About Usa) History
b) Mission statement
d) Scholarship winners/criteria
Dr. Omer E. Boivin, a Fall River physician, was a life-long student of the French language and culture. He believed that UMass Dartmouth represented the best opportunity to keep the language alive, and to educate area residents about the culture and history of France. To that end, in 1985, Dr. Boivin on behalf of himself and his late wife Laurette M. Boivin donated $100,000 for the creation of The Boivin Center for French Language and Culture at UMD.
The Center has sponsored a variety of notable cultural programs; awarded a number of annual scholarships; offered a certificate program in International Marketing/French; and has begun interviewing Franco-Americans within the region to document for future generations the positive impact these wonderful individuals had on their community.Mission Statement
The Boivin Center for French Language and Culture promotes the teaching of, and appreciation of French language and culture and acts as a catalyst for French studies at the university and regional levels. The Center was founded to be an enduring symbol and constant testimonial to the interest of Omer E. and Laurette M. Boivin in the study, promotion, and preservation of French language and culture.
|Director: Dr. Mel B. Yoken||Board Members in 1999 (seated left to right) Norman Valiquette, Cynthia Yoken, and Mel Yoken; (standing left to right) Prof. Suzanne Pelletier, Prof. Robert Stavrakas, and Janel Paquin.|
Current Board Members:
James Beardsley, Prof. Michelle Cheyne, Nancy Cronan, Albert Dumoulin, Janel Paquin, Prof. Stephanie O'Hara, Charles Pelissier, Norman Valiquette, Cynthia Yoken, and Prof. Mel Yoken.
Honorary Board Members:
Marie-Claire Blais, Pierre de Boisdeffre*, Art Buchwald*, William Carter, Julia Child*, Jean-Louis Clapin, Florence Delay, Adam Gopnik, Ruth K. Hartz, Frederique Hebrard, Marcel Marceau, Polly Platt*, John A. Rassias, Annie Royer, Paul Simon*, Louis Velle and Richard Wilbur.
1998-99 Sandra Lynn Methe
1999-00 Sandra Lynn Methe
2000-01 Jessica Nadeau, Rebecca C. Weinman, Richard Guerin
2001-02 Richard Guerin
2002-03 Heather Contaut
2004-05 Lisa Rowell
2005-06 Joseph Moses
2006-07 Myriam Jeannis, Myrdell Belizaire
International Marketing/French Certificate
2007 Brandon Lozeau
Scholarships are awarded annually to freshmen and upperclassmen. For more information, please contact Susan Clarke, the financial aid officer at 508.999.8636.