Stetson University

College of Arts and Sciences

Awards and Prizes

Ann Morris Essay and Creative Writing Contest

Each Spring, the WGS Program sponsors an essay and creative writing contest: all undergraduate Stetson students are eligible to enter; students do not need to be WGS minors. Awards are made in both analytical and creative categories. The student who submits the best work incorporating substantive research on gender receives the Ann Morris Prize for Research on Gender. The number of awards made in each category varies each year but is determined by a panel of faculty judges in response to the number and quality of the entries in a particular year. Winners are honored at the annual WGS Banquet.

Contest rules:

  • Entries must in some way address the experience of women or issues in gender, race, class, or sexuality.
  • Competition is open to registered Stetson undergraduate and graduate students.
  • All entries sould be typed, titled, and sealed in an envelope with particular contest indicated on the front: fiction, poetry, drama, essays, creative non-fiction, research. Each entry should include a removable page with the author's name, box number, phone number, and Social Security number. The Social Security number should appear on each page of each entry.

Named in honor of the first WGS Coordinator at Stetson University, the Ann Morris Prize for Research on Gender is awarded each year to the undergraduate Stetson student who submits the best essay in any field that incorporates substantive research on gender issues. Essays prepared for senior research projects or as part of Stetson's Summer Undergraduate Research Experience program are eligible. Essays are submitted in the Spring. The winner of the Morris Prize is honored at the annual banquet as well as at the University-wide Honors Convocation.

June Brooks Memorial Award for Activism

This award will be given to a student in good academic standing who best exemplifies the activism displayed by June Brooks. Special consideration should be given to students whose activities promote the cause of women and/or feminism. Students involved in activities that combat discrimination based on race, gender, or sexual preference while promoting peace and social justice also merit strong consideration for this award.

June Brooks was a longtime employee of Stetson Food Service. She knew many Stetson students as a manager of the Hat Rack and later worked side by side with Stetson work study students in the cafeteria. Always an activist, she often adorned her work outfits with buttons that promoted the ERA, abortion rights, racial equality, and many other peace and social justice issues.

June Brooks was one of the organizers of the first Volusia-Flagler County Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). Later, she became one of the organizers of Stetson Community NOW and was voted the chapter's Member of the Year in 1989. June was elected as a member of the Volusia County Democratic Executive Committee and served the democratic party faithfully during every election cycle.

She was active in numerous civic and social concerns organizations: the Stetson Society for Nuclear Freeze (renamed to West Volusia Society for a Nuclear Freeze), People to Prevent Nuclear War, Amnesty International (West Volusia Chapter), Florida Coalition for Peace and Justice, West Volusia Progressive Democratic Women's Club, Electralytes (a charitable organization active in the African American community), and the Women's Network.

Her activities in politics and women's rights put her in contact with such national political figures as Vice-President Al Gore, 1984 Presidential Candidate Walter Mondale, Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, and National NOW President Patricia Ireland. Every time there was a rally, a march, or a meeting on social issues, June Brooks was there. Many students at Stetson and individuals in the community were inspired by her activism.

In many ways, June Books could be described as a working class version of Eleanor Roosevelt. Unlike Eleanor Roosevelt, whose relationship with her children and husband has been described by historians as distant, June Brooks was very close to her children and her husband. She was able to act on her concerns about the world's problems without ever neglecting her husband or children. She had a heart that was big enough to engulf all of humanity without neglecting the people closest to her.

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