NAC&U Announces Anna Kroon as 2019 Award for Student Excellence Recipient

Anna Kroon, University of New Haven ’19

The New American Colleges and Universities are proud to announce that Anna Kroon, a 2019 graduate of the University of New Haven, West Haven, Conn., is the recipient of the NAC&U Award for Student Excellence, which recognizes students for their integration of liberal arts, professional studies or experiential learning, and/or civic engagement.

Kroon recently graduated from the University of New Haven with a Bachelors of Arts in English and minors in computer science and history. After learning about the digital humanities through a course in digital editing, she conducted multiple research projects through a series of independent studies, an internship with the Women Writers Project at Northeastern University, a summer undergraduate research fellowship (SURF), and a senior thesis through the University’s Honors Program.

“My work combined the technical skills of my computer science coursework, with the primary source research skills of my history coursework, and the literary analysis and critical thinking skills of my English coursework,” said Kroon, reflecting on her integrative learning experience. “This defines the culmination of my liberal arts education and experiential learning at the University of New Haven.”

For her submission to the NAC&U Award for Student Excellence, Kroon showcased a collection of digital editions she created as part of her summer research fellowship. The collection included five different versions of a Medieval romance called Valentine and Orson. They were created through an extensive process of transcription, encoding, and online transformation. Read her submission.

“Anna’s project is an exceptionally impressive example of the kind of scholarly work that brings together traditional humanistic inquiries with technologies that are changing the way we read and think,” said Maeve Adams, assistant professor of English at Manhattan College and a scholar trained in the technical encoding that Kroon used for her work.

During her time at the University of New Haven, Kroon also served as secretary and then president of the university’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society. She served as a Resident Assistant as well as a peer tutor with the University Writing Center. Her other campus involvement included marching band and participation in theater productions. Kroon will pursue a master’s degree in Digital Humanities at Loyola University in Chicago in the fall.

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*Anna Kroon, University of New Haven, Digital Editions of Valentine and Orson

*Denotes NAC&U Award for Student Excellence Recipient