Friday, April 20, 2018

Dawn Terrick Presents Research

On Thursday, March 15, 2018, Dawn Terrick, English Instructor and Director of Developmental Writing, presented, “Labor of Love:  Revolutionizing the Developmental Writing Classroom,” at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, a national and peer-reviewed conference. 

ENG 100 Reading

Dawn Terrick, Director of Developmental Writing
The annual reception to celebrate the ENG 100 student publication, Discovering the Student, Discovering the Self, was hosted by Dawn Terrick, Director of Developmental Writing, and held on Wednesday, April 18. Approximately 90 people attended, including students and their families, faculty, administration and staff. 
President Vartabedian kicked off the reception, then Dawn Terrick awarded students with certificates and copies of the book and the students themselves concluded the afternoon by reading excerpts from their essays.  From the student who read about her memories of making bread with her mother while holding her own daughter to the nine-year-old who read her mother’s essay, the newly published authors were able to keep the audience enthralled. 
This truly was an afternoon of celebration.  To read the student essays, go to:


EML chairperson Dr. Stacia Bensyl, MWSU president Dr. Robert Vartabedian,
and MWSU provost Dr. Jeanne Daffron enjoy the after-event reception



Monday, April 16, 2018

Nicole Bradley Heads West

Nicole Bradley is going to be a Sun Devil.
Nicole is a 2016 Bachelor of Arts graduate of both our Creative Writing and Publishing program as well as the MWSU philosophy program.
This fall, Nicole will be enrolled in Arizona State University's Master of Arts program in philosophy. Nicole entertained offers from other graduate programs but has chosen to study in Arizona.

Congratulations, Nicole!


Thursday, April 12, 2018

News from Creative Writing & Publishing

On Tuesday, March 27, Dr. Kunkel's ENG 386/486 Poetry Writing class welcomed Dr. Hadara Bar-Nadav to read at the local coffee shop Pronto. The class had read her newest book, The New Nudity, a few weeks before and written odes inspired by her poems. The night of the reading, the coffee shop was packed and students listened attentively to her work with copies of her book in hand. After the reading, Dr. Bar-Nadav answered questions from the crowd, then signed books--the reading lasted more than two hours! We thank Dr. Bar-Nadav, an associate professor of poetry at University of Missouri-Kansas City, for making the trip and inspiring our undergraduate writers!

On March 7-10, Dr. Kunkel and MWSU senior Sara Brown traveled to Tampa, FL, to attend the annual Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference. Together they staffed a table in the conference bookfair for MWSU's national literary journal, The Mochila Review, for which Dr. Kunkel is editor-in-chief and Sara is managing editor. They passed out more than 300 flyers, sold issues, and connected with four previous contributors, some who are now graduate students in creative writing. They had a wonderful, exhausting time!

Kay Siebler publishes in Journal of Education Policy

Dr. Kay Siebler, professor of English, presented on the "Technology and Pathology of Gender" at the Pop Culture Association Conference.

Her article on teaching healthy sexuality education in the context of a Chinese ELL classroom was published in the April/second quarter edition of the international Journal of Education Policy.

Caroline Whiteman Presents

Dr. Caroline Whiteman, assistant professor of French, co-organized a session entitled "Précarité, Insécurité, Instabilité: Representations of Unstable French Identity in the 20th and 21st Centuries" at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Conference at UCLA in March. She oversaw three panels at the conference and coordinated discussions. She also gave a paper with the title "
The Chagrin of the Other: Marie Cosnay’s Representations of Immigrants and Wanderers in the French Basque Country."

 Dr. Whiteman will present a paper at the 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Studies Colloquium at Brown University in Rhode Island. The title is "Writing from the Periphery: French Basque Literature as a Tool for Criticism and Change."

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Fidler-Newby Defends Master's Capstone Portfolio

Left to Right: Dr. Jeney, Dr. Canon, Ms. Fidler-Newby, Dr. Adkins
Congratulations to Samantha Fidler-Newby on successfully defending her Master's capstone portfolio. Sam will be awarded the Master of Applied Arts in Written Communication/Technical Communication. 

In her coursework, Sam's research focused on student resumes and resulted in a paper and poster presentation titled "Putting Your Best Foot Forward: The Study of Resumes Designed by Missouri Western State University Senior Technical Communication Students." Sam has already started freelancing and has been working with clients building communication products and plans for local small businesses.