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2013-2014

Student Achievements

Carrell English Medal Winner:

Colleen Mitchell

The Carrell Medal is awarded to the English major with the highest G.P.A. in the major courses.

Phi Beta Kappa

Courtney Cousins, Jenn Ruckel, Colleen Mitchell, and Laura McCormack (class of ‘14) were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Honors Theses and Independent Studies

Colleen Mitchell, working with Dr. Forni, completed a Senior Honors Thesis entitled “Masculinity and Male Tears: Men Crying in Medieval Literature.” Kerry Rogers, advised by Dr. Norman, completed a Senior Honors Thesis entitled “Memory & Progress: Colson Whitehead and a Post-Racial America.”

Jenn Ruckel ‘14 working with Dr. Girard, turned her thesis into an independent study project entitled “‘Babbitts in Greeley Whiskers’: Defining and Attaining Professional Journalism with H. L. Mencken.” With the help of Dr. Miller, Laura Fazio ‘14 ransformed her thesis into an independent study, “‘Slowly Our Ghosts Drag Home’: Wilfred Owen, Shell Shock and the Ghost Motif.” Under Dr. McGlamery’s supervision, Grace Pasco ‘14 transmuted her thesis into an independent study project, “Window Portals and Personal Heavens in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights.” Tom Flanagan ‘14, guided by Dr. Osteen, finished an independent study project called “Envisioning the Auteur in Contemporary American Cinema.”

Spring Awards Reception and Dinner

The Envelope, Please

The spring awards reception was held on May 1st. The chair announced the paper awards and other honors listed above and, as in years past, each faculty member presented a book to a student in her or his upper-division course (funds having been supplied by the Center for the Humanities), and Dr. G. Lobo distributed honor cords and other goodies to members of Sigma Tau Delta. The Department also recognized seniors who were moving on to graduate or professional schools, had landed an internship, or who had secured one of those rare treasures, an actual paying job. The awards reception applauds intellectual excellence and gives students hearty pats on the back as they enter the post-University world to learn, lead and serve. Photos of the event have been tattooed on several students’ backs and shoulders, and will also be posted on the department bulletin boards and website.

 Paper Prizes:

EN 101: Melissa Lutes, “Taxicabs in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises” (Girard).

              Maddie Wood, “The Monster Under the Bed” (Osteen).

200-level: Mackenzie Keefe, “Maus Trap” (Norman)

                 Da’Shante Smith, “The Hierarchy of Life” (Osteen).

 

300 Level: Michael McGurk, “Post-Modernism as Ideology” (Lukacs).                 

                  Hope Gamper, “Dysfunction at Its Finest: Petulia’s and Archie’s Could-Have-Been            

                                            Relationship in Richard Lester's Petulia" (Osteen).

Jolly Good Fellows

Following the Awards Reception, graduating seniors and faculty attended a cocktail party and dinner in Hug Lounge organized by Dr. Forni and Cathy Carroll. Dr. Lukacs supplied the wine; everyone else supplied the gossip, gags, and good luck hugs. Nobody can deny that it was a good time!

 

2012-2013

Student Achievements

Congratulations to Colleen Mitchell (2014). Her paper, "Masculine Tears: Crying in Chaucer’s 'Troilus and Criseyde'," was accepted for presentation from a pool of 3500 submissions to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. The conference was held in April 2013 at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.

2012-2013 Carrell English Medal Winner:

Kacie Plants

The Carrell Medal is awarded to the English major with the highest G.P.A. in the major courses.

Phi Beta Kappa

One senior English major was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa: Kacie Plants

Honors Theses and Independent Studies 

Lauren Hallman, working with Dr. Miller, turned her thesis into a innovative independent study project entitled “Once Upon a Time: Discovering Enchanted Forests in a Child’s Imagination.” The outcome was an expansive reimagining of five tales from the Brothers Grimm, plus an analytical introduction.

Kelsey McGlynn, working with Dr. Giuseppina Lobo, turned her thesis into an independent study project entitled “A Critical Analysis of Gender Roles and Companionship in John Milton’s Paradise Lost.”

Katherine Plants, working with Dr. Abromaitis, turned her thesis into an independent study project entitled “The Goodliness in the Green: The Role of Nature in the Works of J. R. R. Tolkien.”

