At English Night on April 22nd, we celebrated our graduating seniors: Jessica Althoff, Jasmyne Ford, Sara Loperena, Patrick McNeil, Anna Navascues, Roxanne Panarella, Tyler Pullens, and Sarika Rao. In addition, we recognized our Master’s graduates, Emily Brown, Clyde Hart and Philip Wilks.
We had some faculty transitions as well, as we bid farewell to three of our favorite professors: Dr. Lillian Bisson, Dr. Alice Mandanis, and Dr. Karen Waters, all of whom retired in May. We also welcomed two new faculty members, Dr. Katie Peebles and Dr. Amy Scott-Douglass. Dr. Peebles is a specialist in medieval studies and folklore, and Dr. Scott-Douglass publishes on women writers of the Early Modern period as well as Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
English Night is always a chance to look back and to plan ahead, so we feature alumni speakers who focus on how to use your English major strategically, but we also honor the accomplishments of our outstanding graduates. Alumni speakers Patrick Vail and Christie Church entertained us with a wry and insightful view of how their English majors helped them in their careers and personal lives, and introduced us to their son, Oscar, who could have won the best-dressed award at the ceremony. The Evelyn Ludlow prize for best senior seminar paper went to Brianna Castro, and Sarah Loperena and Emily Butler were named outstanding student graduates in the BA and MA programs, respectively.
Congratulations, graduates! We hope all of you get a chance to join us next year for our annual celebration of our graduating seniors and outstanding student writers!