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Archive for July, 2009

Dr. Kenneth Robb 1933-2009

Posted by bgsuenglish on July 27, 2009


We are saddened to report the passing of Dr. Kenneth Robb, emeritus faculty member in Literature, late last week. Ken retired as an associate professor in 1991 after twenty-one years with the Department; he taught courses in linguistics, English as a second language, Victorian literature and contemporary American literature. As with all of our emeritus faculty, Ken helped to form the stellar reputation of the English Department. One of our alumni, Michael O’Neal remembered Ken fondly:

I completed a Ph.D. in English at BG in 1978, and Ken was my dissertation advisor. We also team-taught a course in literary stylistics. He was just an all-around great guy and easy to work with on the dissertation. It was Ken who nominated my dissertation for the university’s Distinguished Dissertation Award, and after the thing won, I used the cash prize to treat myself to a leatherbound edition of Dickens. To this day, when I look at or read one of the volumes, I think of Ken and the terrific experience I had back in the days of Drs. Pretzer, Carpenter, Bashore, Barber, Wymer, Halpern, Klein, Wolfe, Daniels, Harner, Leland and Leland, and others whose names I’m forgetting but whose names no doubt live on in department lore.

Services will be held at Dunn Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 29th, at 11 a.m. with visitation at 10 a.m. The main office will close for a portion of Wednesday morning.

Memorials may be made to Wood County District Public Library, 251 N. Main Street, Bowling Green, OH, or to Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Foundation (Simpson Arboretum), 1291 Conneaut Ave., Bowling Green, OH.

You can read more about Ken’s life and work in the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune and the Toledo Blade.


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Congratulations Recent Graduates!

Posted by bgsuenglish on July 20, 2009

The Department’s faculty and staff are very proud to recognize the following 41 students who graduated with a major or minor in one or more of our undergraduate programs in May and December 2008, and May 2009.

Bachelor of Arts (English)

Major: Brittany N. Adams, Albert A. Bereznay, Timothy J. Cable, Semira A. Chowdhury, Ashlie C. Dabbs, Jacquelyn D. Dolezal, Lucas J. Groh, Cara R. Hanson, Dana R. Pable, Jessica L. Spies, Stephanie L. Ralph, Lyndsey M. Reese, Caitlin M. Savage, Megan E. Spoerl, Corinne M. Tagliarina, Jayme L. Wilfong, Paul J. Xanders.

Minor: Kenneth R. Foltz, Holly A. Mercer, Shelly A. Patton.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative Writing)

Major: Paul E. Cales, Erick A. Carlson, Lauren M. Carpenter, Amber R. Cegledi, Elizabeth M. Clarke, Tanna M. Kummerer, Jennifer A. Leonard, Jessica A. Lewis, Gregory T. Miller, Christian J Minnick, Aaron J. Mracna, Brian C. Murphy, Michael R. Reynolds, Jeffrey T. Smith.

Minor: Albert A. Bereznay, Leah E. Creek, Dana R. Pable, Rory D. Taylor.

Bachelor of Arts (Scientific & Technical Communication)

Major: Carl J. Augsburger, Johnathan A. Busch, Sean I. DeLauder, Michelle L. Garnsey, John C. Kittinger.

Minor: Paul E. Cales, Elizabeth M. Clarke, Gregory T. Miller.


summa cum laude: Lauren M. Carpenter, Jacquelyn D. Dolezal, Michelle L. Garnsey, Cara R. Hanson, Corinne M. Tagliarina.

magna cum laude: Brittany N. Adams, Timothy J. Cable.

cum laude: Jessica A. Lewis, Gregory T. Miller, Dana R. Pable, Stephanie L. Ralph, Lyndsey M. Reese.

Congratulations and happy trails to all of our graduates!

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Emeritus Faculty Charles Crow Publishes New Book

Posted by bgsuenglish on July 1, 2009

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Charles Crow on the publication of his new book, American Gothic, which is forthcoming in September from the University of Wales Press. We are delighted to hear of his continuing success.

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