I learned last week by mail that I have been chosen as a 2011-2012 recipient of Kent State University’s David B. Smith Fellowship. According to the congratulatory letter from Dr. Mary Ann Stephens, Dean of Graduate Studies, the David B. Smith Fellowship is “an award given annually in honor of David B. Smith, a magna cum laude graduate of Kent State University, who passed away in 1982. This Fellowship is to recognize outstanding scholarship and research potential.”
I am deeply honored to have been nominated for this award by Dr. Tammy Clewell, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Department of English, and I express my sincere gratitude to the fellowship selection committee headed by Dr. Stephens. I would like to express my heartfelt gratefulness to Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Smith for creating this fellowship in the memory of their son. I hope that my continuing work will reflect positively on this fellowship and what it represents.
Dr. Donald “Mack” Hassler, my dissertation director, and I will attend the Doctoral Students’ Academic Commitment Ceremony in October 2011 where I will be presented with this award.