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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 17, 2009

Winners announced in library's undergrad research, essay contest

Six Northwest students were recognized March 12 during a reception for the winners of this year's Library Day undergraduate research and essay contest sponsored by the B.D. Owens Library.

Research winners were:

First place, Landon Hedrick, a senior history/philosophy major from Overland Park, Kan., for "Hume's Argument Against Miracles."

Second place, Sarah Lirley McCune, a senior history/philosophy major from Maryville, for "An Unachievable Ideal: The Cult of Domesticity and Working-class Women in 19th Century America."

Third place, Audrey Faltin, a senior Spanish major from Elkhorn, Neb., for "The Unitive Soul," a critical analysis of two Walt Whitman poems dealing with aspects of death and the afterlife.

Students who entered the essay contest were asked to reflect on the content and ideas developed in "Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books" (Random House), a recent best-seller by Azar Nafisi.

Essay winners were:

First place, Sean Callahan, a junior new media major from Independence, for "Blurring the Lines: The Marriage of Fiction and Reality in 'Reading Lolita in Tehran.'"

Second place, Caleb Hayworth, a sophomore broadcasting major from Leon, Iowa, for "Color of My Dreams."

Third place, Dane Hart, a senior computer science major from Chillicothe, for "Social Discord in Tehran: An American Student's View."

Winners in both categories received Best Buy gift certificates valued at $200 (first place), $150 (second place) and $100 (third place). The students also received a plaque presented by Northwest President Dean L. Hubbard. For pictures of the students accepting their awards during the reception, click LIBRARY WINNERS .

Research contestants submitted original work between eight and 20 pages and length written for a 200-level course or higher during the current school year. Evaluation criteria included extensive use of B.D. Owens Library electronic or paper sources (approximately 75 percent), including MOBIUS and inter-library loan.

Essays were 1,000- to 1,500-word compositions written in accordance with style guidelines published by the Modern Language Association of America.

All prizes were purchased with funds derived through the library's annual Brick and Click seminar for academic librarians.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468