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Division of Humanities
DIVISION OF HUMANITIES
Inspired by and consistent with the mission of Louisiana College as a Christian liberal arts college, the mission of the Division of Humanities is to cultivate students’ personal, intellectual, and spiritual growth and to develop students of faith, intellect, and character. Through the study of literature and languages, students obtain knowledge of human culture and explore the meaning and significance of human existence. Humanities courses provide students with historical perspective, increase cultural awareness, and highlight the great insights and inspirations of the past that have formed the culture of the present. Complex issues and concepts about what it means to be human, the human experience, and the human condition are examined through the lens of a Christian worldview that encourages students to integrate learning into a meaningful framework in harmony with Christian faith and beliefs. The Division ultimately educates students to embody knowledge, hone critical and analytical thinking, possess dynamic oral and written communication skills, embrace creativity, and practice ethical behavior. Such emphasis fosters rational thought, intellectual growth, scholastic excellence, and personal responsibility. The focus on critical thinking and communication skills, the exposure to great works of literature, and the fundamental understanding of languages and the culture provide the student with the resources and behaviors to pursue service to God and others.
Why Major in the Humanities?
For students wishing to land a job right after the BA degree, it is crucial to have a plan for developing a skill-set that will be identifiable and attractive to employers. Humanities experiences will help you achieve this goal. Students of the Humanities are prepared to begin advanced study or embark on careers in virtually any type of vocation. Employers value students who are broadly educated, who can speak and write effectively, and who are capable of tackling complex problems.
The evidence for the marketability of humanities skills is abundant. In our globalized marketplace, many recruiters are turning directly to humanities majors for their foreign-language and intercultural expertise, their leadership abilities, communication skills and above all for their intellectual flexibility and creativity. In a rapidly changing world it is important to gain a broad education that will be applicable in a multitude of contexts and over a lifetime. Our undergraduate programs are designed to serve those who wish to pursue careers immedicately upon graduation as well as to provide a solid foundation for further studies. Our majors are well prepared for graduate/professional schools or careers in writing, publishing, editing, government, law, business, public relations, church-related vocations, and education. Graduates of our education programs have produced outstanding PRAXIS scores and are in teaching positions locally and abroad or furthering their degrees in various graduate schools. Others have secured positions in public relations and law firms; one even recently served as a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Some are serving in government agenies, such as the Federal Marshall's Program. Graduates whose interests are in business and journalism are working in related fields, as the Director of Graphic Services, as a newspaper reporter/editor, and as executive assistants in various businesses.
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The Humanities Division of Louisiana College
Spectacular Year of Student Accomplishments and Honors
Each year during Honors Convocation, the Division of Humanities recognizes outstanding students who have distinguished themselves through superior scholastic achievements, creative manuscripts, and researched analytical compositions. These students exhibit diligence and dedication to academic excellence. Scholarships and awards are drawn from endowments created to honor and to remember individuals who have been instrumental in creating an environment of academic excellence in the Division of Humanities. In presenting these awards, we are not only helping students pursue their academic studies, but we are also honoring the legacy of those who established the highest standard of academic achievement. Students who earn awards and scholarships are held to these high academic standards and are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. However, the current students receiving the awards hold a GPA of 3.7 or above.
Caitlin Rose Sellers won the George Amos English Scholarship. This award was established to honor Dr. George Amos who chaired the LC Department of English from 1970-1979. An unusually energetic and creative problem-solver, he is responsible for developing the strong sense of departmental identity that impacted the academic growth of the department. In addition, through partnerships with area businesses, Dr. Amos became the first to provide LC students an opportunity to study in London. This scholarship is awarded to an outstanding student who has maintained a 3.0 throughout high school and earned at least a 26 on the English portion of the ACT. Caitlin has not only exceeded the 3.0 requirement by maintaining a 4.0 throughout high school, but she also earned a 34 on the English portion of the ACT.
