SRU names “Shout Out for the Humanities” winners


Shout Out to the Humanities

Attendees watch a video entry at the March 1 “Shout Out for the Humanities” contest.

March 3, 2016

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Seventeen Slippery Rock University students participated in the March 1 "Shout Out for the Humanities" contest sponsored by The Stone House Center for Public Humanities.

The contest, open to all SRU students regardless of major, provided a chance for participants to tell the world why the humanities are important, according to Laura Coulter, SRU instructor of geography, geology and the environment and event co-organizer.

The SRU event was an offshoot of the national "Shout Out for the Humanities" contest sponsored by, the advocacy arm of the National Humanities Alliance.

Entries submitted for consideration included: videos, essays, artwork, posters and poems from a variety of majors. Submissions were judged for message, quality and impact.

Judges for the competition were: Eva Tsuquiashi-Daddesio, dean of SRU's College of Liberal Arts; Brad Wilson, SRU interim associate provost for transformational programs; MJ McCurdle, owner, Bottlebrush Gallery; Karen Pierce, librarian, Slippery Rock Community Library; and Kevin Lukacs, a 2015 SRU graduate with a bachelor's degree in history.

The top three finishers were:

      1. "The Humanities Matter," a video by Adam Riddle, a senior from Slippery Rock. Riddle was awarded $100.
      2. "Why We Need The Humanities," a poem by Joseph Szalinski, a junior from Pittsburgh. Szalinski was awarded $75.
      3. "Why We Matter," a video by Casey Squires, a senior from West Mifflin. Squires was awarded $50.

Wise Physical Therapy and the Office of Transformational Experiences provided prize monies.

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