News & Events





Take a look at what the French Club is doing! Oh là là!!! Come to the Francofolie French Culture Festival on April 23rd at 7:30pm in Lundring 130, Overton Court.







Please join us in congratulating Clarice Hammett []! Clarice was awarded a summer scholarship from the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) to go to Saguenay, in Quebec province, Canada to attend their annual convention and to research francophone foods and customs.









Sigma Delta Pi

La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica Sigma Delta Pi

Capítulo Upsilon Upsilon

de California Lutheran University


¿Estudias o hablas español?

¿Has asistido a la universidad por lo menos tres semestres?

¿Ya tienes18 unidades de español en la universidad, o te falta solamente una clase para completar las 18 unidades y estás tomando esa clase este semestre?

¿Tienes un promedio mínimo de 3.0 en español?

¿Tienes un promedio general de 3.5?

¿Has tomado cursos de cultura o literatura de nivel 300 o  400 en español?

Te invitamos a Sigma Delta Pi, la Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica.

Es importante informarnos en el otoño si te interesa pertenecer a esta sociedad y si calificas, para planear el evento de acuerdo al número de inicados y familiares que van a asistir al evento.  La fecha límite para hacer la solicitud y pagar la inscripción de $35.00 es el 28 de febrero del 2015.  La ceremonia de iniciación de nuevos miembros se realizará el 30 de abril del 2015 (la fecha se confirmará próximamente).  Si te interesa comunícate cuanto antes con:

Marina Alvarez, secretaria del capítulo

Dra. Eva L. Ramírez.  Swen. 236 ext.3349

Directora del Capítulo Upsilon Upsilon

Alpha Mu Gamma

Alpha Mu Gamma, the National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society

Chapter Gamma Sigma

California Lutheran University

For students who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Sophomore, Junior or senior standing.
  • 2 final grades of A on any course of at least 3 units at the 200 or above level in the same language, or
  • International students born in any non-English speaking country and have 2 final grades of A in any 3 unit or above English or ESL class.

It is important to let us know in the fall semester if you are interested and qualify in order to prepare the ceremony and according to the number of students to be inducted as well as their family guests.  The deadline to apply and pay the $ 35.00 dues is Friday, February 28, 2015.  The induction ceremony will take place on April 28, 2015 in the evening (date to be confirmed).  Students must be present to be inducted.

For  additional information, to apply and pay the dues, please contact

Chapter secretary Marina Alvarez, at:

Chapter Director, Dr. Eva L. Ramírez













Span/Math 285: Barcelona through the Looking Glass

Spring 2015 (Course offered in English)














































Find out how easy it is to minor or major in Spanish!


























11th Annual Student Research Symposium

The 11th Annual Student Research Symposium took place on Saturday October 18, 2014 in the Ahmanson Science Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Core Ensemble:"Tres Vidas", a chamber music theatre work conceived and performed by THE CORE ENSEMBLE (cello, piano, & percussion)!

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Samuelson Chapel

Sponsored by: Artists and Speakers Committee

For more information, contact Eva L. Ramirez at



International Film Festival: A film from Paraguay

The International Film Festival sponsored by the CLU Department of Languages and Cultures kicked off their second season of film series with a free screening of the Spanish film "7 Boxes" on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014.

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The Department of Languages and Cultures will continue with the Italian film “Caesar Must Die” on Nov. 12.

For more information, contact Rafaela Fiore Urizar at



Tour in French

The Beautiful: Images of America,
Friday, September 26, 2014




The 6th Annual Chinese Moon Festival Concert is coming!

Saturday, September 20, 2014. 7:00pm. Samuelson Chapel.





Francofolie Festival, April 16, 2014

Inaugural "Francofolie festival" with live French accordion music, jeopardy questions (about francophone people, sites, food, history, culture, etc.), Mancala (a Haitian game), and many other activities!



Club President


Eiffel tower tour

Line for crepes


French Club tee-shirts!


