Graduating Seniors Garner Awards
The end of the academic year brought more fellowships and awards for graduating seniors. Hillary Brevig of Portland won a $15,000 scholarship from the U.S. State Department to participate in a culture and language immersion program in St. Petersburg, Russia. Andrea Brambila, an anthropology major from California, won the Jon R. Tuttle Minority Internship; she is a reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting this summer. An inaugural Critical Language Scholarship went to Sam Kigar, a religion major from Colorado. The scholarship is awarded by the U.S State Department and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. Kigar is attending the American Research Center in Egypt for a six-week program of classes in Modern Standard Arabic and Egyptian dialect.
Michael Casper, Anna Henke, and Benjamin Kukull won Fulbrights. A religion major from Massachusetts, Casper traveled to Lithuania to study the historical and contemporary relations between Hasidim and their so-called opponents, the Lithuanian Misnogdim. “Lithuania’s capital of Vilna was once a major center of Yiddish literary and intellectual life,” says Casper. “It is a unique opportunity to study in such a city while improving my Yiddish with native speakers.” Henke, from North Carolina, majored in German. She will teach English at a high school in Germany for a year before taking up graduate studies in German. Kukull, a biology major from Shoreline, Washington, is heading to Prague to study at the Czech Academy of the Sciences.
Also announced at the end of the year were the 2006 winners of the Edwin N. Garlan Prize in Philosophy, the Class of ’21 Award, the Gerald M. Meier Award for Distinction in Economics, and the William T. Lankford III Humanities Award.
Sarah Gishe of California received the Garlan prize for “truly outstanding scholarship in philosophy.” Michael Salk, whose senior thesis, From Spiritual Beings to Counterintuitive Agents: God-Beliefs, Cognitive Science, and the New Naturalism in Religious Studies, won the Class of ’21 Award, for “creative work of notable character, involving an unusual degree of initiative and spontaneity.” Dawn Teele, an economics major from Pennsylvania who will be studying the aftermath of the Asian tsunami this year on a Watson Fellowship, was selected for the Meier Award. And Rachel Preminger, an English major from Idaho, won the Lankford Award. The Dean of Faculty presented Preminger with a cash award and a copy of David Copperfield, apropos of Lankford’s Dickensian scholarship. William Lankford III served as a distinguished professor of humanities at Reed from 1977 to 1983.