Our awesome judges for the /Blink/ essay contest include:

Mary Beckwith has been working with college students for almost 30 years and has been at UMass Dartmouth for 6 years.  She is currently Coordinator of Student Conduct and Dispute Resolution, working with students who have violated the Student Code of Conduct.

Dr. Michelle Cheyne is Assistant Professor of French in the Department of Foreign Literature & Languages at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. She specializes in 19th-Century French Theater.

Justine Dunlap is a Professor of Law at UMassD, where she teaches Civil Procedure, Domestic Violence Law, and Field Placement. She loves to read and has started book groups in three cities. Two of them are still running strong.

Dylan “Minion” Grigsby has read a lot of books over the years in his spare time. He has a black belt in Uechi-Ryu style. He came to UmassD and found his greatest friends.

Kenneth Henry is an illustration major and has been a member of the Torch staff since 2009.

Austin “Ozzie” Hightower is a former Spelling Bee champ and overall aficionado of the English language. Ozzie believes that he and his peer readers will find the best essays!

Dr. Tara Lyons is an assistant professor of English literature at UMass-Dartmouth. She is currently working on a book manuscript on Renaissance drama in collections.

Teresa Mauk joined UMD in 2010 as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management.  She enjoys reading, travel, and spending time with her family – both two-legged and four-legged.

Sean Quintin received a B.S. in Computer Science from UMass – Dartmouth in 2000; a M.S. in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University in 2002.  He is currently employed by General Dynamics as a Systems Engineer and is a first year student at the UMass School of Law.

Shelagh Smith has taught writing for the past six years at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and holds a Master of Professional Writing degree. In addition, she has provided consulting services to a some of the country’s largest for-profit, not for profit, and academic institutions.  She is the winner of the 2009 PEN New England Discovery Award in writing.

Katy Wittingham has her MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, Boston.  A poet, her work has been published in numerous journals and magazines with a collection, By a Different Ocean, published by Plan B Press in 2009.  She teaches first year composition, Critical Writing and Reading, at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.