Monday, December 5, 2011

November Accomplishments

Pretty Cool Things Accomplished By EFLJers in November:

Dawn Terrick presented the paper “Coming in From the Boundaries: A Learning Community that Unites Elementary School Children with First-Generation College Students to Illustrate the Possibilities of Education” at the 16th Annual National Learning Communities Conference, hosted by Harper College, in Chicago, IL

Susan Hennessy attended the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages annual meeting in Denver. She presented the Missouri Foreign Language Collaboration Initiative.

Exhibitions/Publications/Peer Review
Susan Hennessy’s article "Academy of Future French Teachers: A Plan for Recruiting" appeared in the November issue of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) National Bulletin.

Student/Community Involvement/Successes
Approximately 30 freshmen honors students attended a presentation by Beth Schild, former Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa. This event reflects the theme of Susan Hennessy’s HON 195 this semester: Being a World Citizen.

Jane Frick led a breakout session, "Building Relationships with Your State Department of Education" at the National Writing Project's annual meeting, held in Chicago, November 17-18. Frick also coordinated the delivery of Prairie Land Writing Project's "Making and Technical Writing" workshop, held at Missouri Western on November 12. The workshop was funded by a National Writing Project grant from the MacArthur Foundation and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Kaye Adkins, MWSU English professor, was the workshop conference keynote speaker; thirty-five area teachers participated.

Jeanie Crain completed her third reaffirmation review for AQIP

The rest of us will try to amount to something soon.

Mary Stone Dockery Nominated for a Pushcart Prize

Mary Stone Dockery, and English alum and KU graduate student, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Blood Lotus: An Online Literary Journal. The nomination is under the "Best of the Small Press Series."

The process for nomination is explained on the Pushcart Prize site: "Little magazine and small book press editors (print or online) may make up to six nominations from their year’s publications by our December 1, (postmark) deadline. The nominations may be any combination of poetry, short fiction, essays or literary whatnot."

Congratulations on the nomination, Mary! Do let us know if you get the whatnot award.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Ana Bausset-Page Becomes Grandmother

It continually surprises us in EFLJ, a department comprised exclusively of thirty-year-old faculty, when one of our own claims grandchildren. Ana Bausset-Page, brand new to our Spanish faculty, makes such a claim.

Little Evie, short for "Evelyn Perl Kirk," was born on November 23, 2011 (when Dana Andrews last turned 39). She was a home delivery. She weighed in at 6lbs, 8oz and measured 21 inches long. Ana's oldest son Ivan and his wife Christina are the proud parents. As you can see from the photo, Evie is actually a cute baby, unlike most of them who simply look like Winston Churchill with gas.

Evie has a two-year-old brother named Max. Nobody has asked Max, undoubtedly a "Wild Thing," what he thinks of all this. We are certain to find out.

Contratulations, Nana Ana!

Alumnus Tracy Jones Teaches Abroad

Tracy Jones, a 1998 graduate with a BA in English/Writing, has taken his talents overseas.

Tracy completed an MA in TESOL at London Metropolitan Unversity in 2009 and continued to teach ESL students in London until the following year. He returned to South Korea in 2010 to work for a former employer, and was later recruited to help launch a new English language center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

In 2011, Tracy accepted a position as an English Lecturer at Raffles International College HCMC, a Singapore-based group of design/business colleges and universities with 37 campuses throughout Asia and Oceania.

Tracy can be reached at