Spring Reception 2015

The Humanities Division hosted its annual Spring Reception and Recognition Ceremony on the last day of spring classes. The reception celebrates the (at long last) arrival of spring and the (at long last) end of the semester. We also recognize student achievements over the past year: students who received Wilson or Honors Scholar Awards, seniors accepted into graduation programs, winners and finalists for the Eleanor Wood Scholarship and the Maud L. Parks Award (both for achievement in English), the winner of the Beth Eisen Scholarship, and Dean’s List achievers.


Magician (and Creative Writing major) Richard Southard entertained with card tricks before the ceremony started.


English faculty member Eric Brown read from his newly published Milton on Film.



Beth Eisen Scholarship winner Aimee Degroat and Sandy River Review award winner Jill Gringas offered creative writing readings.


Wilson Award/Honors Scholar with Faculty Mentors (from left): Shana Youngdahl (faculty mentor for Darrian Church–not pictured); Kristen Case (faculty mentor) and Tyler Michaud; Kellie Sanborn and Clarissa Thompson (faculty mentor); Curtis Cole and Christine Darrohn (faculty mentor); Marisela Funes (faculty mentor for Kimberly Clark–not pictured).


There were so many Wilson Award/Honors Scholars this year, we couldn’t fit them all into one photograph: William Jennings and Gretchen Legler (faculty mentor); Sam Oppenheim and Eric Brown (faculty mentor).


Finalists for the Eleanor Wood Memorial Scholarship and the Maude L. Parks Award: Janelle Noonan, Elise Musicant, Allison Fortin, Elizabeth Ferry, Jennifer Bailey, and Kimberly Arthurs (not pictured: Samuel Bennett, Joshua Cardella, and Joshua Worthen).

I’m not sure who the skateboard belonged to, but it did make into most of the photos.

The winners of the two awards each read a brief selection:


Maude L. Parks Award winner Nathaniel Duggan taught us how to pet a cat.


Eleanor Wood Memorial Scholarship winner Sam Oppenheim offered Shakespeare and corpses (an excerpt from a paper presented at The Medieval and Renaissance Forum).

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