Friday, March 29, 2013

Student and Faculty Activities in March

Dr. Kaye Adkins  presented her poster "The Air Raid Warden's Handbook as Risk Communication"  at the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing conference in Las Vegas.

Dr. Ana Bausset-Page delivered a paper, "Hologramas en algunas obras de Elena Poniatowska" ("Holograms in some works of E. Poniatowska”) at the 38th International Symposium of Hispanic Literature at California State University-Dominguez Hills).

Dr. Bob Bergland gave a presentation, "Methodology for College Media Research" at the Spring CMA College Media Convention in New York City. Bergland, editor of College Media Review, also hosted a workshop on contributing to the journal.

Dr. Michael Charlton presented his paper "The Adaptations of Tintin: Filming Herge's Comics and Handling Cultural Controversies" at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts.

Dr. Elizabeth Latosi-Sawin presented a poster session with Dr. Russ Phillips and Greg Kriewitz called "The Added Value of an Outdoor Study-Away Experience in Higher Education" on March 22 at the Conference on Applied Learning in Higher Education sponsored by Missouri Western State University. The collaborative study reported the positive results of research on the well-being and life satisfaction of students who participated in three multi-disciplinary Outdoor Semesters offered by Missouri Western in 2006, 2007 and 2009.

Ms. Dawn Terrick, Director of Developmental Writing, presented her paper "Legitimizing Basic Writers: A Public Conversation" at the 64th Annual National Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ms. Anita Ford, MAA candidate in Written Communication, presented her paper, "Does Current Technical Communication Curriculum Prepare Graduates for the Real Needs of the Job Market?"
Anita's accomplishment is especially notable, as her paper was in competition with those of leading scholars in the field, and the acceptance rate this year was below 30%.

Ms. Sarah Puett and Ms. Anita Ford, graduate students in the Technical Communication option of the Master of Applied Arts in Written Communication attended the Conference on College Composition and Communication, a conference where thousands of writing faculty meet to share research and
teaching innovations. both women participated in the Women in Technical Communication Luncheon, sponsored by ACM SIGDOC, a professional technical communication organization.

Dr. Susie Hennessy collaborated on a celebration of the French Origins of St. Joseph with the Alliance Fran├žaise on March 23rd. The French language immersion day was based in large part on the research of Dr. Frances Flanagan, (professor emeritus of Missouri Western), centered on Joseph Robidoux and the Sacred Heart Convent. The event attracted participants from throughout Northwest Missouri.

Prairie Lands Writing Project and administrators from the Hamilton, Braymer and Breckenridge school districts attended the i3 College Ready Writers Program (CRWP) Launch Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on March 8-10, 2013. Dr. Jane Frick, Kathy Miller , and Tom Pankiewicz represented Prairie Lands.  Troy Ford, Superintendent of the Hamilton R-II School District; Don Regan, Superintendent of the Braymer C-4 School District; and Linda Gaines, lead teacher from the Breckenridge R-1 School District represented the districts which will receive professional development for the first two years of the three-year program. 

Tom Pankiewicz, Missouri Western English instructor and Prairie Lands Writing Project site director, attended the National Writing Project’s Spring Meeting in Washington, D.C. on March 20-22, 2013. At the meeting, Pankiewicz along with directors and teacher consultants from the other Missouri Writing Projects (Missouri Writing Project [MU-Columbia], Greater Kansas City Writing Project [UMKC], Gateway Writing Project [UMSL], and Ozark Writing Project [MSU]) met with the education aides of Senator Claire McCaskill, Senator Roy Blunt, Representative Emanuel Cleaver, and Representative Sam Graves to share our work and to urge continued support for federally-funded literacy programs. The meeting also included workshops on preparing for college-ready writers programs such as Prairie Lands’ SEED and i3 work.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Prairie Lands Writing Project Announces Contest Winners

The Prairie Lands Writing Project at Missouri Western State University has announced the winners in this year’s Missouri Writing Region for the national Scholastic Writing Awards Contest. The winners have received regional awards for their outstanding writing through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, a 90-year-old national program that recognizes outstanding creative teenagers. See the University News website for details.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Levi Smock Film Premiere

Levi Smock, a 2009 English (literature) graduate and American Film Institute (AFI) fellow,  has his thesis film For Abigail (Love Benjamin)  premiering at AFI this Saturday. 

Levi's film  Hangdog  has been accepted into the BIG ISLAND FILM FESTIVAL in Hawaii. His film Dr. Gutman's Eulogy has been accepted into two more festivals: the Houston International Film Festival in Huston TX and High Falls Film Festival in Rochester, NY.

Congratulations, Levi!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Ashley Snyder Publishes Flash Fiction

English, Technical Writing senior and Canvas staffer Ashley “Ash” Snyder recently published a piece of flash fiction, “Orlando Paul Stance & Paula Carla Stance,” with The Newer York, an online literary journal that “publishes experimental fiction in print and online."

Congratulations, Ashley!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bensyl Interviewed on her Research

While she was on sabbatical last fall, Dr. Stacia Bensyl was invited by Brian Niiya, Content Director for DENSHO (the Japanese American legacy project) and former Curator of the Japanese American National Museum and Resource Director for the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai`i, to appear as a guest on “Thinking Out Loud” on station KZOO AM 1210 in Honolulu, a weekly radio program sponsored by several nonprofit entities, including the Hawai`i Council for the Humanities and the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai`i.  
Doctor Bensyl discussed her research on literary magazines published in the War Relocation Authority administered internment camps for Japanese Americans during World War II. The link to her November 5 interview follows: Because of her work with Japanese American literature, she has been invited to edit the Japanese American literature section of the Densho Encyclopedia.

Hon and Griffon News Win Big

At the Spring National College Media Convention in New York City, attended by 1,400 student journalists and media advisers, Dave Hon (The Griffon News editor) was selected as a finalist and interviewed for the "Best Student Media Leader" award, a national competition. 

At that same competition, The Griffon News was selected as the honorable mention recipient in the 5,000-10,000 division of the "Best Newspaper" competition.