Friday, April 27, 2012

2012 EFLJ Scholarships Announced

Congratulations to the following recipients of EFLJ scholarships:
Francis and Marceline Davis Award - Roxanne Chase and Betsy Lee 
Francis Flanagan  Award- Alexander Stearns 
Irene Ertman Award - Katie Walkup 
Isabel Rice Sparks Award - Katie Walkup
Jennifer George Award - Sarah Waters
Doherty Award - Sarah Waters and Heidi Cornelius
Rosemary Hoffman Award- Justin Phillips
Sandra Stubblefield  Award- Sarah Waters
Sandra Jacobs Award - Eric McCrery
Richard Taylor Award- Robin Ussher 

Monday, April 23, 2012

Developmental English Program Hosts Reading

On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, the ENG 100 program held a reception to honor those students whose essays were chosen to be included in the 6th edition of the ENG 100 student publication Discovering the Student, Discovering the Self.  17 students were in attendance to receive their awards and read from their published works.  The student essays reflect the struggle and the joy, the hard work and the rewards that these students have experienced both in their lives and in the classroom.  After the reading, students reconnected with their ENG 100 Instructors and introduced their family and friends to their professors.  Smiles, hugs and even a few tears could be seen throughout the room.  Overall, approximately 75 faculty, staff, students, friends and family were in attendance to enjoy the reading, food and camaraderie and conversation that carried over into the afternoon. 

If you wish to read these student essays and discover the same things that the students have discovered, during their first semester in college they are discovering themselves, realizing that they are part of many communities and defining themselves as individuals, students, scholars and citizens, go to:

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Spanish Poetry Reading

The Spanish Club hosted a poetry reading on Monday, April 16, 2012. Students (and Dr. Bausset-Page's mother!) read poems in Spanish to the forty-five in attendance.

The organizers of the event were Eric McCrerey (President), Kelsey Samenus (vice President) and April Buntin (treasurer), pictured left.

EFLJ Publications Launch and Reading

Once again it's time to celebrate the new editions of our literature and art journals, Canvas and The Mochila Review.

Please join us next Tuesday, April 24, at 4 p.m. in Blum 222.

Our students and alumni will read selections from their latest works published in Canvas. We'll acknowledge the winners in poetry, prose, and visual arts. Then we'll eat foods provided by the ENG285 class.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

2012 EFLJ Outstanding Graduate Awards

The department is proud to announce the winners of this year's outstanding graduate awards.

Mary Lee Doherty Award (outstanding BSE, English graduate): Jessica McMinn

Louise Lacy Award (outstanding BA, English graduate): Caitlin Cress

Outstanding graduate in Convergent Media: Alison Norris

Outstanding graduate in Spanish: Matthew Starr

We will honor these graduates in our last department meeting of the year. Join us in congratulating Jessica, Caitlin, Alison, and Matthew for their achievements now and over their successful undergraduate careers.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Amy Chastain Advises Award-Winning Newspaper

Professor Amy Chastain, an EFLJ alumna (both the BA in Journalism and the MAA in Written Communication), serves as faculty adviser for The Lantern, the school newspaper for Butler Community College.

Amy and her staff went to the Kansas Associated College Press in Salina, KS this past week. The newspaper won eight awards in the two-year college category, including citations in ad design, infographics, sports, news writing, sports photography, column writing, interior page design, and Amy had a student come in as first runner-up as Journalist of the Year.

Congratulations, Amy!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Griffon News and Yearbook Win Big

The Griffon News earned 22 awards and its editor-in-chief was named the top college journalist in the state Saturday at the Missouri College Media Association convention, which was hosted by Missouri Western.

David Hon (left), a junior convergent media major from Platte City and president of MCMA, beat out eight other nominees to be named Journalist of the Year, Missouri Western’s first recipient since 1998. Now in his fourth semester as editor, Hon also took home several individual awards, including first and second place in in-depth reporting, third place and honorable mention in editorial writing, third place in investigative reporting and first place in section front page design.

The Journalist of the Year judges praised Hon for his determination and his passion for writing stories that make a difference in his community, traits that Missouri Western professor Dr. Robert Bergland also extolled in his nomination letter.

“I’m very happy for Dave,” said Bergland, who is on sabbatical this semester but will return in the fall to advise the newspaper. “He has worked incredibly hard in his three years at Missouri Western as both a writer and editor. While his journalistic goals have been altruistic—to improve the newspaper and the campus—it’s nice to see him receive such great recognition for his work. Missouri is a state known for its journalism and journalism schools, so being named as the best college journalist in the state is an incredible honor.”