The Mary Kate Bailes Freshmen Essay Award was awarded to Hannah Elisabeth Ostoj. It was established to honor Mrs. Bailes, a 1936 graduate of Louisiana College, who taught English in Vernon Parish for 34 years. Even after her retirement, she continued to be involved with the schools of Leesville and was instrumental in encouraging young people to attend LC. The influence of this vibrant woman continues to impact the lives of young people through this scholarship. This award is presented to a returning student who has written the best overall essay in Freshmen Composition.
Ruth Ann Crigler was awarded the Honors Composition Essay Award for the best Honors Composition essay. To be eligible for Honors Composition, students must score at least 30 on the English portion of the ACT and must write a validation essay that demonstrates their competency for the academic rigor of the class. This award recognizes Ruth’s commitment to academic excellence and scholastic achievement that exceeds even these expectations.
The Ellander Ridge Award was presented to Emily Anne Smith. The scholarship was established by her son as memorial to Ms. Ridge, who graduated from LC in 1927. She delighted in literature studies and promoted academic excellence. This award is presented to a student who demonstrates outstanding scholastic achievement in English. This student must possess intellectual curiosity, display a spirit that is conducive to learning, and demonstrate the ability to excel in literary studies. Emily not only displays these characteristics, but she also assisted the department with her exceptional administrative skills and served as an outstanding writing assistant in the Writing Center.
Paige Elisabeth Jordan was awarded the W. P. Carson Scholarship in English. This scholarship was established to honor Dr. Carson’s 28 years of service to Louisiana College. From 1917 until 1945, his devotion to literature, quiet dignity, and commitment to learning established an intellectual standard and legacy that has characterized the best in those who have followed him in the study of English. It is presented to a superior ranking Senior English major. This student must demonstrate academic excellence and superior scholastic achievement. Paige certainly merits this award. She has balanced her responsibilities as an editor, resident assistant, and writing assistant while still maintaining an outstanding GPA of 3.91. Her academic accolades are numerous: she received a Top 30 Scholarship, the highest scholarship Louisiana College offers students; she has been named on the Dean’s List every semester; she is listed among the Who’s Who Among College Students, and she was nominated and elected by faculty to represent her class on the Gala Honor’s Court. In addition, she has not only been accepted into the Summer Publishing Institute of NYU Graduate Program, but she will be attending Emerson College in Boston for graduate study.
Both Haley Paige Laird and Kristen Leigh Bonnette were honored with the Ada Osborne Scholarship. This award was established to honor Dr. Rosanne Osborne’s mother. Dr. Osborne served as chair of the Department of English, Journalism, and Languages from 1980-2002. While her mother never attended college, she valued the importance of education and provided her daughter with the opportunities to attain 4 Masters degrees and 2 PhDs. Students receiving this award must display a love of learning and a passion for education. The first winner, Haley Laird, has served the division with dignity and distinction beginning with her freshman year as an administrative assistant. What is even more impressive about her is her ability to balance her work responsibilities as a Writing Center assistant and her academic studies as a double major in English and business and still maintain an outstanding GPA of 3.80. She was nominated for a Top 30 Scholarship; she has been named on the Dean’s List; she is listed among Who’s Who Among College Students; and she was nominated by the faculty to represent her class on the Gala Honor’s Court. More impressively, she received the highly coveted Pearson Student Fellowship, a scholarship awarded through Pearson’s Publishing for academic and community achievement. In addition, she has served as President of the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta.
The second winner, Kristen Bonnette, is an outstanding Languages Major who is presently studying Spanish, French, Greek, and Hebrew. In her pastime, she is involved with the Theatre Department, serves as member of Testify, and actively participates in efforts to stop human trafficking. She is pursuing her Spanish study abroad this summer in Costa Rica. This award will be used to enhance her studies abroad.
This year Megan Slayter Prestridge was honored with the English Faculty Scholarship. The English faculty seeks a student who shows intellectual curiosity, dedication to academic studies, leadership qualities among her peers, and stands exemplary in her academic conduct. Megan captures the spirit of the study of Humanities. Each faculty member has expressed how she has brought a directness and clarity to classroom discussions as she generously offered her unique view of the world. Her creative works demonstrate that she has a clear understanding of human nature and a genuine way in expressing significant truth. She recognizes the image of God in others and gives dignity to saints and sinners with her discerning spirit which demonstrates wisdom beyond her years.
