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Trio of WNYers honored for writing excellence


ROCHESTER -- Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Liberal Arts honored student achievement in writing on Friday with the presentation of the 2017 Henry and Mary Kearse Distinguished Lecture and Student Writing Awards.

  • Shakierah Smith of Rochester, a third-year communications and criminal justice double major, won for "Pimp-Controlled Prostitution: Nonverbal Communication as a Means of Control and Dominance."
  • Dorothy King of Rochester, a fourth-year criminal justice major, won for "How Illegal Immigrants are Impacted by the Criminal Justice System."
  • David Kukfa of Penfield, a fourth-year computer security major, won for "Legal Implications of Game Server Emulators."

It was the 37th year the awards have been presented. Faculty committees in each department within the College of Liberal Arts select student awardees from a variety of disciplines whose work embodies the ideals and standards of excellence, creative endeavor and scholarship.

The awards were created in 1980 thanks to a donation from Henry J. Kearse, founder and president of the construction firm H.J. Kearse Inc., and his wife, Mary, a longtime member of RIT's Nathaniel Rochester Society.