February Faculty and Student Accolades
Prairie Lands Writing Project hosted the Teaching Argument Writing Cadre Meeting at Missouri Western, facilitated by Teacher Consultants Amy Miller (MWSU), Tom Pankiewicz (MWSU, retired), Jane Frick (MWSU, retired), Susan Martens (MWSU), Kathy Miller (Weston), Janet Jelavich (Maryville, retired), and Terri McAvoy (SJSD, retired). The event welcomed teachers from the three school districts involved in our i3 College Ready Writers Program (Braymer, Breckenridge, and Hamilton) to rate student papers, blog about effective classroom practice, and assess students' ability to effectively incorporate and cite sources in argumentative writing.
Tom Pankiewicz, Amy Miller, and Kathy Miller were also joined by Terrance Sanders (Braymer) and Linda Gaines (Breckenridge) in representing PLWP at the National Writing Project's i3 CRWP Midyear Partnership Meeting in Memphis.
Abigail Cannon, who graduated with her B.S.E. in English in December 2014, has been named MWSU's recipient of the Robert J. Greef Award, given by the Missouri Association of Teachers of English to one outstanding graduate in secondary English education from each college or university in Missouri. Abigail received her award at the Write to Learn Conference on Feb. 27 in Osage Beach. She was accompanied by her parents, Fred and Becky Cannon, and by her former professor, Susan Martens.
Marianne Kunkel has received a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council. The grant will help make possible an event titled "The Mochila Review Presents: In the Shadow of Taylor Mali," which will bring the 2015 judge of Mochila's writers' contest, poet Taylor Mali, to campus.
TheMochilaReview recently launched its website on Facebook.
Claudine Evans and Susie Hennessy participated in a full-day immersion workshop for French educators, organized by the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of French.
Susan Martens' essay, "Finding My Nonfiction Pedagogy Muse at the New Orleans Writing Marathon Retreat" was published in the Spring 2015 issue of Assay: a Journal of Nonfiction Studies.