College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Recognizes Outstanding Writing in Augustine and Culture Seminar

Pictured from left are Paige Hanley ’21 CLAS, Gabriel Calvo ’21 CLAS, Cecilia Spesia ’21 CLAS, Jack Riedl ‘21 CLAS, Courtney McPheter ‘21 COE, Kate Newman ’21 CLAS.
Pictured from left are Paige Hanley ’21 CLAS, Gabriel Calvo ’21 CLAS, Cecilia Spesia ’21 CLAS, Jack Riedl ‘21 CLAS, Courtney McPheter ‘21 COE, Kate Newman ’21 CLAS.

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honored six students for excellence in writing in the Augustine and Culture Seminar on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

ACS is a two-semester humanities sequence that educates students in Augustinian inquiry through a study of ancient and modern texts and an intensive program of critical reading, writing and discussion.

The Margaret Cecelia Baney Award for the Best Essay in the Augustine and Culture Seminar was presented to Cecilia Spesia ’21 CLAS for her essay, “Feeble & Feisty Females” written for Linda Boettcher.

Receiving honorable mention were Jack Riedl ‘21 CLAS for his essay “The Monster in Society” written for Paul Camacho, PhD and Paige Hanley ’21 CLAS for her essay “Sex and Politics in Measure for Measure” written for Gregory Hoskins, PhD.

The Seamus Heaney Awards for Best Honors Program Augustine and Culture Prize essay was awarded to Kate Newman ’21 CLAS for her essay “An Exploration of the Inevitability of Social Sin” written for Gregory Hoskins, PhD.

Courtney McPheter ‘21 COE received Honorable Mention for her paper, “A Mad Scientist’s Society” written for Kristie Schlauraff, PhD.

The Earl Bader Award for Creative Writing was awarded to Gabriel Calvo ’21 CLAS for his paper “To Hero” written for Paul Camacho, PhD.

ACS is a distinctive first-year learning experience unique to Villanova. It creates the opportunity for students from all four of Villanova’s undergraduate colleges to engage in a common intellectual conversation.

About Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences: Since its founding in 1842, Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has cultivated knowledge, understanding and intellectual courage for a purposeful life in a challenging and changing world. With more than 40 majors across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, it is the oldest and largest of Villanova’s colleges, serving more than 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The College is committed to a teacher-scholar model, offering outstanding undergraduate and graduate research opportunities and a rigorous core curriculum that prepares students to become critical thinkers, strong communicators and ethical leaders with a truly global perspective.