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May 23, 2017

Students at the English Undergraduate Recognition Reception May 4

Students at the English Undergraduate Recognition Reception May 4
Students at the English Undergraduate Recognition Reception May 4 in Lind Hall

Students

Ivory Tower, the student literary arts magazine created by an English course, was awarded more than $3000 from the Student Unions & Activities Coca-Cola and Student Service Fees grant programs for the annual launch party and to help send students to the Assocation of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference. The Minnesota Student Association (MSA) also awarded the magazine $600 to support general operating costs, specifically magazine printing, the first time it has provided support to the literary magazine.

Martha Amdahl graduated summa cum laude with the thesis "Shattering Shakespeare's Ceiling: How Portia Paved the Way for Other 'Nasty Women'" (advisor: Andrew Scheil). Read an interview.

Maureen Amundson received a 2017 President's Student Leadership and Service Award.

Charlie Bartlett was awarded a 2017-18 Donald V. Hawkins Scholarship.

Abbey Benning was awarded a 2017-18 College of Liberal Arts Talle Family Scholarship.

Grace Berke graduated summa cum laude with the thesis "Securing the New Audience: How Arts Organizations in the Twin Cities are Engaging Millennials" (advisor: Katherine Scheil).

Lucea Bixby graduated magna cum laude.

Carter Blochwitz was awarded a 2017-18 Robert Etheridge Moore Scholarship.

Jane Bollweg received funding through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) for a project with faculty mentor David Feinberg (Art).

Sarah Brewer graduated magna cum laude. Read an interview.

Jennifer Brown graduated summa cum laude with the thesis "The Duck Days of Summer" (advisor: Julie Schumacher). Read an interview.

Mike Corrao placed third in the undergraduate division of the ArtWords contest, in which students respond to Weisman Art Museum pieces with creative writing. The top three winners are published in Ivory Tower.

Maryama Dahir received funding through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) for a project with faculty mentors Josie Johnson and Arleta Little.

Lynnly Damm was awarded a 2016-2017 Paul & Lucienne Taylor Internship Grant; she was an intern for the University of Minnesota Press in 2016-17 as part of the Press' dedicated internship program with the Department of English.

Catherine Dang graduated summa cum laude with the thesis "Gritty Henry Nguyen" (advisor: Josephine Lee). Read an interview.

Allison Dohnlek graduated summa cum laude with the thesis "Belonging to America: The Production of Immigrant Subjectivity in Americanah" (advisor: Qadri Ismail).

Jordan Ecker graduated summa cum laude with the thesis "Inside and Outside Empire: The British Episteme and Structural Requisites of the Colonial Adventure Novel" (advisor: Brian Goldberg).

Riley Evanson was awarded a 2017-18 Joan C. Forester Scholarship.

Jessica Hassan was awarded a 2017-18 Donald V. Hawkins Scholarship.

Hannah Jacobson was awarded a 2017-18 Sharon Borine Scholarship.

Ally Kann was awarded a 2017-18 Robert Etheridge Moore Scholarship.

Brett Kaufman graduated summa cum laude with a thesis in the Department of Asian Languages and Literatures.

Jack Kenney was awarded a 2017-18 Sharon Borine Scholarship.

Kelsy Ketchum graduated summa cum laude with a thesis in the School of Journalism.

Ibrahim Khalifa received a 2017-18 College of Liberal Arts Birkelo Scholarship.

Tyler Lehmann was awarded a 2017-18 Beverly Atkinson Scholarship for Outstanding Non-Traditional English Majors.

Danylo Loutchko was awarded a 2017-18 Donald V. Hawkins Scholarship.

Lianna Matt graduated summa cum laude with a thesis in the School of Journalism. She also won the undergraduate division of the ArtWords contest, in which students respond to Weisman Art Museum pieces with creative writing; the top three winners are published in Ivory Tower. Read an interview.

Zenyse Miller was awarded a 2017-18 Jessie M. Comstock Scholarship.

Andrea Nelson graduated magna cum laude.

Nicholas Ohren graduated summa cum laude with the thesis "The Second Star" (advisor: Julie Schumacher).

Ashley Olson graduated summa cum laude with the thesis "Playing the Game of Thrones: A Moral Man's Journey Through Westeros" (advisor: Andrew Scheil).

Lauren Otto was awarded a 2017-18 Donald V. Hawkins Scholarship.

Quinn Palmer was awarded a 2017-18 Captain Dewitt Jennings Payne Memorial Scholarship. He also received funding through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) for a project with faculty mentor Howard Louthan (History).

Lucas Paulson graduated summa cum laude and shared the 2017 Mark David Clawson Award for outstanding thesis for his paper "Reading the Refugee: Modernity and the Malleable Other" (advisor: Qadri Ismail). Read an interview.

Madeline Phelps graduated summa cum laude with the thesis "Destabilizing Disabled Subjectivity in the Daredevil Comics" (advisor: Dan Philippon).

Morgan Poepping was awarded a 2017-18 Captain Dewitt Jennings Payne Memorial Scholarship.

Sarah Robertson graduated magna cum laude with a thesis in the Department of German, Scandanavian, and Dutch.

