May 07, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Mount Saint Mary College Writing Contest winners and judges, from left: Lisa Zylberberg of New Windsor, N.Y.; Gina Evers, director of the Writing Center; Brigid Kapuvari of Lindenhurst, N.Y.; Derek Sanderson, assistant librarian for Access Services; Emma Sabini of Mountainville, N.Y.; Daniel Shea, professor of English; and Elizabeth Harper, assistant professor of Biology.
Mount Saint Mary College recently announced the winners of the Third Annual Writing Contest for undergraduate and graduate students.
Emma Sabini, a sophomore Nursing major from Mountainville, N.Y., won the undergraduate contest with her essay, “Hormonal Responses to Stress and Exercise.” Brigid K. Kapuvari, a junior English major of Lindenhurst, N.Y., received an honorable mention and Excellence in Research award for “Feminism is Fulfillment.”
On the graduate level, Lisa Zylberberg of New Windsor, N.Y. walked away with the top honors for “Therapeutic Plan of Care: Myocardial Infarction,” while Kristen Greco of Warwick, N.Y. nabbed an honorable mention and Excellence in Research award for “Societal Influence of the Advanced Practice Nurse.” Both are part of the Master of Science in Nursing program to become family nurse practitioners.
All of the essays were written for Mount courses during the 2017-2018 year, with a particular focus on research implementation.
Gina Evers, director of the Mount’s Writing Center, was pleased with the high caliber of entries from students of all majors. Among all of the entries, these four essays stood out for writing that “exemplified the highest levels of argumentation, integration of research, organization, and professionalism,” she noted.
The entries were judged by Elizabeth Harper, assistant professor of Biology; Jenifer Lee-Gonyea, associate professor of Criminology; Derek Sanderson, assistant librarian for Access Services; Daniel Shea, professor of English; and Evers.
The Writing Center sponsors a variety events for students throughout the year. The center’s tutors assist Mount students in all stages of the writing process, including brainstorming and organizing ideas; structuring sentences, paragraphs, and essays; strengthening argumentation; incorporating research; appropriate systems of citation; and improving grammar and style.
“Our goal is for every writer to learn and practice at least one writing skill during every consultation,” explained Evers. “When writers leave the center, we want them to feel confident in their ability and know what the next steps are for their continued improvement.”