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Languages and Cultures


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Languages and Cultures

224 Mitchell Hall
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2700
Fax: 610-436-3048

Dr. Cristóbal Cardemil-Krause
Acting Chair July 2018-June 2019

French Club

The French Club focuses on not just French culture, but international culture in general! We strive to become more educated in French music, art, dancing, and theatre. The French Club provides opportunities for students to visit international themed events near WCU. We meet regularly to brainstorm new ideas and events, talk to other students with similar interests and most importantly have fun! We welcome anyone who is interested in the French language, culture, as well as French majors and minors!

Club Officers 2016-2017

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President Laura Donnelly
Vice President Corinne Nelson
Treasurer Amulya Ponna
Secretary Maurisa Warren
Advisor Dr. Michel Sage

Mission Statement

The main purposes of the French Club (FC) are to promote enthusiasm among students for the French language and culture and to provide students with a friendly but serious way to approach a new language. Because of the club's interest in cultural diversity, involvement in the French Club also encourages exploration of other cultures. Through the many activities held by the club each semester, American students have the opportunity to meet native French-speaking students who are studying here at WCU. This type of interaction enables greater understanding and appreciation, on both sides, of the other's culture.

Among some of the many activities sponsored by the club are lectures, films, and French theater events. The Club has been to see several Molière plays, "La Dernière Bande" a play from Samuel Beckett, performed entirely in French with a meet-the-actor session at the University of Delaware. Art exhibits by French or Francophone artists are also a popular outing, including the Dalì exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, an exhibit entitled Poussin to Cézanne: French Drawings from the Prat Collection, the Renoir Landscapes exhibit, and the upcoming "Cézanne and Beyond" exhibit in 2009.

Students abroad are encouraged to stay in touch with anecdotes or newly acquired cultural insight. We are looking to organize a French-speaking table in Sykes or Lawrence for students to practice their French in a casual everyday setting. This involves collaboration between American students, native French-speaking students, and faculty of the French department, as do all of the club's activities.

For French majors the club provides a source of guidance and an opportunity to actually use and experience what is learned in class while developing communication with other students and faculty in their area of study. The French Club affects the whole campus through the above mentioned activities, which are available to broaden the cultural horizons of all students.

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Name of the Organization: The French Club

Purpose: To promote the understanding and appreciation of French culture through its language, history, and civilization.


  1. Membership
    • Membership is open to any student from West Chester University and individual from the West Chester community regardless of disabilities, nationality, race, color, religion, creed, sex, and sexual orientation.
    • Membership is secured by having one's name enlisted and by attendance to the meetings.
    • No special initiation ceremonies, pledging rituals or hazing activities shall be required to be eligible for membership.
  2. Meetings
    • Meeting dates, normally at least once a month, are determined by the Executive Committee.
    • Members will be notified of meeting dates and times through announcements in class and printed campus notices at least one week in advance.
  3. Elections
    • Elections, usually held in the Fall semester, shall be determined by majority vote.
    • Officers shall retain their post for one academic year.
    • The presence of at least one third of the members shall constitute a quorum.
  4. Officers
    • Officers of the organization shall be the President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
  5. Executive Committee
    • The officers of the organization shall serve as the Executive Committee. This committee shall have final voice on any issue brought before it.
    • Special sub-committees shall be appointed by the Executive Committee in case of emergency or to study a particular issue.
  6. Advisor
    • The advisor shall be a member of the French faculty at West Chester University.
    • The advisor does not have to be present at the meetings, but his/her approval is necessary before any action is taken by the organization.
  7. Impeachment
    • Consent of at least two thirds active members is necessary for impeachment.
  8. Ratification, Amendment, and Revision
    • Ratification shall be by majority vote at a regular meeting of at least one third members present.
    • Amendments and revisions may be proposed by any member at a regular meeting of the organization.
    • Amendments and revisions are adopted by a two third vote at the following regular meeting.

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