B.A. in Professional Writing: Student Accomplishments

Student Accomplishments

Students in Professional Writing at Penn State Berks are doing great work, and they are being recognized within and beyond the college and university. Kudos to these students!

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Savannah Ganster won the Young Investigator Award for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Division in 2008 for her many undergraduate research and creative activities. A junior double-majring in Professional Writing and Communication Arts and Sciences, Savannah wrote the play, The Unlikely Martyrs, for her theater class in her first year at Penn State Berks. She revised the play several times. The play examines the unlikely martyrs who emerge out of war. Using changing points of view and tense, ?this young playwright asks bold questions with strong and poignant writing.? The play was performed at Penn State Berks on April 21-26, 2008 at 8 pm in the Multipurpose Room of Perkins Student Center. It was directed by Radhica Ganapathy. 

Savannah's article, ?A Place for Originality within Intertextuality: The Texts and Intertexts of Dorothy Gale and the Wizard of Oz,? was published in The Oswald Review: An International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Criticism in the Discipline of English in 2008. Savannah also presented her research at the 2008 National Conference on Undergraduate Research.  

Savannah was among eight Penn State Berks students inducted into the Upsilon Gamma Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA).

Adam Grim received a 2008 Penn State University Undergraduate Summer Discovery Grant for his work ?Viva la Retórica: Michel Foucault?s Panopticon and the Persuasive Power of Fidel Castro.?

Jason Tremblay, a Schreyer Scholar, successfully completed his thesis, Fraggo Gets a 1-Up: Real World Benefits and Consequences Earned in Virtual Worlds, in May 2008. Madonna with Graham Spanier

Madonna Delfish was awarded the Penn State University Lambda Alumni Outstanding Student Award for 2006-07. Madonna was also inducted into the Lambda Phi Eta Honor Society in 2007.

Laura Hirneisen graduated in May 2006 with a 4.0 GPA and as a Schreyer Scholar. She was the Penn State Berks Valedictorian and Student Marshall in the May 2006 commencement ceremony, and she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society in 2006. Laura also won the Young Investigator Award for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Division in 2006.
Misty Doane won the Young Investigator Award for the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Division in 2005 for her research on Mark Twain.


Misty Doane receives the Outstanding Student Leadership Award from University President Graham Spanier on April 9, 2005. She also received the following Awards: 
  • Lambda Alumni Outstanding Student Award at Above and Beyond: A Celebration and Recognition of Student Leadership, 2004-05. The photo to the left is Misty with PSU President Graham Spanier.
  • Lambda Alumni Outstanding Student Award at the Lavendar Graduation, 2004-05.
  • Outstanding Leadership Contribution from the Berks Student Government Association, 2004-05.
  • Young Investigators Award, Division of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Penn State Berks, 2004-05.

Angela Eckhart worked with Dennis Phillips, the Associate Librarian and Library Director, Penn State Lehigh Valley, on his recent book, Golfing Communities in the Southeast (McFarland & Company, 2004). In his ?Acknowledgments,? Mr. Phillips writes, ?I am deeply indebted to Angela L. Eckhart, who worked tirelessly on several assignments. Her contributions were significant, and I hope they will guide her into the literary career she wants and deserves.?

Karina Borja-Freitag has accepted a public relations internship position at GolinHarris in Chicago through the Multicultural Advertising Intern Program, which is sponsored by the American Association of Advertising Agencies. Karina was one of the 98 applicants placed in internships from a pool of 300 applications.

Karina also attended the 2005 Decision Makers Forum at Kutztown University on April 27, 2005, where she met George Tenet, former CIA director; Thomas Kean, former New Jersey governor and chairman of the 9/11 Commission; Gwen Ifill, Moderator and Managing Editor, Washington Week and Moderator for the last vice-presidential debate; and Roy Afflerbach, Mayor of Allentown, PA. Karina covered this event for her internship at Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal.

Karina with Kristen Tilwick, Brandon Eyerly, Gwen Ifill, Jim Lehrer; George Tenet, and Thomas Kean.










Karina with Kristen Tilwick, sales representative for new account development at Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal; Brandon Eyerly, publisher of Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal; Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer; George Tenet, former CIA director; and Thomas Kean, chairman of the 9/11 Commission and former New Jersey governor.