College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Recognizes Outstanding Writing in Augustine and Culture Seminar for Spring 2019

Pictured here are the spring 2019 ACS Writing Award winners.

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 Monday, April 30.

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 Claire Barrett ’22 CON for her paper “Into Aeneas’s Future,” written for Elizabeth-Jane McGuire, PhD.

Gianna Guttilla ’22 CLAS received an honorable mention for her essay, “A Conversation Between a Philosopher, a God and a Wildcat,” written for John Paul Spiro, PhD.

The Seamus Heaney Award for Best Honors Program Augustine and Culture Prize was awarded to Dylan Sawyer ’22 CLAS for his essay, “Markian Stoicism,” written for Gregory Hoskins, PhD.

The Robert Russell, OSA Award for Exceptional Student Writing was awarded to Natalia Moroch ’22 CON for her paper, “Nature and Spiritual Conversion: Augustine’s Transition into a Nature-Loving Christian” written for Chara Armon, PhD.

The Earl D. Bader Award for Exceptional Creative Writing in the Augustine and Culture Seminar was awarded to Courtney Johnston ’22 CON for her essay “At First a Rushing Wind,” written for Timothy Horner, PhD.

Isidora Martin ’22 CON received an honorable mention for her essay “Second Shepherd’s Play: A Dramatic Revival,” written for Noel Dolan.

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 challenged 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.