Graphic design major Brooke Carter also fared very well at the convention, winning 10 individual and shared awards. She swept the top three places in the editorial cartoon category and won the information graphic and advertising categories. She also shared the top honors with other staff members in the section front page design category (with Hon), sports page category (with Thomas Huitt-Johnson and Jason Brown) and feature page category (with Christian Mengel, Jesse Bilderback, Blair Stalder and Brown).

Brown was another multiple award winner, picking up an honorable mention in feature photography to go along with the awards he shared with Carter. Managing editor Caitlin Cress received two individual awards, a second place in entertainment review writing and a third place in feature writing.

"The 22 awards ties the best performance ever for the Griffon News," said Bergland, who was tabbed as MCMA Adviser of the Year. "I'm pleased that these students did so well, but am proud of all of the students who have contributed in the past year to improve The Griffon News."

The Griffon Yearbook also won numerous awards, including second place in the main category, theme development. Individual awards went to Jeff Meyer (first and third in sports photography and second place in feature photography), Robin Patti (third place in feature writing), Lauren Hicks (third place in personality sketch) and Raphaelle Drew (honorable mention in Portrait). Drew and Heather Heater teamed up in two entries to take first and second in sports design.

The conference, which drew 150 participants from over 20 Missouri colleges and universities was held in Spratt and Potter Halls. The conference featured workshops, critiques and sessions by journalism teachers and journalists throughout the state, including several from the St. Joseph News-Press. Rob Curley, the new media editor of the Las Vegas Sun and a former vice-president of new media for The Washington Post/Newsweek, was the keynote speaker at the awards banquet, which was held in Fulkerson Center.

The Griffon News:
Editorial Writing
3. Dave Hon, Mo. Western, Vote no
HM (Honorable Mention). Dave Hon, Mo. Western, Student affairs

Feature Writing
3. Caitlin Cress, Mo. Western, Grad School

Sports Reporting
HM. Kyle Inman, Mo. Western, Griffons defeat

In-Depth Reporting
1. Dave Hon, Mo. Western, Campus thefts
2. Dave Hon and Todd Fuller, Mo. Western, SGA constitution

Investigative Reporting
3. Dave Hon, Mo. Western, Student Affairs

Entertainment Review
2. Caitlin Cress, Mo. Western, Romeo
Feature Photography
HM. Jason Brown, Mo. Western, Turtle photo

Political Cartoon
1. Brooke Carter, Mo. Western, Student Affairs
2. Brooke Carter, Mo. Western, Gov. Nixon
3. Brooke Carter, Mo. Western, Football shower

Information Graphics
1. Brooke Carter, Mo. Western, Backpack graphic
HM. Brooke Carter, Mo. Western, Car theft

1. Brooke Carter, Mo. Western, Get published
3. Brooke Carter, Mo. Western, Facebook ad

Section Front Page
1. Brooke Carter and Dave Hon, Mo. Western

Sports Page
1. Thomas Huitt-Johnson, Brooke Carter and Jason Brown, Mo. Western, 600 wins

Feature Page
1. Christian Mengel, Jesse Bilderback, Blair Stalder, Brooke Carter, and Jason Brown, Mo. Western, Romeo and Juliet

The Griffon (yearbook):

Theme Development
2nd Place-
Raphaelle Drew
Robin Wesher
Jeff Meyer
Molly Thomas

Honorable Mention- Raphaelle Drew

Sports Design
1st Place- Raphaelle Drew & Heather Heater
2nd Place- Raphaelle Drew & Heather Heater

Student Life Design
Honorable Mention- Raphaelle Drew & Hanna Greenwall

Personality Sketch
3rd Place- Lauren Hicks

Feature Writing
3rd Place- Robyn Patti

Sports Photography
1st Place- Jeff Meyer
3rd Place- Jeff Meyer

Feature Photography
2nd Place- Jeff Meyer

Web Page
2. The Griffon News, Mo. Western

2. Griffon News, Mo. Western

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Student to Teach in Spain

Matthew Starr, who will graduate with a BSE in Spanish in May, has been accepted to work as an English language teacher in Spain beginning fall 2012.

He has been assigned to the Andalucia region and will likely be teaching in a high school.

Congratulations, Matthew!

