Jean W. LeLoup

Photo by Robert Kaussner  

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USAFA Chapel, Colorado Springs, CO

During 1995-96, I was fortunate enough to spend the academic year as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Spanish at the United States Air Force Academy.

2007: I returned as DVP of Spanish for the 2007-08, 2008-09 academic years, and we are happy to be back in Colorado Springs and at USAFA!

1995: One highlight of our first stint at USAFA was climbing Pike's Peak.  My husband, Jeff, and I are eager to go at 6:30 a.m.


2007: How could we not do this again? On 9 September, we start up the Barr Trail at 6:10 a.m.


2008: OK, this is beginning to be a tradition. On 7 September, we start up the Barr Trail at 5:50 a.m.

2009: The third annual ascent and descent of Pike's Peak. On 29 August, we start up the Barr Trail at 5:30 a.m.

At the base of Barr Trail
Atop Pike's Peak

1995: Six hours later, we are at the top:  13 miles of trail, altitude:  14,110 feet. If I look a bit disoriented, it's because I was trying to find some oxygen up there!

2007: We reach the top at 12:05 p.m. You still get disoriented up there, but the view is beautiful. THEN . . . we decided to hike back down! After a 40 minute rest on top, we began our descent. Two miles down it snowed on us for 5 minutes! We reached the car at the bottom at 6:05 p.m., very tired but happy to have accomplished the climb and descent (26 miles total).

2008: We reach the top at 11:55 a.m.-- same time elapsed as last year, but we feel better this time. We are more acclimated to the altitude, etc. We eat french fries at the top (no Gatorade for sale, zut!): good for salt depletion, we say. After a 20 minute rest, we start our descent. The weather all day was absolutely gorgeous -- we couldn't have asked for more. We reach the trail head at the bottom at 5:40 p.m., very tired but happy to have done the whole trail again (26 miles).

2009: We reach the top at 11:21 a.m., shaving 9 minutes off our ascent time: yea! After refueling and resting a bit, we start back down. A few snowflakes greet us and further down, we deal with a thunderstorm. That rain slowed our descent, making rocks and roots very slippery! We reach the tral head at the bottom at 5:35 p.m., exhausted but glad to be done (26 miles -- are we nuts?).



Honors and awards:

2015: Professional Pacesetter Award, Department of Foreign Languages, USAFA, for the academic year 2014-2015.

2012-2013: Robert F. McDermott Award for Faculty Research Excellence in the Humanities (USAFA).

2012: William H. Heiser Award for USAFA Outstanding Senior Faculty Educator.

2012: Professional Pacesetter Award, Department of Foreign Languages, USAFA, academic year 2011-2012.

2011: New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT) Anthony Papalia Award for Outstanding Article on Foreign Language Education for “Cultural perspectives in the language classroom: Providing a meaningful context for communication,” Language Association Journal , 61(3); 11-36; with Robert Ponterio and Bill Heller.

Selected Grants: