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UMFK announces ‘English 100 and Rural U Writing Project Composition Series: LIFE Review, Volume Two’

FORT KENT, Maine — The University of Maine at Fort Kent is pleased to announce the launch and printing of “ENG 100 and Rural U Writing Project Composition Series:  LIFE Review, Volume Two.”

In a Zoom event on June 1, hosted by English faculty members, Dr. Joseph Becker and Professor Geraldine Cannon Becker, the second book of the series is unveiled. 

These student interview essays went through a peer review process and were evaluated before being nominated for publication by their teachers. The selected essays were finally read by a panel of five objective judges to select for the awards.  

This year, the Old Sylvain House Press Awards were funded by Dr. Joseph E. Becker and Professor Geraldine Cannon Becker.

Winners of the awards are, in first place, Skyler Darrow (Bangor); second place (tie), Avery March (Otisfield) and Jasper Makowski (Dover-Foxcroft); third place (tie), Madeline Danenhower (Westbrook) and Kassidy Gorneault (Fort Fairfield); fourth place (tie), Melissa Mayo (Bridgton) and Rose Reischl (Fort Fairfield), as well as honorable mentions, Jennah Brooks (Island Falls); William Maines (Gray); Ryan Howard (Bangor); Liz Smith (Casco); Leah Plummer (Casco); Kylie Day (Porter); Abby MacDonald (Bangor); Naomi Obenhaus (Sabattus); and Callie Russell (Smyrna Mills).

“English studies and publication opportunities are important in all fields. An Applied Communication English minor gives students tools and techniques for a better focus on how to effectively apply skills of communication to their individual field of study. The NEW English is creative writing with a specific focus on Nature and the Environment,” said Dr. Joseph E. Becker.

On top of paying for the publication of essays written for the Composition Series: LIFE Review, depending upon funding, an annual scholarship may be awarded to a student who has had an essay published and is pursuing a degree in an area of study that is compatible with English at UMFK.  

Professor Geraldine Cannon Becker said, “Students could choose to minor in English at UMFK, and we would be happy to help them succeed in Applied Communications or our NEW minor – Nature and Environmental Writing. Come grow with us!”

All money from book sales goes into the Old Sylvain House Press Award Fund. This fund was put in place by Dr. Becker and Professor Cannon Becker and to benefit the education of students at UMFK and to honor their commitment to the importance of education for young people, specifically in the area of English Language Arts. 

UMFK’s Development Officer, Shannon Lugdon, would like to note that anyone interested in donating toward the publication or scholarship award could give at UMFK.edu/donate and designate Old Sylvain House Press Award Fund in the memo.

Additional copies of the second edition may be purchased here:  https://old-sylvain-house-press-llc.square.site/.

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