Karen DeBaldo ’13 receives highest award from international foreign language honor society
DeBaldo ’13 has received the Dr. Henry Ward Church Scholarship, the
highest honor granted by Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign
language honor society. DeBaldo, a German and education major, is the
second student at Muskingum to earn the scholarship, which is granted to
only six students in the United States.
During her career at Muskingum, DeBaldo has
amassed a long list of academic achievements and honors. In April, she
was selected to present a paper at the Kentucky Foreign Language
Conference. Titled Media snapshots enhance a topics based discussion about the Third Reich, the paper examined how modern German films portray the women of Nazi Germany between 1933 and 1945.
At Muskingum’s Scholarship Recognition Day, held
on April 12, DeBaldo received the Mary E. Sharp Award for Excellence in
German, which is given by the university’s World Languages department
for the best student in the study of German. In 2011, she was inducted
into Phi Sigma Iota, as well as Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and
largest honor society dedicated to excellence in all academic pursuits.
Earlier this year, DeBaldo received a scholarship
to attend the Ohio Foreign Language Association Conference in Columbus,
where she attended conferences related to her interest in teaching
German. In both 2010 and 2012, she studied at Passau University in
Germany, in both a semester-long program and a summer language immersion
At Muskingum, DeBaldo was involved in the German
Club and the university’s Phi Sigma Iota chapter. In addition, she was a
resident of the university’s German House and was actively engaged with
both German- and Spanish-speaking students who have travelled to
Muskingum from abroad.
DeBaldo has just completed her student teaching
assignment at Tri-Valley High School and will graduate from Muskingum on
May 11. She plans to pursue a career teaching German.
Her faculty advisor in German is Professor of German Dr. Franz-Joseph Wehage.