Croquet on the Quad
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 will be held in April at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse.
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.
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
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.