2017 National Portuguese Honor Society Inductees and Scholarship Winners
From left, Marie Fraley, director of the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies at RIC; Earl Simson, dean of Faculty Arts and Sciences; Portuguese Honor Society student inductees Sabrina Brum, Sweila Carboso and Nélida Silva; honorary members, Anna Klobucka, professor of Portuguese and women's and gender studies at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth; Cecilia Bernardo ’96, M.A. ’06, a Portuguese teacher at Shea High School in Pawtucket; Ron Pitt, RIC vice president for academic affairs; and Silvia Oliveira, associate professor of Portuguese and faculty sponsor to Phi Lambda Beta at RIC.
Three RIC students and three honorary members were inducted into the RIC Sigma Chapter of Phi Lambda Beta, National Portuguese Society on April 12.
Phi Lambda honors achievement in the field of Portuguese language studies and Portuguese, Brazilian and African Lusophone cultures and literatures and their diaspora. Members must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 in Portuguese courses and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
The 2017 inductees are: Sabrina Brum, a junior majoring in modern languages with a Spanish concentration and a Portuguese minor; Sweila Cardoso, a senior majoring in youth development with a Portuguese minor; and Nélida Silva, a sophomore majoring in management with a Portuguese minor.
Honorary members are recognized for demonstrating through high service, scholarship or advocacy that they are interested in the promotion of Portuguese, Brazilian and African Lusophone cultures in the community.
The 2017 honorary members are: Cecilia Bernardo ’96, M.A. ’06; a Portuguese teacher at Shea High School in Pawtucket; Anna Klobucka, a professor of Portuguese and women’s and gender studies at the University of Massachusetts-Darmouth; and Ron Pitt, RIC vice-president for academic affairs.
Klobucka delivered the keynote titled “New Portuguese Letters in the United States: Postcards from a Revolution,’’ connecting a 17th-century book, a 20th-century feminist remake of that book and the national revolution in Portugal in 1974.
The event included the awarding of two $2,000 John A. And Mary V. Lima Scholarships to students who exhibit high academic achievement, community service and a commitment to studying Portuguese at RIC. Recipients are Brum, a Dean’s List scholar who will intern in the office of the Vice Consulate of Portugal in Providence this summer; and Silva, a Cabo Verdean student who has only been in the United States four years but is on the Dean’s List and a member of the 3.5 Society.
RIC freshman Raquel Martins earned a $4,000 Arthur M. Andrade Memorial Scholarship in Portuguese Studies, which is awarded to incoming RIC students of Azorean descent majoring in Portuguese and maintaining a 2.75 grade point average.
And in March the Institute for Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies provided $1,000 scholarships each to five RIC students to take part in a business-IT field study in Lisbon. Recipients were Ben Demers, Justin Fontaine, Joshua Lima, Shasha Mishra and Alexander Picard.