ECU’s Joyner Library recognizes winners of the W. Keats Sparrow Writing Award

The winners of the 2010 W. Keats Sparrow Writing Awards were recognized Tuesday in a ceremony at Joyner Library. The awards recognize excellence in research and writing by students in ECU’s English 1100 and 1200 composition classes.

The Friends of Joyner Library sponsored the event named in honor of the late Dr. W. Keats Sparrow, Professor Emeritus of English and former dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.  Dr. Larry Boyer, dean of Academic Library and Learning Resources, presented a book in memoriam to Elizabeth “Liz” Sparrow, widow of Keats Sparrow.

This year’s winners read their works to the 40 event attendees. Tara MacKenzie Parrish, first place, won $200 for “Smart Phone Usage: Is the Device Dominating Lives?”  The second place entry, “Language Evolution in North Carolina,” was written by Emily Jane Price who won $150; and Sandie-Marie Williams placed third with a $100 prize for “Recess in Schools: Disposable or Essential?” Dr. Brian Glover and Marc Peterson were the winner’s instructors.

This year’s judges were ECU faculty members Dr. Wendy Sharer and Timm Hackett both of the Department of English, and Brandon Stilley of Joyner Library.

For more information about this writing award program, contact Amy Gustavson, coordinator of instructional services at 328-0295.

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