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Mount Students Present at English Honor Society Conference

Kate Heintzelman and Shea Rowell, both senior English majors at Mount St. Mary's University, in November presented their research at the Eastern Region Conference of the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, hosted at the University of Maryland.

kaitlyn-heintzelman.jpgIn her presentation, Heintzelman, who is majoring in English and theology, explored expressions of Christianity in the novel Jane Eyre. In contrast to many of the other characters in the novel, “Jane finds a truer form of Christianity, one that is able to coexist in both the natural and spiritual world; a form of Christianity that views the world as infused by God,” Heintzelman said.

Rowell, who is majoring in English and Fine Arts, presented her paper titled, “Virginia Woolf’s Artistic Philosophy in Music, Cinema, Poetry, and Prose.” Rowell’s research focused on a critical essay written by Woolf about the relationship between literature, film, and opera. “While Woolf herself only published literature, her exploration about the role of the other arts heavily impacted her fiction," Rowell said. "She attempted to imitate the emotional power of music and film in her writing.”

shea-rowell.jpgAssistant Professor of English Sean Lewis, Ph.D., attended the conference with Heintzelman and Rowell. “Both Shea and Kate produced excellent final papers for Senior Seminar, and their presentations of parts of these papers at the regional Sigma Tau Delta conference is a fine example of ‘exporting our goodness’ from the Mount to the larger scholarly community,” Lewis said.

Rowell appreciated the encouragement that she received from Heintzelman and Lewis throughout the daylong conference, while Heintzelman expressed gratiude for the feedback she received while at the conference. “It was extremely beneficial to present a portion of my honors project and receive questions and feedback from other students and professors,” Heintzelman said.

Heintzelman is an editor for both the Mount’s literary journal Moorings and the creative writing and fine arts journal Lighted Corners. She also serves on the campus’s FOCUS ministry team. “I love the Mount because of its people," she said. "Between the individualized attention from professors and the ambition and kindness I see from my peers, I always feel supported and valued.” She plans to go to graduate school after completing her undergraduate degree.

In addition to being the managing editor for the Emmitsburg News-Journal and the editor-in-chief for Moorings, Rowell serves as president of the Mount Music Society and student coordinator for Eucharistic Adoration. Rowell is looking forward to completing a spring internship with the Daughters of Charity Provincial Archives. “The Mount has been truly wonderful. My peers, professors, and staff mentors have helped me to grow in many different ways," she said. "I am inspired each day by the depth of knowledge of my professors, the insights of my peers, and the culture of spirituality and support that the Mount offers.” After graduation, Rowell will pursue a career through which she can share her love of writing and literature, while completing a graduate degree in English.