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March 2005

Release date: March 01, 2005

Huffman Receives Award for Top Folklore Essay

Angelo State University graduate student Mellisa Huffman received the Kenneth Davis Award for Folklore Studies during the 26th annual Conference of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association earlier this month in Albuquerque, N.M.

Huffman was lauded for her study, "Cultural Death and Renewal in Gloria Anzaldua's 'La Curandera.'" The study examined the structural and cultural linguistic elements within the Texas author's poem and their relation to Mesoamerican cultures.

Huffman is from San Angelo and is a teaching assistant at ASU. The Kenneth Davis award was one of eight student honors announced at the conference, which included more than 750 academic presentations.

The award is named for Dr. Kenneth Davis, a professor emeritus in English at Texas Tech University, and goes to the conference's outstanding graduate essay in folklore studies, according to the conference Web site.

The conference included students from dozens of schools nationally, including Arizona State University, Duke University, Kent State University in Ohio and University of California-Irvine.