Outstanding Senior Spotlight: Avery Cunningham

The Outstanding Seniors are students who have been commended by the faculty of the English Department for their excellent academic work, commitment to English studies, and involvement in Department programming and publications. We are proud of how well they represent our department and wish to congratulate them on their successful completion of Bachelor’s degrees in English!


11025732_10207096933607862_3838519733634472409_nName: Avery Cunningham

Hometown: Jackson, TN

Major/Minor(s) at DePaul: English, Literary Concentration

Graduation Quarter: Winter 2015

Post-graduation plans: I will be a Graduate Assistant with the Writing and Publishing MA Program.

A favorite/memorable class(es) you took in the English Department, and why: One of my favorite classes that I’ve taken in the English department would have to be ENG 374: Native American Literature with Prof. Mark Turcotte. I really enjoyed this class because I was exposed to a new genre, and Prof. Turcotte was a very enlightening and engaging professor. I also really liked this course because of the class. We were all really excited about the course each week, and I had some of my most enriching class conversations in this class.

Favorite DePaul Professors, and why: My favorite DePaul professors who are no longer working at DePaul would be Hannah Pittard, Andrew Ewell, and Zehavi Husser. My favorite DePaul professors currently teaching at DePaul would be James Murphy, Rebecca Johns-Trissler, Richard Squibbs, Megan Heffernan, and Steven Ramirez. All of these professors contributed greatly to my professional, creative, and academic success. They all are fantastic professors who all really want the students to have a better understanding of the material. They’ve also all been open to helping me and other students in any way, and my experience at DePaul wouldn’t have been the same without them.

Interests: I really enjoy reading a variety of works, especially nonfiction these days, and writing, of course. I have a great group of friends, and we also love watching movies and TV together, especially nostalgic films and current TV shows like “Vikings” and “Game of Thrones.”

Favorite Book/Poem/Play/other work of literature: My favorite book right now is Nazareth, North Dakota by Tommy Zurhellen, although The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell is one of my all-time favorite books. My favorite poem is The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats, and my favorite play is “Prometheus Bound” by Aeschylus.

Did you receive any awards, accomplishments, present at any conferences, or have work published in any DePaul or non-DePaul publications? I presented at the Honors Senior Thesis Conference this year, as well as the English Spring Conference.

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