Every year Alpha Mu Gamma recognizes members for exemplary scholarship and service to the organization. Alpha Mu Gamma is a National Foreign Language Honor Society that was founded in 1931. The Zeta Gamma chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma was founded at Louisiana College in 1968 to recognize outstanding students in the field of foreign languages. Members must have earned an A in at least one foreign language course and have at least a 3.0 GPA. This year the Alpha Mu Gamma presented two the Alpha Mu Gamma Senior Award to the past president, Lauren Carriere, and the Alpha Mu Gamma Outstanding Member Award was awarded to Alexa Edwards.
English Majors’ Accomplishments
Emily Smith, a junior English education major, was recently featured in the Burney Letter, the semiannual newsletter of the Burney Society. The society was founded to promote the study and appreciation of Frances Burney’s works and of the life and times of her and her family. Burney, an eighteenth-century female writer who recorded everything from Johnsonian wit to Napoleon’s last stand, provides acute observations of eighteenth-century society. The powers of expression in her works played an essential role in the development of the novel and made writing women respectable. Her four novels--Evelina, Cecilia, Camilla, and The Wanderer--influenced and inspired a generation of writers, such as Jane Austen, who repaid her predecessor with a tribute in Northanger Abbey. The Burney Letter solicits and publishes articles, news, and information of interest to the membership and Burney scholars. Membership in the society includes scholars and laypersons from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and France.
Smith’s submission emerges from one of the reading responses from her Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature class. One required reading focused on selections from Frances Burney’s journals and letters. Smith’s response explored Burney’s account of her mastectomy, a procedure she endured without any anesthetic. In her analysis, Smith pinpoints Burney’s physical fortitude, mental stamina, and emotional strength and suggests thatBurney “disproves the societal myths of her culture that women were physically, mentally, and emotionally weak.”The professor of the course, Dr. Cheryl D. Clark, secretary of the Burney Society, was so impressed with Smith’s paper that she submitted it to the Burney Letter for consideration and was very pleased with its acceptance.
Humanities Student Paige Jordan accepted into Graduate School
New York University and Emerson College
Paige Jordan has been accepted to the Summer Publishing Institute at New York University. The Summer Publishing Institute is a six-week, intensive program that provides its students with the opportunity to study the fundamentals of magazine and book publishing as well as cutting-edge publishing technology. Leading executives in the publishing industry will give lectures to SPI students and offer guidance and feedback in workshops and strategy sessions. Confirmed speakers include the CEO of one of the “Big Five” publishing companies and the publisher of the Divergent/Insurgent series. SPI students also receive extensive professional guidance and networking opportunities. The Summer Publishing Institute is a fantastic opportunity to immerse oneself in both the publishing industry and in the media capital of the world – New York City!
After the Summer Publishing Institute, Paige will head to Emerson College to work toward her M.A. in Publishing and Writing. Located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, Emerson College is internationally recognized for its strong academic program devoted to communication and the arts. The M.A. in Publishing and Writing program uniquely focuses on writing as being both an artistic pursuit and a business endeavor, and students in the program thus have the opportunity to study in-depth both the business and marketing side of publishing and the creative, literary side. Boston is home to many major book publishers, including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Beacon Press, Da Capo Press, Bedford/St. Martin’s, and Pearson, and countless publishing internship opportunities are made available to M.A. students through Emerson’s connections to these industry giants.
