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Le Moyne College Honors Outstanding Philosophy Students

<p>SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Seven outstanding Le Moyne College students will be honored on the evening of April 17 as the philosophy department holds its annual honors ceremony. <br /> <br /> Peter LaVine will be honored as this year’s recipient of the Leonard P. Markert Medal in Philosophy; Kara Libordi, the winner of the Philosophy Department/Phi Sigma Tau Essay Contest, will be presented with her $100 cash prize; and five students – Rochelle Bilow, Richard Cappotto, James Macris, Richelle Mazzeo and Olesya Vernyi – will be inducted into Phi Sigma Tau, an international philosophy honors society. <br /> <br /> The Leonard P. Markert Medal in Philosophy is presented each year to the outstanding graduating philosophy major. LaVine is working on an honors thesis in philosophy, focused on the work of American philosopher William James. LaVine argues that James’s “success as an academic and cultural figure is a consequence of the unique method of his inquiry, namely, juxtaposing numerous and often contradictory perspectives.” LaVine was inducted into Phi Sigma Tau during last year’s ceremony.<br /> <br /> The Philosophy Department/Phi Sigma Tau Essay Contest is in its third year at Le Moyne. The goal of the contest is to encourage philosophic writing across the curriculum. This year’s winner is a prime example of that mission. Libordi, an accounting major, wrote her essay for a core course. The anonymous judges were impressed with the interdisciplinary nature of the essay, in which Libordi uses philosophical theory to analyze Richard Wright’s novel, “Native Son.” The judges also noted that Libordi was able to apply theory to her own life, making the relevance of philosophy to our own experiences clear. <br /> <br /> To be inducted into Phi Sigma Tau, a student must be a philosophy major or minor, have a GPA in philosophy of 3.6 or higher and be in the top third of his or her class. The five students being inducted this year have been praised by their professors for their intellectual curiosity and dedication to philosophy as an intellectual pursuit beyond the earning of a degree.<br /> <br /> Le Moyne College, located in Syracuse, N.Y., is a private four-year Jesuit college enrolling approximately 2,300 full-time students in a program of liberal arts, sciences, and pre-professional studies. Le Moyne also offers graduate programs in business administration, education, nursing, and physician assistant studies.</p>
posted on: 4/8/2008