College of Liberal Arts honors students for writing excellence

Departments select top writing by their students

A. Sue Weisler

Some of the winners of this year's writing awards, with RIT College of Liberal Arts Dean Anna Stenport, center.

Diverse subjects involving safety and autonomous automobiles, Black women in computing, and Italian cinema are just some of the winning entries for this year’s student writing awards, sponsored by Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Liberal Arts.

Sixteen students from numerous colleges at RIT were honored March 18. This year marks the 42nd year the awards were presented.

“We are delighted to recognize these exceptional student writers in our RIT community each year,” said Anna Stenport, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “These awards also spotlight our wonderful faculty who work with many talented students across many disciplines, helping them hone this important skill. We are very proud to honor these winners and bring attention to their outstanding written pieces.”

Faculty committees in each department within the College of Liberal Arts selected student awardees from a number of disciplines whose work embodies the ideals and standards of excellence, creative endeavor, and scholarship.

Awards include the Henry and Mary Kearse Writing Award, 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.

New this year is the Tina Lent Award for outstanding scholarship in museum studies. Other awards are named in honor of Stan McKenzie and Mary C. Sullivan, both esteemed former deans of the College of Liberal Arts.

The 2022 Kearse Award recipients are:

Other awards include:

  • Owen Gebhart, a first-year game design and development major from Wilton, N.H., received the first place Stan McKenzie Endowed Writing Award for “How Hashtag Activism Facilitates Exposing Racial Violence.”
  • Rose Silletto, a first-year new media interactive development major from Teaneck, N.J., received the second place Stan McKenzie Endowed Writing Award for “(Re)Birth of a Nation: Memetic Illiteracy and the Lure of the Alt-Right.”
  • Uzoamaka “Uzo” Ukekwe, a second-year computer science major from Monroe, N.Y., received the Mary C. Sullivan Women’s & Gender Studies Writing Award for “Documentary: Black Women in Computing – A Century of Women Born for Greatness.”
  • Hannah Riley, a fourth-year museum studies major from North Tonawanda, N.Y., received the Tina Lent Award for outstanding scholarship in museum studies for “A Trip to 1967: Psychedelic Posters of 1960s Counterculture.”

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