The Humanities Division Sponsors Four Honor Societies
Freshman Dean’s List
On Friday, May 2, Louisiana College held its second annual ceremony for freshmen students who achieved the Dean’s List. With over two hundred faculty, staff, parents, and guests in attendance, thirty-seven students were honored for their freshman academic success. After Travis Alexander opened with prayer, Chair of Humanities Dr. Cheryl D. Clark welcomed guests and introduced the guest speaker, graduating senior Paige Jordan. Ms. Jordan shared her valuable insights to academic success at Louisiana College and encouraged students to strive for academic excellence. Following Ms. Jordan’s challenge, Haley Brown introduced LC President Dr. Joe Aguillard and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Travis Wright. Dr. Aguillard congratulated students on their outstanding academic accomplishments and assisted Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Travis Wright with presenting students with certificates and recognizing parents. Students honored at the ceremony were Travis Alexander, Gina Arnold, Hunter Augustine, Hiram Wade Bailey, Jr., Amber Bennett, Jeffrey Breaux, Haley Brown, McKenzie Nikole Burkett, Mayme Elissa Covey, Ruth A. Crigler, Lawrence Harvey Dautel IV (Lance), Victoria Elizabeth Dixon, Cory Duplantis, Jr., Sarah Nicole Flynn, Nicholas Charles Foght, Reagan Franklin, Jonna’ Maria Guidry, Joshua Dillon Harper, Kortney Tyler Kling, Bryce Louviere, Stephen Marsalis, Katherine Suzanne McCormack, Kaeli Alene Morgan, Zachary Shane Morris, Kimberly Nijoka, Hannah E. Ostoj, Caitlin Rose Sellers, Youngsup “Ron” Soh, Matthew Grayson Standiford, Sarah Lelin Thompson, Kaitlin “K.C.” Toler, Emily Ann Vigé, Casey Warren, Briana Marnae White, Lauren Elizabeth White, Julie Yeoman, and Chan Young Jin. Faculty and staff were also recognized whom students identified as “most challenging professors” or encouraging supporters who aided in their academic success: Ms. Cecile Barnhart, Prince Borde, Dr. John Carson, Dr. Cheryl D. Clark, Mr. David Culp, Dr. Julie Driessen, Ms. Sherri Duffy, Dr. David Elliott, Dr. Loryn Frey, Dr. Fred Guilbert, Ms. Karen Ivie, Dr. Neil Johnston, Julia Kim, Dr. Langford, Dr. Lu, Clay Matchett, JoLynn McConley, Dr. Sarah Payne, Dr. Roland Pippen, Dr. Bayne Pounds, Dr. Christine Reese, Ms. Jill Reid, Dr. Pete Richardson, Dr. Leonard Shank, Dr. Don Shipley, Sr., Dr. Wade Warren, Gabrielle Walker, and Ms. Nancy Whitlock. Administration and faculty enjoyed refreshments and socializing with students, parents, and friends. Faulty sponsors for the Freshman Dean’s List are Humanities professors Lillian Purdy and Nancy Whitlock.
Alpha Mu Gamma
Louisiana College's Zeta Gamma chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma (Foreign Language Honor Society) held its annual induction on April 10, 2014 at 6:00pm in the Louisiana College Alumni House. The initiation ceremony included the AMG rituals (lighting of candles, secret knock, and the formal pledge) followed by the conferring of certificates and pins by the president, Lauren Carriere. During the cording ceremony, senior members (May 2014 and December 2015 graduates) were awarded honor cords by sponsors Cecile Barnhart and Nancy Whitlock. An informal reception closed the event.
Alpha Mu Gamma members must have earned an "A" in two high school language courses or in one college language course. They must also maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Full members inducted on April 10 were Spanish students Kathrynn Duberville and Craig Jones. Associate members inducted were French students Karen Christopher, Cory Duplantis, Emilia Graves, Dwayne Rogers, and Caitlin Sellers. Associate members inducted were Spanish students Trey Boyette, Jennifer Dykes, Lenzi Gill-Flores, Tiara Reynolds, Jennifer Rittenhouse, and Cameron Vauclin.
Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society has had an active chapter at Louisiana College for over three decades. The motto of the society is “Sincerity, Truth, and Design,” three essential elements of excellent thinking, writing, and speaking. On May 2, 2014, Louisiana College’s Epsilon Xi chapter met to induct ten new members into its ranks. President Haley Laird and Vice-President Paige Jordan presided over the ceremony, overseeing the swearing-in process, and orchestrating the evening. The new members were inducted into the society, all of whom have managed to maintain grade point averages well above the required 3.0 in their chosen major or minor of English. The newly inducted members are Megan Prestridge, Gina Arnold, Bruce Ragas, Sarah Caskey, Kyle Franklin, Lauren White, Annie Champagne, Haley Brown, Steven Craig Jones, and Emily Smith. An associate member, Caitlin Sellers, will soon be eligible for full membership when she completes one more upper-level English course. Epsilon Xi will indeed benefit from both the students’ keen interest in the humanities and their commitment to the craft of writing. Members elected Kyle Franklin to serve as their new president, and Alexa Edwards will take over as vice-president.
