SUNY Orange Honors Student Cited for Excellence During Showcase for Scholars at Two-Year Colleges

PHOTO: Kathryn MillerMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Recent graduate Kathryn Miller capped her SUNY Orange academic career in outstanding fashion in early June by securing a “Best of Category” award at the 2010 Beacon Conference, a gathering of the top scholars at two-year schools from the Mid-Atlantic states.

The Beacon Conference showcases the achievements of outstanding two-year college students in academic research and writing. Students work with mentors from their colleges to prepare and submit papers that demonstrate outstanding scholarship and originality. Papers are submitted for review, with the top three in each category selected for presentation at the conference.

Miller, an Honors Program student who graduated from the College in May with a degree in liberal arts, becomes the second SUNY Orange student to win a Beacon “Best of Category” citation in as many years, following on the heels of Thomas Quinn who captured the College’s first-ever first place honor a year ago.

PHOTO: Kathryn Miller and mentor Elaine Torda at Beacon Conference Awards ceremonyMiller, of Warwick, presented her paper entitled “Sinners and Sufferers: Man as Monster in Victorian Literature” in the category of British Literature. Her mentor was English professor Elaine Torda, chair of the Honors Program. Presentations were judged on originality and quality of research, written work and the oral presentation. Winners and their mentors each received a $100 honorarium.

This past spring, Miller was a full-time student at Ithaca College while also simultaneously enrolled at SUNY Orange in order to complete her Honors Program Capstone project, the final required element for students who wish to graduate with the Honors distinction. She received one of two inaugural James H. Ottaway Jr. Honors Program Scholarships in Fall 2009 and earlier this spring was among a group of only 59 students throughout the State University of New York system to earn all-state academic accolades by Phi Theta Kappa.

SUNY Orange hosted this spring’s Beacon Conference on June 4. Fifty-one students presented papers in 17 categories. The College had eight students participate in the conference, including seven who presented papers. Prior to 2010, SUNY Orange had sent a total of only two students to the first 17 Beacon events.

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