The English Honor Society

Peter Beauchamp, class of 2006, with Lord Byron during a semester of study in England

The Upsilon Pi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, established in 1986, recognizes student achievement in English and fosters the study of language and literature outside of the classroom. The sixteen active members of the Honor Society are currently at work organizing campus events, promoting student engagement and excellence, and taking advantage of opportunities such as study abroad. We invite you to join us in this work!

Many of the lectures that Keene State is proud to sponsor originate in the English Department. Sigma Tau Delta members have had the opportunity to welcome such guests as world-renown Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt, leading scholar in early British literature Dympna Callaghan, the political writer Thomas Oliphant, and Partners in Health worker Dr. Henry Walton. Sigma Tau Delta members have hosted the authors of the summer reading program, including Sherman Alexie, Gish Jen, and Janisse Ray. Sigma Tau Delta members read the books the program and share their enthusiasm for reading with first-year students. Sigma Tau Delta also sponsors events such as a graduate school panel, where students were given the opportunity to interact with a former Keene State English major who now works in graduate admissions at Simmons College.

Lilly Goldberg, Class of 2006, enjoying a meal in Paris

Members of Sigma Tau Delta have bright minds and promising futures. We take an annual book shopping trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where we spend the day bumming around Harvard Square and sharing a meal at a local pub or restaurant. Past members have continued their intellectual activities in a range of careers, including matriculation in the top graduate schools in the country. In fact Peter Beauchamp, the 2006-07 President of the Keene State Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, will begin law school this fall.

Interested? Membership in Sigma Tau Delta is open to all students who are pursuing degrees or minors in English, American Studies, and Writing. Additional eligibility requirements:

* a minumum of 2 college courses in English beyond English 101
* a B or equivalent GPA in English
* completion of at least three semesters (or five quarters) of college
* currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program

For more information about the activities of this organization beyond Keene State College, check out the Sigma Tau Delta Web Site for the International English Honor Society.

The Battenfeld Award

This award is given each year in memory of David H. Battenfeld, a former professor of English and American Studies who was especially supportive of students who displayed a strong interest in the humanities and the creative arts. The award recipient receives $500.00 and is recognized at the Spring Honors Convocation.

Previous Award Winners

2012 Zachary Paone
2007 Nicole Jhondra
2006 Robin Forsaith
2005 Steven Glidden
2004 Benjamin Cammett
2003 Sarah Spykman
2002 Carolyn Fulford
2001 Eliza Sieswerda
2000 Heather Coughlin

For more information about the Battenfeld award, and application guidelines, please contact the chair of the English department.

The Fred Fosher Excellence in Writing Award

This annual award was established in 2005 to acknowledge the inspired work of a student in any discipline who rises to the intellectual challenge of writing clear and purposeful expository prose. The award is made possible by the generous support of Bruce Levine Mellion and Linda Zucker Mellion . It honors the work of Professor Emeritus Fred Fosher, who taught English at Keene State College from 1967 until 1992. The recipient receives $1,000.00 and is personally recognized at the Spring Honors Convocation. Applicants may apply or be nominated by a faculty member and must be full-time matriculated students with junior or senior status.

Each Spring semester the English department invites applications for the Battenfeld Award. For more information about the Fred Fosher Excellence in Writing Award, or an application and portfolio guidelines, please contact the department Chair, Dr. Mark C. Long, at

Previous Award Winners:

2013 Christina Anderson (Mathematics)
2012 Nathan Gray (Economics and Political Science)
2011 Erin Stewart (English)
2010 Samantha Bardell (English)
2007 Abigail L. Bucklin (English)
2006 Steven R. Glidden (English)
2005 Sarah Spykman (English)

The Academic Excellence Conference

The Keene State College Academic Excellence Conference has several goals. The faculty want students, who are producing excellent work, to be given the opportunity to share that work with a broad audience. Another goal is to help students prepare for submitting proposals for presentation at professional conferences. Each year English department faculty take pride in sponsoring student work at the Academic Excellence Conference. The presentation titles below demonstrate the reading and writing activities of advanced students in the department:


Loren Madore, “An Ethnographic Look into the Lives of Keene Tattoo Artists” (Mentor: Katherine Tirabassi)

Meredith Allen, Abbie L. Brown, Nicholas D. Jadaszewski, Jonathan D. Way, Christopher R. Wardlaw, Jay J. Sahasakmontri,  and Scott T. Cole, “Black Music / Blues Nation (Mentor: Michael Antonucci)

Julia Janson, “Creating a Magical Language” (Mentor: Anne-Marie Mallon)

Victoria K. Davis, Jessica Montenieri, and Dylan J. Freni, “Gender, Race and African American Writing” (Mentor: Michael Antonucci)

Michael Sanborn, “How The Keene State College Gaming Guild Functions as a Social Network” (Mentor: Katherine Tirabassi)

Samantha Lewis, “The Importance of a Good Character in Spandex” (Katherine Tirabassi)

Jessica Montenieri, , Danielle Ireland, and Samantha Turcotte, “The Relevance of Rhetoric” (Mentor: Kirsti Sandy)

Hillary Bailey, “The Walking Girl: A Journey Through the History of Keene” (Mentor: Katherine Tirabassi)


Hillary Bailey, “Grief and Separation as Unifying Forces in the Memoir Brother I’m Dying” (Faculty Sponsor, Carol Bailey)

