August 02, 2010

For Professor Angèle Kingué, the accent is on excellence. She is the inaugural recipient of the David Morton and Leanne Freas Trout Professorship of French and Francophone Studies.

By Christina Masciere Wallace

Leanne Freas Trout ’50 made the gift in memory of her late husband, David Trout ’50, who was an emeritus trustee. It is the first endowed faculty position funded by the University’s $400 million comprehensive campaign.

The professorship recognizes academic and teaching excellence and gives the recipient resources to pursue scholarly interest in French. It will also enable French faculty to develop new courses based on scholarly study pursued during year-long sabbaticals.

“We are grateful to Mrs.Trout for this commitment to the core mission of the University,” says President Brian C. Mitchell. “Her gift will benefit the University for generations to come.”

Kingué, a native of Cameroon, joined Bucknell in 1988. Her scholarship and teaching focus on Francophone literature of sub-Saharan Africa. The longtime director of Bucknell en France, she is a world-renowned author who has published novels, short stories and children’s stories.During her professorship, Kingué plans to finish her current novel and embark upon an oral history project in which she will interview members of various Cameroon communities.

Trout, who majored in French, also established two renewable $5,000 scholarships for outstanding students of French. Jillian O’Mara ’12 and Jeffrey Church ’12 are the first recipients.

“These gifts strengthen the entire program,” says Associate Professor Renée Gosson, director of French and Francophone studies. “The professorship will enrich our academic program through the development of new course material grounded in original research, while the scholarships reward student achievement and encourage further excellence in French studies. It is a tremendous opportunity, and we are grateful.”