Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Stone Center hosts annual Awards Ceremony

May 3rd, 2013

On Thursday May 2, the Stone Center celebrated its 12th annual spring Awards Ceremony to recognize accomplished staff, faculty, and students, both graduate and undergraduate. Stone Center Assistant Director Jimmy Huck presided over the ceremony. At the beginning of the ceremony, he recognized Stone Center Executive Director Thomas F. Reese for innaugurating the awards ceremony in 2001 as a way of celebrating the acheivements of Stone Center affiliates. The awards ceremony has taken place every year for the past thirteen years with the exception of 2006, when no ceremony was held nor awards given because of Katrina. For information about past awardees and to read award-winning papers, visit the Stone Center Awards and Prizes page.

The ceremony was a warm celebratory event. Dr. Huck introduced each award, but then the person who nominated the awardee came to the front to introduce the individual winning the prize. It was moving to learn about the Stone Center’s brilliant and inspirational faculty members and staff, and talented students.

Awards and Presenters

LAGO Outstanding Faculty Member Service Award
Recipient: Jennifer Ashley
Presented by: Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO)
For excellence in teaching and for promoting selflessly the interests and careers of Latin American Studies graduate students.

LAGO Outstanding Staff Member Service Award
Recipient: Barbara Carter
Presented by: Latin Americanist Graduate Organization (LAGO)
For selflessly promoting the interests and careers of Latin American Studies graduate students.

Simón Rodríguez Award for Best Undergraduate Teacher
Recipient: I. Carolina Caballero
Presented by: Tulane’s Undergraduate Latin America Studies Organization (TULASO)
For genuine interest in promoting undergraduate scholarship in Latin American Studies.

William J. Griffith Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Latin American Studies
Recipient: Jorge Valenzuela
Presented by: Jimmy Huck, Stone Center for Latin American Studies
William Griffith was a noted historian of Central America and served as director of Tulane’s Center for Latin American Studies. Griffith was the first Center Director to secure federal funding for the program and his role as Center Director influenced the development of the core introductory course in Latin American Studies, which our Teaching Assistants have since assumed primary responsibility for delivering.

LAGO Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award
Recipient: Diana Soto
Presented by: LAGO
For generously promoting the interests of Latin American Studies graduate students as a whole.

Senior Scholar Award Recognition
Recipients: Ailene Orr
Presented by: Edie Wolfe, Stone Center for Latin American Studies
For outstanding scholarship in Latin American Studies, and achieving the standards of the Tulane Honors Program.

The Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Undergraduate Paper on a Latin American Topic
Recipient: Jennifer Triplett, “Pots, Potatoes, and Progress for Women: Rethinking Feminism in Post-Crisis Latin America”
Presented by: Edie Wolfe, Stone Center for Latin American Studies

The Stone Center Award for Best Campus-Wide Graduate Paper on a Latin American Topic
Recipient: Allison Caplan, “Colonial Eyes: Reading Folios 29v and 30r of the Codex Telleriano-Remensis”
Presented by: Marc Zender, Department of Anthropology

Alberto Vázquez Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Humanities by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor
Recipient: David H. Roberts, “El razonamiento económico dentro del Internacionalismo cubano”
Presented by: Marilyn Miller, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Alberto Vázquez was a member of the Spanish Department at Tulane who always demonstrated a firm commitment and dedication to undergraduate scholarship in the humanities. Professor Vázquez developed the primary humanities course in the Latin American Studies curriculum, currently named “Cultural Heritage of Latin America.”

M. Karen Bracken Award for Best Undergraduate Paper in the Social Sociences by a Latin American Studies Major/Minor
Recipient: William H. Donaldson, “Gangbangers and Politicians: The Effects of Mano Dura on Salvadoran Politics”
Presented by: Jimmy Huck, Stone Center for Latin American Studies
M. Karen Bracken served as Assistant Director in the Center for Latin American Studies for 13 years advising undergraduate majors and helping to build the undergraduate program. Her training as a sociologist contributed to the development of the social science side of the inter-disciplinary undergraduate degree program.

Donald Robertson Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Humanities
Recipient: Emily Floyd, “Fray Bernardino de Sahagún and the Construction of the Aztec Pantheon”
Presented by: Elizabeth Boone, Department of Art History
Donald Robertson was a professor of Art History at Tulane for more than 25 years and authored the standard Mexican Manuscript Painting of the Early Colonial Period: The Metropolitan Schools. Professor Robertson served on numerous graduate student committees and motivated a generation of budding Art Historians and Ethnohistorians.

Richard E. Greenleaf Award for Best Graduate Paper in the Social Sciences
Recipient: Baird Campbell, “Social Media as a Tool for Linguistic Maintenance and Preservation among the Mapuche”
Presented by: Jimmy Huck, Stone Center for Latin American Studies
Richard E. Greenleaf served as the Director of the Center for Latin American Studies from the late 1960s until his retirement in 1997. Not only are his own scholarly accomplishments impressive and well-known, but he has directed more than 20 doctoral theses and has motivated the scholarly production and research of countless graduate students.


Award recipients, back row: Barbara L. Carter, William H. Donaldson, Emily Floyd, Baird Campbell, Diana Soto, Allison Caplan, Jorge Valenzuela, David H. Roberts, front row: Ailene Orr, Jennifer Ashley, I. Carolina Caballero

For further pictures of the event, visit the Stone Center flickr page.