Humanities Spring Reception 2016


The Division of Humanities (which includes the Department of English) each year hosts a spring reception to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year. Faculty members Pat O’Donnell (UMF’s Trustee Professor), Kristen Case (Little Arias), and Jeffrey Thomson (Fragile) read from recently published work or work  in progress. Miriam Cohen and Roshan Luick provided music.


Students (and their faculty sponsors) who received Wilson Scholarships  were recognized: Curtis Cole (sponsored by Lorna Hughes), Nathaniel Duggan (Shana Youngdahl), Jill Gingras (Gretchen Legler), and Timothy Stokes (Daniel Gunn).

Several students were honored for receiving awards and fellowships from organizations outside UMF, including several Fulbright Fellowship winners (which will enable the students to pursue research or creative projects or teach English as a foreign language): Travis Bent (a history major minoring in French and Spanish whose Fulbright will allow him to serve as an English teaching assistant in Spain); Kyle Manning, who graduated in 2015 as an English and Creative Writing double major, and who will be spending a year in Quebec researching bilingual comic blogs; Caroline Murphy, Secondary Education-English (also a 2015 graduate), who will be an English teaching assistant in Bulgaria.  Additionally, Creative Writing and English major Kim Arthurs completed a semester with the Movies from Marlboro program for young filmmakers.

The ceremony also announced several BFA awards: Senior Award (fall): Nathaniel Duggan; Senior Award (spring): Sarah Winchenbach. The Beth Eisen Memorial Scholarship went to Sarah Williams.

Bryce Cundick, librarian at Mantor Library, announced the winners of the Mantor-sponsored On Our Minds writing contest. All three winners were Humanities students: First, Jinni Workman; second, Mariah Haggan; third, Aimee DeGroat.

Humanities students won several other writing prizes over the past year: Aimee DeGroat was a finalist in the Hollins University Fiction Contest for her story “Feel Something.” Tim Bushika took first prize in UMA’s Terry Plunkett Poetry Festival Student Poetry Contest for “Six Days at the Bottom of the Ocean.” Nathaniel Duggan won the COPLAC (Consortium of Public Liberal Arts Colleges) David J. Prior award for outstanding essay on the public liberal arts experience for “Liberal Arts Degrees and Lobster Tanks: A Lesson in Stopping to Smell the Fishy Roses.”

Each year the Division of the Humanities Presents two honors for achievement in the the field of English, the Eleanor Wood Scholarship and the Maude L. Parks Award. In 2016, there were ten students who were finalists for the awards. There were two winners, and eight students who earned honorable mention. Honorable mention went to: Samuel Bennett, Tiffany Bishop, Julia Fletcher, Tyler Gadaire, Carolyn Newhouse, Janelle Noonan, Laura Pulito, and Kristen Simmons.

The Maud L. Parks Award was presented to Holland Corson.

The Eleanor Wood Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Brigid Chapin.




Humanities Spring Reception 2014

One purpose of the Humanities Division’s Spring Reception is to honor that year’s award and scholarship winners. For 2014:

Wilson Scholarships

Cidney Mayes (sponsored by Misty Krueger)

Nate Sylvester (sponsored by Teal Minton)

Kara Chiasson (sponsored by Eric Brown)

Cadyn Wilson (sponsored by Kristen Case)

Grace Kendall (sponsored by Teal Minton)

Curtis Cole (sponsored by Erin Kappeler)

Sean Igoe & Nicole Lejonhud (sponsored by Pat O’Donnell)

John Buys (sponsored by Sabine Klein)

Lauren Breton (sponsored by Sabine Klein and Clarissa Thompson)


SANDY RIVER REVIEW Editor Choice Winners

  • The winner for Spring 2014 is Maileny Guillen for her poem “Bedroom in Arles.”
  • The winner for Fall 2013 is Cadyn Wilson for her nonfiction piece “Hymn.”



MAUD L. PARKS AWARD: Kellie Sanborn.


Wood and Parks Awards Honorable Mention:

Nicole Byrne

Nicole Clark

Jill Gingras

Carinne Haigis

Taylor McCafferty

Jenna Silliboy

Humanities Spring Reception

The Humanities Division hosted its annual Spring Reception and Recognition Ceremony on Friday, with music provided by guitarist Shawn Callahan. The reception is an opportunity to say hello to springtime and to recognize student achievement in the Humanities from the year that has just (or almost) passed. At the event, we recognize students who were awarded Wilson scholarships and who won creative writing awards, and we also recognize seniors who have been accepted in graduate programs starting next fall. Additionally, the Spring Reception is where we announce the names of the students who have been selected to receive the Eleanor Wood Scholarship and the Maud L. Parks Award (both for achievement in English) for the next year.  Student award winners are asked to read a selection from their creative writing or scholarship as part of the reception.

There’s also a nice buffet served.

Creative Writing Awards

This year’s Sandy River Review prize (from last fall’s issue) went to Kate Chianese, who was not present (she is currently attending the California School of the Arts MFA Program.

Devany Chaise-Greenwood, winner of the Beth Eisen Award in Creative Writing

Wilson Scholars

Wilson Scholar Libby Newhouse, with faculty sponsor Eric Brown

Scholarship Winners

Eleanor Wood Scholarship – Olivia Wandelear (right)
Maud L. Parks Award – Noelle Dubay (left)

At the Reception


Humanities Spring Reception 2011

2010-2011 Wilson Scholars, with their advisors