Communication Academic News

The following College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences students accepted the invitation to become members of Phi Beta Kappa during the 2018-2019 academic year: Micaela Albright, criminology and sociology; Katherine Avdellas, public relations; Rachel Beisser, literature and language and professional and technical writingJessica Brady, international relations; Madeleine Cáceres, political science; Mary Anne Callahan, literature and language; Hannah Casey, international studies and SpanishRachel Dougherty, Spanish and psychology; Victoria Driggs, music and Spanish; Courtney Ebersohl, French and history; Neeka Eghbali, public relations; Elizabeth Finnan, French and environmental policy and planning; Emily Friedman, political science; Hannah Goode, professional and technical writing; Samantha Hart, communication studies and political science; Paige Hartian, professional and technical writing and economics; Catherine Hayes, Spanish and biochemistry; Logan Hughes, political science; Austin Huppert, political science; Rachel Iwicki, Russian and mechanical engineering; Dana Kelly, literature and language; Maeghan Klinker, creative writing and literature and language; Kathryn Kowalski, literature and language and professional and technical writing; Matthew Krusiec, history; Lisa Lane, international relations; Eleanor Matheson, criminology and sociology; Bonnie McGowan, human development; Victoria McMahon, political science; Kelsey McQueen, Spanish and food science and technology; Timothy Miles, religion and culture; Michael Mills, music; Benjamin Nicoll, philosophy and business information technology; Caroline Nicotra, Spanish and biological sciences; Hayley Oliver, literature and language; Haley Olsen, criminology; Taylor Perdue, multimedia journalism; Samantha Piszcz, political science; Kathryn Rappold, public relations; Caroline Ritchey, French, history, and national security and foreign affairs; Jayne Ross, creative writing and professional and technical writing; Johanna Scalzi, communication studies; Sahara Shrestha, philosophy and environmental policy and planning; Elizabeth Street, multimedia journalism; Emily Sutphin, classics and religion and culture; Luca Thoms, national security and foreign affairs; Victoria Upton, public relations; Hans Werner, criminology and sociology; Logan White, political science; Morgan Wood, human development; and Taylor Zelman, criminology and political science.

Four of the seven Virginia Tech Fulbright recipients for 2019–2020 are CLAHS students: Elizabeth Ebeling, Spanish and public and urban affairs, English teaching assistant in Mexico; Morgan Gallagher, French and environmental science, study and research on “Consequences of River Intermittency for Microbial Greenhouse Gas Production” in France; Leslie Jernegan, a MFA student in creative writing, English teaching assistant in Argentina; and Casey Molina, multimedia journalism, English teaching assistant in Spain.

The following College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences faculty members were awarded a Niles Research Grant during the 2018–2019 academic year: Mark V. Barrow, Jr., History; Shannon Elizabeth Bell, Sociology; Dwight Bigler, School of Performing Arts; Brian Britt, Religion and Culture; Toni M. Calasanti, Sociology; María del Carmen Caña Jiménez, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Mauro Caraccioli, Political Science and ASPECT Core Faculty; Koeun Choi, Human Development and Family Science; Katharine Cleland, English; Amanda C. Demmer, History; Katherine Haenschen and Daniel J. Tamul, Communication; Sharon P. Johnson, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Karin Kitchens, Political Science; Bryan Klausmeyer, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Allan Lumba, History; Richard Masters, School of Performing Arts; Deborah Milly, Political Science; Gonzalo Montero, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Carol A. Mullen, School of Education; Charles Nichols, School of Performing Arts; Corinne Noirot, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Philip Olson, Science, Technology, and Society; Michael Saffle, Religion and Culture; Carolyn Shivers, Human Development and Family Science; Brandi Watkins, Communication; Chelsea Woods, Communication; and Tingting Zhao, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures.

The following students were recognized as the 2019 Steger Poetry Prize winners at the Nikki Giovanni Celebration of Poetry.

Senior creative writing major Emily Webb won first prize, $1,100, for her poem, “Veritas Filia Temporis”; Webb also received “the Steger,” a piece of handcrafted art by local jeweler Faith Capone created for the occasion.

The second-place prize of $500 was presented to Kyle Siecker, a junior creative writing major, for “In winter I dream of things with wings.”

