2021 LAS Awards
Outstanding Undergraduate Student
The accomplishments that Tina has achieved in the study of Philosophy are immeasurable. When she started her undergraduate journey in 2009 at UCCS, she was raising a young family, and taking one course per semester. There were semesters that shehad to forego a class due to parenting responsibilities and full time work. In the Spring of 2017, she learned about the 60/60 program partnership between Pikes Peak Community College and UCCS. In the Spring of 2018, she resigned from her full time job, completed her Associates in General Studies, and began attending UCCS full time in the fall to finish her undergraduate studies. Now, May 2021, she is sharing her final steps with her husband who has encouraged her beyond measure, her three adult children who have had to endure many leftover meals, her two granddaughters who willingly listened as she read Philosophy books at nap time, and her mother who kept her conversations short so she could study. Tina is a phenomenal writer and thinker whose coursework in Philosophy reflects a truly outstanding student.
Center for Legal Studies Law School Award
Victoria Jones is an upcoming graduate from the UCCS College of Business. She will graduate Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Marketing and a minor in Pre-Law. After completing her Bachelor’s degree, she will continue her education at the University of Alabama School of Law, where she is enrolled for the fall Juris Doctor program. Her interest in law began at age 13, and she is very excited to pursue her life’s dream! Victoria is an avid supporter of animal rights and worker’s rights, and plans to advocate for her beliefs in law school and as an attorney. She hopes to pursue a career in contract law after earning her JD..
Meghan Nicole Lastrella
Timothy Duffy Law School Award
Meghan Lastrella graduated from UCCS with her first bachelors in Criminal Justice and Pre-Law, with a minor in Philosophy. She decided to get a second bachelors in Philosophy to help with her prospects of one day being a lawyer, as lawyers employ similar skills as do philosophers. Now that she is nearly done with her second degree, she is awaiting the start of law school where she will be attending Texas Tech in Fall 2021. Her hope is to be an advocate for women’s rights and serve as an attorney for victims of sexual violence. The Philosophy Department is proud to have students such as Meghan in it, and excited to see what she will accomplish in the future.
Outstanding Undergraduate Student
Throughout his time studying philosophy at UCCS, William tried to attain a better understanding of non-western thinkers; by learning about Islamic and Asian philosophy, he hopes to someday apply his knowledge to real world issues, ones that might benefit from a different, non-western perspective. William is an amazing thinker and writer, as illustrated both in his writing for the Scribe, and in the coursework he has done in Philosophy. The Philosophy Department is all the better for having fantastic students such as William in it.
Eldon Stevens Award
Joy Webb is a senior double major in Philosophy and English with an emphasis in rhetoric and writing. Joy is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Scribe and has worked as an editor and writer during her 4 years of college for the student newspaper organization. She is also the founder and president of the UCCS Feminist Club, which she started in 2020 to help women in the Colorado Springs community. Joy loves Ancient Greek philosophy and the Classics, and she plans on getting her Masters and PhD in one of these areas of study with a focus in Metaethics. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, dancing, hiking and backpacking, roller skating, and spending time in nature with her mother and two sisters. After graduating, she hopes to teach English in Europe before starting a graduate program. In the future, Joy hopes to start a non-profit that helps women who have Complex PTSD or who are survivors of rape or sexual assault. Joy’s thesis focuses on how spirituality can exist in philosophical activity itself and in our experience of nature. It is ambitious, far-reaching, and beautifully argued —a truly outstanding thesis.
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