Brian Watson, “A Medieval Creation Story: The Construction of the English State in Medieval Literature” (Faculty Sponsor, Meriem Pages)

Philippa Naugle, “A Love of Nature: Putting the ‘Camp Fire’ Back in the Camp Fire Girls” (Faculty Sponsor, William Stroup)

Past Presentations (2000-11)

Larissa Miller, “Testimony of a Mother-Witness: Anna Akhmatova’s Requiem” (Faculty Sponsor, Anna Schur)

Samantha Bardell, “Minstrelsy and Mimicry: The Black Female Factor in the Policed Pursuit of Black Masculinity in the Jim Crow South” (Faculty Sponsor, Michael Antonucci)

Caitlin Spencer, “Resisting the Written Word: Oral Tradition in American Indian Literature” (Faculty Sponsor, Sally Joyce)

Kelly Wass, “The Glorious Corruption: An Examination of Andrei Sinyavsky’s The Trial Begins and Yuri Olesha’s Envy” (Faculty Sponsor, Anna Schur)

Thomas Simmons, “Where the Romantic Meets the Modern” Faculty Sponsor, William Stroup)

Trisha Simons, “Harry Potter and the Holocaust” (Faculty Sponsor, Meriem Pages)

Steven Gonzalez, “Redefining Gender: Fe/male Characterization in Science Fiction” (Faculty Sponsor, Ali Lichtenstein)

Kristen Loonie, “Abeunt Studia in Mores: Evolution of Education in the Essay” Faculty Sponsor, Kirsti Sandy)

Chelsea Delnero and Melissa Dickie, “Other Feminisms” (Faculty Sponsor, Ali Lichtenstein)

Stephanie Allen and Sarah Bernatas, “Postsructuralist Gender Dynamics in Le Guin’s Novel The Lathe of Heaven” (Faculty Sponsor, Ali Lichtenstein)

Gary Beisaw, Caitlin Bramucci, Amanda Izzo, Lauren Ochs, “Paradox of Abundance” (Faculty Sponsor, Ali Lichtenstein)

Thea Anderson, “The Role of the Trickster in Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We and Richard Wright’s The Man Who Lived Underground (faculty sponsor: Anna Kaladiouk)

Katharine Schillemat, “A Holy Fit: The Sacred Connection in After and Before the Lightning” (faculty sponsor: Sally Joyce)

Sarah Cushing, Rebecca Houle, Jahleh Ghanbari and Cate Reynolds, “Final Projects from English 203: Women’s Writing: Rhetoric and Representation” (faculty sponsor: Kirsti Sandy)

Monique L. Reno, Nicole Shippee, and Torin Hjelmstad, ” Integrity in Action: Writing with Moral Courage” (faculty sponsor: Ali Lichtenstein)

Jeffrey Stein, “The Genealogy of the Value of Morality in the Old Testament” (faculty sponsor: Michael Haines)

Katharine Schillemat, “Walking with Dorothy: Dorothy Wordsworth’s Journals as Literature of Place” (faculty sponsor: William Stroup)

Martha Schmidt, “Keats and Nature” (faculty sponsor: William Stroup)

John McDermott, “Walking the Appalachian Trail” (faculty sponsor: Mark C. Long)

Grisel Levene, Nancy Roberts O’Neill, Nicole Simonson, Rebecca Soderberg, “Women of Many Ages: A Diverse Writing Course” (faculty sponsor, Ali Lichtenstein)

Steven Gravelle, “Speak Up! A Trilogy of Plays for Social Change in America” (faculty sponsor, Robin Dizard)

Bethany Lasko, “The Downfall of Man in Place of Eve in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” (faculty sponsor, William Stroup)

Elizabeth Biron, Steven Gliddon, Lauren Baggott, “Who’s Your Hero? A Conversation with a Few Modern American Novelists” (faculty sponsor, Anne-Marie Mallon)

Heather Bogardus, “The Importance of Historical Context: George Orwell’s Animal Farm” (faculty sponsor, William Stroup)

Elizabeth Lounder, “Subconscious Threading,” (faculty sponsor, Robin Dizard)

Barrett Richard, Kelly Gennett, Derrick Glow, Danielle Spardo, John Skelton, “Academic Writing: Using Amherst Writers and Artists Methodology in the College Classroom” (faculty sponsor, Ali Lichtenstein)

Laura Bogart, “Shelley’s Theory of Natural Diet and its Relation to Modern Society (faculty sponsor, Dr. William Stroup)

Mark Metevier, “The Cultural Influence of China: Mona in the Promised Land (faculty sponsor, Dr. William Stroup)

Cathleen Brennan, “Land of the Free, Home of the White: The Chinese Struggle to Gain Citizenship in Ninetennth-Century America” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Mark C. Long)

Shawn Kelly, “The Will of a Vampire, the Fate of the Vampire” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Anna Kaladiouk)

Gregory Gilewski, “‘Ode to a Nigthingale’: A portrayal of Becoming One with Heidegger’s ‘Authentic Self'” (faculty sponsor, Dr. William Stroup)

Judith Grophear, “Dostoevsky’s Prince and the Women’s Question” (faculty sponsor, Dr. Anna Kaladiouk)



One Response to Students

  1. Marie Duggan says:

    This is great that you publicize your top students’ work, and exciting to see thirty three students have presented at AEC over the years. Given that twelve presented in 2009, seems like the English Department’s work with students is going in the right direction.