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The Harbuck Scholarship reading and reception & Joshilyn Jackson campus visit

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The 2016 Harbuck Scholarship Award Reading and Reception will be held Friday, September 16, at 7 p.m. in IT 1005.

Final judge Joshilyn Jackson chose Rebecca Frost as the winner of this year’s Harbuck Scholarship Award. Aleyna Rentz, Brandi Hannah and Michael Malmberg were finalists. The Harbuck Committee, consisting of Professors Christina Olson, Jared Yates Sexton, and Laura Valeri, stated that the thirteen entries showcased an amazing range of talents.

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.

New York Times-bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson is the author of seven novels and a novella: The Opposite of EveryoneSomeone Else’s Love Story, Gods in AlabamaBetween, GeorgiaThe Girl Who Stopped SwimmingBackseat SaintsA Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, and the novella My Own Miraculous. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, won SIBA’s novel of the year, thrice been a #1 Book Sense Pick, twice won Georgia Author of the Year, and three times been shortlisted for the Townsend prize. She lives in Decatur. Jackson will give a reading from her work  in conjunction with the award ceremony Thursday, September 15, at 7 p.m. in IT 1005.

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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