Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Another paper written at Randolph chosen for intercollegiate academic journal

An essay by a 2011 alumna of Randolph College will appear in Apollon, an intercollegiate journal of academic writing from all disciplines.

“Writing the Female Experience,” by Elizabeth Zehl ’11, will appear in the online edition that will go live this month.

The paper examines, compares, and contrasts How I Became Hettie Jones and Jane Eyre as stories that relate the experience of a woman growing to adulthood. “The nearly 150-year distance between the works’ publications indicates the extreme divergence of the experiences of their authors,” Zehl wrote.

“It offers a fascinating comparison very concisely,” said Jason Cohen, founder of Apollon. “It’s a good paper.”
Nominate Now

Bunny Goodjohn, director of Randolph College’s writing program, has started accepting nominations for the Best short Paper and Best Long Paper awards for this academic year.

Professors can nominate those papers until March 2012 by e-mailing Goodjohn.

A professor at Berea College in Kentucky, Cohen said Apollon was started to help academic writing reach an audience beyond the professor. “While every school has an outlet for creative work, very few have an outlet for what happens in the classroom after it’s been graded,” he said.

Randolph College has had a connection with Apollon from the start. Mara Amster and Bunny Goodjohn, English professors at Randolph, have been enthusiastic supporters of the publication, Cohen said. Randolph College students have participated in the editing and review process for the journal, too.

Two of the four papers selected for Apollon’s first edition were written by recent Randolph College graduates: Victoria Winfree ’11 and Katherine Janson ’10.

The papers by Winfree, Janson, and Zehl have something else in common: They have all won writing awards at Randolph College and were featured in The Jack, the College’s own online publication for academic writing.

As part of its commitment to excellent writing, the College presents student writers with awards and cash prizes for Best Short Paper, Best Long paper, and Best Senior Paper each year.

The winning papers then are published in The Jack, along with a list of students who received excellent writing evaluations from at least two professors.

Cohen said Randolph’s “in-house celebration” of writing achievements creates an atmosphere that can help students succeed and continue to publish their work in journals beyond the College.

For more information on Randolph College's Writing Program and The Jack, read this Randolph magazine story.