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Muskingum University
Phi Nu Chapter (1948)
International Foreign Language Honor Society

Phi Sigma Iota recognizes outstanding ability and high standards of students and faculty of foreign languages, literatures and cultures (including classics, linguistics, philology, comparative literature, ESL, bilingual education, and second language acquisition). It is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. Phi Sigma Iota has initiated over 60,000 members since its foundation in 1917, and it has created and supports numerous scholarship programs.



Lucas Pattison has been awarded the 2010 Dr. Santiago Vilas Scholarship by Phi Sigma Iota for excellence in the study of foreign languages and service to international education. He is one of only six students in the United States to receive this award, and this is the fourth time in five years that a Muskingum University student has earned this honor. 

Pattison, who will graduate on May 8 with a major in German and a minor in Spanish, was the 2008 recipient of the university’s Mary E. Sharp Award for Excellence in German.  Pattison has also been recognized by the American Association of Teachers of German with a national award for academic excellence in the study of the German language.

At the university, Pattison served as an officer in the German Club and has also been an active member of the Spanish Club. He was inducted into Muskingum’s Phi Sigma Iota chapter in 2007.  Prior to his study abroad year at Passau University in Germany, Pattison also spent a summer term at Lüneburg University in Germany. Aside from Spanish and German, he also studied a semester of French at Muskingum and a semester of Czech at the Universität Passau.  He also attended a course on Arabic led by a student at Muskingum University and independently learned some Italian.

Pattison’s senior seminar thesis covers the hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic from 1914 until 1923. He examines the causes of the hyperinflation, including the fiscal policy, reparations under the Treaty of Versailles, public debt, and psychological factors and also the cure of the hyperinflation and the socio-economical and psychological effects on the various social classes.

Professor of German Dr. Franz-Joseph Wehage serves as the faculty advisor to Phi Sigma Iota at Muskingum, and he is also Pattison’s advisor.