Tech professor recognized by French government

January 29, 2015


Dolly Hurtig  received her award from Gregor Trumel, the consul General of France–Photo by Brian Blakely

Dolly Hurtig
received her award from Gregor Trumel, the consul General of France–Photo by Brian Blakely


Staff Reporter


A Louisiana Tech professor received an award that has its roots in the rule of Emperor Napoleon of France.


Dr. Dolliann “Dolly” Hurtig,  an associate professor of modern language, received the title of “Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palms Academiques de France,” an award bestowed by the government of France on exemplary educators

Gregor Trumel, the Consul General of France, presented the award to Hurtig on Jan. 21.


“Dr. Hurtig is a very prominent teacher,” he said. “It is an honor to present this award to her.”


Hurtig has been a professor at Tech for 29 years, serves as a dual enrollment coordinator on the Tech campus and as moderator for the National French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi.


She is a book editor for the French version of Potpourri Louisianais and has recently edited and contributed to the book “Allons au cinema: Promoting French through films.”


“This honor is given to someone for their outstanding work in promoting the French language and culture,” Trumel said.


Trumel said this is one of the highest-ranked awards in France and is very exclusive.


“Dr. Hurtig has worked very hard to earn it,” he said. “She has done an excellent job of promoting the language.”


Hurtig said the whole process of applying for the award and waiting for the results took 15 months.


“The award is very difficult to attain,” she said. “I sent in four different letters of recommendation when they only ask for two.”


Hurtig said the application and letters are then sent to the Minister of Education in France for review.


“I found out in October that I received the award,” she said. “I received a phone call where I was told I had got it.”


Hurtig said she fell in love with the French language when she was 5 years old and has loved studying the language and visiting France.


She thanked her friends and family at the ceremony for being supportive of everything she has done.


Bob Hurtig, Dolly Hurtig’s father, said watching his daughter receive this award was one of the proudest moments in his life.


“I have attended all of Dolly’s award ceremonies,” he said. “I am very proud of her for receiving this award.”


Hurtig said she was thrilled to receive this award.


“I have worked hard all of my life,” she said. “I am blessed to have been able to receive this award from the country of France.”


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