Spring Awards Reception and Dinner

And the Winner Is . . .

On May 1st we held the annual spring Awards Reception. The chair presented the paper awards listed below, and, as in years past, each faculty member presented a book to a student in her or his majors-level course (award funds were supplied by the Center for the Humanities). The chair also awarded a gift to our Phi Beta Kappa inductee, Katherine Plants, and Dr. G. Lobo presented honor cords to seniors graduating as members of Sigma Tau Delta. The Department also recognized seniors who were moving on to graduate or professional schools, who had landed an internship, or who had booked an actual paying gig. The awards reception celebrates intellectual excellence and cheers on our students as they enter the post-University world to learn, lead and serve. Pictures of the event (including several likely to live forever on Facebook) will be posted on the department bulletin boards and just below.

Awards

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Paper Prizes:

EN 101 Paper Prizes

  • Elizabeth Pignatelli, “A Theory of Unconsciousness and Detachment” (Girard).
  • Bonnie Deal, “I shall forget you presently” (Guttman). 

EN 200-level Paper Prizes 

  • Kevin Seltzer, “Dogs and Philosophers; Consistence and Compromise” (Osteen).
  • Megan Ryan, “Melville’s Social Landscape of Gender Inequality” (Cole). 

EN Majors-level Paper Prizes

  • Sidney Christman, “The Importance of Morality in Jane Austen’s Persuasion”  (Abromaitis).
  • Laura McCormack, “‘A Paradoxical State of Unlike Likeness:’ Eve’s Complicated Creation and Connection to God in Milton’s Paradise Lost” (G. Lobo).

Senior Soiree 

After the awards reception, graduating seniors and the faculty attended a cocktail party and dinner in the Hug Lounge and Refectory organized by Professor Kathy Forni with the help of Cathy Carroll. The annual dinner honors the hard work of our graduates and gives students and faculty the opportunity to exchange memories, take pictures, and hear news of future plans. Paul Lukacs graciously supplied the wine for the cocktail hour and Student Activities, through Mark Broderick, contributed significantly to the cost of the buffet dinner. See more pictures on our bulletin board in the English Lounge.

Soiree

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2011-2012

Spring Awards Reception and Dinner 

Our Spring Awards Reception was held the afternoon of Monday, April 30th, the last day of class, in the English department lounge. During the reception, the Chair presented writing awards—$100 checks—for the two best papers written for classes in each of the three categories: 100-level, 200-level, and 300-level. Faculty members who taught major courses during the year also presented "Booking Awards"—books the professors had specifically chosen to give individual students who distinguished themselves in their courses. The Center for Humanities supplied the funding for the writing and booking awards. Professor Guiseppina Lobo presented the honor cords to seniors graduating as members of Sigma Tau Delta, the National English Honor Society. The 2012 seniors are Melanie Brennan, Anna Idler, Thomas Johnson, Anthony Levero, Emily Linthicum, Laura Margherio, Kathleen McGowan, Rose Miola, Allison Mohler, Rosemary O'Connor, Brianna Panzica, Meghan Peterson, Justin Roem, Joelle Sanphy, Leanne Schettino, Samantha Smith, Matthew Suprowicz, Christopher Taylor, and Abigail Wagner. Professor Lobo also inducted Emily Barbo, Timothy Clinton, Lauren Hallman, Erin Hughes, Gianna Mautone, Katherine Plants, Leah Rosenzweig, Courtney Cousins, Colleen Mitchell, and Kerry Rogers as new members of Sigma Tau Delta. The Department celebrated the accomplishments of students who are going on to jobs, internships, and postgraduate study.

After the awards reception, graduating seniors and the faculty attended a cocktail party and dinner in the Hug Lounge and Refectory organized by Professor Guiseppina Lobo with the help of Cathy Carroll. The annual dinner honors the hard work of our graduates and gives students and faculty the opportunity to exchange memories, take pictures, and hear news of future plans. Paul Lukacs graciously supplied the wine for the cocktail hour and Student Activities, through Mark Broderick, contributed significantly to the cost of the buffet dinner. See more pictures on our bulletin board in the English Lounge.

