The Department of English & Humanities has an energetic and varied faculty that nurtures nearly one hundred fifty majors in its degree programs. AEH also offers students in every major many of the general education requirements necessary for graduation. We give students the opportunity to study with dedicated teachers, most of whom publish in their fields. Because of our highly approachable teachers, and generally small class sizes, students in our courses enjoy learning environments that encourage them to think critically and express themselves effectively. Our students benefit from personal attention, excellent computer facilities, and research and publishing opportunities.
The staff of the Jongleur has released the winners of the “The LSUA Art and Writing Contest” and is publishing the 2020 issue soon.
The Jongleur, the LSUA campus student literary magazine that has been around for 44 years, was created for the benefit of LSUA supporters, faculty, students, and staff and is an annual publication of student work. The “LSUA Art and Writing Contest” is judged, formatted, edited, and produced in the Jongleur by a student staff with the assistance of two faculty members.
For four years, the staff of the Jongleur has held “The LSUA Art and Writing Contest” to give students a platform, encouragement, and reward for artistic and academic endeavors, in addition to securing submissions to the journal. There are four categories to which students submit work: art, fiction, essay, and poetry. In the 2019-20 school year, over 90 LSUA students submitted 317 pages worth of work, the most ever! LSUA students are creative and productive. The Jongleur has enhanced the campus community by enriching its intellectual environment and has become a distinctive voice for its talented and hard-working students.
Due to the international coronavirus pandemic, this year’s contest and issue is especially significant and poignant, considering that the staff of the Jongleur has been working from home to judge and complete the contest and journal through emails and Zoom meetings. What is surprising to all of us is that the students have been extremely productive and have enjoyed the virtual process. This year’s journal will be the best yet! This year is also important for the contest and journal because the Jongleur became a course this semester (English 3006), so students will be getting academic credit for their work.
The staff of the Jongleur and Judges of the Contest this year were: Morgan Primeaux, Victoria Bloodworth, Cailey Scadlock, and Laura Campbell. The faculty advisors were: Bernard Gallagher and Eric Alai.
There were four categories for judging, and each winner receives a certificate and cash awards donated by the AE&H faculty. The winners are as follows:
1st Place: “Buttermilk Swimming Hole”—Morgan Primeaux
2nd Place: “The Deer”—Joshua Romero
3rd Place: “Better Off Dead”—Trenece Robertson
Honorable Mention: “Pilar’s Dollar”—Joseph Kutch
Honorable Mention: “What Do You Need Right Now”—Jodee Spencer
1st Place: “The Band Played On”—Kennis Gremillion Jobe
2nd Place: “Conduit”—Morgan Primeaux
3rd Place: “Poetry Graveyard”—Morgan Primeaux
Honorable Mention: “I Hope You Never Ask for Creamer”—Trenece Robertson
Honorable Mention: “Siren’s Ballad”—Laura Campbell
1st Place: “To Be a Woman”—Victoria Rice
2nd Place: “‘A Rose for Emily”: An Eternal Quest to Find Love”—Samantha Ray
3rd Place: “A Juxtaposition of Tennessee Williams’ Protagonists”—Tiffanie Brown
Honorable Mention: “Vigilantism: A Result of Failed Justice and Fear”—Samantha Ray
Honorable Mention: “Finding My Strength”—Mary Gustin
1st Place: “Hometown”—Xinyi Huang
2nd Place: “Creation”—Kamryn Colson
3rd Place: “Stan Lee Portrait”—Emily Sanders
Honorable Mention: “Under the Oak”—Alvaro Jenkins
Honorable Mention: “Simmesport Bridge”—Jessica Schroeder