Ben Thomas Wins Professionalism Award

At yesterday’s Campus-Wide Student Leadership Awards, BU English major Ben Thomas won the newly-developed Professionalism Award for his work ethic as an intern for the Nashville Public Library Foundation. This award is a university-wide recognition through the Office of Career & Professional Development. Congratulations on winning this award, Ben!

English Majors Honored at CLASS Awards

A number of English majors were honored at the annual College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Awards Day yesterday afternoon.

The Richard J. Fallis Award, given annually to the student who demonstrated the most improvement during first-year writing, was awarded to Jacob Holland and his essay, “The Repackaging: The Story of America’s Tobacco Industry” which he wrote in Professor Murray’s First Year writing class.

L to R: Sydney Queen, Gabriela Gonzales, Anna Clark, Jacqueline Karneth, Ben Thomas, Jacob Holland, and Emily Allen. Not pictured: Em Craig, Victoria Pan.

Winners of the James A. King award, given for the most outstanding papers in responses to class assignments, were Emily Allen, for “Snorri’s Edda and the Purpose of Myth over Time,” written for Professor Monteverde’s Peoples of Ragnarok course; Anna Clark, for “Edgar Allan Poe, King of Memes: A History of ‘The Cask of Amontillado’ and Its Interpretation” written for Professor Curtis’s Edgar Allan Poe course; and Em Craig for “Mbmbam and Its Binos: An Analysis of the McElroy Brothers and Their Community of Apology and Growth” written for Professor Overall’s Sound and Persuasion course.

The Corinne Dale Award, given annually to the most outstanding papers focused particularly on issues of gender in response to class assignments, was won by Jacqueline Karneth for her essay, “Steinbeck’s Cathy Trask as Bruja: Chimeran Possibilities and the Limitations of ‘Woman’” written for Professor Trout’s Senior Seminar in English Studies course.

The Ruby Treadway Award is given annually to outstanding students in Creative Writing. This year’s winners were Gabriela Gonzales, for “Wordswordswords”; and Sydney Queen, for “Stockholm.” Both of these works were nominated from Professor Susan Finch’s Creative Writing classes.

Last but certainly not least, outstanding performance over an entire college career as an English major was recognized.

The Carl J. Chaney Award award–given annually to a student who demonstrates academic excellence while also showing evidence of broad interests in varied fields of study and must exhibit in everyday life appreciation for integrity, refinement, enthusiasm, and a superior quality of life–was awarded to Ben Thomas.

The Virginia Chaney Award–similarly given to a student who must demonstrate academic excellence while also showing evidence of broad interests in varied fields of study and must exhibit in everyday life appreciation for integrity, refinement, enthusiasm, and a superior quality of life–was awarded to Victoria Pan.

Congratulations, everyone!

Sigma Tau Delta Induction Honors Excellence in English Studies

Last Monday, ten BU English majors were officially inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honors Society. Family, faculty, and friends gathered in the Janet Ayers Conference Center to watch the cording ceremony. After opening remarks by Sigma Tau Delta sponsor Dr. Charmion Gustke, the honorees were corded by faculty members. Congratulations to these wonderful English majors!

L to R: Kelsey Beyeler, Ben Thomas, Jacqueline Karneth, A.J. Gatrell, Reide Irwin, Mac Ogle, Sarah Cullen, Devin Bradbury, Anna Clark, and Michael Meadows.
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Macey Howell Wins National Recognition at Sigma Tau Delta Conference

Macey Howell (at podium)

At the national Sigma Tau Delta Convention in St. Louis this past week, BU English major Macey Howell won an Honorable Mention Award for her critical paper “Muslim Superheroes: Islam in Comic Books,” which she presented during Thursday’s “Superheroes” session. Chapter President Michael Meadows also presented at the conference; his “The Loveable Blues” kicked off the “Toni Morrison” session on Friday. Congratulations to these outstanding majors!

Michael Meadows

Hutchins Award Winners Read at Humanities Symposium

Hutchins contest winners 2018
L to R: Liam McDermott, Lauren Cottle, Jacqueline Karneth, and Gabriela Gonzales.

This past Sunday, these smiling people were celebrated as winners of the Sandra Hutchins Humanities Symposium Writing Competition. The awards are named in honor of a retired Belmont English faculty member, Dr. Sandra Hutchins, longtime creative writing professor and advisor to the Belmont Literary Journal. Below is a list of the winners and the titles of their work.

Poetry:
First place: “Instead” from Jacqueline Karneth
Second place: “Island” from Liam McDermott

Fiction:
First place: “Words Words Words” from Gabriela Gonzales
Second place: “Their Drunken Boat” from Jacqueline Karneth

Creative Nonfiction:
First place: “The Oil Spill” by Lauren Cottle
Second place: “We Thaw” from Jacqueline Karneth

Image Credit: Susan Finch

Nine Inducted into Sigma Tau Delta

PrintLast Wednesday, nine BU English majors were inducted into Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honors Society. Family, faculty, and friends gathered to watch the cording ceremony. After opening remarks by Sigma Tau Delta sponsor Dr. Charmion Gustke, the honorees were corded by faculty members. Congratulations to these wonderful English majors!

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L to R: Samantha Binnie, Rachel Petty, Hope Moore, Zenna Daker, Chris Tully, Lindsey Knapp, Jacqueline Skokna, Audrey Fenstermaker, and Dr. Charmion Gustke

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Dr. Gustke and Kathleen Albritton

BU English Majors Honored at CLASS Awards Day

This past Monday in the Frist Lecture Hall, nine English majors were honored at the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Awards Day.

The James and Sara King Award, given to “students who have submitted outstanding papers in response to a class assignment” were won by Charlotte Payne, Tom Ebner, and Ben Thomas.

The Ruby P. Treadway Award, given to outstanding students in creative writing, went to Sheyanne Meadows and Audrey Fenstermaker.

Kameron Johnson and Sydney Queen were both honored with The Corinne Dale Award for Achievement in Writing about Gender.

Finally, Rachel Petty won the Virginia Chaney Award, given annually to the outstanding female English major, while Andrew Cox won the Carl Chaney Award, designating the outstanding male English major.

Congratulations to all these outstanding BU English majors!