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Pellicciotti wins PBK writing competition

Anne Pellicciotti, a senior English major in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Alfred University, is this year’s recipient of the "Wit and Wisdom" writing competition sponsored by the Alfred University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.

Pellicciotti will present her winning essay, "At the Spadas’ Table" and discuss her travels to Italy at an upcoming Bergren Forum, scheduled for 12:10 p.m. March 22 in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center. The forums are open to the public, free of charge.

In addition to the honor, Pellicciotti will receive a $250 cash prize.

Pellicciotti will be inducted as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Chapter at Alfred University in an April 20th ceremony.

This is the third year the Alpha Gamma chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, established at Alfred University in 2004, has presented the award.

Pellicciotti, who is completing a minor in marketing, is from Munster, IN. Daughter of Joseph and Mary Beth Pellicciotti, she is a graduate of Munster High School. Her father is an Alfred University alumnus, class of 1972, as is her brother, Michael, who graduated in 2000.

Previous winners of the "Wit and Wisdom" award are Elizabeth Wager, who received the award in 2010 for her poetry collection, "Why Personas Matter;" and Bryan Daly, the 2011 winner for his poem, "The Artist on His Shores."

The "Wit and Wisdom" Award was established in 2009 to "recognize excellence in student writing."
Founded in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society, recognizing excellence in liberal arts and sciences. Fewer than 300 schools nationwide have been awarded Phi Beta Kappa chapters.