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

Pictured are the seven student winners of the ACS writing awards.

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honored seven students for excellence in writing in the Augustine and Culture Seminar on Friday, November 22.

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 Cecilia Baney Award for Exceptional Student Writing in the Augustine and Culture Seminar Program was presented to Grace Roberto ’22 CLAS for her paper “Goodbye Satan: Time to Make a Wager,” written for Paul Camacho, PhD.

Steven Nigro ’22 COE received an honorable mention for his essay, “Connecting Philosophical Insights to Villanova’s Educational Experience,” written for Elizabeth Springuel.

James Cobourn ’22 VSB also received an honorable mention for his essay, “The Song Remains the Same: How Ta-Nehisi Coates, Donald Glover, and Negro Spirituals Depict America,” written for Kaley Carpenter, PhD.

The Seamus Heaney Award for Exceptional Honors Student Writing was awarded to Lily Day ’22 CLAS for her essay, “War or Peace: Man’s Natural State in Shelley and Hobbes,” written for Gregory Hoskins, PhD.

The Earl D. Bader Award for Exceptional Creative Writing in the Augustine and Culture Seminar was awarded to Isidora Martin ’22 FCN for her essay “Dear Diary: A One-Act Play,” written for Noel Dolan.

Mackenzie O’Reilly ’22 CLAS received an honorable mention for her essay “Chapter XX of the Picture of Dorian Gray,” written for Jennifer Joyce, PhD.

The Flannery O’Connor Award for Exceptional Writing in the Augustine and Culture Seminar was awarded to Brenna L. Gaffney ’22 CLAS for her paper, “Paradise Lost” written for Guy Aiken, 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 universal 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.