A Grand Valley French faculty member is set to receive what is described as one of France's oldest civic honors.
Dan Golembeski, associate professor of French, is going to be inducted as a "Chevalier of the Academic Palms." The recognition, which dates back to the Napoleon era but has since broadened in scope, honors those who have made significant contributions in promoting French culture.
Guillaume Lacroix, counsul general of France in Chicago, will bestow the honor during an April 7 ceremony at Calvin University, where a Calvin faculty member will also receive the designation. Golembeski noted he and the other faculty member, Jolene Vos-Camy, attended graduate school together.