04.14.14 VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Augustine and Culture Seminar (ACS) in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honored excellence in writing Friday, April 4 in the Presidents' Lounge of the Connelly Center on the Villanova campus.
The Margaret Cecilia Baney Award for the Augustine and Culture Prize Essay was presented to Rachael Mohr ‘17 for her paper, “Free Will and Foreknowledge”, written for her professor, Alan Pichanick, PhD.
Receiving honorable mention were students Robert Persons ‘17 for his paper, “A New Kingdom: The Story of Sarah,” written for Rachel Baard, PhD; James Saile ‘17 for his paper “The Far-Away Light,” written for Helena Tomko, PhD; and Stephanie Sanchez ’17 for her paper, “Confessions: Do I want Pleasure or Spiritual Bliss,” written for Chara Armon, PhD.
The Seamus Heaney Award for the Honors Program Augustine and Culture Prize Essay was awarded to Emily Lotterer ‘17 for her essay,“ ‘Words and blood’ vs. ‘Melting Wax’,” written for her professor, Catherine Staples.
The Robert Russell, OSA, Augustine Award was given to a group of Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar students for a project for their professor, John Immerwahr, PhD. “The Meaning of a Life: A Guide to St. Augustine’s Confessions” is a website that provides connections between St. Augustine’s theology and philosophy and the modern college experience. The authors of the website are all members of the Class of 2017: Edward Chang, Francesca Cocchi, Patrick Connolly, Luke Hensley, Lauren Kloss, Michael Lee, Kasey Lynch, Madeleine Messigner, Isabel Nelson, Mary Alice Platt, Michael Polkow, Stephen Purcell, Kaitlyn Stepanek, Ryan Zalla, and Matthew Zarenkiewicz. The website was edited by Francesca Cocchi ’17 and Steven Purcell ’17.
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.