UW-Parkside prize added to Lib. Arts essay contest
The UW System Advisory Group on the Liberal Arts (SAGLA) has announced its 8th annual Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition. Along with three prizes of $2,000 each--two for students at UW comprehensive and doctoral institutions, one for a UW Colleges student--the Kenosha campus is adding a prize for its top essayists.
"Different campuses have their own individual awards to acknowledge their campus winners," said Communication Professor Theresa Castor, a SAGLA member. "I thought it would be really nice at Parkside if we did something similar to recognize our students and let them know that what they've accomplished is important."
Open to any UW System undergraduates in academic good standing, SAGLA is asking for original essays of 1,000-1,250 words addressing this topic:
"Over the past two years, we have seen a Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election and a presidential race that both generated a great deal of civic discourse. How has your liberal education helped you process, develop informed opinions, and make decisions about what you see and hear and guided your participation as a citizen? How has your liberal education helped you interact with people with whom you disagree on the events that have taken place?"
Essayists can choose a single experience or an array of experiences that best fits the development of their own liberal educations. Essays should create a clear picture of the experience(s) and also make a clear connection between experience(s) and the writer's liberal education. Writers may want to view the liberal education learning outcomes on the web to better understand the larger framework of liberal education.
Submissions must be typed, double-spaced with a title page listing the essay title, student's name, major, institution, college and home address, e-mail address, telephone number, and the following statement: "I hereby affirm that this is an original essay and my own work." Essays will first be evaluated at the campus level to determine those that advance to the UW System. The Teaching and Learning Center will process UW-Parkside submissions.
Funds for the UW-Parkside essay prize will be raised from the campus and community. Dr. Castor said the giving appeal is, "It's money that is directly supporting students in their education and what they're learning."
Essays should be emailed to email@example.com with the subject "Liberal Education Essay" no later than Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Contest winners are notified in spring 2013.More information on the Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition is available on the web. For UW-Parkside contest questions, call Dr. Castor at 262-595-2252 or access firstname.lastname@example.org by email.