KU News Release
April 29, 2011
Contact: Rebecca Smith, KU Libraries, 785-864-1761
Winners of Snyder Book Collecting Contest announced
LAWRENCE — The winners of the 55th Snyder Book Collecting Contest at the University of Kansas were honored at a reception on April 14. Dean Lorraine J. Haricombe presented the awards to the students, and John C. Tibbetts, KU film professor and noted collector, delivered a keynote address.
The contest was established by Elizabeth Snyder in 1957 to cultivate and recognize KU undergraduate and graduate students’ interest in collecting books.
In the undergraduate division, Meagan Kane, of Overland Park, placed first with her collection, “A Genre of One’s Own: Constructing Science Fiction as a Space for Feminist Discourse.” Nathan Cadman, of Wichita, took second place with “Acting Editions and Contemporary Theater.” Collin Baffa, of Olathe, earned an honorable mention for “A Wealth of Wisdom: Collecting the Classics on a College Budget.”
In the graduate division, Francis Park, of Short Pump, Va., took first place with “Neither Strategy nor Tactics: American and Soviet Operational Art.” Second place went to Jean Marie Trujillo, of Lawrence, for “Visual Representations of the Andean World.” John Biersack, of Oconomowoc, Wis., earned an honorable mention for “Toward a Comprehension of Gilles Deleuze.”
The winner of each division received a $600 prize and a $100 gift certificate from KU Bookstores. Second-place winners received a $400 prize and a $50 gift certificate. Honorable mention winners received a $100 prize and a $25 gift certificate.
Judges for this year’s contest were Tibbetts, who spoke at the event; Susan Thomas, who placed in the graduate division in last year’s contest; and Elspeth Healey, special collections librarian at Spencer Research Library.
For more information about the contest and its history, visit www.lib.ku.edu/snyder.
Winners are listed below by hometown, level in school, major, parents’ names, previous school attended (when available) and title of collection.
From Great Bend 67530
Jean Marie Trujillo, doctoral student in Spanish; Louis and Mary Kottmann; “Visual Representations of the Andean World.”
From Olathe 66061
Collin Baffa, senior in psychology; Tom and Sherri Baffa; Olathe North High School; “A Wealth of Wisdom: Collecting the Classics on a College Budget.”
From Overland Park 66210
Meagan Sophia Kane, sophomore in English; Ron and Joan Kane; Blue Valley Northwest High School; “A Genre of One’s Own: Constructing Science Fiction as Space for Feminist Discourse.”
From Wichita 67213
Nathan Cadman, senior in history; Linda Cadman; Wichita West High School; “Acting Editions and Contemporary Theater.”
From Richmond 23229
Francis Park, doctoral student in history; Dr. Sung Gohn Park and Sook Ja Park; “Neither Strategy nor Tactics: American and Soviet Operational Art.”
From Oconomowoc 53066
John Biersack, master’s student in history; Daniel and Nancy Biersack; “Toward a Comprehension of Gilles Deleuze.”
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