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Amanda Eyre Ward campus visit & The Harbuck Scholarship reading and reception

The 2015 Harbuck Scholarship Award Reading and Reception will be held Friday, September 11, at 6:30 p.m. in COBA 1124.

Final judge Amanda Eyre Ward chose Jayne McGaughey as the winner of this year’s Harbuck Scholarship Award. Aleyna Rentz, Jennifer Maldonado, and Jenna Lancaster were finalists. Twenty-three Writing & Linguistics majors were nominated and eighteen applied for the award. The Harbuck Committee, consisting of Professors Emma Bolden, Jared Yates Sexton, and Laura Valeri, stated that the 2015 entries were especially competitive.

The Harbuck Scholarship honors Ally Harbuck, a free-spirited creative writing major from Savannah who died in a traffic accident in 2005 at the age of nineteen, one week before the end of her freshman year at Georgia Southern.  She wrote for The George-Anne and was active in the Gay-Straight Alliance and the National Organization for Women on campus.  Her parents, Debi and David Harbuck of Savannah, raised the funds to endow the scholarship.

Ward was born in New York City, grew up in New England, and attended Williams College and the University of Montana. She is the author of five works of fiction, including Close Your Eyes, Forgive Me, How to Be Lost, Sleep Toward Heaven, and Love Stories in This Town. Her latest novel, The Same Sky, was released in January 2015. Ward will give a reading from her work  in conjunction with the award ceremony Thursday, September 10, at 6:30 p.m. in COBA 1124. All Harbuck events and readings are free and open to the public.

The Department of Writing & Linguistics is housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Georgia Southern’s College of the Creative Mind. CLASS prepares its students to achieve academic excellence, develop their analytical skills, enhance their creativity, and embrace their responsibilities as citizens of their communities, nations, and world. For more information about the Harbuck Scholarship and other Writing & Linguistic student awards, see the Awards page.


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