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1960s

Nicolae Babuts (PhD French, 1967) 
Began teaching French language and literature at Syracuse University after graduation and did so for more than 30 years. "I am now retired, as emeritus Professor of French. I credit my professors in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at UM for giving me an excellent grounding in literature and literary criticism. In particular I wish to thank Professor James C. O'Neill and the late Professor Robert J. Niess for their help, which was crucial. I also remember fondly Professors Roy J. Nelson, Guy Mermier, and Floyd Gray. My main interests have been in the areas of nineteenth-century French literature and cognitive studies."

Babuts has recently published Mimesis in a Cognitive Perspective Mallarme, Flaubert and Eminescu (Transaction Publishers, 2011).

1970s

Sue Rhoades Devendorf (BA French and Spanish, 1977) 
Sue was part of the 1975 summer program in Salamanca, Spain and the 1975 -1976 Junior Year Abroad Program in Aix-en-Provence, France. She returned to Aix in 2006 while her daughter was studying abroad in Luxembourg; and stayed with classmate Mary Salutz Morigault. It was wonderful to see Aix after 30 years! After graduating from UM, Sue worked as a translator for Amway Corporation in Ada, MI and then for a French bank in Chicago, IL. Sue has worked for many years as a consultant to corporations and government entities, helping them with custom Human Resources applications. French and Spanish created a perfect foundation for learning computer languages. Sue currently lives on a lake in Howard, OH. Her interests include golf, water sports, travel, and gardening.

Beth Phillips Jensen (BA French, 1977) 
Beth went on to get a J.D. and M.B.A., and has worked in management for most of her 30+ years professional career. While working for Abbott Laboratories, Beth traveled extensively on international business, where her foreign languages and Junior Year Abroad Program in Aix-en-Provence, France served her well. Beth has three grown children, who make her proud. She values her ongoing UM / Aix friendships with Mary and Sue, along with Dr. Eileen Murphy (who also lives in the Chicago area), and the English friends we made at Cuques in 1975.

Mary Salutz Morigault (BA French,1977) 
Began teaching French immediately after graduating at a small high school in Milford, Michigan. Three years later, she married Marc, a French student she had met during her Junior Year Abroad, and moved back to the Provence region of France where she has been living ever since, apart from four years spent in the Loire Valley. Since teaching French in France was out of the question for an American in Provence, Mary began teaching her native languages in adult education, in-house and out. Today, she is a 'Professeur Agrégée' at the Faculté des Sciences Economiques et de Gestion in Aix and Marseille. She loves babysitting for her brand new grandson, walking her labradors, reading the classics, and showing the sights to visiting friends and family.

 

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