The award will be presented to sophomore Christina Witkowski for her essay entitled “Milton’s Satan: Icon or Iconoclast?”
Witkowski’s winning essay was chosen as the best Literary Traditions II research paper from last year. She will receive a small monetary award and will have her paper published in the next edition of “The University Scholar.”
The literature paper requires the use of secondary sources and must address a specific topic in either Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy” or John Milton’s “Paradise Lost.”
Dr. Steven Stryer, English professor, described the assignment as an attempt to create a “dialogue” between the student and his or her secondary sources in the context of the works of Milton and Dante.
The English department created the award in honor of the late Dr. Raymond D. DiLorenzo, former English professor at UD. DiLorenzo received his Ph.D from the University of Toronto in Canada and came to teach at UD in 1975. He was noted for his deep interest in rhetoric and his dedication to his students, including long hours spent helping them hone their writing skills, according to the English department.
DiLorenzo retired from the University of Dallas in 2005 but continued to be an active member in the UD community as a long-time parishioner at the Church of the Incarnation. He passed away in 2010 at the age of 68.
The presentation ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in the Gorman Faculty Lounge and will be followed by refreshments.