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Award & Achievements

Awards

The Department is proud of all its students.  Some students have done especially good work, and we are pleased to recognize those students here.

Dr. Timothy Renick Graduate Award in Religious Studies

Established by the generous support of the Kathreine Moore Religious Studies Endowment
2011 Christina Bennett
2010 Kenneth Smith
2009 Michael Karlin
2008 James Dennis LoRusso
2007 Jeannie Alexander & Anthony R. Byrd (Co-winners)
2006 Gregory T. Keeter
2005 Matthew Ryan McWorter
2004 Kyoko Claire Murata
2003 Thomas Atwood

Dr. Robert Arrington Undergraduate Award in Religious Studies

Established by the generous support of the Kathreine Moore Religious Studies Endowment
2011 Katherine Ferguson
2010 Matthew Lyons
2009 John Sullivan
2008 Ryan Primerano
2007 Adam J. Lyons
2006 David Elsenbeck
2005 John D. Rivenbark
2004 Celia T. Arch
2003 J. Russel Cambron & Anthony Petro (Co-winners)

Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award for Religious Studies

Awarded to the graduate students who exhibited excellence in teaching
2010 John Sullivan
2010 Audra Esker
2009 Sherry Morton
2008 John Cadenhead
2007 Jeannie Alexander
2006 Greg Keeter
2005 Ryan McWhorter

Achievements

Southeastern Regional Meeting 2009 of  American Academy of Religion took place in Durham on  March 13-15, 2009.  Several members of our departments have presented at this conference.

Kenny Smith
"Wiccan Fundamentalism?"
Religion in America II Session with theme: Re-Imagining Religion and Religious Identity

Holly Adams Phillips
"To Cover Our Daughters: A Modern Chastity Ritual in Evangelical America"
Women and Religion I Session with theme:  Interpretations of Chastity

Sherry L. Morton
"Shaping Hindu Bodies: The Vedic and Tantric Bodies"
Religions of Asia III Session with theme:  Changing Contexts and the Religions of Asia

Kate Daley-Bailey
"Irreverent Entertainment or Serious Satire? The Portrayal of Jesus in Comedy Central’s South Park
Religion, Culture and the Arts  III Session with theme: Blessed Be the Cheesemakers: Comic and Satirical Portrayals of Religious Figures in Popular Art, Literature, and Culture