Italian studies students honoured at awards ceremony

Fifteen students were honoured for excelling in Italian culture, film, books and language through York’s Italian Studies Program at the fifth annual Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics awards ceremony.

It was a celebration of excellence as faculty and students gathered in the Senior Common Room at Founders College on Nov. 11.

Professor Roberta Iannacito, co-ordinator of the Italian Studies Program, opened the ceremony followed by awards presentations by faculty. Martin Singer, dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, congratulated this year’s winners for their outstanding achievements.

The event also featured Gianni Bardini, consul general of Italy in Toronto, and Adriana Frisenna, assistant director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Toronto. Both the consulate and the institute sponsored prizes for the students.

Above: Martin Singer (left) with award winners from the Italian Studies Program

Awards were presented for these courses and achievements:

Italian Studies Book Prize for Elementary Italian
Winners: Albina Dubali and Petra Kertesz

Italian Studies Book Prize for Intermediate Italian
Winners: Arminda Aliu and Francesca Cellucci

Italian Studies Book Prize for Advanced Italian
Winner: Nadia Yangin

Literature (Sponsored by the consul general of Italy)
Winner: Thomas Arthur

Italian Studies Book Prize for Aspects of Italian Culture
Winner: Elena Berdichevsky

Italian Studies Book Prize for Italian Cinema
Winner: Roberto Tomei

Mariano A. Elia Chair in Italian-Canadian Studies Book Prize
Winner: Elizabeth Videka

Istituto italiano di cultura Prize for Overall Academic Achievement
Winner: Maddalena Barone

Introduction to Italian Linguistics Book Prize
Winners: Julian Silva and Maria Grazia Militello

Media and the Idea of Italy Book Prize
Winners: Daniele Bozzelli and Shire Brandi

Modern Italian Culture Book Prize
Winners: Maddalena Barone