PI DELTA PHI

The Normand R. Cartier Award

The Normand Cartier Award is given annually to a graduating senior or a graduate student who is a member of the Lambda Psi Chapter of the Pi Delta Phi National Honor Society and who has demonstrated leadership in promoting French and francophone literature and culture in the Boston College community.

This award was created in memory of Professor Normand R. Cartier (1914-1994), Professor of Romance Languages at Boston College, in celebration of his Franco-American heritage, his love of French culture, and his devotion to Boston College.

The Lambda Psi Chapter of Pi Delta Phi established the Normand Cartier Award in April 1999, thanks to generous contributions from Professor Cartier's former colleagues and students in conjunction with the publication of the Reflections on the Connolly Book of Hours. The Normand Cartier Award is also funded by a portion of the sales of this volume, which was dedicated to the memory of this well-loved teacher and medievalist.

The first winner of the Normand Cartier Award, given in May 2000, was Timothy M. Sullivan, '00, two-term President of the Lambda Psi chapter of Pi Delta Phi who was instrumental in seeing the Reflections on the Connolly Book of Hours through to completion. He also guided the Pi Delta Phi in establishing a medieval meditation labyrinth on campus, and played an instrumental role in the preparation of an exhibit of European eighteenth-century fans from the Frederick Hicks Collection that was featured at the McMullen Museum from June to September 2000.

The second Normand Cartier Award was presented this past May to Julie McMahon, '01, former treasurer of the Lambda Psi chapter of Pi Delta Phi. She participated in the preparation of the Pi Delta Phi-sponsored exhibit of eighteenth-century European fans entitled "Hand-Held Delight" (McMullen Museum of Art, June-September 2000) as well as the production of a fan video and the organization of the invitational fan symposium. This project helped bring the art of French fan-making to the attention of the Boston College Community.