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Hayley Whiting & Johanna Voznak are the Margaret Tindall Award winners for 2021. The award is presented every year by the English Department to its senior major with the highest cumulative average in English. This year Hayley and Johanna tied with a 4.0.
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Nick Gugerty received the first place award, Katie Garner second place and Nicole Hetrick & Christopher Mallozzi third place for the Edward H. Rosenberry Undergraduate Writing Award. This award is given annually from funds established by the late Professor Emeritus Edward H. Rosenberry to students for excellence in writing. The goal of these monetary awards is to increase faculty and student awareness that good writng matters, and that it matters to everyone.
Edward Benner & Heidi Fliegelman are the Outstanding Student/Teachers
in English Education, an award that recognizes the special promise demonstrated
in becoming an exceptional secondary English teacher. The Outstanding
Student/Teacher award is given annually by each program at the University of
Delaware to a top graduate in their teacher education major. Edward & Heid were
selected for this award by the English Education faculty and field instructors
on the basis of their consistently outstanding professional practice over the
past academic year, from courses through student teaching. They have demonstrated
strong classroom practice and professionalism, planned and implemented
exceptional lessons, developed admirable rapport with their students and
colleagues, and incorporated suggestions and new ideas, all of which has made for dynamic classroom teachers.
Michael Colton Cassidy, Julie Ann Clark & Jacob Edelen
received the George Henry Memorial Award, which honors successful teacher
candidates who show great promise of becoming exceptional secondary English
teachers in Delaware public schools. The award was established in 1991 by
a bequest of Professor George Henry, a long-time Delaware educator who began
his career in 1926 as a high school teacher in Lewes and later served as
principal of Dover High School. As a member of the University of Delaware
faculty, he became a nationally known scholar and teacher in the field of
English Education. Because of his strong commitment to English Education
and to the Delaware schools, he left a bequest to establish the award.
Michael, Julie and Jacob's outstanding performance as student/teachers and
determination to teach in Delaware schools are recognized through this award.
Josefa Castelli won the Delaware
Association of School Administrators Award. The award is presented
to a graduating senior in a teacher education program who has
demonstrated outstanding qualities of scholarship, leadership and character and
who gives promise of making a meaningful contribution to the teaching
profession. This award is given annually at the University of Delaware to
one of the top graduates in all of the teacher education majors.
Josefa was nominated for this award by the English Education faculty and
chosen by the University Council on Teacher Education awards committee on the
basis of her consistently outstanding professional practice over her academic
career, in courses and in her student teaching. She has demonstrated
strong course performance, outstanding leadership, consummate professionalism,
and a noteworthy dedication to the profession.
Edward Benner and Hayley Whiting received
the Secondary Education Award for Educational Promise. This award is
given to students who have taken EDUC413, EDUC414 or EDUC419. The winners have
demonstrated exceptional potential as future educators. They were
selected for this award by the School of Education faculty members who teach
the EDUC core classes. They note that awardees have exhibited “excellent
understanding” about diverse groups of adolescent learners, professional
dispositions, and promising teaching practices in EDUC413, EDUC414 and/or
EDUC419. Edward and Hayley were one of only six students selected for the
award this year across all of the secondary teacher education programs.
In the 2020 fall literary studies capstone, “Into the Archives,”
students partnered with Morris Library to create individual research projects
inspired by the Langston
Hughes Ephemera Collection, a set of programs and advertisements, held by
Special Collections, that document the literary career and travels of the poet
and playwright Langston Hughes. Students used those materials,
combined with close reading, textual analysis, and historical research, to examine
Hughes as a poet-activist, collaborator, and mentor. Five students
represented the capstone seminar in the Scholar in the Library symposium in
The students in thr semester’s Literary Studies Capstone
(ENGL 480) worked on the Moving Fictions web site, creating original web
content on a book of their choosing. Since they were unable to present their
work in a public symposium as usual, they made short videos to share with the
public. Click the image below to watch their videos!
Two English majors also completed senior thesis projects
this spring. Shannon Murphy’s thesis was titled “The 'Thoroughly Wicked Woman':
Gender and Identity in Charles Dickens' Barnaby Rudge.” Olivia Quinci’s thesis
was titled "Misfit Commodities: The Dichotomy Between Magical Realism and
Neoliberal Productivity.” Click on the image above to watch them discuss these
Paige Boyadjis- Senior English Major - For her capstone
experience, Paige spent the semester as a Digital Communications Intern at The
Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. In addition to processing matching gifts,
charitable grants, Paige wrote and published weekly Foundation newsletters,
planned and executed social media campaigns, created social media and blog
entries, developed graphics for social media, designed Foundation merchandise,
created a Summer Fundraising Guide, and designed fundraising emails. Paige's
internship supervisor noted that “Paige has been a great asset to our team at
B+. Some of her strengths include her writing and social media skills,
professionalism, timeliness, communication, and her ability to work with
others.” Paige will join B+ full time as a Program Manager this summer.
James Massaquoi – Senior English Major - During his
capstone experience, James worked with the Venture Support & Special
Programs Office to develop his technology company, 360VR Technology. As the COO
& Co-Founder, James worked to write grants, recruit investors, create
PowerPoints, and consider appropriate hiring practices to help his company
thrive. James’ supervisor shares “James is great with fundraising, having led
his team in securing a total of almost $175,000 in funding without giving up a
bit of equity. He has also led his team to join business programs, which will
help his company grow.” James plans to continue developing his company after
Alyssa Rosenblum – Senior
English Major - Alyssa was able to use her
e-portfolio to house her materials and create a thoughtful electronic
repository of her work. Many of her e-portfolio materials came from her time as
a copywriting intern at a Managed Markets Agency. While interning, Alyssa
worked on a number of projects, including incorporating editorial comments,
researching sources, and updating references. Alyssa accepted a full-time
position with the Agency and will begin this summer.