French Club Places Second in Nationwide French Embassy Contest
The French Club of Antelope Valley College (“AVC French”) has won second prize out of 10 in the nationwide “France on Campus” competition of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to the United States.
The “France on Campus” award supports student organizations affiliated with a major college or university in launching or continuing France-related projects that explore France in new and creative ways and expose new audiences to France and French culture on their campus and beyond.
The club’s winning #FrenchIsEverywhere project aims to raise awareness among AVC students and the community about France’s contributions to Western civilization, and to show AVC students that French is relevant to just about every academic discipline and profession. The ultimate goal is to increase interest and enrollment in French at AVC in order to grow the program.
“Did you know that about 1/3 of English words are of French origin, or that it is thanks to French inventors that we have hair dryers, canned food, the metric system, binoculars, and the Braille system?” said Christian Baker, French Club member. “Bringing awareness to and appreciating these and the many other French accomplishments that are ingrained in our everyday lives is a major mission of our club and is what the #FrenchIsEverywhere campaign is all about. It has been so fun and rewarding to be able to come together with other Francophiles to share this beautiful language and the rich French culture with the students of AVC.”
The club plans to work with graphic design students at AVC to develop a card game (known as “Happy Families” in English) highlighting French and Francophone pioneers who have made contributions to different academic disciplines. The emphasis will be on contributions of women and people of color when possible.
The club will have a limited number of card decks made to sell, but will also make a print-ready version of the game available online for educators, students and Francophiles to download for free.
The project is to be completed during the spring semester of 2019.
In addition to a $1,000 cash award, AVC French will receive the following:
1) Mentorship support to develop the project:
• A GoFundMe representative will advise the club in setting fundraising goals and strategies to ensure the success of its fundraising campaign.
• The Higher Education and French Language Attaché from the Consulate general of France in Los Angeles will support the club in implementing its project.
2) Promotional and networking support from the Cultural Services during project development and implementation phases.
3) Award certificate signed by the Ambassador of France to the United States following the completion of the project.
4) Invitations to selected events organized by the French Embassy and/or consulates for one year.
The France on Campus award was created by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in partnership with GoFundMe, with support from the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).
Olivier Ngo, Higher Education and French Language Attaché, Consulate General of France in Los Angeles: o.ngo@consulfrance-
Pamela Poole, French Instructor, French Club Faculty Advisor, Antelope Valley College: firstname.lastname@example.org, 619 362 6353