Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Chinese New Year Festival

On Tuesday March 6, The Department of English and Modern Languages hosted a Chinese New Year Festival from 4 to 5:30pm in the Hoff Conference Rooms, Blum Student Union rooms 218-219.

Chinese Spring Festival, also referred to as Chinese New Year, is the grandest and the most important annual event for Chinese people and is when all family members get together, just like Christmas in the West. 2018 is the Year of the Dog according to Chinese zodiac.

This year, the event featured Chinese Calligraphy, lion dances, games and traditional dances and music. The event attracted a good crowd of students, faculty, staff and community members. The authentic Chinese food and snacks offered at the event were also a big incentive for people to attend.

We wish every one a happy Lunar New Year and a year of prosperity and happiness

Professor Attains Professional Certification

Dr. Miguel Rivera-Taupier, Assistant Professor of Spanish, received a full certification as a Spanish Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) tester from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. 

Congratulations to Miguel for this important professional achievement!

Spanish Club Helps Red Cross

On February 23rd the Spanish Club gave the Red Cross the funds it raised in an event organized last
Fall to help the victims of the earthquake in Central Mexico in September 2017 and the people affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. In the picture, Brenda Martin and Kiley Conroy (from the Spanish Club), Angie Springs (American Red Cross, Northwest Missouri, Executive Director and MWSU alumna), and Dr. Miguel Rivera (club’s advisor).

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Dr. Bausset and student Kendall Grant Work on Translation

In December of 2017, Dr. Ana Bausset, assistant professor of Spanish, edited a Historical Novel entitled Cuando la fe rompe cadenas by the author Valeria Vanstrien. As a result of this publication and with the author's permission, Dr. Bausset created an Internship with student Kendall Grant (pictured with Dr. Bausset) in which Kendall translated the book into English. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Dr. Siebler is featured author

Kay Siebler's article, "Transqueer Representations" is the featured article on the Project Queer website, an  international LGBT website focusing on advocacy, education, and community for LGBT individuals. This article is also included as a chapter in her book Learning Queer in the Digital Age. Published in 2016 by Palgrav- MacMillan Press, the paperback edition will be published in 2018.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Dr. Kunkel is Featured Poet in The Missouri Review

From The Missouri Review ( This week, we are excited to present a new poem by Marianne Kunkel. Kunkel is the author of The Laughing Game(Finishing Line Press) as well as poems featured in Notre
Dame Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Rattle, Poet Lore, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor of creative writing and publishing at Missouri Western State University, where she is editor-in-chief of The Mochila Review and faculty advisor of Canvas.
This poem appears in her forthcoming book of poetry, Hillary, Made Up (Stephen F. Austin State University Press).

Brow Pencil to Hillary

To all the little girls who are watching this: never doubt how valuable, how powerful, and how deserving of every opportunity you are to pursue your own dreams. —Hillary Clinton
Have you heard? The new trend’s
power brows, making them big
as blackboard erasers, archless,
and furrier than chows. Teen models
sport these caterpillars effortlessly,
too young to have ever plucked
like mad back when the trend
was dental floss-thin brows, back when
a woman could catch tweezer fever
and uproot every last frail hair,
then sharpen me and, like calligraphy,
draw dainty arches. Now I fly off shelves
for a different use: women
with endangered or extinct brows
want power brows, the look
of a feral beast, the exhilarating addition
of fear and awe to a first impression.
Like a protein shake, I bulk up brows,
my tip deliberately blunt
for long, broad strokes that shade in
every woman’s barren arches.
Have you noticed your stylist applying me
more thickly lately? Do your fabricated
bushy brows remind you of wild,
unfettered childhood? Just think, girls
today preserve each strand of power,
aware their mothers chase substitutes,
aware strong brows are only the beginning.

Author’s Note:

On the morning of Nov. 9, I woke up feeling overwhelmed by the surprise results of the election. I carried out my normal routine for getting ready for work, including putting on makeup, but for the first time in my life I paused while applying my many pieces of makeup. I was sensitive to the sexism at play in the election results, and I felt that the notion that women can have it all–powerful careers and also physical beauty–was a myth. Makeup no longer felt like something I did for fun or to feel pretty; I sensed that it contributed to my gender being perceived as weaker.
This upwelling of confusion and anger at makeup led me to write this poem. It’s part of a full-length manuscript I wrote in the summer of 2017 that consists entirely of poems told from the perspectives of different kinds of makeup to Hillary Clinton. One question I heard posed during the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election was whether or not Ms. Clinton had stopped wearing makeup or, if she still wore it, how little or how much. This is, of course, none of our business; what did feel appropriate for me to wonder about and explore is the tension between makeup as something some women begrudgingly wear and something that is allowed access to an extremely personal realm–women’s faces. In this poem, which is really a tribute to Ms. Clinton’s beautiful message to girls and young women in her concession speech, the makeup in profile foresees its own extinction.