Written by Akaya McElveen
Willimantic, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University's English Department presented English Night in the Betty R. Tipton Room on Dec. 5. The night included the Constance Campo Scholarship ceremony, the announcement of the spring 2013 first-year writing award winners, the Sigma Tau Delta induction Ceremony and senior seminar presentations. English Department Chair Lisa Fraustino hosted the event.
The evening began with the presentation of the English Major Constance Campo Scholarship. The scholarship was established in memory of Constance Campo who was a longtime member of the English Department staff. The scholarship is awarded to a non-traditional student who demonstrates excellence in their studies, and who shows sensitivity to gender issues as Campo did. The scholarship was awarded to Lauren C. Thomas. Fraustino highlighted Thomas's efforts in supporting many students on campus as well as her volunteer time outside of Eastern. Thomas decided that she wanted to pursue a career in teaching inmates in prison and began to tutor three times a week at the Brooklyn Correctional Institution, where she had been visiting for the last six semesters. Thomas's next step is to graduate in the spring of 2014 and attend graduate school at the University of New Haven to receive her master's degree. Thomas states that she feels "incredibly honored and grateful" to have received the scholarship.
Next was the announcement of the first-year writing awards that are given to students enrolled in the first-year writing courses whose writing demonstrates innovation, creativity, splendid research or is uniquely articulated. The awards were given to Madeline Cahill for her personal writing: "I wish my father was unreasonably wealthy so I could waste his money and go to art school to become a writer" and Sarah Dube for her research writing: "Bottled Water: The Cost of Convenience."
Following the awards was the Sigma Tau Delta induction, which was led by chapter President Emily Story and Vice President Anna Sobanski. Inductees included Elizabeth Allen, Brooke Baldwin, Alexis Ballirano, Mathew Bossi, Jacob Carpenter, Brandon Choquette, Amy Cordner, Sara DeConti, Rene Drouin, Meaghan Eales, Mae Ehrnfelt, Helene Fjeldstad, Molly Gosselin, Chelsea Griffin, Michelle Hoetjes, Vanessa Jones, Jessica Link, Lauren Madison, Chelsea McNamara, Bryan Mitchell, Ashley Parker, Sean Richmond, Alexander Rogan, Meena Roy, Jessica Salkeld, Megan Sargent, Mathew Savona, Kathryn Shpak, Renae St. John, Alexis Thoma, Jessica Wainman, Ashley Westman and Alyssa Zebrowski.
The event concluded with student presentations from Associate Professor Daniel Donaghy's senior seminar "The Harlem Renaissance," and Associate Professor Stephan Ferruci's senior seminar "The Rhetoric of the Hollywood Film." Three of Donaghy's students presented: Alexandra Karamesinis presented her paper on "Representations of Women Forsaking Motherhood in Harlem Renaissance Literature and Culture";Katie Levis presented "'No Great Poet has ever been afraid of being himself': Using Nella Larsen's Passing to Examine the Double Door of Segregation and the Importance of Voice in the Harlem Renaissance"; and Sean Richmond presented "Two Doors and A Closet: Lesbian Homosexual Coding and Literary Passing in the Harlem Renaissance."
Three of Professor Ferruci's students presented: Caitlin Breen presented her paper "We Work with What We've Got: Subversion, Convention and Women's Sexuality in The Cabin in the Woods"; Molly Gosselin presented "'It'll Put Hair on Your Chest': The Appearance of Bipolar Masculinities in Fantasy Films from the 1980s to the 2000s"; and Eliza Kirchoff presented "From Connery to Craig: The Shifting Portrayal of Gender in the James Bond Franchise."
Following the senior seminar presentations was a Q&A session between the audience and the presenters.