Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Recent Faculty Accomplishments

Elizabeth Latosi-Sawin presented a paper at the national meeting of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning (an affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English) at Mount Madonna, California. Her presentation for this conference on the Wisdom Tradition in Higher Education was entitled “Growing Deep Like the River.” Dr. Sawin also represented MWSU at the American Democracy Project seminar on Civic Engagement in Action: The Stewardship of Public Lands (Politics and the Yellowstone System) in Yellowstone National Park. This seminar was sponsored by the Yellowstone Association Institute and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Ann Thorne was elected Newsletter Editor/Secretary of the History Division of the American Educators of Journalism and Mass Communication at the national convention in Chicago, IL. AEJMC is an organization of approximately 3,600 journalism and mass communication faculty. The History Division has about 400 members.

Meg Thompson’s poem “Window in the Basement” appeared in the spring issue of The Louisville Review, vol. 63.

Robert Bergland presented "The Need to Recruit Minority Students for the Student Newspaper/Publication Workshop Course" at the Association of Educators of Mass Communication and Journalism in Chicago.

MWSU English faculty members and Prairie Lands Writing Project (PLWP) Teacher Consultants Jane Frick and Kathy Miller conducted a day-long Holistic Scoring session at Excelsior Springs Middle School to establish students' beginning-of-school-year writing proficiencies for the 624 students enrolled this fall. The session was part of PLWP's three-year commitment to provide literacy-related professional development programs to the teachers at Excelsior Springs Middle School, a project is funded by the National Writing Project (NWP) as a part of its National Evaluation study of the effectiveness of NWP professional development offerings throughout the country.

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