BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Hannah Dhue ’15 (Bethalto, Ill.) and Natalie Hoijer ’15 (Arlington
Heights, Ill.) have received this year’s Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar Awards
at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic society and recognizes excellence in
the liberal arts and sciences. Illinois Wesleyan’s Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Scholar
Awards foster and celebrate student research that engages, translates and bridges
academic disciplines and/or crosses traditional boundaries. Applicants submit a research
paper or a work of art, music composition, film, collection of poetry or research
that stemmed from experiential learning.
A recent magna cum laude graduate double majoring in English-writing and theatre arts,
Dhue compared vivid imagery within three prominent novels and the respective film
adaptations by filmmaker Joe Wright. The films are Pride and Prejudice (2005), Atonement (2007), and Anna Karenina (2012).
“I learned that reverse ekphrasis – basically depicting words through images – is
vital for a truly moving and visual adaptation of a novel,” said Dhue, who also received
the Nikki Kaye Pape President’s Club Award for Excellence in Writing during Illinois
Wesleyan’s Commencement. She plans to work in the film industry in Los Angeles.
Hoijer graduated cum laude with majors in mathematics and music. Her research explored
the impact of mathematical patterns such as Fibonacci numbers and the golden ratio
on the style, structure and aesthetic beauty of a composition as a whole. She further
considered how those techniques set the piece apart from other works that do not use
such mathematics. During the Illinois Chamber Music Festival last summer, Hoijer created
activities and surveys for high school students attending the camp to gather more
data for her project, “Unleashing Music’s Hidden Blueprint: An Analysis of Mathematical
Symmetries Used in Music.”
“My findings showed that the Fibonacci series and the Golden Mean were the most effective
compositional tools and yielded the most aesthetically pleasing results,” she said.
Hoijer also received the Katherine Riedelbauch Baker Music Award during Illinois Wesleyan’s
Commencement. Hoijer was graduated with research honors.
She will attend Illinois State University in the fall to pursue a master’s degree
in flute performance. She also plans to obtain a certificate to teach high school