Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Honors Excellence in Writing in the Augustine and Culture Seminar

04.25.13 VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS) in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honored excellence in writing on Friday, April 19 in the Presidents' Lounge of the Connelly Center on the Villanova campus.

Jean Ann Linney, PhD, Dean, Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (third from left) congratulates award winners (L to R) Sara Casagrand, Brian Pheng, Caroline Karanian, Rachel Fulton and Carmen Reynolds


The Margaret Cecilia Baney Award for the Augustine and Culture Prize Essay was presented to Caroline Karanian ‘16 for her paper, “Essays of Michael de Montaigne—Apology for Raimond Sebond”, written for her professor, Brian Satterfield, PhD.

Receiving honorable mention were students Sara Casagrand ’16 for her paper, “In the Name of Pleasure, I Object,” written for John Paul-Spiro;  Brian Pheng ’16 for his paper “Odysseus: A Rough in the Diamond,” written for Elizabeth-Jane McGuire, PhD, and Carmen Reynolds ’16 for her paper, “The Circle of Life,” written for Peter Busch, PhD.

The Celina Mariceth Ramos Award for the Honors Program Augustine and Culture Prize Essay was awarded to Rachel Fulton ‘16 for her essay, “‘Gentleness persuades where force does not:’ Re-defining Masculine Gender,” written for her professor, Catherine Staples.

ACS is a two-semester seminar which introduces all first-year Villanova students to some of the greatest texts of western culture. The title invokes St. Augustine as a model for the fearless pursuit of wisdom.  The aim of ACS  is to explore enduring questions with students about life, humanity, God  and truth, through books which over the centuries continue to challenge readers.

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Director of Communications, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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