What do the following have in common: A literary festival in Trinidad and Tobago, an editorial board of the American Library Association, a foundation that supports emerging artistic talent, and a writer-in-residency program in Berlin?

All are organizations that have recently recognized Liberal Studies faculty for their scholarship and creative work.

And last night, we honored them at NYU. The annual Faculty Honors Reception salutes NYU faculty who have received prestigious awards and special recognition in 2016. Among the honorees were four LS professors who are also distinguished authors:

  • Jacqueline Bishop – Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, One Caribbean Media
  • Miriam Frank – Outstanding Academic Titles, American Library Association
  • Mitchell Jackson – Whiting Award for Fiction, Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation
  • Lina Meruane – Otra Mirada Prize, 15th Annual Premio Calamo; Artist-in-Residency, DAAD Berlin

Their work ranges from fiction to nonfiction, from Spanish to English, and from creative to research-based, but their scholarly and creative contributions stand out as among the best in the world. I was proud to acknowledge their work at the Faculty Honors Reception. I am equally proud of the talents they bring to the classroom and share with LS students every day.

As the year ends, I look back with pleasure on highlights of the last twelve months. A major highlight of this year for me has been the recognition of so many of our students for their outstanding academic and professional achievements. Several LS students and recent graduates received competitive scholarships and awards in 2015, illustrating the talents of our students and their commitment to seeking opportunities for growth.

Below is a selection of these honors:

NYU Leadership Fellowship: University-wide, year-long program that builds capacity in undergraduates for working ethically, inclusively, and collaboratively with others on a common purpose. The 2015-16 fellows number 23 in total, with three from LS:

Lousia Bahet (Core/CAS ’17)
Shiri Hanau (GLS ’18)
RJ Khalaf (GLS ’18)

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, this grant supports American students studying or interning abroad.

Abida Ali (GLS ’17) – Awarded scholarship for junior year in Madrid.

Rosalyn DeMesa (GLS ’17) – Awarded scholarship for junior year in Shanghai.

Critical Language Scholarship: Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, this award funds intensive overseas language and cultural immersion for American students studying underrepresented languages.

Ariela Garvett (GLS ’15) – Received award to study Arabic in Tunisia.

Costanza Maio (GLS ’15) – Received award to study Arabic in Jordan; also a 2014 recipient.

Fulbright Program: Sponsored by the U.S. government, this program provides grants for study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs in a host country outside the U.S.

Eli Freedman (GLS ’15) – Received Fulbright-Hays Program grant to study Chinese language at Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, China.

Nicholas Grassi (GLS ’12) – Former international trade consultant; received grant to study international business and diplomacy through Deloitte while earning MBA credits in Mexico.

Christina Jang (GLS ’13) – Former program manager; received grant to mentor Fulbright English Teaching Assistants in Brazil following completion of her own English Teaching Assistantship in the same community.

Soros Fellowship: Supports immigrants or the children of immigrants in their graduate study at any university in the U.S.

Eugene Rusyn (Core/CAS ’13) – Born in Kiev, in the former Soviet Union, and currently a JD candidate at Yale Law School; received fellowship to support work towards JD in law.

Join me in congratulating these deserving scholars! I wish you a restful winter break and a happy new year.