Recently the English Department gathered for an awards ceremony. We celebrated students who’d won awards and were awarded scholarships. It was a big deal, and yet these weren’t the only accomplishments worth sharing for Spring 2018.
What follows is our attempt to share some of the highlights, but please know it isn’t even close to a full accounting.
27th Annual English Department Awards Reception
Graduate students who earned distinction on their Final Project, Portfolio or Thesis
- For Distinction on Thesis – Rhetoric & Composition: Amy Fredrickson
- For Distinction on Thesis – TEFL/TESL: Hanan Fahad Alqarni
- For High Distinction on Thesis – MFA Fiction: Claire Boyles
- For High Distinction on Thesis – MFA Fiction: Deborah Vance
- For High Distinction on Thesis – MFA Fiction: Meghan Pipe
- For Distinction in MA Project in Literature: Cherie Nelson
- For Distinction in Literature Research Project: Raad Alshammari (not pictured)
Undergraduate Awards for the Creative & Performing Arts Scholarship Awards in Creative Writing
FICTION (3 way tie for 1st place)
- Regan Goodrich, for her story: “Something May be Broken”
- Julianne Engquist, for her story “Our Restless Tides”
- Hilary Pearce, for her story “Sinatra Street”
- 1st Tier Colin Sheehan, for his story “Trans-22”
- 2nd Tier Hilary Pearce, for her story “The October Thieves”
- 3rd Tier Meg Strauss for her story “Let Me Tell You a Story”
- 1st Tier:
- Paige Moses: “The Lost Kind,” “He Who Has No Name”
- Kevin Enns: “The Brear Snoooze Berceuse,” “Storm Stroked,” “Existential Shoreside Thoughts,” “Bird Kind”
- Sarah Danielle Cyr: “Monogamous Haunting,” “Traveler,”“Seafood,” “Socratic Method”
- 2nd Tier:
- Rosemary Alyce Pineau: “Dei-ssection,” “Alison’s Wonderland,” “Ophelia,” “To Hate the Things You Like,” “Like a Pimp”
- Cole Gerome: “Untitled “I’m so sorry,” “Mine is not a Lover…,” “Ox,” “And so the last letter is erased…”
- Megan Dunn: “Pulse,” “Infinity,” “Divinity”
- Cailin Dendas: “Autumnal Equinox,” Clone’s Throne,” “Women’s March on Washington…,” “Needless Greed…,” “I long for the day…”
- Hannah Tani: “Obsidian,” “Bone,” “Outcast”
- Emma Kerr: “River Rocks,” “Free Way,” “Tubercle,” “sh,” “Which Craft”
MFA Awards – AWP Intro Journals Project for Fiction, Poetry and Nonfiction
- Nominees for Poetry were: Kristin Macintyre, Sam Killmeyer & Catie Young
- Nominee for Fiction: Debbie Vance
- Creative Nonfiction Nominee: Emily Harnden won for her piece “9:47” and Catie Young received an honorable mention.
Academy of American Poets Prize: Katherine Indermaur’s “Before: An Aubade”
Tremblay-Crow Creative Writing Fellowships
The poetry recipient for Fall 2018 is Leila Einhorn.
The Ann Osborn Zimdahl Memorial Scholarship is awarded in memory of Ann Osborn Zimdahl, a 1981 graduate of the CSU M.A. TESL/TEFL program. Ann taught in the Intensive English Program and contributed to the international community of the University and Fort Collins. Her career also extended overseas where she held several different teaching appointments. Ann was strongly committed to cross-cultural understanding and enthusiastically shared her love of new cultures with her students both here and abroad. Kseinya Walcott received the award as an outstanding graduate student in the TESL/TEFL program who is committed to international education and language teaching, in support of the second year of study. Other recipients were Danny Schonning and Olivia Halboth.
The Community Engagement Scholarship is awarded to full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are majoring in English with a demonstrated interest in Community Service Activities. It was established by Pattie Cowell, former chair of the English department and of the Women’s Studies Interdisciplinary Program, and her partner Sheryl Pomering, whose career included education and counseling for children and women in Fort Collins and Larimer County. The recipient of this award is Caitlyn Mlodzik.
The Judith A. Dean Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Judith A. Dean, a graduate in the master’s program in the Department of English, and prominent professional in the English teaching field and the organizations that support it. Judith Dean earned an MAT at Colorado State in 1978 and taught at high schools in Colorado, Idaho, and New Mexico. She served two terms as President of the Colorado Language Arts Society, and several years on the Society’s executive committee—strong measures of her prominence in public education in Colorado. Emma Kerr is this year’s recipient.
The English Faculty/Staff Graduate Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding graduate student enrolled in any program in English with a good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and demonstrated financial need. Awarded to Madison Myers.
The Karyn L. Evans Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students in memory of Karyn L. Evans and created through a gift from her estate. Tara Tolar-Payne and Aleah Harris were unable to attend the ceremony. Hilary Pearce, Natalia Sperry, and Layla Theriot also received this award.
The James J. Garvey Graduate English Language Scholarship, given in memory of Professor James Garvey, is presented annually to a graduate student who is enrolled in the second semester or beyond of the TESL/TEFL graduate program or is a student in the Rhetoric and Composition or English Education graduate programs, and who has shown a strong interest in advanced language study. Recipients of this award may be first-generation students. The recipient was Ross Atkinson.
