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News Joanna Moyer-Battick Wins 2010 MacArthur Prize Contest

Marlboro, VT -- (May 6, 2010) -- Joanna Moyer-Battick of East Fairfield, Vermont was awarded first place in the 2010 Robert H. MacArthur Prize competition at Marlboro College.

Moyer-Battick, a graduate of St. Albans High School, is currently completing her sophomore year. Her primary academic focus is gender studies, but says that recent classes in poetry and black and white photography have helped her see the creative possibilities afforded by Marlboro College's self-directed course of study.

"At first I thought they were just classes I could take for fun, but seeing the kinds of versatility of student projects here, I think I could work it into something with gender studies," says Moyer-Battick.

The Robert H. MacArthur Prize was established in 1973 in memory of ecologist Robert MacArthur, Marlboro College class of 1951. It was recently rededicated to Robert and also to his brother, John MacArthur, a member of the college's science faculty since 1948, and their parents, John and Olive MacArthur, who founded Marlboro's science program. A different theme is chosen each year, and all Marlboro students are invited to submit an entry.

The theme of this year's competition was balance. Moyer-Battick's winning entry was a photo entitled, Cousin, along with an explanatory statement. Senior Mary Coventry placed second for her essay, My Parent's House; honorable mentions went to Sophia Cleary for her art installation titled, Current Balance, Lauren Dushay, for her poem titled Balance, and Levi Gershkowitz, for his series of photographs titled Envisioning balance along the ghats of Varansai, India. Cash prizes totaling $1,000 were allocated among the finalists.

Judges for the competition consisted of three faculty members, Tom Toleno (Psychology), Amer Latif (Religion) and Todd Smith (Chemistry & Biochemistry), and Sirkka Kauffman, the assistant dean of academic affairs.

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For over 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, master's degree programs for working adults in the areas of educational technology, internet technologies, health care administration and an MBA in Managing for Sustainability. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.



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