Senior communication studies major Karim Eltawansy was the recipient of the third-place prize, $300, for “Starring as an Arab American Kid.”

Earning honorable mention status were: Samuel James, a senior philosophy and literature and language major; Susan Rodriguez, a senior biology and literature and language major; Julia Simpson, a junior biology and Spanish major; Valerie Tran, a sophomore literature and language, political science, and creative writing major; Cam Wheatley, a senior Creative Writing major; Hannah Wynne, a senior creative writing major; and Avy Zhao, a sophomore literature and language, professional and technical writing, and creative writing major.

University Distinguished Professor of English Nikki Giovanni, for whom the event is named, established the competition; English faculty members Aileen Murphy and Joe Scallorns serve as co-directors.

The event, now in its 14thyear, was held April 9 in the Moss Arts Center; the student finalists read their entries, alternating with poems chosen and read by faculty members in the Department of English as well as invited guests.

Eight students in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences were among the 12 undergraduates selected for the 2019 cohort of Aspirations Fellows.

Honored at the Student Recognition Banquet on May 5 were: Brendan Coffey, Multimedia Journalism; Samuel Felber, Political Science; Aidan Kuester, History and Public Relations; Margaret O’Meara, Communication Studies; Tyler Pugh, Spanish and Industrial and Systems Engineering; Danielle Sperry, Human Development and Psychology; Hannah Stratton, Public Relations; and Emily Warwick, International Relations and Public and Urban Affairs.

Two of the four Virginia Tech students selected for a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship this year are in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. They are Tahrem Alam, multimedia journalism and international relations, and Eleni Demos, Russian.

Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to study, research, or intern abroad; those studying a language may apply for a Critical Need Language Award, which provides as much as $3,000 in additional support.

The following students in the College participated in the 2019 Women’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate and Graduate Conference titled “Imagining Justice.” The conference took place April 19 in Newman Library.

Presenting papers were: Katherine Ayers, sociology graduate student, “Women’s Only Lands and Communities through a Social Justice Lens”; Madeleine Cáceres, political science major, “Pregnancy and Incarceration in the U.S. Prison”; Harley Huffman, sociology major, “Reminiscing on a Proverb, ‘Kill Your Heroes’: Re-imagining Theory in the 21stCentury and Dismantling the Logic of Practice through the Ways of Liminality”; Inaash Islam, sociology graduate student, “Pious Critical Agents: Hijabi Social Media Influencers as New Authorities over Femininity and Embodiment”; Callen Leahy, criminology major, “Every Feminist’s Favorite Color: Red”; Lipon Mondal, sociology graduate student; “A Theory of Justice in Sociology”; Fatou Niang, international relations major, “Black Like Us”; Hayley Oliver, literature and language major, “Come With Me: An Analysis of Scientific and Creative Literature on the Nature of the Female Orgasm”; Shaun Respess, ASPECT graduate student, “A Vantage Point of Care: Feminist Phenomenologies of Self and Others”; Laura Schiffer, sociology major, “Seeking Medical Treatment as an Adult Male Sexual Assault Victim: Why Males Report Less than Females”; Jessica Spiers, multimedia journalism major, “Marching Away from White Feminism”; and Sara Young, criminology major, “Heterosexual Undergraduates’ Understanding of Bisexuality.”

The winners of the Barbara Ellen Smith Outstanding Essay Award were undergraduate Madeleine Cáceres and graduate student Inaash Islam.

The unveiling of Volume XI of Philologia, the undergraduate research venue of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, took place May 1 in the Multipurpose Room in Newman Library. All articles and creative scholarship are available online.

This year’s staff consisted of: co-editors-in-chief Rachel Beisser, professional and technical writing and literature and language, and Sophia Campos, philosophy, politics, and economics and political science; managing editor Michelle Corinaldi, sociology; associate editors: Jessica Calvert, professional and technical writing and literature and language; Taylor Dickerson, professional and technical writing; Harlee Fuhrman, literature and language and management; Emily Gurganus, professional and technical writing and literature and language; Alana Hassett, professional and technical writing and creative writing; and Rachel Kiser, fashion merchandising and design; marketing editor Owen Forrester, professional and technical writing; and layout editor Taylor Bush, multimedia journalism and fashion merchandising and design.

