Shane Leary of Canastota receives RIT writing award

Some of the winners of 2018 writing awards are pictured with RIT College of Liberal Arts Dean James Winebrake (front left). Photo courtesy A. Sue Weisler

Shane Leary of Canastota receives RIT writing award

Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Liberal Arts honored student achievement in writing with the presentation of more than a dozen writing awards.

Faculty committees in each department within the College of Liberal Arts selected student awardees from a variety of disciplines whose work embodies the ideals and standards of excellence, creative endeavor and scholarship.

The awards include the Henry and Mary Kearse Writing Award, created in 1980 thanks to a donation from Henry J. Kearse, founder and president of the construction firm H.J. Kearse Inc., and his wife, Mary, a longtime member of RIT’s Nathaniel Rochester Society.

Winners included Shane Leary of Canastota, a fourth-year political science major, representing the Department of Political Science, with “The Benefit of Modernization in Empires.”

“The winners of these awards are exceptional student writers, nurtured and guided by exceptional faculty,” said James Winebrake, dean of RIT’s College of Liberal Arts. “One of our primary goals in the college is to help students refine their writing skills. These awards recognize students who have achieved excellence in this area.”

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