Saturday, January 29, 2011

Journalism Students' Research Published

Three students from Bob Bergland's spring 2010 International Journalism Research had their research published in The Convergence Newsletter, which is sent to 1,000 journalists and academics specializing in multimedia journalism.

Austin Jacobs researched multimedia, interactive, and distribution features of Mexican newspaper websites, while Todd Fuller conducted similar research with US weeklies, and Emily Gummelt worked with the top 100 circulation U.S. magazines. All 11 students from that course had their work presented at national or international conferences.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Workshop on Copyright Use for Educators

2011 “Yes you CAN Use Copyrighted Materials!” Workshop for Educators

Thursday, February 3: 4:30 – 6:30 PM

Missouri Western State University – Blum Union 222/223

Learn about the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education and why media coordinators and teachers should embrace students’ use of mass media, popular culture and digital media as they re-mix and/or create their own texts.

The hands-on workshop will include video case studies and lesson strategies developed at Temple University’s Media Education Lab. Valorie Stokes, Platte County High School Media Coordinator and National Writing Project Web Presence Retreat Coordinator, facilitates the workshop.

Participants will receive Professional Development certificates (two hours – information literacy) and instructional materials for classroom and school use.

The Workshop is FREE; RSVP by emailing by noon, February 3. Include name, school, email address, evening/cell phone.

This workshop is sponsored by Prairie Lands Writing Project, the Missouri Western Regional Professional Development Center, and Western’s SNCTE Chapter. Questions?: Contact Dr. Jane Frick (, Prairie Lands Writing Project director.

Dr. Jane Frick, Director
Prairie Lands Writing Project
Professor of English
Missouri Western State University
St. Joseph, MO 64507
816 271-4315 (office)

Intensive French in Paris

Spend 14 days in Paris in late spring (before all those tourists show up. Pigs!)
May 23-June 7, 2011

Immerse yourself in French

Earn 3 (count 'em) three university credits

Live like a Parisian (or just look like one)

Live in an apartment, shop at the markets, sample French food (Mmm. Cheese). Housing will be in apartments in central Paris (Rue St. Honore). Apartments are equipped with kitchens, laundry facilities, linens, towels, and cooking utensils. Each student will share an apartment with 2 or 3 students.

Experience French language and culture. Class time every weekday, required visits to museums, parks, monuments, and other sites. Pre-paid assignments and assignments on site, quizzes, and exam. Students must have completed FRE 100-101 in order to participate.

Enjoy Paris in the springtime (we'll always have that, no? Oui?). Shopping, cafes, movies, leisurely strolls in heart of Paris.

Program cost of $1,450 includes: tuition for 3 credits, ground transportation to lodging, lodging in double/triple occupancy, some admission fees. Additional costs will include airfare, passport (if you don't already have one), and, once in Paris, food, some transportation, incidentals.

Financial aid may be used. Hey, we're just Seine.

Contact Dr. Susan Hennessy at or 816-271-5813.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Blue Island Review Book Release and Open Mic

Blue Island Review Book Release and Open Mic
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Whiskey Mansion
1723 Francis Street
St. Joseph, MO

Note: Cost is $4 a person, which includes dessert and coffee. If you are 21 or older, you may bring your own wine or other alcoholic beverage to the event.

THE BLUE ISLAND REVIEW is an annual journal produced by writers living in Lawrence, Kansas. We would like to invite you to a book release at the Whiskey Mansion, to honor our St. Joseph contributors, Meg Thompson and Ryan Bradley. We will hold a poetry reading featuring other Blue Island contributors, with an open mic to follow.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Blue Island books will be available to purchase for ten dollars at the event. The members of the Blue Island Poetry Group hold these tenets: that poetry is the art of making all suffer; that hypergraphia is a disorder that should be incubated; that the experience of poetry is to induce emotion through image, sound, and association; that narrative is prose, and should remain such in its multiple nefarious forms; that economy of words is most powerful; that love as it is known is a most brutal form of chemical warfare, and that to inflict poetry on the unsuspecting, both in print and in voice, is the highest calling of very sexy people. To that end, we have solicited contributions from writers living in (or connected to) northeast Kansas in the hopes that their work reaches more lovers of poetry than it otherwise might.

Blue Island is: Katie Longofono - Editor; Mickey Cesar – Assistant Editor; Mary Stone Dockery, Jason Robberson, Dana Schmidt, Amanda Schwartz, Kerry Townsend

Mary Stone Dockery Wins Poetry Award

Mary Stone Dockery (BA-Literature, 2009) is the winner of the Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award in Poetry, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Arts Center and the Raven Bookstore in Lawrence, KS. The prize includes $500 and an award ceremony on February 1st (Hughes' birthday).

Congratulations, Mary!