Lasell Student Writers Awarded 2015 Braun and Donatio Honors

Lasell Student Writers Awarded 2015 Braun and Donatio Honors

May 01, 2015

A group of top student writers were honored for their creativity on April 30 when they received the College's annual Braun and Donatio Writing Awards. Five Lasell undergraduates received Braun Writing Awards and three received Diane Donatio Memorial Writing Awards at an April 30 ceremony held in conjunction with Lasell's annual Connected Learning Symposium.

The Ruth Paetz Braun Undergraduate Connected Learning Awards Program, made possible through the generosity of Ruth Paetz Braun '54 in honor of her 50th Lasell reunion, supports annual writing and/or oral presentation achievement by students in five course levels. The five Braun winners were selected by a faculty committee and announced at Spring Symposium, where the students read short passages from their work.

For a paper written in a 100-level course (Sociology 101: Sociological Imagination), Samantha Guarnieri won for her writing on "The Transition from Prison to Society." For a 200/300 level course (English 214: Fantasy Literature), Molly Pierson won for her writing on "The Hobbit's Middle-earth: An Unrealistic World with Realistic Ecological Relationships." For a 400-level course (Human Services: Systems and Organizational Change), Rebecca Bissonnette and Michaela Ferro won for "Parental Wellness Group." And for Creative Prose (English 307X: Nonfiction Writing Workshop), Matt Bogorad won for "The Transportation of Rodents."

The Diane Donatio Memorial Writing Awards are given to first-year students for outstanding essays in Writing 1 classes. Their submissions are published in a volume titled Fresh Thoughts. Donatio taught Writing and Communication courses at Lasell for 11 years until her death in 2005. First prize this year went to Rebecca Llanes for "Coed Sports: The Best Solution." Second Prize was awarded to Jose Delgado for "Better Together." Third Prize went to Newton Jordao for "The Embarrassment." Honorable Mention was given to Jenna Bencivenga for "Disability is NOT an Inability," Jordan Blackwell for "The Rise of Netflix," Meghan Burgess for "The R-Word," Shannon Motz for "Yes I Can" and Daniel Sordello for "Content B, Experience A+."