College of Liberal Arts honors student achievement in writing

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A. Sue Weisler

The 2010 Kearse Award winners stand with Ann Howard, senior associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, front row center.

The College of Liberal Arts recently honored student achievement in writing with the presentation of the 2010 Henry and Mary Kearse Student Honors Awards. The program recognizes students from across the university for their excellence in liberal arts coursework. Winners are recommended by faculty based on writing assignments done in individual classes.

“The Kearse Awards are an opportunity for liberal arts faculty to recognize outstanding achievement in writing and promote the skills and talents of undergraduate students in a wide variety of majors,” notes Robert Ulin, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “It is also an opportunity for the college to promote the importance of writing and critical thinking in all aspects of education and professional development.”

The winners receive a certificate and a cash prize. This year’s recipients are: Lisa Manuele, Danielle Strom, Kent Wilson and Justin Minotti from the College of Applied Science and Technology; Benjamin Myeres, Frank Forkl and Ryan Rawlins from the Kate Gleason College of Engineering; Elise Fouasnon, Ellen Rockett and Elizabeth Francis from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences; James Richard, Amir Zhumatov and Philip Sacchitella from the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences; Marlanna Yacci, Jessica Hanus, Myranda Gillow, Angela Strouse, Victoria LoMaglio, Amanda Holbrook, Kathleen Speranza and Yasmine Boudhaouia from the College of Liberal Arts; and Irene Kannyo from the College of Science.

The ceremony also included a lecture presented by Amit Ray, associate professor of English, entitled “Our Digital Humanity: Critical Information Studies and the Future of Reading.”

The awards were created in 1980 thanks to a donation from Henry J. Kearse, founder and president of the construction firm H.J. Kearse Inc., and his wife, Mary, a longtime member of RIT’s Nathaniel Rochester Society.