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Spring Awards Reception and Dinner

Paper Award Winners

EN 101 Paper Prizes
  • Rachel Christian, “What’s the Limit?” (Professor G. Lobo)
  • Kathleen Hanger, “Chasing Impossibility” (Professor Cole)
EN 200 Level Paper Prizes
  • Julienne Engelstad, "You Can't Put Me Back": Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Use of the Female Gothic in "The Yellow Wallpaper" (Professor Guttman)
  • Zachary Fry, “Misery in the American Landscape (Professor Cole)
EN 300 Level Paper Prizes
  • Brendan Fitzgerald, “The High Poets Are Gone: The Loss of Irish Culture and Identity in Early Modern Gaelic Poetry” (Professor Miola)
  • Colleen Mitchell, “Masculine Tears: Crying Chaucer’s 'Troilus and Criseyde'” (Professor Hunter)

2011-2012 Carrell English Medal Winner: Thomas Johnson

Thomas Johnson

The Carrell Medal is awarded to the English major with the highest G.P.A. in the major courses.

Phi Beta Kappa

  • Three senior English majors were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa: Thomas Johnson, Alison Mohler, Abby Wagner

Honors Theses and Independent Studies

  • Christopher Taylor completed and successfully defended his Senior Honors Thesis, “Non Serviam!: The Maturation of the Masochist, Stephen Dedalus,” under Dr. Osteen’s direction.
  • Thomas Johnson, our Carrell English Medal winner, turned his thesis project (written with Dr. Abromaitis and Dr. Brian Murray, Writing) into an independent study entitled “‘That Stormy Sisterhood’: Reconciling Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte.”
  • Tony Levero, working with Dr. Miller, turned his thesis project, “Conrad the Sailor: Marlow’s Role as a Seaman Defining His Place at the Mess Deck of Colonial Discourse,” into a seaworthy independent study. Mr. Levero also completed summer research project, guided by Dr. Abromaitis and funded by the Center for the Humanities, entitled “The Influence of WWI on Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.”
  • Chris McCune, working with Dr. Lukacs, turned his thesis project into an independent study entitled “The Identity Question within In Cold Blood: Dehumanizing the Killer for the Benefit of Society.”
  • Rose Miola completed an independent study project co-directed by Dr. Abromaitis entitled “The Wart Hog in the Mirror: Exploring the Human Capacity for Evil Through the Characters of Flannery O'Connor.”

More Student Accomplishments

  • Bill Callis has accepted a position with Loyola's Teaching in Thailand program.
  • Giannini Davis is pursuing the five-year MAT program at Loyola.
  • Thomas Johnson was accepted into the English PhD program at Catholic University.
  • Laura Margherio accepted a job in the legal and advertising departments at RT Vanderbilt in Norwalk, Connecticut.
  • Chris McCune was accepted into St. John’s University Law School.
  • Rosie Miola accepted a teaching position at Cristo Rey Jesuit school in Boston.
  • Brianna Panzica  is a contributing writer for Energy & Capital.
  • Joelle Sanphy is pursuing the five-year MAT program at Loyola.
  • Matt Suprunowicz has accepted a position with Teach for America in Oklahoma
  • Abby Wagner published an essay, “The Shifting Gaze in Stephen Crane’s ‘The Monster,’” in Proto: An Undergraduate Humanities Journal.
  • Lauren A. Wilson co-authored a book review of A Historical Guide to James Baldwin (Oxford 2009) with Dr. Brian Norman for Callaloo, a leading black studies journal.  The review came out of work for Dr. Norman's James Baldwin seminar and should appear next year.

News from the African and African American Studies program, 2011-2012:

Congratulations to this year's AAAS graduates: Joelle Sanphy, who will pursue her MAT degree at Loyola, and Morgan Murray, who will pursue a master's degree in speech therapy at the University of Maryland. Morgan was also a Fulbright alternate for South Africa.

Two graduating seniors, Morgan Murray and Joelle Sanphy, traveled to Atlanta over spring break to attend the annual meeting of the National Council for Black Studies. When they returned to campus, Morgan and Joelle shared some of that knowledge and leadership skills for a well-attended teach-in on the Trayvon Martin killing.

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