Jones, Zimmerman win first Cornelius English award
February 22, 2010

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Senior English majors Millie Jones and Daniel Zimmerman recently were presented the first Richard M. Cornelius Award for excellence in researching and writing their senior thesis.

Pictured, from left, are Academic Vice President Dr. Bradford Sample, English Professor Dr. Whit Jones, Daniel Zimmerman, English Professor Mr. William Harle, Millie Jones, and
English Professors Drs. Beth Impson and Raymond Legg.

 

The award is named for Dr. Richard M. Cornelius, professor emeritus of English, a Bryan graduate who taught at his alma mater for 38 years before retiring in 1999.

 

“We were looking for a way to recognize outstanding seniors whose excellence and abilities, as demonstrated in their senior thesis, stood out above the others,” explained Dr. Raymond Legg, English Department chair. “We thought that there was no better example of one who pushed students to achieve excellence than Dr. Cornelius, who did that for years and years.”

 

The awards were presented during a program sponsored by the English department and the Bryan chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, when the honorees gave summaries of their projects.

 

Millie opted to combine research and creative sections in her thesis, “The Beauty of Relationship in the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.” As part of her work she included selections of her original poetry titled “Panorama: A Collection of Poetry.”

 

Daniel’s thesis, “To Forgive is Divine:  Redemption in The Tempest,” analyzed biblical themes in the Shakespeare play and countered the critical argument that the play actually was intended as a rebuke to English colonialism.