Eugene Lang Words and Voices: The 2013 Eugene Lang College Dean’s List and Awards Ceremony
Each year at Lang’s annual awards ceremony we celebrate students’ achievements. We recognize students’ unique and groundbreaking work, from nesting oysters in the Hudson to teaching in schools in East Harlem and learning Khmer in Cambodia. And we encourage our students to continue to challenge themselves, to think deeply and critically about today’s tough problems, and to engage with their communities to affect change.
This year we also celebrated our college’s founder, Mr. Eugene Lang, whose own journey has had profound impacts on the college and the world. Recent Lang graduate Irene Lee curated an exhibit exploring Mr. Lang’s and Lang students’ work in New York City, in the world, and in giving back. The exhibit included pages and excerpts from Mr. Lang’s speeches, graduating seniors’ maps of their intellectual journeys at Lang, photographs, and objects that together tell the story of the man, the college, and the more than 3,700 Lang graduates who have been shaped by his vision for education.
Monica Gollub Scholarship: Elizabeth Tyning and Elias Shebar. Awarded to Lang students pursuing studies in the social sciences with an intended career in the area of social services or law.
Hajime Yoshida Scholarship: Amelia Pang. This award is designated for students eligible to receive scholarship, who are outstanding students at Lang, with specific preference given to students whose academic focus is economics or international relations.
Jean Le Corbeillier & Colleagues Scholarship: Marissa Shipman. Awarded to a deserving senior at Lang with an interest in the natural sciences and/or mathematics
Malcolm and Betty Smith Scholarship: Claire Schonning. Awarded to an undergraduate junior with an exemplary academic record, in good academic standing, whose commitment to civic engagement has been demonstrated through community service.
Brian Watkins Memorial Scholarship: Alexa Riggs. This scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates outstanding academic ability, community involvement, and a commitment to helping others.
Board of Governors Scholarship: Alix Rowe and Ché Lucero. Awarded annually to undergraduate students demonstrating exceptional academic performance and the values and priorities of Eugene Lang College and its Board of Governors.
Bea Banu Scholarship: Kiera Bono. Awarded to a student who demonstrates academic merit and financial need, with preference for a student with interest in philosophy and/or the arts.
Judy Walzer Scholarship: Samuel Greenberg & Zeba Blay. Awarded to a student who demonstrates academic merit and financial need, with a focus on the Arts and Humanities.
John Tishman Scholarship: Abigail Marsh. Awarded to a Lang freshman with great potential, in recognition of high scholastic achievement and evidence of commitment to public service and community involvement.
George F. Kettle Scholarship: Eugenia Vivanco. Awarded to a first-year student based on need, academic accomplishment, and community involvement.
Creative Arts Awards
Sekou Sundiata Award for Outstanding Creative Project in the Arts: Claire Johannes. This award commemorates Sekou Sundiata, a remarkable teacher, poet, and performance artist who inspired students to reflect on the world around them and to recognize the power of creative expression in shaping and affirming society, culture, and politics. This award recognizes an exceptional student-created project in the arts.
Akilah Oliver Award for Outstanding Experimental Poetry: Mia Bruner and Zee Whitesides. This award commemorates Akilah Oliver, a poet, performer, activist, and Lang professor, who challenged students not only to engage poetic texts but also the criticism and conversations that surround them. This award recognizes a student poet at Lang whose work has some of the features of Akilah’s writing and teaching.
Civic Engagement and Social Justice Awards
- CESJ Summer Fellowships: Jessica Auger, Jessica Dobrowolski, Cecilia Frescas, and Sarah Giffin. Awarded to Lang students to support summer community-based experiences in New York City. In addition to fieldwork at a community partner site, students explore their proposed issue areas in an academic context, submit a reflection project and present their fellowship experiences to the larger Lang community.
- CESJ Student Fellowship Awards: Catherine Gobel, Ayanna Heaven, Kira Kelley, Bekah Mulberg, Lauren Peterson, Kelsey Salyer, and Ally Tufenkjian. Awarded to Lang students in support of proposals for civic engagement or social justice-related events, research initiatives, and projects.
Student Awards, Fellowships and Grants
Max Adler Award for Leadership in Debate: Kyle Trevett. This award commemorates the joy in intellectual engagement that characterized Lang student Max Adler, an award-winning member of the debate team who died in 2008. This award is given annually to a student or students in good academic standing who demonstrate an eagerness to engage in the kind of spirited exchange and open discussion that enriches the Lang community.