Friday, April 6, 2012

March Accomplishments of Students and Faculty

Kay Siebler presented her paper on Service Learning, Literacy, and Title I Schools at the national College Composition and Communications Conference in St. Louis.

Bob Bergland presented a paper “Research Methodology and Ideas for Media Advisers” at the national College Media Advisers conference.

Kaye Adkins presented her paper "From Political Constraints to Program Innovation: The Master of Applied Arts at Missouri Western" as part of a panel on the future of the Master's in English at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in St. Louis. While in St. Louis, She also attended the international conference of the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing, and she participated in the Master's Degree Consortium of Writing Studies Specialists.

Ana Bausset-Page delivered her paper “Woman in Search oof Immortality in Two Works by Marcela del Rio” at the the XXXVII International Symposium of Hispanic Literature at California State University Dominguez Hills.

Five students in the Master of Applied Arts in Written Communication attended the Conference on College Composition and Communication in St. Louis Missouri in March. Students participated in the Research Network Forum and attended sessions on community college teaching, developmental writing, composition theory and pedagogy and professional writing. Attending the conference were Technical Communication students Anita Ford and Sarah Puett, and Writing Studies students Angela Bush, Amanda Felice, and Stephanie Harvey.

The eighth edition of Technical Communication: A Practical Approach, co-authored by Kaye E. Adkins of Missouri Western and William Sanborn Pfeiffer of Warren Wilson College, has been released by Pearson. TC APA is one of the major textbooks in Technical Communication.

Two Prairie Lands Writing Project Teacher Consultants' students have received prestigious national awards for their exceptional writing through The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Elena Bellamy, a senior at Maryville High School, has received a Gold Medal, the highest national award, for “Skin Deep,” a science fiction/fantasy piece. Her teacher is Janet Jelavich, head of the English department at Maryville High School. Ben Shinogle, a junior at Park Hill High School, has received a Silver Medal national award, for “Already Naked,” a personal essay/memoir. His teacher is Sara Capra, head of the Communication Arts department at Park Hill High School and a Missouri Western BSE English graduate. The students' pieces also received top ratings in the 2012 Missouri Regional Scholastic Writing Awards competition, sponsored by Prairie Lands Writing Project and Missouri Western. The national winners--selected from among over 100,000 writing pieces submitted--will be honored in professional writing workshops and ceremonies in New York, including at Carnegie Hall, in early June.

English Faculty William Church and Meridith Katchen accompanied English major Alex Stearns to the Great Plains Honors Conference held at the Doubletree Hilton in Overland Park, Kansas March 30-31. Alex presented a poster titled "What Makes it Honors" that he had prepared with Elizabeth Latosi-Sawin, Honors Director. Alex's poster applied Thoreau's ideas on learning and inquiry to several General Studies Honors courses he had completed.

Foreign Language Day 2012

Over 170 high school students from around the region converged at Missouri Western on Tuesday, April 3 for Foreign Language Day. From Poetry Slam to student-produced commercials, a range of events provided students the chance to show what they know in Chinese, French, German, and Spanish.

Award winners received music, films, and books for their performance. Outstanding students in the Poetry Slam, Short Stories, and the Great Moments in History re-enactments received scholarships to Missouri Western.

Thanks to foreign language faculty Susie Hennessy (foreign language coordinator), Eduardo Castilla-Oritz (pictured left having fun at the event), Ana Bausset-Page, and Tiantian Zou (Chinese Fulbright professor).

Planning now begins for Foreign Language Day 2013!

You may view the student-produced video commercials here:

Monday, April 2, 2012

One-year Replacement in Journalism

The department is happy to report that Mr. Thomas "T.R." Hanrahan will serve as a one-year replacment for Dr. Ann Thorne. T.R. comes to us with a great deal of experience. According to his blog, T.R. most recently served as publications manager at Missouri Southern State University and as adviser to The Chart, the university’s student-run campus newspaper.

While T.R. served as adviser to The Chart, "the paper received numerous state, regional and national honors. In April, 2010, Hanrahan was named the Missouri College Media Association Adviser of the Year. Hanrahan attended MSSU from 1990-1995 and served twice as Chart editor-in-chief. He also twice served as MCMA president. He is the first person to have been elected to that post more than once. He is also the first person to be named MCMA Journalist of the Year (1995) and MCMA Adviser of the Year (2010)."

Check out T.R.'s blog on all things media: "The Old Newsman"

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