Monday, December 28, 2009

Vazquez publishes article

Dr. Karina Vazquez has published "Eva vive en otra parte: cambio de signo e identidad en Eva PerĂ³n, de Copi"in Delaware Review of Latin American Studies, Vol. 10 No. 2 (December 2009). (Link:

Congratulations, Karina!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Foreign Language Newsletter

Linked at the bottom of our EFLJ website is our first Foreign Language Newsletter. Thanks to our FL faculty, Drs. Vazquez, Hennessy, Castilla-Ortiz, and Youngkeit as well as Dr. Michael Charlton's Desktop Publishing students, Kait Newhart and Sarah Puett, for their work.

Please note the information at the bottom of the newsletter for your opportunity to help sponsor a student's study abroad experience.

Friday, December 4, 2009

More Faculty Achievements

Dawn Terrick, Director of Developmental Writing, and Bill Church, Director of Learning Communities, hosted a session, "Student Engagement for Social Change," at the 14th Annual National Learning Communities Conference in Marietta, GA.

Nine area teachers represented Prairie Lands Writing Project by giving presentations at the annual meeting of the National Writing Project, held in Philadelphia, PA, November 19-21. EFLJ's Jane Frick, Trish Donaher, and Tom Pankiewicz accompanied Valorie Stokes and Heidi Mick (Platt County High School), Jen Vermillion (Lathrop High School), Terri McAvoy (St. Joseph School District instructional coach), and Amy Fowler (Central High School).

Karina Vazquez, Jason Youngkeit, and Eduardo Castilla-Ortiz each delivered a paper at the Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature (MACHL), hosted by the University of Kansas, November 5-7.

Hot words on a cold night

On December 2nd, MWSU students, faculty, and alumni joined community members in packing Foster's Martini Bar for the final New Lit Out Loud open-mic reading of the fall semester. We had the widest range of readers ever, ranging from a twelve-year-old poet sharing her first love poem to spoken word artists chanting their poetic calls-to-arms and then all the way to the seemingly immortal Don Sollars, who recited his poems from memory.

The most common comment by everyone was that it was our riches and most diverse reading to date. But, hey, a new year is upon us. Watch for the spring schedule, coming in January. Lit lives!
--Bill Church