Landerholm, Seng Earn English Program Senior Awards

Congratulations to our Loras College English Program senior award winners: 

  • Sarah Landerholm (’21), winner of the Bauerly-Roseliep Scholarship for best creative writer and literary scholar;
  • Catherine Seng (’21), winner of the Lehner Award for Future English Teachers.
Sarah Landerholm (’21)

Sarah, from Rockton, Ill., wrote a creative nonfiction thesis titled “On Recursion,” which looks at the concept of cyclical time through personal narrative and cultural studies. Her Literature Capstone was titled, “Resistance, Resilience, & Retreat: Reading Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony in Light of Strategic Essentialism.” A key influence on her Loras English experience, she writes, was the “Literature of Resistance/Oppression course that I took with Dr. (Andy) Auge (’78) in the fall of 2019. The topics and works discussed in that class are among the most formative and impactful of my English experience at Loras, to the extent that the final essay that I wrote for that class prompted my Capstone thesis.” Sarah plans to take a gap year to work before pursuing grad school.

Catherine, from Houston, Texas, wrote a Literature Capstone paper titled “Confronting the Ideology of Racial Superiority Through Richard Wright’s Native Son and Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give.” Her favorite Loras English memory was “the collaboration that took place with my professors and fellow classmates during the Capstone process.” Catherine will be Student Teaching this spring at Hempstead High School in Dubuque. 

Catherine Seng (’21)

The Bauerly-Roseliep scholarship is named after Professor Emerita Dr. Donna Bauerly, an innovative professor who taught at Loras from 1971-2007, and Fr. Raymond Roseliep, who taught at Loras from 1946 to 1966 and was an internationally acclaimed haikuist who deeply influenced the lives of student writers, many of whom went on to become writers themselves. The Lehner Award for Future English Teachers is named after Dr. Frank Lehner, who taught at Loras from 1955 through the early 1980s. Dr. Lehner’s specialties were 17th/18th Century British Literature and Literary Criticism.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).