4/22/2016 Peter Durantine

College Awards Include Inaugural Altick Prize

Five graduating seniors, three underclassmen and one student organization were recipients of Franklin & Marshall's All College Awards April 21.

The ceremony included the inaugural prize named for alumnus and former English professor Richard Altick, a Victorian scholar whose numerous published works includes the notable "Shows of London."

Awarded by the Franklin & Marshall College Library, the Richard D. Altick ’36 Student Research Prize goes to the student who submitted the best undergraduate research paper or project substantially based on Archives & Special Collections primary research material. The inaugural prize went to senior Emily A. Hawk. 

  • Interim College Librarian Scott Vine presents the inaugural Richard D. Altick ’36 Student Research Prize to senior Emily Hawk. Interim College Librarian Scott Vine presents the inaugural Richard D. Altick ’36 Student Research Prize to senior Emily Hawk. Image Credit: Deb Grove

Interim College Librarian Scott Vine, Archivist, Special Collections Librarian Christopher Raab, Professor of History and American Studies Louise Stevenson and Professor of English Tamara Goeglein selected the recipient. The $500 research prize is sponsored by the library and was founded by Altick's daughters in 2015, the centennial of their father's birth.

"The College Library is very pleased to recognize Emily Hawk and her outstanding research utilizing primary resources from the Archives & Special Collections," Vine said. "We are delighted to celebrate and reward exceptional undergraduate scholarship in this manner."

Hawk's research was "Doughboy Diaries: F&M Student Experience in World War I."

"My research as a Hackman Scholar during the summer of 2015 features two diaries, both in the possession of the Franklin & Marshall College Archives and Special Collections," Hawk said. "They reveal the lives of two F&M students during World War I."

Altick received his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1941. He taught English at F&M from 1941 to 1945, then at Ohio State University until his retirement. In 1964, F&M presented him with an honorary doctor of letters degree. 

Altick’s chief interest was 19th-century Victorian English literature and social history, subjects in which he became widely influential. So much so, The Guardian's 2008 obituary began: "Few literary scholars have achieved the distinction of being profiled in New York's Village Voice. Richard Altick, who has died aged 92, was one who did. 'Intruder in the Dust: Richard Altick, Raider of the Lost Archives' appeared in 1991 following the publication of Altick's monumental but wonderfully entertaining 'The Presence of the Present: Topics of the Day in the Victorian Novel.'"

Recipients of the other All College Awards:

Mr. & Mrs. Lanious B. Keiper Prize – Ashley B. Gubernick '18

The Thomas Gilmore Apple Award – Wyatt A. Behringer '18

The Bicentennial Prize –Cecilia Plaza '17

 The Stanley Craig Memorial Award – William W. Hamersly ’16

The Alice Distler Award – William W. Hamersly ’16

The Muhlenberg Goodwill Award – Mawupemor K. Alorzuke ’16 and Mary P. Bundy ’16

The Benjamin Peralta Award – Black Student Union

The Major Dick Winters ’41 Award – Fatoumata Keita ’16

More than 160 students received academic department awards during the ceremony.

  • The Martin Library of the Sciences celebrated its 25th anniversary April 21 with a reception and remarks from F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield and alumnus Aaron J. Martin '50, a chemistry professor and an F&M emeriti trustee for whom the library is named. The Martin Library of the Sciences celebrated its 25th anniversary April 21 with a reception and remarks from F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield and alumnus Aaron J. Martin '50, a chemistry professor and an F&M emeriti trustee for whom the library is named. Image Credit: Deb Grove
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