CSU Students, English Professor Win Faulkner Studies Grants

Crystal WoodsCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Three Columbus State University students and a CSU professor are the winners of the Susan M. Cochran Memorial Scholarships for Faulkner Studies.

The grants will make it possible for Crystal Woods, a CSU assistant professor of English, and students Hannah Davis, AnnElise Pate and Amanda Woodruff to travel to the University of Mississippi's annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference in Oxford, Miss., on July 21-25. They will also have the opportunity to visit the home and grave of Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Faulkner.

CSU’s Faulkner studies scholarship was created in honor of Columbus resident Susan M. Cochran, who died in 2011, and her dedication to Faulkner studies.

The theme of this year’s conference is "Faulkner and the Black Literatures of the Americas," featuring presentations from several major scholars.

Davis, a junior English and French language major, is interested in Southern literature, with a preference for women writers. She plans to become a research specialist, hoping to use this scholarship to advance her knowledge of Southern literature.

Pate, a senior Columbus native, is scheduled to graduate in December 2013 with a B.A. in English and secondary education. She plans to pursue a career in education.

Woodruff, scheduled to graduate in December 2013 with a B.A. in English and secondary education, studied at CSU’s Spencer House in Oxford, England during the summer of 2012. She’s been a student in CSU’s Servant Leadership Program for four years and is president of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars’ local group at CSU.

Woods, a LaGrange resident, has taught full time at CSU since 2002 and part-time since 1996. Woods teaches freshman composition, interdisciplinary arts and creative writing.  A poet, she was a 2009 Hambidge Fellow at the Hambridge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap, Ga.

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Photo: Crystal Woods, assistant professor of English