2016 Timothy Loring Prize in Chinese Language and Culture Winner
The winner of the 2016 Timothy Loring Prize is Nicole (Nikki) Schachman, a double major in Chinese and Neuroscience.
The Timothy Loring Prize in Chinese Language and Culture is awarded each year to the graduating senior whose senior thesis or project best exemplifies excellence and promise in the study of Chinese culture, including language, literature, film, art or other media, and who has excelled in utilizing Chinese language sources. The prize was established in 2000 by Phillip Radlick, Janine Loring Radlick, and their daughter, Kristen Loring (now Kristen Chiem), class of 2000, in memory of Kristen's father, Timothy Loring.
Nikki’s Chinese senior thesis, “Representations of Mother-Daughter Relationships in Contemporary Chinese Female-Directed Cinema: Motherhood and Daughterhood in Three Selected Films,” is a wholly original and very insightful engagement of three films that are important but have not been discussed in extant English-language criticism. Nikki’s thesis is an exemplary work of scholarship that is conducted with academic rigor and also an exploration of issues of great personal significance. Please join us in congratulating Nikki and commending her for her fine work.
Tom Moran for the Chinese Department.
2016 Gregory Kuei-Ke Chiang Award Winner
The winner of the 2016 Gregory Kuei-Ke Chiang Award in Chinese Language is Nicholas Cogswell (程克偉).
This award was established in 2002 by the students, friends and colleagues of Gregory Kuei-Ke Chiang (1936-2000) to honor his memory, and it is presented annually to the student entering his or her junior or senior year, in any academic major, whose performance in Chinese language study at Middlebury during the academic year is judged by the Chinese Department to be especially worthy of distinction and who plans either study abroad, an internship, or related activity in China or Taiwan.
Gregory Kuei-Ke Chiang, was the co-founder of the Middlebury College Chinese Department and a member of the department's faculty from 1976 until 1999. At Middlebury he served as Professor in Charge of the Middlebury Chinese School, Dean of the Oriental Schools, Dean of the Chinese School, and Chinese Adviser to the Language Schools. For many years Professor Chiang taught Classical Chinese in the Chinese School, and for many years he taught the Chinese Department's upper level courses. He was known for his erudition, kindness, and great sense of humor. His photograph hangs in the lobby of the Chinese Department offices.
Nick Cogswell’s performance in his Chinese classes has been exemplary. The Chinese Department faculty are unanimous in their praise of Nick’s achievement, and we thank him for his enthusiasm, hard work, positive attitude, and valuable contribution to the community of Chinese language study at Middlebury.
Nick is from Barrington, Illinois. He is a major in Chinese and Computer Science. He will study in the Chinese School this summer and in the fall at Middlebury’s School in Beijing. He enjoys rowing, cross-country skiing, and trail running, particularly in the Teton Mountains.