Following the initiation, Dr. Cheryl Clark spoke about the useful skills acquired through an English degree and named several household figures who had majored in English: Steven Spielberg and Stephen King to name two. Dr. Johnston, a faculty co-sponsor, then spoke briefly on the importance of the motto and its relevance for today’s postmodern climate. Faculty co-sponsor Ms. Lillian Purdy then presented the senior members—Jordan Paige, Megan Prestridge, and Haley Laird—with their honor cords to be worn during graduation. As the evening concluded, faculty and students enjoyed a time of fellowship and refreshments.
Mississippi Literary Excursion
On April 4-5, five LC students from Professor Lillian Purdy’s Southern Literature class participated in a literary excursion to visit Mississippi writers Eudora Welty and William Faulkner's homes. The first stop was on a bluff above the mighty Mississippi River, where students read a passage from Twain's Huckleberry Finn and imagined Huck and Jim attempting to survive on a raft in the middle of the river. The next stop was Welty's home in Jackson where students enjoyed a guided tour of the author's home, which has been preserved much as it was at her death, and spent time visiting her beloved gardens and an information center about her works. The first day ended with an evening drive through the beautiful Ole Miss campus in Oxford. Saturday morning, the group found "good" coffee and visited the Ole Miss campus to visit a monument built to honor James Meredith, the first African-American student to attend Ole Miss. The next stop was Faulkner's home, Rowan Oak, where students enjoyed self-guided tours of the home and grounds. Before leaving the home, students read a passage from The Sound and the Fury. They then drove to Oxford Square, where the final scene of The Sound and the Fury occurs. Here they imagined Luster and Benjy's mad dash around the court house. Afterwards, students visited Square Books and Neilson's Department Store (est. 1839), the oldest department store in the South. Following a photo opportunity at the famous Faulkner sculpture, the group saw the home that Faulkner imagined as the Compson home. Finally, they visited Faulkner's final resting place before heading home to Louisiana and "good" coffee. Accompanying the group on the trip was Mr. Luke Purdy and Ms. Kim Harper.
Assistant Professor Jill Reid Completes MFA at Seattle Pacific Univeristy
Humanities Division Assistant Professor, Jill Reid, completed her terminal degree in Creative Writing through Seattle Pacific University’s MFA program in March of 2014. Seattle Pacific University, home to IMAGE Journal, offers one of the nation’s few MFA’s in Creative Writing with an emphasis on both art and faith, appealing “to writers for whom matters of faith are central” and “who not only want to pursue excellence in the craft of writing but also place their work within the larger context of the Judeo-Christian tradition of faith.”
As an MFA graduate, Ms. Reid has produced an original manuscript of poetry, Bearing Root, which includes poems that have been recently published or placed as finalists in contests in journals like Ruminate and Relief. Her poetry also has been published by other nationally recognized journals such as The Fourth River, Big Muddy, Tipton Poetry Review, and Catapult Magazine. With her MFA degree, Ms. Reid will continue to help develop a space at Louisiana College where student writers can hone their craft while also developing their faith. For more information on Jill Reid, her writing, or her philosophy on writing a creatively spiritual act, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
French Major Teaching in Africa
Leah Marshall, a May 2013 graduate of Louisiana College with a B.A. in French, is in Kenya, Africa serving as a missionary through the African Inland Mission. She is serving as a dorm parent and part-time French teacher at the Rift Valley Academy (RVA) in Kijabe, Kenya from August 4, 2013-July 15, 2014.
English Major Teaching in China
Jessica Hazmark, a May 2013 graduate of Louisiana College with a B.A. in English is teaching in China. She works with children and teaches basic and upper level English to adults and with nursing students. She also assists the school with marketing ideas and is creating business classes for young adults.