Volume XI consists of the following articles and creative scholarship:“Motherhood in the Workplace: A Sociological Exploration into the Negative Performance Standards and Evaluations of Full-Time Working Mothers” by Michelle Corinaldi; the poem “Father Time’s Coffee Breaks” by Abbigale Evans, multimedia journalism; “Russia in the Central African Republic: Exploitation Under the Guise of Intervention” by Kyran Goodison, national security and foreign affairs; “The Importance of Universal Design on College Campuses” by Madelyn Hart, human development; “Paintings in the Year Without a Summer” by Zachary Hubbard, history; and “Toni Morrison’s Experimental Novel, The Bluest Eye: Tempering ‘Disinterested Violence’ through the ‘Narrative Project’” by Joshua Kim, literature and language.

The assistance of College administrators – Monica Kimbrell, assistant dean; Rebecca Grogan, graphic designer; Debra Stoudt, a professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures and associate dean; Daniel B. Thorp, an associate professor in the Department of History and associate dean; and Newman Library’s Digital Publishing Specialist Robert Browder was acknowledged, as were the support and guidance from the following College review board members: Patti J. Fisher, Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management; Virginia Fowler, English; Eunju Hwang, Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management; Jeff Joiner, School of Visual Arts; Melanie Kiechle, History; Nancy Metz, English; Joseph Pitt, Philosophy; Lucinda Roy, English; Joe Scallorns, English; Robert P. Stephens, History; Yannis Stivachtis, Political Science; Courtney I.P. Thomas, Political Science; and Bonnie Zare, Sociology.

Michelle Corinaldi will assume the role of editor-in-chief for the 2019–2020 academic year.

The following students in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences were awarded scholarships for the 2018–2019 academic year.

The recipient of the CLAHS Dean’s Roundtable Scholarship was Danielle Jeffers, multimedia journalism.

Human development doctoral student and Master of Public Health student Shelby Borowski was recognized with the Faculty Campaign Scholarship.

The Susan Pascoe Farrell Scholarship was awarded to Cassidy Dennis, human development.

The following students were recipients of a Martha Price Hancock Scholarship: Madeleine Cáceres, political science; Jenna Humphrey, international studies; and Tara Weinstein, human development.

Anna Charlton, human development and psychology, and Timothy Miles, religion and Culture, were recognized with a Hallie L. Hughes Memorial Scholarship.

Lisa Lane, international relations, and Timothy Miles were awarded the Hulick Scholarship for Leadership, Friendship, and Service.

The following students received the Moody, Pratt, Minor Scholarship: Madeleine Cáceres; Katherine Louis, Spanish; Timothy Miles; Emily Calvert, international studies; Stefnie Cerny, theatre arts design and studio art; Jenna Humphrey; Danielle Jeffers, and Kathryn Kowalski, professional and technical writing and literature and language.

Nelson–Lehmann–Gold–VanSant Family Scholarships were awarded to Lauren Hughes and Kayla Parrish, both human development.

Recognized with the John Rathbone Scholarship were: Rachel Harriman, history; Sarah Lim, literature and languages; and Kathryn Kowalski.

Mary Karen Read Memorial Scholarships were awarded to Katherine Anthony and Phoebe Jackson, both human development.

Receiving a Robichaud Family Scholarship were: Emily Calvert; Sarah Lim; Kyle Rice, sociology, cognitive and behavioral science, and psychology; Kennedy Schultz, national security and foreign affairs; and Logan Widner, criminology and political science.

Molly Maurin, human development and psychology, and Casey Polk, consumer studies and management, were recipients of a Margaret Groseclose Skelton Scholarship.

The Staff Association Scholarship was awarded to Amy Morgan, human development.

Rachel Harriman and Meredith Waymack, criminology, sociology, and psychology, received a Margaret Rawlinson Svoboda Scholarship.

Mildred Crawford Weidemann Scholarships were awarded to: Cassidy Dennis; Hannah Dysart, human development; Kennedy Schultz; and Cory VanDyke, multimedia journalism.

Madalyn Moore, political science, was the recipient of the Mildred E. Young Scholarship.

Scholarship recipients and donors were recognized at a dinner on April 12.