Steven Hoyt, Cato native and current resident of Baldwinsville, is the recipient of 2012-13 Cayuga Community College Library Research Award for his paper, “‘Bartleby’: A Story of the Struggle of the Working Class,” based on Herman Melville’s classic story “Bartleby, the Scrivener.”
Hoyt submitted the paper for an assignment in his English 102 Freshman Writing II course, taught by Adjunct Faculty Member Greg Sevik, Ph.D., in Spring. Sevik decided to submit the paper for award consideration for two reasons: the quality of the research and Hoyt’s interpretation of the texts.
“The quality and variety of the research was quite impressive,” Sevik said. “Steven’s essay argues that Melville’s story serves as a commentary on working conditions in 19th-century America. In order to support this point, Steven looks to a work of literary criticism, a source on 19th-century labor struggles, and even “The Communist Manifesto,” which appeared in English translation only a few years before Melville wrote his story. I was further impressed by Steven’s ability to engage on a sophisticated level with this difficult collection of texts.
“I had Steven as a student in both English 101 and English 102, and in both courses he contributed a great deal to the classroom environment through his hard work, intelligence, and participation in class discussion,” Sevik said. “I expect that he will be very successful in his continued academic pursuits.”
Hoyt said he enjoyed the assignment because he liked the story as well as arguing that the story was a comparison of the free market with communism.
“I was very excited and proud that my work was recognized,” he said. “As a non-traditional student it is gratifying to win an award that is only given to one student every year.”
As the winner of the 10th annual Library Research Award, Hoyt received a prize of $200. His name will be engraved on a permanent plaque in the College’s Norman F. Bourke Memorial Library. Hoyt is enrolled in the A.S. in Computer Science program.
Papers submitted by faculty for this award are evaluated by librarians at both the Auburn and Fulton campuses, based on standards set forth by both the State University of New York and the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. Submitted papers must show evidence of a focused thesis statement; use of varied and carefully selected sources of information; logical analysis and presentation of information; use of evidence to support conclusions; correct and consistent use of a citation style; and, fulfillment of the requirements stated for the assignment. The identity of the papers’ authors is withheld from the librarians during the evaluation process.