she plans to come back to IAU for her Masters in French. A bientôt, Cindy!


Jim Shrier ('75), pictured here with his wife Christine, visited IAU in early October. Based in Charbroix, MI, Jim fondly remembers his time in Aix, especially when the whole class was invited for teatime at the residence of Herbert Maza. He was very happy to visit the library at 2bis rue du Bon Pasteur, which remains largely unchanged. 


Pam Pearlman ('72), pictured here with her husband Jim, visited IAU in early October from Schenectady, NY. She is interested in reconnecting with people from her class, and wanted to track down her old host family while in Aix with a tour group.
Kelly Stonebock Luttinen ('07), pictured here with husband Paul and IAU Dean Leigh Smith, visited Aix in mid-September.  Kelly now works in advertising in Peoria, IL. She recalled her fond memories of CEF library and archaeology class with Professor Guillaume Durand, especially his sense of humor. Once when he couldn’t think of what the word for cannibal was he asked them, “What is the word for when you don’t eat animals but you might eat your grandmother.” :)

Other alumni visits this fall include: 

Sheila Bergmann (Finkelstein) ('63-'64)
Judith Swink ('63-'64)
Suzanne Swanson Montgomery ('69-'70)
Debbie Fuller Shwab ('69-'70)
Dorrie Brennick ('12)
Jan Buchla Bigalke ('69)
Loren Sampson ('87)

Are you planning a visit to Aix? We would love to meet you and show you around the IAU buildings! Get in touch at rose.guth@iau.edu


Do you have any updates or information you would like to share in the next alumni newsletter? Contact alumni@iau.edu or call 1.800.221.2051 to share your story. We'd love to hear from you!