This year’s English Night was a wonderful tribute to the various accomplishments of Marymount’s English students, faculty, and alumni. Dr. Holly Karapetkova, who is just finishing her first year as Department Chair, kicked off the event with words of praise and encouragement. Students completing degrees in the different programs within the English department were recognized for their hard work and dedication.
Graduating in 2015-16:
Bachelor of Arts Degree: Gabrielle Ampadu-Boateng, Amanda Bourne, Katelyn Breen, Angelica Brewer, Kaylun Bryant, Ariana Calvo, Gloria Cross-Porter, Hope Davis, Peter Lengyel, Albert Paley, Janae Pickett, Ashley Tucker, Walker Valdez, Ainsley Van Over, Rachel Viernes, Adrienne West, Leticia Zelaya.
English Minors: Veda Frye, Amanda Ghobadi, Madison Herbert.
Master of Arts Degree: Calvery Cooper, Dalva De Faria-Toulouse, Tiffany Green, Anjelica Michael, Elizabeth Ricketts.
Teaching English at the Community College Certificate: Sharon Barber.
After each of the graduating students was congratulated for their success, Dr. Sarah Ficke took to the podium to announce the release of this year’s issue of Magnificat, Marymount’s journal of undergraduate non-fiction. She then presented the Robert Reed Award, which is presented annually for the best writing submitted to Magnificat. The recipients of Robert Reed award this year were Nicholas Bensmiller for his essay “Sensibility in Frankenstein: A Case for Humanity”, and Leticia Zelaya for her essay “Ethical Translation and Intertextuality in Foe and Robinson Crusoe”. Dr. Ficke also acknowledged the hard work that Magnificat’s Editorial and Review Board put in to this issue. Amanda Bourne, Joanna Chenaille, Madison Herbert, Peter Lengyel, Leora Lihach, and Adrienne West devoted their time and energy to carefully reviewing submissions, selecting essays to be included, and then editing the chosen essays. The current issue can be found on Magnificat’s blog, and if you’re a member of the Marymount community and would like a paper copy, you can contact the editorial staff at email@example.com.
Next, Dr. Tonya Howe took the stage to announce the winner of the Evelyn Ludlow Award, which is presented annually to the best research essay submitted in the English Senior Seminar course. Dr. Howe taught the Senior Seminar last Fall, and described what a rewarding and fascinating experience it was for the students as well as herself. She praised the excellent work of all of the students in the course, but three were recognized in particular as finalists for the Ludlow Award: Angelica Brewer (“The Power of Voodoo”), Ashley Tucker (“Considering the Autobiographical ‘I’: Between Self-Narration and Fiction”), and Leticia Zelaya (“Ethical Translation and Intertextuality in Foe and Robinson Crusoe“). All three of these impressive essays are included in this year’s Magnificat. Finally, Dr. Howe announced that the recipient of the Ludlow Award was Angelica Brewer for her essay “The Power of Voodoo”, which argues that Jean Rhys’ rewriting of superstition in Jane Eyre as obeah in Wide Sargasso Sea works to undermine the cultural authority of Bronte’s canonical novel. Leticia Zelaya and Ashley Tucker were awarded honorable mention for their excellent work.
Outstanding Undergraduate Award
Dr. Karapetkova returned to the podium to announce the recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Award, which is presented annually to one undergraduate student in the Department of Literature and Languages. This year, the award was presented to Amanda Bourne. Dr. Karapetkova praised Amanda’s dedication to her studies as well as her involvement in the department, and congratulated Amanda for her success.
Sean Hoare Travel Award
Dr. Amy Scott-Douglass, Director of the Graduate Program in English and Humanities, was next to speak. Before presenting the Sean Hoare Travel Award, which is awarded for travel to a conference for an outstanding graduate presentation, Dr. Scott-Douglass gave a touching tribute to Dr. Hoare. Joined on stage by Dr. Hoare’s wife, Roxanne Rhodes Hoare, Dr. Scott-Douglass fondly remembered the former Marymount professor of literature who passed away in 2012. This year, the Sean Hoare Travel Award was presented to graduate student Richard Henkle, who presented an original piece of fiction titled “This Isn’t for You” at the Sigma Tau Delta 2016 International Convention in Minneapolis, MN.
Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Next, Dr. Scott-Douglass presented the Outstanding Graduate Award, which is presented annually to one graduate student in the Department of English and Humanities. Dr. Scott-Douglass’ admiration and respect for this year’s recipient were obvious, and she praised this student’s drive and commitment to her studies. She presented the award to Elizabeth Ricketts, who will be continuing her studies in the fall at the University of South Florida. Ms. Ricketts will be a student in the English Ph.D. program at USF, and she has been awarded full funding for her studies, as well as a stipend and a position as a graduate assistant teacher.
Because she is stepping down as Director of the Graduate Program in English & Humanities after this semester, Dr. Scott-Douglass also took the time to recognize the Graduate Assistants who have worked with her during her time as head of the program. She thanked Shelly Aboagye, Sharon Barber, Kaitlyn Giblin, Tiffany Green, Moani Lum, Anjelica Michael, Elizabeth Ricketts, and Rongling Tang for their help as GA’s. Dr. David Brown will take over as Director of the Graduate Program in English & Humanities in the fall.
Alumni Career Panel
After the students were all recognized for their achievements and the awards were presented, there was a special alumni presentation titled “Getting Started in Your Career: 4 Recent Alums”. The presentation included four panelists who discussed their experiences following their graduation from Marymount. The panelists were:
Eric Brooks, ’15 (8th Grade Language Arts teacher at Aberdeen Middle School)
Adrianne Morris, ’12 (Ph.D. candidate and adjunct professor, George Mason University; Online Editor, 5 O’Clock Publishing)
Delaura Mosby, ’14 (Program Coordinator at Children’s National Hospital)
Anglea White, ’14 (Metadata Writer at Crawford Media Services)
The panel offered students a sense of the wide range of career options available to people with degrees in English.After the alumni presentation, everyone gathered in the Lee Reception Room for refreshments and conversation. English Night was a wonderful success this year, and we are so proud of all of the members of the Marymount English department community!