Online French courses
Online University | Online Courses in French - Online University


2013- 2014 International Film Festival

LIVE MUSICAL! Los Valientes (The Courageous Ones)

 Sat, Oct 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm. Samuelson Chapel              


Based on the lives of three heroic Latinos, Los Valientes (The Courageous Ones) is a live musical theater production featuring a singer and an onstage trio of cello, piano and percussion. The show celebrates Mexican painter Diego Rivera, martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, and Mexican-American outlaw Joaquin Murrieta, a historical figure who, some say, inspired the character of Zorro. The music ranges from traditional Latino folk and popular songs in Spanish to instrumental works by Latin American composers.

This event is free and open to the public. For the Samuelson Chapel location as well as public parking, see the CLU campus map.


Admissions Day!    April, 2013

French Departmental Assistants:                          Professor Chang and her student             Anna McCree and Kaitlyn Webster


KCLU presents Rick Steves, February 22, 2013.

Rick Steves with Lisa Loberg, Director of Study Abroad and Sr. Lecturer of French, and some CLU students.


Chinese New Year Celebration! February, 2013.

Dean Joan Griffin with Professor Debby Chang and her daughter at the Soiland Recreation Center

Girls performing the Chinese ribbon dance at the Soiland Recreation Center


Professor Debby Chang and her students celebrating the Chinese New Year at the restaurant Mandarin Buffet


Professors Debby Chang, Ryan Medders and Lisa Loberg with students and guests at the restaurant Mandarin Buffet.


Speaker Immaculée Ilibagiza, January 25th, 2013.



Dr. Sheridan Wigginton and Immaculée Ilibagiza

Dr. Eva Ramirez and Immaculée Ilibagiza

Dr. Rafaela Fiore Urízar and Immaculée Ilibagiza


French Film Festival - Fall 2012

French Club Officers

Line outside Preus Brandt Forum for the French Film Festival


Macaron tree provided by Chocolatine.      Mme. Sabrina Barthe serving hot chocolate.

Las Posadas - December 2, 2012.

Jack, the donkey, posing with members of the community.

Justina Posadas as Mary and Marco Camargo as Joseph.

CLU community holding candles and singing songs ready to start the re enactment of the biblical pilgrimage.

Author's Visit: Christopher Dennis, Ph.D. - Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina - Wilmington

Professor Dennis explored the impact that globalization and the spread of u.S. popular culture -specifically hip-hop and rap- are having on the social identities of younger generations of black Colombians.


Professor Dennis with CLU students and faculty after his talk about Afro-Colombian Hip-Hop.


Chinese Moon Festival Concert

Professors Debby Chang and Sheridan Wigginton with Soprano MingMing Jiang

Honors Banquet

Professors Eva Ramirez, Lisa Loberg, Sheridan Wigginton and Rafaela Fiore Urizar with students Mira Brown and Andrew Giuffrida and his parents.

Students Mira Brown and Logan Paris at the end of the ceremony.

Professors Eva Ramirez and Sheridan Wigginton with graduating student Andrew Giuffrida and his family.

Alpha Mu Gamma Ceremony

Admitted Student Day


The Zeta Chi Phi Delta Phi initiation held on April 23, 2012 on the California Lutheran University in the Scandinavian house.

French professor Lisa Loberg, Spanish professor Sheridan Wigginton, and Communications professor Russell Stockard at the Zeta Chi Phi Delta Phi initiation.

Clarice Hammett, Zeta Chi Phi Delta Phi member, and French instructor with her crêpe during the festivity.  

1. Group photo at the Feb 08 pizza/ice cream social with French rap music.

2. Laura De Corte at the March 14 "Cocoa with Coco" event, with fondu (both cheese and chocolate), before the screening of "Coco before Chanel."
3. (Also at the "Cocoa with Coco" event) 3 "authentic" French students taking classes this semester at CLU: Crystalle, Léa and Guillaume.


On Saturday, April 14 at 7:00pm and Sunday, April 15 at 3:30pm the Getty Center will host "Sounds of L.A.: Les Charbonniers de l'Enfer (The Little Coal Minors from Hell), an a cappella ensemble presenting Québécois Celtic music. (In the Harold M. Williams Auditorium)

The Pi Delta Phi (French National Honor Society) initiation will be held on Monday, April 23, 2012 in the Scandinavian House from 5:30 to 6:30 pm, during the week of the CLU Festival of Scholars.

