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Muskingum College student receives national award for excellence in language study

For the second time in two years, a Muskingum College student has received national recognition for excellence in the study of foreign languages.

Ryan C. Bobst '07, a German and international studies major from Washington Court House, is one of only six students nationally to receive the 2006 Phi Sigma Iota award for his excellence in the study of the German language.

Phi Sigma Iota is a national academic honorary fraternity that recognizes outstanding ability and high standards in students and teachers of foreign languages, literatures and cultures.  Membership is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages.

Bobst has been elected president of the Muskingum chapter of the language honorary for the 2006-2007 school year. He spent the 2004-2005 academic year studying in Passau, Germany and, during the 2005-2006 school year, served as a student assistant for the coordinator of international student services.  He also held an internship in the English as a Second Language program.

Applicants for the award must write an essay in their major foreign language which outlines their qualifications and the purposes for which the award will be used.

The same award was won last year by Caitlin Lewis '05, who currently teaches English in France.

Professor of Spanish Dr. Russ Brown advises the Muskingum chapter of Phi Sigma Iota.