Student Achievements

Below are some of the awards and activities of our students:

At the 2014 Opening Convocation, junior major Jessica Carriker was awarded the Hay Religion Award, given to the PC student who has earned the highest average in Religion and/or Philosophy coursework in four consecutive semesters.

Seven English majors were awarded PC Summer Fellowships for 2014:

  • Abbie Bagwell will work with Dr. Barr on a project titled “The Lasting Yet Evolving Mammy Figure through the Lens of American Popular Culture.”
  • Cameron Brock will also work with Dr. Barr, examining “Exploring the Chasm: The Dysfunctional Family in Southern Literature.”
  • Christopher Byrd will study “King Arthur as Defender of Twentieth-Century Values” with Dr. Brent.
  • Helen Dennis‘s research with Dr. Barr asks, “How Does Your Garden Grow?”
  • Danielle Jolly‘s project with Dr. Alexander takes “A Look into the Distorted Reality of the Characters within Robert Browning’s Poetry.”
  • MaryBeth Schaffner will research “Theatre of the Oppressed: Becoming a Joker” with Theatre professor Ms. Ragland.
  • Taylor Stacy will examine “Art Restoration and Conservation” with art historian Dr. Crary.

Also, two English minors were awarded PC Summer Fellowships:

  • Bailey Hill will continue her work with School of Pharmacy professor Dr. Romero-Sandoval on “Reduction of Chronic Pain through the Induction of Anti-Inflammatory Macrophages.”
  • Jonathan “JB” Mitchell will make “A Longitudinal Study of Age-Related Changes in the Self-Concepts of CHAMPS Students” with psychology professor Dr. Spatta.

At Honors Day in April 2014, many English majors and minors were recognized for their achievements:

  • Seth Warner (major) was named the 2014 Outstanding Senior in English and the 2014 Outstanding Senior in Creative Writing.
  • Kalie Goodman (minor) was named the 2014 Outstanding Senior in Biology.
  • Mary Alice Reed (minor) was named the 2014 Outstanding Senior in German.
  • Heather McGowan (minor) was named the 2014 Outstanding Senior in Southern Studies.
  • Allison Cooke (major) won the 2014 Creative Writing Award.
  • Helen Wilkins (minor) received the Harry S. Dent Christian Lay Leadership Award.
  • Several of our majors (Chelsea Dean, Jacob Rogers, and Seth Warner) and minors (Laura Leigh Fox, Kalie Goodman, Heather McGowan, and Sara Simpson) received Academic Excellence Awards.
  • Four of our minors (Heather McGowan, Dillard Stephens, Chantara Tolbert, and Jack Warren) received Senior Achievement Awards.

 Jada Suber (minor) was invited to attend the 2014 Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego (April); you can read her account of the experience in the June 10th issue of South Carolina AHEConnects. Also, for the second year in a row, Jada was accepted into the MUSC Summer Undergraduate Research Program in Charleston, SC. 

Jada Suber at the 2014 Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego (photo by Austin Gray)

Jada Suber at the 2014 Experimental Biology Conference in San Diego (photo by Austin Gray)

1669929_735714456446192_1599951519_oMajor Abbie Bagwell‘s interview with Joel and Lenora Sansbury, owners of The Farmer’s Table in Spartanburg, SC, was published in the Spring 2014 issue of edible Upcounty.

MaryBeth Schaffner‘s (major) presented her paper on “Academic Oppression and the Mediating Role of the Writing Center Tutor: Lessons from Theatre” at the 2014 Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference at East Carolina University in February 2014.

On 22 February 2014, majors Cameron Brock, Danielle Jolly, Patrick Justice, and Meghan Mast presented their papers on Victorian British Literature at Coker College’s 6th annual Undergraduate Humanities Research Conference in Hartsville, SC. Their essays were written originally for Dr. Alexander’s courses.

  • Cameron Brock: “Suffering and Misery in Wuthering Heights” (ENGL 213: Research Methods)
  • Danielle Jolly: “The Need to Confess: Robert Browning’s Dramatic Monologues” (ENGL 329: The Victorian Age)
  • Patrick Justice: “Marriage as Socioeconomic Necessity: Wuthering Heights” (ENGL 213: Research Methods)
  • Meghan Mast: “The Chameleon: Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s ‘The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point'” (ENGL 329: The Victorian Age)