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Archive for March, 2010

Twittering Our Way Toward Tenure?: Dr. Kris Blair Delivers the College of Arts & Sciences Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Posted by bgsuenglish on March 31, 2010


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Visting writer Michael Kimball reads at Prout

Posted by bgsuenglish on March 24, 2010

Visiting writer Michael Kimball will read at Prout Chapel tomorrow (Thursday, March 25) as part of the Creative Writing Reading Series. Kimball’s third novel, Dear Everybody, was published in the US, UK, and Canada in 2008. He is also the author of The Way the Family Got Away and How Much of Us There Was. He has won a fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Boswell and Johnson Award, and the Lidano Fiction Prize. He has also published many pieces in many literary magazines, including, mostly recently, Open City, Prairie Schooner, SleepingFish, New York Tyrant and Post Road. He lives in Charm City with his charming wife.

You can listen to the author reading from his work by clicking here.

The reading begins at 7:30 p.m.

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Faculty congratulations!

Posted by bgsuenglish on March 23, 2010

Last night, several of our Department faculty were honored for their years of service to BGSU at the annual Faculty Recognition Dinner. Those honored were as follows:

Dr. Allan Emery (25 years)
Dr. Richard Gebhardt (20 years)
Dr. Sue Carter Wood (20 years)
Dr. Simon Morgan-Russell (15 years)

A special congratulations also goes to Dr. Vicki Patraka, who received the Faculty Senate Distinguished Service Award, and to Dr. Heath Diehl, Instructor in General Studies Writing and a 2000 graduate of the Literature Ph.D. Program, who received the prestigious Master Teacher Award.

Congratulations to all!

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Dr. Rea McCain

Posted by bgsuenglish on March 23, 2010

The latest issue of the Archival Chronicle, the newsletter of BGSU’s Center for Archival Collections, features archivist Lee N. McLaird’s profile of Dr. Rea McCain, our first Department Chair. This remarkable woman was Chair for thirty eight years and was a member of the original faculty on the very first day of classes at BGSU. As McLaird points out, “when the college’s entire teaching staff numbered just ten, that made Rea McCain the English Department.”

A native of Lebanon, Ohio, she had taught in the public schools there before earning her master’s degree at Columbia, where President Homer Williams recruited her. BGSU’s first catalog listed the following courses under English: Composition, Grammar, English for the Lower Grades, Juvenile Literature, English for the Upper Grades, Teaching of Secondary English, Victorian Literature, Shakespeare, and Tennyson and Browning. As McCain recalled some fifty years later, faculty members often taught as many as twenty course hours per week and then taught two evenings as well as at an extension location in Toledo.

Rea McCain retired in 1952 and died in Bowling Green in 1973 aged 91.

Watch out for more memories from the archives as we gear up to celebrate BGSU’s centennial in April.

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That Takes Ovaries!

Posted by bgsuenglish on March 22, 2010

That Takes Ovaries! is a spoken word and open mike event celebrating “bold females and their brazen acts!” Bobbi Ausubel, playwright and contributor to the book That Takes Ovaries, will be the MC. Students will perform dramatic readings from the book and featured storytellers will share their own tales of female strength and triumph. The evening will end with an open mike for audience members to get up and get involved! Golden Ovary awards will be given to all brave women who share their stories!

Copies of the book, That Takes Ovaries, will be available at the event from People Called Women.

This event is open to the public and free; however, donations can be made to Equality Now and Second Chance Toledo. Sponsored by the Honors Program, the Women’s Center, Women’s Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, the Provost’s Office, Organization for Women’s Issues, Black Student Union, World Student Association, Panhellenic Council, Ethnic Studies, and Residence Life. Our Community Partners include: Bethany House, Cocoon Shelter, Open Arms, People Called Women, Second Chance, Sister in Shelter, Clare’s Place, Take Back the Night Collective of Toledo, Behavioral Connections, and the YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter of Toledo.

That Takes Ovaries! will take place tonight, March 22, at 6:00 p.m. in the Honors Loft, Harshman Hall (125 N. Mercer St., enter through loading dock entrance on north side of Harshman). Contact Jodi Devine at 419-372-8501 or for more information.

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S & TC Online Graduate Certificate Program

Posted by bgsuenglish on March 19, 2010

Many BGSU graduate students in English and other disciplines complete one or more online graduate level technical communication courses without realizing that they can earn an English Department graduate certificate in technical communication with just 4 courses. No matter what your field is, a credential like this can only make your candidacy more successful/lucrative in your eventual job search. If you have already taken ENG 640, 641, 642, or 643 (or are contemplating doing so–at least one is offered every semester, including summer), contact either Dr. Jude Edminster, Dr. Lawrence Coates, or Mary Ann Sweeney (Graduate Secretary), in the English Department to inquire about application to the S & TC Online Certificate Program.

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