OC Students Receive National and Regional Honors

Whether students are drilling water wells in developing countries on the other side of the world, competing against the best language and literature scholars in the nation or receiving professional design recognition, OC’s off-campus impact is intentional and significant.

OC student Ryan Groves, co-founder and director of Wishing Well: Water For The World, has been selected as a speaker for the inaugural TEDxOKC conference in April. Patterned after the TED world conference that brings experts together from around the globe to discuss all matters technology, education and design, TEDxOKC speakers combine to spark deep discussion and share ideas worth spreading.

Groves will speak about his community-changing nonprofit organization, as well as the award-winning documentary film produced about Wishing Well’s work in Rwanda.

On Saturday, Sophomore Lauren Craighead received an ADDY Award from the OKC Ad Club for her graphic design work. ADDY Awards recognize and reward creative excellence in the art of advertising.

In addition, OC had its largest group of language and literature students ever accepted to the national convention of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honors society. All 15 students who submitted to the competitive application process were accepted to present papers on literary or pedagogical subjects, as well as creative works. After eight years of participating in the national convention, all OC students that applied have been accepted.

Below are the names of the students and the titles of the works they will present in March:

-Brazle, Claudia: Flor Maria, Creative Nonfiction
-Brazle, Claudia: Feminine Artistry in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
-Bresee, Amy: Barely Distinguishable, Original Fiction
-Clift, Katy: I Prefer a Dimly Lit Bathroom, Original Fiction
-Eggleston, Jenna: Gertrude the Jointress: Marrying for Protection
-Frobisher, Kelsey: Anonymity in Frankenstein
-Haas, Cady: The Pregnancy Problem: Complicating Unique Femininity in Contemporary Romantic Comedies
-Hernandez, Laura: Tree Meanderings, Original Poetry
-Jordan, Amanda: Spoiled Coke, Original Fiction
-Lauer, Chelsey: On Hearts and Death: Poetry Justified, Original Poetry
-Lissolo, Ashley: Fanny’s Sense of “Self”: Identity in Mansfield Park
-Nash, Morgan: Literature in the ESL Classroom: A Focus on Developing Reading and Other Language Skills
-Norton, Wil: The Uncanny, Castration, and Sight as Perceived Remedy in Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut,” “A Clockwork Orange,” and “Full Metal Jacket” 
-Stapp, Hallie: Hal and Hotspur’s Relationship in 1 Henry IV
-White, Abigail: The Other in Kafka’s The Metamorphosis
-Wilson, Alyssa: Redefining the Homemaker: A Cultural Critique of Susan Glaspell’s Trifles

Earning national recognition is not new for the department of language an literature. OC’s literature journal, “Soundings,” won “Best Literary Journal” at the convention in 2008, and was runner up in 2009.