Eugene Lang Community Leadership Award: Cecilia Frescas. This award is presented annually to students who display outstanding contributions toward building an undergraduate community at Eugene Lang College.
New Challenge Award: Cambodia Empowerment Gardens. Team members: Shelley Green, Noah Strouse, and Ashley Vidal. Cambodia Empowerment Gardens is an organic gardening and composting program in northern Cambodia that addresses the immediate issue of food security, and establishes the garden as a safe space for knowledge sharing, community building, individual empowerment, and ground-up social change. Building on The New School’s commitment to learning through action, New Challenge helps students develop as change makers. New Challenge is awarded to New School students committed to addressing social and environmental challenges in innovative ways. For 2012-13, a single team was selected, all students of Eugene Lang College.
Tishman Environmental Merit Scholarship: Olivia Zimmerman. Together with a select group of students from across the country, Tishman Environmental Merit Scholars engage in conservation research, develop environmental education programs, work on grassroots campaigns to advance pro-environment policies, and support programs to foster sustainable development in communities throughout Alaska during the summer. This program is co-sponsored by The New School and the Alaska Conservation Foundation.
Interdisciplinary Science Research Grants: Alex Riggs (Clinical Directors Network) and Steven Houang (New York City Department of Health). These grants support research opportunities for students studying the natural sciences in Lang’s Interdisciplinary Science program. These opportunities help students translate and connect what they learn in the classroom to the world, enrich their intellectual journeys, and provide chances to explore career options and make useful contacts with peers and professionals in the field. This year’s awards are made possible by a generous grant from the Roy A. Hunt Foundation. This year's grants were awarded to:
Clinton Global Initiative University: Aleksandra Maglich and Davis Lau (MY GOODNESS) and Ryan Reid (One Day in the Life of Henri Schnuffle). Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), President Bill Clinton hosts the CGI U meeting each year for students and youth organizations to create innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. All CGI U students are required to develop a Commitment to Action: a new, specific, and measurable plan that addresses a challenge on their campus, in their local community, or around the world.
India China Institute Summer Travel Research Grant: Brandon Gorman for Summer Abroad Shanghai. Each year, The India China Institute at The New School sponsors six travel research grants for undergraduate or graduate students to support independent study projects or defray the cost of attending a New School program in India or China.
Benjamin A. Gilmean Scholarship: Safiye Senturk and Jackson Tynan Whalen. These study abroad scholarships are awarded to students who have been traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. Sponsored by the Institute for International Education (IIE), the scholarship program seeks to diversify the range of students studying abroad and the countries and regions chosen as destinations.
Eugene Lang Opportunity Award Recipients. Made possible by the generous gift of Mr. Eugene Lang, these awards support student-designed initiatives as well as student participation in co-curricular programs. With recognition that such opportunities are often beyond the reach of students whose financial resources are limited, applicants are selected on the basis of both academic merit and financial need. Proposals are reviewed for educational quality, assigning priority consideration for proposals with an emphasis on social justice and community impact. Students are expected to produce reflective written reports and/or presentations associated with the project or program. The awards range from $1,000-$5,000.
- Jackson Tynan Whalan – Original Hip Hop Production & Recording for United Nations International Day of Peace
- Steven Houang – International, SEA Semester Biodiversity & Conversation
- Amira Gebba – International, Genocide & Reconstruction in Rwanda
- Lauren Peterson – International, Genocide & Reconstruction in Rwanda
- Shelley Green – International/Exhibit, Cambodia Curatorial Workshop
- Jordan Lapolla – International/Exhibit, Cambodia Curatorial Workshop
- James Fishon – International, Language & Literature in Verona
- Ashley Hefnawy – Internship, New York Magazine
- Gabriela Landazuri – Internship, New York Magazine
Lang Student Union
Eugene Lang College thanks the 2012-2013 leadership of Lang Student Union for an impressive year of service:
- Tess Guttieres
- Tamar Lapin
- Amanda Manning
- Lauren Peterson
- Niqyira Rahji
University Student Senate
We also thank the elected representatives from Lang for their service on the University Student Senate during 2012-2013:
- Katherine Towell
- Tavish Gallagher
- Khonsu Spratt
Senior Graduation Awards
The college recognized seniors who did outstanding work in their programs. Awards were announced at the Eugene Lang College Recognition Ceremony.