NEW CONCORD — Muskingum University senior Lucas Pattison is one of only six students in the United States to earn the 2010 Dr. Santiago Vilas Scholarship from Phi Sigma Iota, the international honorary fraternity for the study of foreign language.
At Muskingum, Pattison was the 2008 recipient of the Mary E. Sharp Award for Excellence in German. He served as an officer in the German Club and has also been an active member of the Spanish Club. Prior to his study abroad year at Passau University in Germany, he spent a summer term at Lüneburg University there. In addition to his studies in German and Spanish, he studied a semester of French at Muskingum and a semester of Czech at Passau. He was inducted into the Muskingum chapter of Phi Sigma Iota chapter in 2007.
The Phi Sigma Iota honor is Pattison’s second significant recognition this year. He also has received a national award for excellence in the study of German from the American Association of Teachers of German.
Pattison will graduate from Muskingum on May 8 with a major in German and a minor in Spanish, and he is the fourth student in six years to earn the Phi Sigma Iota honor. His academic advisor is Muskingum Professor of German Dr. Franz-Joseph Wehage, who also advises the Phi Sigma Iota chapter on campus.