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Creative Writing Students Perform Works
In the RopeWalk class (ENG 459), students have the opportunity to study the works of our visiting writers in the RopeWalk Reading Series, and try on those authors’ styles and techniques in order to discover their own voices. They also undertake a project of illustrating—through whatever medium they wish—the writing of one classmate in an effort to enhance the written word, just like the fully illustrated chapbook A Man Worthy of Your Attention (RopeWalk Press, 2012). During the spring ’13 semester, students illustrated through dance, song, radio drama, and visual art.
Not all can be reproduced here but these can and they are truly wonderful.
- Jon Haslam composed, played guitar for, and sang a song called "Even Giants Fall," which is made up of lines taken from Violet Brooks’s poems.
- Drew Coles transcribed Warren Stokes II's short story into a radio drama and performed it with the help of some extras, sound effects, and a professional recording studio.
- Sarah Stoltz, brand new to creative writing, performed her modern dance choreography to Ursula K. Le Guin’s short story "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas."
Grant Writing Students Serve the Community
As a part of English 319, Introduction to Grant Writing, students work with community organizations to assist them in writing grants. According to Audrey Hillyer, the course instructor, Jess Durkin was paired with Historic Newburgh as her organization during the class. The grant proposal she authored on their behalf for her final class project was funded. As a result of Jess’s work, Historic Newburgh will receive a $1,500 grant. To express her appreciation, Carol Schaefer, Director of Historic Newburgh, invited Jess and Ms. Hillyer to their Preservation Party in May to celebrate.
Keely Muench, another student in ENG319, has been awarded an internship with Wildlife Alliance in New York City.This non-profit organization works to preserve wildlife in Southeast Asia, particularly in Cambodia. Keely will be doing grant writing and editing as part of her internship. Students taking English 319 can have a positive impact on the community while gaining valuable hands-one experience.
Dr. Allton Receives Living Learning Community Excellence in Teaching Award
At the College of Liberal Arts academic awards ceremony on March 20, Dr. Kevin Allton received the University of Southern Indiana Living Learning Community Excellence in Teaching Award. In a composition class, Dr. Allton used Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis to focus students’ awareness and inquiry on the medium of graphic storytelling. In addition to developing critical reading and writing skills, the course introduced students to the terminology, techniques, and cultural history of sequential art and graphic storytelling. The award is a recognition of Dr. Allton’s innovative approach to the teaching of writing.
Amy Montz Publishes Article
Dr. Amy Montz has published an article, “’Now she’s all hat and ideas’: Fashioning the British Suffrage Movement,” in Critical Studies in Fashion and Beauty. The article explores how concerns over a woman’s fashion, an outward marker, offer personal insight into her otherwise hidden political and national affiliations. The article argues that Victorian and Edwardian women championing for the Vote chose fashions that adhered to traditional gender and national roles in order to prove that national allegiance and social transgression were synonymous, that the role of Suffragette was not marginal but rather central to the consensus, and that fictional and nonfictional Suffragettes could be both politically and fashionably capable.
Magen Nail Attending IU Program in Library Science
Rhetoric and Writing major, Magen Nail (’11), has been accepted to Indiana University’s graduate program in library science. Congratulations Magen!
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