Fall 2013 Welcome Back Pizza Party
On September 3rd, Louisiana College Humanities Division sponsored a pizza party to welcome its new and returning English and Language majors and minors. Held in what is known as the seminar room, the festive event kicked off the fall semester in good fashion. The food—four different kinds of pizza, plus a wide variety of beverages—proved an excellent draw: counting faculty and students, nearly forty people enjoyed the occasion to catch up with old friends and meet new students. Additionally, Haley Laird, president of the Epsilon Chi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, invited new students to learn more about this English honor society at an upcoming meeting. Judging from the lively discussions taking place around the room, the students bring with them a high level of enthusiasm for this year’s academic efforts.
Freshman Dean’s List Ceremony Recognizes 42 Outstanding Freshmen
On Friday, April 26, Louisiana College held its first annual ceremony for freshmen students who achieved the Dean’s List. With over one hundred guests in attendance, forty-three students were honored for their freshman academic success. LC President Dr. Joe Aguillard and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Travis Wright conducted the ceremony, presenting students with certificates and especially recognizing their parents and their most challenging LC professors. Administration and faculty enjoyed socializing with students, parents, and friends. The LC administration, faculty, and staff congratulate all the freshmen Dean’s List honorees. Faulty sponsors for the Freshman’s Dean List are Humanities professors Lillian Purdy and Nancy Whitlock.
Humanities Division Sponsors Second Spanish Immersion Night
Louisiana College Humanities Division celebrated its second Spanish Immersion Night this year on Friday, April 11. Ms. Nancy Whitlock reports that more than 50 LC students mingled with special guests from Argentina and Puerto Rico. Students practiced speaking Spanish with each other and with guests. Professor Kathleen Scataglini prepared several international dishes, including Argentine oregano chicken, Puerto Rican Beans, Mexican rice, and flan. Spanish students ranging from beginners to advanced enjoyed international food, music, and cultural exchange, all while practicing their conversation skills.
Ten Humanities Students Receive Scholarships at 2013 Convocation Day for Outstanding Academic Achievements
Each year the Division of Humanities awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to recognize outstanding students who have distinguished themselves through superior scholastic achievements, creative manuscripts, and researched analytical compositions. These students represent diligence and dedication to academic excellence. The scholarships and awards presented are drawn from endowments created to honor and to remember individuals who have fostered academic achievement and success in the Division of Humanities. These awards not only help students pursue their academic studies, but also honor the legacy of those who established the highest standards of academic achievement. Students who earn awards and scholarships are held to these high academic standards and are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. However, this year’s recipients hold a GPA of 3.6 or above.
The Humanities Division presented Jade Johnson the George Amos English Scholarship, which was established to honor Dr. George Amos who chaired the LC Department of English from 1970-1979. An unusually energetic and creative problem-solver, he developed the strong sense of departmental identity that enabled the academic growth of the department. In addition, through partnerships with area businesses, Dr. Amos became the first to provide LC students an opportunity to study in London. The award is presented to an outstanding freshman who has a 3.0 high school GPA and who earned at least a 26 on the English portion of the ACT. Jade not only exceeded the 3.0 GPA requirement and has maintained a 4.0 throughout high school, but she also scored a 32 on the English portion of the ACT.
Bruce Ragas was awarded the Mary Kate Bailes Freshman Essay Award, established to honor Mrs. Bailes, a 1936 graduate of Louisiana College who taught English in Vernon Parish for 34 years. Even after her retirement, she remained involved with the schools of Leesville and avidly encouraged young people to attend LC. The influence of this vibrant woman continues to enhance the lives of young people through this scholarship. This award goes to a returning student who has written the best overall essay in Freshman Composition.
The Mayme Hamlett English Scholarship went to Emily Smith. This scholarship honors Ms. Hamlett for instilling in her students the rich value that literature brings to life. She taught at Southwest Baptist College, Union University, and Louisiana College and was known as a mentor and role model for her students. This award was presented to Emily, recognized by the Humanities faculty as an outstanding sophomore who displays diligence, determination, academic integrity, and demonstrates superior academic potential for the study of literature.
