Graduate Students sweep 2011 McKinney Writing Contest
Graduate Students sweep 2011 McKinney Writing ContestDate posted: 2011-05-04 14:42:34
image credit: "11 Ideas" video still by Nick Chase
The McKinney Contest is an annual competition administered by the Department of Language, Literature, and Communication.
EART graduate student winners in the 2011 Electronic Media category are:
First Prize Graduate Electronic Media
Major: Integrated Electronic Arts
Title: "11 Ideas about People & Stuff"
Second Prize Graduate Electronic Media
Clara Tomaz (prize accepted by her husband and & two sons)
Major: MFA in Electronic Arts
Title: "Deviations and Straight Line"
Third Prize Graduate Electronic Media
Helen "Ellie" Markovitch
Major: Electronic Arts MFA Candidate
Title: "Flavors of Times Past"
Origins of the McKinney contest
Dr. Samuel P. McKinney graduated from Rensselaer in 1884 and went on to enjoy a long career as a physician. After his retirement, Dr. McKinney became deeply interested in the liberal arts activities at his alma mater, for he felt that more should be done to recognize and reward the communication skills of Rensselaer students. In 1941 he established the Mary A. Earl McKinney endowment as a memorial to his late wife. Each year since then the McKinney Competition has awarded prizes to students who have demonstrated talent in various genres of writing. From its inception the McKinney Competition has been administered and judged by the faculty of the Department of Language, Literature, and Communication.