Jennifer and Eric Spiegel Book Fund Award presented to BSIS student Jesse Hicks
BSIS student Jesse Hicks received a $250.00 grant toward book purchases for his successful participation in the Jennifer and Eric Spiegel Book Fund Award student project competition. Jesse’s essay “Questioning the Effect of Instant Messaging on Adolescent Verbal and Social Development,” is both very interesting and well written says Bob Perkoski, Director of the Undergraduate Program. “Jesse stepped forward and fulfilled the central idea of the competition with a really solid and deserving effort,” says Perkoski.
The Spiegel Book Fund was established by Pitt alumni couple, Jennifer (1988 CAS, Communications) and Eric Spiegel (1988 SLIS, BSIS) with the goal of giving back to their respective programs and helping students afford education, specifically books. The Spiegels conceived of the award competition as a way to stretch students to express themselves through writing. Presentations, web design or other communications methods may also be considered. Blending the Spiegels interests in communication and IT, the annual topics focus on the interplay between technology and society.
The Spiegel Book Fund Award hosts two annual award competitions.
The Communications department in Arts and Sciences administers
a $250.00 contest in the fall term each year for bachelors’ students.
The SIS bachelors’ of information science (BSIS)
program administers a second $250.00 contest in the winter
term. Through the Spiegel’s remarkable generosity,
the Spiegel Book Fund Award is an endowed award which
will be offered every year in perpetuity. Look for it