Sunday, February 28, 2016

Congratulations to Lindsey Lucas!

Lindsey Lucas, who graduated in December 2015 with a bachelor's degree in English and a concentration in creative writing and publishing, has been accepted in the Master's of Fine Arts program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her acceptance into the program includes paid tuition and a teaching assistantship. Lindsey was an incredible asset to our EML department and to The Mochila Review and Canvas specifically; there, for four semesters, she served as the journals' web editor and as a co-host for Mochila's new podcast, Mochila Chat (listen here: 
Lindsey was also the treasurer of the university's Creative Writing Club and a valued participant in many fiction- and poetry-writing courses. We wish her the very best and can't wait to read what she writes next!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Poésie et Chocolat

French Club members provided an early Valentine Day's celebration by reading French poetry in Murphy Hall elevators this past Monday, February 8th. They also handed out chocolates to the lucky students and faculty members who rode the elevators. 

Faculty participate in roundtable

On Tuesday, Feb. 23, a dozen or so EML faculty gathered in Eder 211 to participate in an informal roundtable discussion hosted by the Morale and Motivation Committee. The discussion topic was "Working with Challenging Students," and many faculty shared advice, asked questions, and challenged the group to think about student behavior in new and insightful ways. Issues of student and teacher safety came up, as did student mental health; teacher authority based on age, gender, ethnicity, etc.; cell phone use in the classroom; and student disrespect versus naiveté. The committee would like to thank everyone who participated and made the brown bag session possible. We're already receiving requests to host another one!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

新年快乐 Chinese New Year of the Monkey

Happy Lunar New Year!
Many thanks to Yiming for her masterful organization of the Chinese Spring Festival on February 8th, 2016.  Musical performances, poetry, tai chi and scrumptious food were enjoyed by a large crowd of Sinophiles.  

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The First Thursday Open Mic Publication has been awarded a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council. Mary Stone, project director, hopes to have an April release for the collection. Special thanks go to Roxanne Chase, who wrote the grant and Michael Charlton, who provided direction.

January Accomplishments
Mike Cadden presented his paper “Drawing in and Pushing Back: The Verse Novel and the Problem of Distance” at the Modern Language Association Conference in Austin, TX.

Marianne Kunkel's poem "Abish Teaches me to Run" has been accepted for publication in the Chicago Quarterly Review.

Mary Stone had six poems published in the winter issue of Menacing Hedge. All of the poems are from her forthcoming third poetry collection, Deficiency, due out in 2017! 

Liz Canon’s article "Buried Treasure: What Makes the Tyndale Corpus Different" was accepted for publication by the International Journal of Language and Literature. She also taught a mini-course entitled, "Thriving as an Early Career Faculty Member" at the Linguistic Society of America annual meeting in Washington, DC. 

Michael Charlton presented a paper titled "Teaching Japan Through Visual Texts" at the 2016 Japan Studies Association conference in Honolulu, HI.  He chaired a panel on Japanese religions at the same conference.

Susan Martens gave a presentation titled "Writing in Place to Weave Community-School Connections: Leveraging the Writing Marathon" at the Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English in Minneapolis on November 21.  

Jeanie Crain completed a course, Open/Standard Pathways Peer Reviewer Training. It included training devoted to the central AQIP Pathway processes: the Systems Appraisal, Comprehensive Quality Review and Action Project Review. The training also includes sessions on writing to the Criteria for Accreditation, the Federal Compliance program and analysis of institutional finances.

Several PLWP Teacher Consultants and leaders from schools involved in the College Ready Writers Program attended the Annual Meeting of the National Writing Project in Minneapolis Nov. 18-20.  

They included:
Tom Corrington (Osborn)
Ron Franklin (Trenton
Lisa Codding (Winston)
Jane Frick (MWSU, retired)
Tom Pankiewicz (MWSU, retired)
Amy Miller (MWSU)
Janet Jelavich (Maryville, retired)
Terri McAvoy (SJSD, retired)
Susan Martens (MWSU)