The James J. Garvey Undergraduate English Language Scholarship, also given in memory of Professor James Garvey, is presented annually to an undergraduate student who has a documented interest and coursework in the study of the English language. Recipients of this award also demonstrate a commitment to diversity in education, and may be first-generation students. Kristina Quynn introduced this year’s recipient, Aaron Nichols.
Aaron Nichols was also awarded the O’Connor-Miller Scholarship, which is endowed by an alumna of the College of Liberal Arts/English department and a parent of a graduating senior studying electrical engineering, computer science, and string bass performance.
The Yong Woon Lee Scholarship, new this year, is awarded to a new or returning student in the MFA program. An alumnus of the MFA program, endowed this scholarship to support students and enhance the national profile of the program. The recipient is Leila Einhorn.
The Sarah Sandra Collins Creative Writing Memorial Scholarship: Sarah Sandra Collins attended Colorado State University in 1970 and 1971. She discontinued her studies in Psychology and English to become a CSU police officer, due to lack of funds and a desire to help people. Sarah was a profoundly honest and courageous person with great loyalty and generosity towards those she loved. Undaunted by difficult decisions in her work or personal life, she sometimes found herself enmeshed in controversy…an African American poetry writing police sergeant who converted to Orthodox Judaism in her thirties. She wrote poetry and short stories, serious and whimsical, throughout her life. The purpose of this Scholarship is to provide financial assistance for a CSU full-time undergraduate student and encouragement for the lifelong pursuit of creative writing. The recipient is Regan Goodrich.
The Diane Keating Woodcox and Larry G. Woodcox Scholarship. Endowed by an alumna of the English department, this scholarship is awarded to a full-time junior or senior undergraduate major with an overall minimum 2.5 GPA. The student must have held gainful employment or have participated in a paid or unpaid internship an exhibit exceptional focus and determination as a student. Preference is given to a graduate of a Colorado high school. EJ Levy introduced the recipient, Kerriana Tatum.
The Donna Weyrick Memorial Scholarship honors the memory of Donna Weyrick, a 1962 graduate of the Department of English. These endowed scholarships for undergraduates are made possible by contributions from the Weyrick family and friends. Tom Conway introduced the recipient, Isabel Fabela.
The TESL/TEFL Scholarship is funded by the INTO CSU English Language Program. It is awarded to an outstanding student in the TESL/TEFL graduate program. Gerry Delahunty introduced this year’s recipient, Steven Shook.
The Cross-Cultural Understanding Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding graduate student who has demonstrated a commitment to international/cross-cultural issues and education. Tony Becker introduced this year’s recipient, Marishel Diaz.
The Zambia Community Education and Health Scholarship scholarship helps lessen the financial burden for a CSU English student accepted into the Zambia Education Abroad Program. Students in this service-learning program spend part of their summer in Livingstone, Zambia focus on Community Education and Public Health projects; they teach subjects like English, Math and Science or work supporting public health project in clinics & neighborhoods in the surrounding communities. Ashley Davies presented the award to Brooke Shelton.
Outstanding Literary Essays Awards (for both undergraduate and graduate levels)
- 1st Place: Cherie Nelson, “To Speak a Name’: Naming and Re-Naming in Albani’s The Secret History of Las Vegas and Yanagihara’s The People in the Trees”
- 2nd Place: James Rankin “’The Possibility of Rhizomatic Space in Middlemarch”
- 3rd Place: Madison Myers, “Jane Swendon’s Insanity and Implications for 19th Century Women”
- 1st Place: Kelsea Altheim “Locating the Female Voice in a Feudal Society: A Critique of Marie de France’s Lais”
- 2nd Place: Alexandre Payette, “An Unbalanced Triangle and a Wayward Woman: Feminine Virtues in Titus Andronicus”
- 3rd place: Emily Vavra, “Gender Performativity and Queering in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night”
Outstanding Writing Award in Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy, which recognizes outstanding writing and research in composition, rhetoric, and/or literacy studies. This award is intended to recognize innovative ideas, critical thinking, and stellar communication in the broad area of writing studies. Multimodal and print submissions were welcomed.
- Ross Atkinson: Title: “The Power of Landays: Collective Anonymity Subverting Dominant Cultural ideologies”
- Natalie Choules: Title: “What Bill O’Reilly and Marilyn Mason can teach us about Rhetorical Frames”
- Caleb Gonzalez: Title: “Who Do We Call Author? Re-Imagining Authorship Through Decoloniality within Three Textual Examples of Mexican Adolescent Literature”
- Kira Marshall-McKelvey: Title: “(Lip)stick it to the Man: Feminist Rhetorical Moves in the ‘Get Ready with Me’ Video”
- Christina Usler: Title: “Contemplatively Circulating Phooh: A Rhetorical Analysis of The Tao of Pooh Fandom”
Celebrate! Colorado State award winners for 2018
Office of International Programs Distinguished Service Award: Roze Hentschell. “Recognizes faculty or staff who have made a significant impact campus-wide on internationalization efforts of Colorado State University.”
Exceptional Achievement in Service Learning Student Award: SpeakOut! Writing Workshop interns and volunteers with Professor Tobi Jacobi. “Recognizes a student or a student group for remarkable contributions in service-learning courses and/or community-based research; awarded by the Service Integration Project.”
College of Liberal Arts Awards
CLA Distinction in Outreach Award: Todd Mitchell, Department of English
CLA Outstanding Service Award: Sue Doe, Department of English
Faculty Development Award: Tatiana Nekrasova-Beker, Department of English, “Discipline-specific use of language patterns: The case of Engineering”
Administrative Professional Award: Carol Busch, Department of Communication Studies (AND English department alumna)