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Division of Humanities
The Division of Humanities endeavors to hone students' critical thinking abilities through written communication skills.
The Division offers programs of study leading to a B.A. in English, English ed., French, French ed., languages and Spanish ed. Students may pursue a minor in English, French, and Spanish.
Students of the humanities are prepared to begin advanced study or embark on careers in virtually any type of vocation.
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The Division of Humanities endeavors to develop Christian world and life view thinking as the faculty hones students' critical thinking and reading abilities through excellence in oral, written, and dramatic communication skills.
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Humanities Division Sponsors Second Spanish Immersion Night
Louisiana College Humanities Division celebrated its second Spanish Immersion Night this year on Friday, April 11. Ms. Nancy Whitlock reports that more than 50 LC students mingled with special guests from Argentina and Puerto Rico. Students practiced speaking Spanish with each other and with guests. Professor Kathleen Scataglini prepared several international dishes, including Argentine oregano chicken, Puerto Rican Beans, Mexican rice, and flan. Spanish students ranging from beginners to advanced enjoyed international food, music, and cultural exchange, all while practicing their conversation skills.
Ten Humanities Students Receive Scholarships at 2013 Convocation Day for Outstanding Academic Achievements
Each year the Division of Humanities awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to recognize outstanding students who have distinguished themselves through superior scholastic achievements, creative manuscripts, and researched analytical compositions. These students represent diligence and dedication to academic excellence. The scholarships and awards presented are drawn from endowments created to honor and to remember individuals who have fostered academic achievement and success in the Division of Humanities. These awards not only help students pursue their academic studies, but also honor the legacy of those who established the highest standards of academic achievement. Students who earn awards and scholarships are held to these high academic standards and are expected to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. However, this year’s recipients hold a GPA of 3.6 or above.
The Humanities Division presented Jade Johnson the George Amos English Scholarship, which was established to honor Dr. George Amos who chaired the LC Department of English from 1970-1979. An unusually energetic and creative problem-solver, he developed the strong sense of departmental identity that enabled the academic growth of the department. In addition, through partnerships with area businesses, Dr. Amos became the first to provide LC students an opportunity to study in London. The award is presented to an outstanding freshman who has a 3.0 high school GPA and who earned at least a 26 on the English portion of the ACT. Jade not only exceeded the 3.0 GPA requirement and has maintained a 4.0 throughout high school, but she also scored a 32 on the English portion of the ACT.
Bruce Ragas was awarded the Mary Kate Bailes Freshman Essay Award, established to honor Mrs. Bailes, a 1936 graduate of Louisiana College who taught English in Vernon Parish for 34 years. Even after her retirement, she remained involved with the schools of Leesville and avidly encouraged young people to attend LC. The influence of this vibrant woman continues to enhance the lives of young people through this scholarship. This award goes to a returning student who has written the best overall essay in Freshman Composition.
The Mayme Hamlett English Scholarship went to Emily Smith. This scholarship honors Ms. Hamlett for instilling in her students the rich value that literature brings to life. She taught at Southwest Baptist College, Union University, and Louisiana College and was known as a mentor and role model for her students. This award was presented to Emily, recognized by the Humanities faculty as an outstanding sophomore who displays diligence, determination, academic integrity, and demonstrates superior academic potential for the study of literature.
Haley Laird won the Ellander Ridge Award. This award is given to a student who demonstrates scholastic achievement in English, possesses intellectual curiosity, displays a spirit that is conducive to learning, and demonstrates the ability to excel in literary studies. The award, given by her son, commemorates Ms. Ridge, a graduate of LC in 1927. She delighted in the study of literature and promoted academic excellence. Haley additionally received the W. P. Carson Scholarship in English, which was established to honor Dr. Carson’s 28 years of service to Louisiana College. From 1917 until 1945, his devotion to literature, quiet dignity, and commitment to learning established an intellectual standard and legacy that has characterized the best in those who have followed him in the study of English. This scholarship is presented to a superior ranking Senior English major who demonstrates academic excellence and superior scholastic achievement.
The Humanities Division awarded Paige Jordan the Ivey Gravette Scholarship that honors the memory of Ms. Gravette, who taught English at Louisiana College from 1945-1961. She returned in 1965-66 to serve as Convener of the Department of English. She combined the qualities of a vigorous intellect and generous spirit, a disciplined mind and a warm personality. Known for her exacting standards, she inspired students to rise to the challenges of scholarship and integrity. The award goes to a Junior English major of superior standing who demonstrates academic excellence and the potential for the study of literature.
Carlee Wilson was selected for the Inez Parker English Education Scholarship, which celebrates the memory of one of this community’s leading high school English teachers. Inez Parker taught at Bolton High School and demanded the very best of her students. She was recognized several times as one of the top ten high school teachers in the nation. Single-minded, she insisted that her students be challenged to rise above what they believed they could accomplish. Following her public school career, she taught English at Louisiana College for eight years. This scholarship is awarded to the student who is deemed the department’s outstanding English education major who shows great promise as an exceptional English teacher.
Jessica Hazmark received the Ada Osborne Scholarship, established to honor Dr. Rosanne Osborne’s mother. While Dr. Osborne’s mother never attended college, she valued the importance of education and provided her daughter with the opportunities to attain four Masters degrees and two Doctorates of Philosophy. The student receiving this award must be an English major who displays a love of learning and a passion for education.
The Humanities faculty selected Leah Marshall for the English Faculty Scholarship, which is awarded to a graduating senior in the Humanities Division. Given to a student who shows intellectual curiosity, dedication to academic studies, leadership qualities among her peers, and stands exemplary in her academic conduct, Leah’s academic accolades are numerous: she received a Top Thirty Scholarship; she has been named on the Dean’s List every semester in the past five years; she was nominated for the Who’s Who Among College Students for three years; and last year, she received a highly coveted CODOFIL scholarship to study French in Belgium during July 2012. She also received last year’s Choate Scholarship in French. She has served LC as a resident assistant, Writing Center assistant, and Alpha Mu Gamma secretary and president. Leah managed these accomplishments while maintaining a 3.91 GPA.
Justin Branch was awarded a CODIFIL Scholarship to study abroad in Belgium this summer. CODOFIL is state organization created in 1968 to advance and preserve the French language and culture in Louisiana. Each year, numerous students from throughout the State compete for these highly coveted scholarships. It covers educational expenses and room and board for the summer. In addition to this scholarship, the Humanities Division would like to recognize the outstanding achievement of this student by awarding him the Addie B. Choate Scholarship in French. This award honors Addie Choate, an exceptional French instructor known particularly for her sacrificial commitment to the college and her students. This scholarship is reserved for students who show exceptional promise in the study of French.
In addition to these awards and scholarship, the foreign language honor society Alpha Mu Gamma recognizes members for exemplary scholarship and service to the organization. Alpha Mu Gamma is a National Foreign Language Honor Society that was founded in 1931. The Zeta Gamma chapter of Alpha Mu Gamma was founded at Louisiana College in 1968 to recognize outstanding students in the field of foreign languages. Members must have earned an A in at least one foreign language course and have at least a 3.0 GPA. This year the Alpha Mu Gamma presented two awards: Leah Marshall received the Alpha Mu Gamma Senior Award, and the newly elected president Lauren Carriere was presented the Alpha Mu Gamma Award.