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Graduate Students’ Association Excellence Awards

Congratulations SLLLC winners Federica Gowen, Richard Slipp and Allison Bajt

On Thursday, April 5, 2018, the Graduate Students’ Association hosted its Annual Awards Gala. The event acknowledges the outstanding work being done by and in support of graduate students. Each application requires four letters of support, and adjudication is completed by the Graduate Students’ Association. The School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures is pleased to announce that three of its members were recognized at the event.

Federica Gowen
, Graduate Program Administrator for Languages, Literatures and Cultures, received the Excellence in Administrative Support Award. In the letters of support, it was noted that this year of transition to our new graduate program was successful thanks to Federica’s diligence, foresight, organization, and positive attitude. Federica is described as “a consummate professional”,  “a living example of leadership for us and for our graduate students”, and “nothing short of outstanding.”

Pictured from left to Right: Federica Gowen and Allison Bajt
Allison Bajt
, a second-year LLAC MA student, was recognized with the Excellence in Teaching Award. Letters of support noted that Allison is meticulous in her planning, enthusiastic in her teaching, and that she provides students with creative and engaging activities. It was noted that Allison “represents a true role model for her peers” and that she “has become a trusted resource for all instructors.” In their letter of support, Allison’s students praised her for her enthusiasm and positivity.


Richard Slipp
, who is completing his PhD, received the Research Assistants’ Excellence Award. Richard was praised for his reliability, his curiosity, and his exceptional communication and organization skills. All of the letters of support indicated that Richard is able to not only complete the work that is required of him, but that he also provides valuable feedback on the research itself, which makes him more of a “collaborator than an assistant”.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients!