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. 


Muskingum University student receives
award for excellence in language study


Ryder Cunningham ’14 has been awarded the Dr. Anthony S. Corbiere Scholarship from the Phi Sigma Iota (foreign language honor society) scholarship committee. 

Ryder has also been accepted to the Master’s Degree in Spanish at the Bowling Green State University. He will spend his first year studying in Spain and then will return to the Bowling Green campus in Ohio.

As a capstone seminar in Spanish, Ryder completed an excellent research project on Mempo Giardinelli’s novel, Luna caliente. Ryder presented his final paper, “Vivir despues de morir: La distorsion de generos y la imagen de Araceli en Luna caliente por Mempo Giardinelli” at the Phi Sigma Iota Undergraduate Conference in Meadville, Pennsylvania, on March 29, 2014.

In spring 2013, Ryder completed a semester of study abroad at La Universidad Blas Pascal in Cordoba, Argentina, where he studied Spanish language, Latin American literature and Argentine culture. In addition to the courses that Ryder completed at Blas Pascal, he also completed a Muskingum Spanish literature course via internet, demonstrating his ability to work independently in the area of literary analysis and criticism. In March 2011, Ryder also completed a London study abroad trip, further demonstrating his love for international experience.

Ryder has been a well-deserving recipient of many honors and awards at Muskingum University. He has received the Presidential Scholarship, the Mary E. Sharp Award for promise in Spanish, the Sarah Wilhelm Award for promise in English and the Matilda E. Baily Award for academic merit and high moral character in English. Furthermore, Ryder is a member of Phi Sigma Iota, Sigma Tau Delta (English honorary) and Phi Kappa Phi (all-discipline honorary).