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Karlem Riess Memorial Award

The Karlem Riess Memorial Award is a $500 cash award given to an outstanding Alpha of Louisiana inductee who has demonstrated a breadth of experience in the liberal arts and sciences. The award is named for Dr. Karlem “Ducky” Riess, who served as a member and officer of the Alpha of Louisiana chapter for more than half a century. Dr. Riess received his undergraduate degree from Tulane, and he returned to Tulane as a faculty member in physics after graduate study.

The ninth annual recipient of the Karlem Riess Memorial Award is Sophie Cushman. According to her professors in the Department of Classical Studies, “she is certainly among the very best students we have taught.” One professor noted that “Sophie has a real gift for research and writing” as demonstrated in her honors thesis on the uses and evolution of public space in Crete from the end of the Bronze Age until the fifth century B.C. Another professor, commenting on her study of the ancient Greek language, notes that “her preparation for class [is] impeccable” and “her dedication to excellence in an exceptionally challenging subject is unparalleled.” Beyond her scholarly performance, her professors note that Sophie “possesses patience, generosity, and humility in equal measure and has emerged as a well-liked leader among her colleagues.” But Sophie’s academic pursuits are not confined to ancient Greece. She has studied across the liberal arts and sciences, excelling in courses in English, Philosophy, History, Spanish, Anthropology, Astronomy, and Physics. Following graduation Sophie will eventually be pursuing graduate education in a field related to Classical Studies.

2014 Recipient: Patrick Lorio 2013 Recipient: Jennifer Triplett
2012 Recipient: Michelle Nguyen 2011 Recipient: Raina Heaton
2010 Recipient: Micah Bluming 2009 Recipient: Christopher Holdgraf
2008 Recipient: Carmella Vizza 2007 Recipient: Robert Tillman



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