Feature films screening in the Ventura County area and elsewhere :

Hugo in 3D: “Abandoned by his uncle to live – literally – inside a gigantic clock beneath an ominously large pendulum in a French railroad station, Hugo steals in order to survive, which brings him into conflict with one of the station’s stallholders, bad-tempered toymaker Georges (Méliès), though Hugo manages to make friends with Georges’ orphaned niece. (N.B.  Georges Méliès was a famous French cinema pioneer, who invented by accident the first cinematic special effects and who in reality did actually sell toys and candy in the Montparnasse railroad station.

The Artist: This silent film in black and white starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo is a tribute to the history of cinema and art.

The Belgian singer, Johnny Hallyday, will perform at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on April 24, 2012.  For information phone 800-745-3000

On Saturday, May 05 at 7:00pm the Getty Center will screen the Roger Vadim 1956 film Et Dieu créa la femme, starring Brigitte Bardot. (In the Harold M. Williams Auditorium)

National French Week: November 8-14 (2011-2012)

National Pi Delta Phi Day: the first day of National French Week (November 8 (2011-2012)

National Foreign Language Week (NFLW): March 5-11 (2012) Current News and Events in the francophone world.


Useful francophone sites for current news, events, etc.:

Félicitations!  California Lutheran University now has 24 hour access 7 days a week to TV5, the francophone television station.  (Set the CLU remote on channel 16 and amusez-vous!) View the online program guide at

The CLU French Club is already meeting to plan activities for this semester.  Please contact the President, John Saucedo for the most current information, or to input your suggestions for possible events.

French Culture News

Bonjour LA

French Cultural Events

Le Consulat Général de France

TV5 (dictionary, news, videos, quizzes, weather, music, sports, plays, feature films, science, programs from francophone Canada, Africa, etc.) French Language (punctuation, accents, symbols, texting, abbreviations, vocabulary, spelling, writing informal French, common mistakes and difficulties, grammar, etc.)

French blog (contains embedded videos, songs with lyrics, teaches vocabulary, etc.)

Useful free francophone apps for the iPod touch/iPhone:


Le Loup 98.9     and    Le Loup 104.1

Sounds  (French phonemes)

WordRef (translator)

Ascendo Dictionary and Phrasebook (French to English, English to French)


Paris (metro/RER map)

Paris (gardens, museums, churches, etc.)

City Walks


7 Jours sur la planète


Useful free francophone apps for the iPad:


France 24  (International news)

Littré  (dictionary in French)

Le  (newspaper in French)

Radio française

L’Express  (magazine highlights)

Le Point (magazine highlights)

Expressions françaises

Calculez votre QI

Paris (gardens, museums, churches, etc.)    [also on iPod Touch and iPhone]

750 Grammes  (recipes in French)



February 2nd: Chinese New Year at the Soiland Recreational Center. We celebrated the year of the Dragon with traditional costumes, food, dance and music!







Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21 & 22, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Two day Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. Tickets are free by reserving online: will show you a calendar and various film titles to chose from Latin America. This series runs in conjunction with the art exhibit “Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World which is at the LACMA through Jan. 29.

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 4-6pm Lundring Center. The Study Abroad Center invites the campus community to a reception to welcome the Fall 2011 study abroad students back to CLU. Go and mingle, enjoy some food, and hear their stories. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Study Abroad program on campus.

Sunday, March 11, 2pm Samuelson Chapel. In a concert of Latin-inspired favorites, soprano Heidi Valencia Vas will explore traditional soprano repertoire and delve into mezzo-soprano and non-classical works.

Tuesday, April 17, 7pm Lundring Center. Speaking in Tounges examines America’s resolute commitment to remaining an “English-only” nation by showcasing an America in which communication barriers are being addressed. Reel Justice film series presents this film.

Sunday, April 22, 10am Museum of Tolerance. CLU Undergraduate field trip found on the Undergraduate Student Events calendar. If you care to go with CLU there will be a group going to the museumtogether. Otherwise, you are able to visit at any other convenient time. You can check their website for their scheudule. A bilingual special exhibit entitled Para todos los ninos/For All the Children documents fighting segregation of Latino families in Southern California and closing
“Mexican schools.”

LACMA, visit by May 1. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art ( ) contains art from Ancient America as well as contemporary Latin American Art in the Art of the Americas building, Fourth floor. Take a visit and write about your favorite work of art.