The English major awards ceremony followed. Brooke Baldwin and Akaya McElveen were the recipients of Service to the Department Awards, which are awarded to students who have helped with departmental projects, coordinated events or organized student clubs that have connections to literature or writing. The Award for Lifetime Learning was awarded to Meaghan Eales. This award is usually granted to a returning student who has shown a steady love of literature, writing and the pursuit of knowledge. Eales was also awarded the Commitment to Teaching award for her dedication to teaching.
Angelia Dilella was awarded the Contributions to the Cultural Life of the Campus Award, which is awarded to students who have been actively involved as a writer or editor in literary publications. Dilella also was awarded the Award for Academic Excellence for her demonstration of superior ability and dedication to reading literature and interpreting it well in class discussions and in written work.
First-year writing awards were presented to Danielle Campitelli and Emilio Estrella. The first-year writing awards are given to students in College Writing and College Writing Plus whose writing is innovative, creative, well researched or uniquely articulated. Campitelli's research paper, "Faking it Until I Make It," written for Professor Mika Taylor's first-year writing class, exemplified those qualities. Estrella's innovative and creative writing paper was titled "Music and Society: Cause and Effect."
The event concluded with senior seminar presentations from Professor Reginald Flood's "Writing Poems/ Reading Culture" seminar; Fraustino's "Adaptation and Ideology" seminar; and Maureen McDonnell's "Monstrous Women" seminar.