Friends of Rutgers English Spring/Summer 2005

Inside This Issue
John Belton Wins a Guggenheim
From the Chair
Marianne DeKoven Wins Research Award
Beyond the Classroom: Reading Groups
Stacy Klein Wins Research Fellowship
Brent Hayes Edwards Wins Library Fellowship
Richard Koszarski on New Jersey’s Film History
A New Film Library
New Faculty Profile: Veena Kumar
Writers at Rutgers: Jean Valentine
Writers at Rutgers: C. K. Williams
Wesley Brown Retires
A Dramatic Farewell to Wesley Brown
A History of Rutgers English: Part 4
A History of Douglass English
Student Awards Bring Out the Best
The Burian Award
The Enid Dame Poetry Prize
A New Graduate Seminar
In Memoriam: Lexi Rutnitsky
Graduate Student Placement
Howard Travel Fellowships
Plangere Center Expands
Alumni Offer Career Advice
Thanks to Our Interns
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Recognizing Academic Achievement

For most students who receive the Dr. Jaroslav M. Burian and Grayce Susan Burian Award in English, the award comes as a surprise. Dr. Burian endowed the award in 2001 to create a prize for the graduating English major with the highest grade point average for Rutgers College courses. “I felt that a little encouragement of academic achievement might not be out of order these days,” he says. English, theater arts, and competitive swimming were his favorite activites as a student, and he has endowed awards in all three.

After coming to Rutgers intending to study engineering in 1944, Dr. Burian eventually shifted to an English major, and pursued theater by taking drama courses and doing shows at N.J.C. (now Douglass). After serving in the army, Dr. Burian completed his studies at Rutgers in 1949, then went on to earn a Ph.D. in English with an emphasis on dramatic arts.

Kate Sell, who received the award in 2004, was thrilled to have an unexpected windfall. She used the award money to offset the costs of applying to graduate school, and will be starting at the University of Chicago in the fall.

The most recent winner, Ronah Sadan, was also surprised and pleased. Ms. Sadan was a double major in English and French. Like Dr. Burian, she is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She’s still considering exactly what to do now that she has graduated, but is planning to apply to graduate school.

No one sets out to win a Burian Award, which requires years of hard work. Instead, the award serves as a generous and unexpected reward, a way to congratulate students for an excellent performance at Rutgers.

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