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Archive for April, 2010

Undergraduate Honors Awards

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 30, 2010

Two more undergraduate majors in the Department were honored recently for their scholarship. Mayeux Awards for Most Outstanding Honors Projects were awarded to senior Literature major Christie Collins for her thesis, “Violent Crossroads: Elsie’s Business and the Marginalization of Indigenous Women” (advisors Dr. Ellen Berry and Dr. Billy Stratton) and senior Literature major Claire McBroom for her “‘[Reinventing] existence itself’: Queerness in the Fiction of Ian McEwan” (advisors Dr. Bill Albertini and Dr. Heath Diehl).

Congratulations go out to Christie and Claire for their tremendous achievement!


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More Centennial memories . . .

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 27, 2010

This year is the 100th anniversary of BGSU’s incorporation as an educational institution, and like the rest of the campus community, the Department has been busy celebrating the Centennial. We marked the occasion with a gathering of current and past faculty, students and staff in East Hall, and while that event will be the subject of an upcoming post, in the next few days we will share a few photos with you, offering a glimpse into the long and distinguished history of English studies in Bowling Green.

The above photo dates from 1994 and features students from the Creative Writing Program. Pictured, left-to-right, are Dara Wier, Tony Ardizzone, Charles Fort, and Dan O’Brien.

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MFA Matt Bell named Outstanding Graduate Student

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 27, 2010

Congratulations to MFA student Matt Bell, this year’s recipient of the Graduate Student Senate’s Outstanding Graduate Student Award. A wonderful honor for Matt, the Creative Writing Program, and the English Department!

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Lee Nickoson Named Outstanding Contributor to Graduate Education

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 26, 2010

Congratulations to Dr. Lee Nickoson (Rhetoric and Writing), who was awarded this year’s BGSU Outstanding Contributor to Graduate Education by the Graduate Student Senate. A well-deserved honor for Lee and wonderful recognition for the English Department and the Rhetoric and Writing Program.

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English Majors Honored

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 26, 2010

Seven majors in the Department were honored last Tuesday evening (April 20) at the 42nd Annual College of Arts and Sciences Honors and Awards banquet.

Caitlin Griscom, who is a junior in Literature, was awarded the Frank Baldanza Scholarship. Lauren Veith, freshman in Literature, received an English Faculty Scholarship. Randall “RJ” Ingram, sophomore Creative Writing major who is also minoring in Literature, received the Paul D. Emery Book Award; RJ also invited Theresa Williams, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Literature, as his favorite faculty member. Senior Literature major Sarah Worman was the recipient of the English Major Book Award, and Luda Polyakova, junior in Literature, received the Gloria S. Swihart English Award. Luda invited favorite faculty member Dr. Allan Emery to the banquet, and was also honored with the College of Arts & Sciences B.F. Nordmann Award and the Matthew Albert Schaller Memorial Scholarship. Senior Literature major Justin DeJohn received the Lowell P. Leland Book Award and the College of Arts & Sciences Rudolph/Libbe Dean’s Scholarship. Last but not least, Creative Writing major Nathan Floom received the the College of Arts & Sciences Philip Andrew Dollery Memorial Scholarship

Congratulations to Caitlin, Lauren, RJ, Sarah, Luda, Justin and Nathan from everyone here in East Hall!

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Photos from Spring 2010 BFA Readings

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 26, 2010

Click on the link to see photographs from Creative Writing BFA readings this past academic year (poet James Lampe is pictured above). Click on NEWS, then scroll down and click on the picture of Zach Tarvin (he’s the one in the red sweater for those of you who don’t know him!).

Congratulations to all our BFA presenters and graduating writers and thanks to everyone for making the series such a success.

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Dr. Kimberly Coates gives Spring Colloquia talk

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 19, 2010

As part of the ongoing Spring 2010 English Department Colloquia series, Dr. Kim Coates, Assistant Professor in the Literature program, will give a talk titled “Photographing Violence: Virginia Woolf’s Three Guineas and Contemporary Feminist Responses to Images of War.”

The talk takes place tomorrow, April 20, in East Hall 206, 11:00-12:30 p.m.

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A reading by Sarah Rose, author of “For All The Tea In China”

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 6, 2010

We are pleased to announce a Special Reading at Prout Chapel by the author Sarah Rose, whose recent book, For All the Tea in China, charts the transfer of one of the most precious commodities across geographical and political boundaries. Her book has received excellent reviews by NPR, the Washington Post, and the New York Times Review of Books. The history, released in the tea-loving UK in 2009, is a fascinating non-fiction narrative of a botanist-turned-spy who stole the secret of tea from the Chinese, and brought it to British India in the greatest act of industrial espionage the world has ever known.

Sarah Rose is a writer living in New York City. A Chicago native, she holds degrees from Harvard and the University of Chicago.  She has worked as a journalist in Hong Kong, Miami and New York.  She primarily covers food and travel. For All the Tea in China is her first book, published by Hutchison in the UK and Viking in the US.

The Program is co-sponsored by the English Department, the Creative Writing Program, American Culture Studies, and Sigma Tau Delta and we are very grateful for this opportunity to support conversation across disciplines.

The Prout Chapel reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, to be followed by a tea with the author, hosted by Sigma Tau Delta, at 3:00 p.m. Friday, April 10 in the East Hall Library Lounge.

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