Grace Schleisman received funding through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) for a project with faculty mentor Eric Daigre.

Laura Schmidt graduated summa cum laude and shared the 2017 Mark David Clawson Award for outstanding summa cum laude thesis for her stageplay "The Road Trip Plot" (advisor: Josephine Lee). Read an interview.

Ben Schroeder was awarded a 2017-18 Donald V. Hawkins Scholarship. He also received funding through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) for a project with faculty mentor Kim Todd.

Dylan Scott graduated summa cum laude with a thesis in the Department of History. He was editor-in-chief for The Minnesota Daily in 2016-17. Read an interview.

Ashlynn Skyles was awarded a 2017-18 Joan C. Forester Scholarship.

Keri Soban was awarded a 2017-18 Anna Augusta Von Helmholtz Phelan Scholarship.

Anne Thompson graduated summa cum laude with the thesis "Urban Reflections: Identity and Respective Representations of New York City in Literature" (advisor: Lois Cucullu).

Chelsea Visser graduated cum laude.

Marah Walker was awarded a 2017-18 Donald V. Hawkins Scholarship.

Willa Yang was awarded a 2016-2017 Paul & Lucienne Taylor Internship Grant; she was an intern for the University of Minnesota Press in 2016-17 as part of the Press' dedicated internship program with the Department of English.

Henry Zurn graduated summa cum laude with a thesis in the Department of Political Science. Read an interview.

Alumni

Randy Adamsick (BA 1976; CLA Alumni Award 1999), an English Advisory Board member who works as Director of Institutional Advancement at the Chicago History Museum, received a kidney transplant last fall at the University of Minnesota hospital. With a generic polycystic disease, Adamsick found a kidney donor via Facebook, Minnesota filmmaker Daniel Appleby. The two successfully recovered from surgery and are now working to raise public awareness about the need for kidney donations in the US with their Ultimate Sharing Challenge

Larissa Anderson (BA 1999) is now Editor and Senior Audio Producer at The New York Times. Anderson was co-creator and -producer of the public radio comedy and music show, Wits.

Susanne Aspley (BA 1988) published her second novel Granola, MN.

Jer Boschee (BA 1966; MA in Comparative Literature 1974) published Jerr's Journal: My Adventures in Social Enterprise, a book of  essays about social enterprise written between 2011 and 2015. The book is available for free download at www.socialent.org. "I have fond memories of Dennis Hurrell, Archie Leyasmeyer, Tom Clayton, and Peter Firchow from my graduate studies," he writes. "My wife refers to me as an 'accidental academic' because I didn't focus on teaching in an academic environment until I was 63. I currently teach the capstone two-semester course in Pepperdine University's Master's Degree Program 'Social Entrepreneurship and Change': each of my students develops a business plan and a Fast Pitch presentation for his or her own social enterprise (a business that has a social purpose, either to employ people from underserved populations or to provide them with specific products or services). I began working with graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University in 2008 as a Visiting Professor for one semester during each of three academic years and have been with Pepperdine as an adjunct since 2012."

Corey Bulman (BA 1999) was named Minnesota Teacher of the Year, the second such honor for an English alum since 2014 (when Tom Rademacher won). Bulman teaches 11th and 12th grade English at Mounds Westonka High School. Read an interview.

Emily Claypool (BA 2010) has been accepted to the Doctoral Program at the University of Chicago's School of Social Service Administration. She'll be researching the implications of the medical model in social work and ways to increase mental health treatment acceptability among adolescents and emerging adults. She writes: "I don't think I would have been accepted had it not been for the writing skills that I learned at the English department."

Peter Geye (BA 2000) won a 2017 Minnesota Book Awards for Novel & Short Story for his third novel, Wintering.

John Idstrom (BA 1985) is Director of National Philanthropy at University of California, Santa Cruz. He blogs at www.meezenplace.com.

Ed Bok Lee (BA 1994) received a Minnesota State Arts Board artist grant for $10,000 to complete his first novella. His poetry collection Whorled won a 2012 American Book Award and the Minnesota Book Award in Poetry, and his collection Real Karaoke People received a 2006 PEN/Open Book Award.

Jamie Millard (BA 2009) received a 2017 University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts Emerging Alumni Award.

Tom Rademacher (BA 2004), who won the 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year award, published the memoir It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching (University of Minnesota Press).

Laura Schmidt (BA 2017) has accepted a position as Communications Specialist for Land O'Lakes, Inc., focusing on Community Relations communications and Land O'Lakes International Development communications.

Michael Tisserand (BA 1992) published Krazy: A Life in Black and White (Harcourt), a biography of cartoonist George Herriman, who created the influential and celebrated daily newspaper cartoon Krazy Kat. The book was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography, the PEN America/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography, and the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Comics-Related Book. Read an interview.

David Wojahn (BA 1976) published his ninth collection of poetry, For the Scribe, with the University of Pittsburgh Press. His eighth collection, World Tree (University of Pittsburg Press, 2011), was awarded the 2012 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets.

Send us an update on your job, publications, and awards—or your memories of studying English at the University of Minnesota! Email sutt0063@umn.edu.