Haley Laird won the Ellander Ridge Award. This award is given to a student who demonstrates scholastic achievement in English, possesses intellectual curiosity, displays a spirit that is conducive to learning, and demonstrates the ability to excel in literary studies. The award, given by her son, commemorates Ms. Ridge, a graduate of LC in 1927. She delighted in the study of literature and promoted academic excellence. Haley additionally received the W. P. Carson Scholarship in English, which was established to honor Dr. Carson’s 28 years of service to Louisiana College. From 1917 until 1945, his devotion to literature, quiet dignity, and commitment to learning established an intellectual standard and legacy that has characterized the best in those who have followed him in the study of English. This scholarship is presented to a superior ranking Senior English major who demonstrates academic excellence and superior scholastic achievement.
The Humanities Division awarded Paige Jordan the Ivey Gravette Scholarship that honors the memory of Ms. Gravette, who taught English at Louisiana College from 1945-1961. She returned in 1965-66 to serve as Convener of the Department of English. She combined the qualities of a vigorous intellect and generous spirit, a disciplined mind and a warm personality. Known for her exacting standards, she inspired students to rise to the challenges of scholarship and integrity. The award goes to a Junior English major of superior standing who demonstrates academic excellence and the potential for the study of literature.
Carlee Wilson was selected for the Inez Parker English Education Scholarship, which celebrates the memory of one of this community’s leading high school English teachers. Inez Parker taught at Bolton High School and demanded the very best of her students. She was recognized several times as one of the top ten high school teachers in the nation. Single-minded, she insisted that her students be challenged to rise above what they believed they could accomplish. Following her public school career, she taught English at Louisiana College for eight years. This scholarship is awarded to the student who is deemed the department’s outstanding English education major who shows great promise as an exceptional English teacher.
Jessica Hazmark received the Ada Osborne Scholarship, established to honor Dr. Rosanne Osborne’s mother. While Dr. Osborne’s mother never attended college, she valued the importance of education and provided her daughter with the opportunities to attain four Masters degrees and two Doctorates of Philosophy. The student receiving this award must be an English major who displays a love of learning and a passion for education.
The Humanities faculty selected Leah Marshall for the English Faculty Scholarship, which is awarded to a graduating senior in the Humanities Division. Given to a student who shows intellectual curiosity, dedication to academic studies, leadership qualities among her peers, and stands exemplary in her academic conduct, Leah’s academic accolades are numerous: she received a Top Thirty Scholarship; she has been named on the Dean’s List every semester in the past five years; she was nominated for the Who’s Who Among College Students for three years; and last year, she received a highly coveted CODOFIL scholarship to study French in Belgium during July 2012. She also received last year’s Choate Scholarship in French. She has served LC as a resident assistant, Writing Center assistant, and Alpha Mu Gamma secretary and president. Leah managed these accomplishments while maintaining a 3.91 GPA.
Justin Branch was awarded a CODIFIL Scholarship to study abroad in Belgium this summer. CODOFIL is state organization created in 1968 to advance and preserve the French language and culture in Louisiana. Each year, numerous students from throughout the State compete for these highly coveted scholarships. It covers educational expenses and room and board for the summer. In addition to this scholarship, the Humanities Division would like to recognize the outstanding achievement of this student by awarding him the Addie B. Choate Scholarship in French. This award honors Addie Choate, an exceptional French instructor known particularly for her sacrificial commitment to the college and her students. This scholarship is reserved for students who show exceptional promise in the study of French.
In addition to these awards and scholarship, the foreign language honor society Alpha Mu Gamma recognizes members for exemplary scholarship and service to the organization. Alpha Mu Gamma is a National Foreign Language Honor Society that was founded in 1931. The Zeta Gamma chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma was founded at Louisiana College in 1968 to recognize outstanding students in the field of foreign languages. Members must have earned an A in at least one foreign language course and have at least a 3.0 GPA. This year the Alpha Mu Gamma presented two awards: Leah Marshall received the Alpha Mu Gamma Senior Award, and the newly elected president Lauren Carriere was presented the Alpha Mu Gamma Award.