It’s hard to believe that it’s early April already and another Honors Week has arrived. If you’ve been around the building you know that the banners are all up along the second floor (and also on part of the third, where REL now has 4, and soon 5, faculty offices). They date back 21 years, listing all of the names of all of our Silverstein Scholars, including the students awarded it this year: Hannah Alexander, Tyler Blair, Scarlett Ford, Jackson Foster, Stephen Heaton, Blake Jordan, Rebekah Pearson, Caden Philley, Katherine Prince, and Leah Varnell. This award is given to our highest achieving REL majors and Judaic Studies minors; looking back, we’re so very pleased to see how many students have benefited over the past two decades from the financial assistance provided by this kind gift to the Department. This year’s recipients can see Prof. Newton beginning Friday to pick up their letters and to learn what they will receive as part of this honor. Continue reading
Are you a student in an REL class this year (whether or not you;re a major or minor in our Department) who is game to write approx. 500 words on:
- How you found the study of religion at UA
- Aspects of the field that you found surprising
- Unexpected ways in which you might apply what you’ve learned
If so, then our Alum Liaison Committee, comprised of four REL grads,
wants to hear from you!
Annually, at the Department’s Honors Day ceremony, the members of the Alum Liaison Committee award a small number of prizes to the essays that they found most interesting, surprising, or even compelling.
Get more details on the award and consider applying.
Deadline: March 1, 2020.
Submissions should be sent to Prof. Vaia Touna (who will then share them with the committee); they must also contain:
- The student’s name, CWID, and email address
- The student’s College (A&S, Business, Nursing, Social Work, Engineering, etc.) as well as their Major/Minor
- The REL course/section in which the student was/is enrolled and its year/semester
- The student’s status (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior) at the time of their submission
Last Friday, the Department of Religious Studies hosted its annual Honor’s Day reception on the second-floor balcony of Manly Hall. Friends and family traveled in from around the state (and nation) to celebrate award recipients. The agreeable weather, tasty food, and great company made for an ideal day to celebrate the hard work of faculty and students over the last year.
Earlier in the week office workers and groundskeepers broke out the zip-ties to hang every Silverstein banner (between 2002 and 2019). Many of the guests who were majors in the Department before graduating could find their own names listed on the railings. Current MA student, Sierra Lawson, and REL Senior, Ellie Cochran stand behind one of these banners to chat as they grab lunch catered by the Cypress Inn.
We have a new award to announce, which will be given out each year at Honors Day on the balcony: the Alum Liaison Committee Award.
This award (funded by alums and the Department) will recognize up to four students (one Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior) who submit a short essay (500 words) on their experiences in our classes, e.g., how they found us, what surprised them about the field, and interesting uses to which it might be put. It’s open to any student in an REL course and each award comes with a $100 prize.
The members of our Alum Liaison Committee will be reading the essays and making the decisions, so please visit the page (linked above) for this new award to learn more and consider making your own submission in this inaugural year (due March 1).