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Archive for April, 2011

Congratulations Ashley Graffeo!

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 25, 2011

Congratuations go out to senior Ashley Graffeo, double major in Literature and Philosophy who has been accepted by the University of Chicago Law School and wait-listed for Harvard Law School. Ashley is also a member of the University Honors Program, Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity, a Peer Facilitator and International Student Volunteer.

Congratulations Ashley, and good luck!


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MAR announces 2010-2011 literary competition winners

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 15, 2011

The Editors of Mid-American Review have announced the winners of their 2010-2011 literary competitions.

Katie Umans of Dover, New Hampshire, is this year’s winner of the James Wright Poetry Award for her poem “Forecast.” In addition to “Forecast,” Umans’ “The Body Near Paintings” will be published as an Editor’s Choice. The contest was adjucated by Rachel Zucker, whose most recent books are Home Birth: A Poemic (co-written with Arielle Greenberg, 2011) and Museum of Accidents (Wave Books 2009).

Three additional authors and their works were also recognised: Michele Battiste, “In the House”; Lauren Jensen, “It’s hard as so much is”; and Melanie McCabe, “Beneath the Code.”

Lydia Fitzpatrick of Madison, Wsconsin, was announced as this year’s winner of the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award for her story “Flood Lines.” The judge for this year’s contest was Benjamin Percy, whose forthcoming novel Red Moon (Grand Central/Hachette 2012) is also being adapted for film by the Gotham Group. Four additional authors and their works were also recognised and submitted to the judge as finalists: Shannon Robinson, “All Her Martyr’d Signs”; Lones Seiber, “Goodbye, God; I’m Going to California”; Heather A. Slomski, “Iris and the Inevitable Sorrow or The Knock at the Door”; and Kayla Soyer-Stein, “I Like Pickup Trucks.”

All winners and editors’ choices will be published in MAR‘s forthcoming spring issue, due out in early June. Each winner will also receive $1,000.

The Editors would like to thank everyone who entered the competition for their interest and support. The contests serve as healthy competition amongst writers in honor of each competition’s namesake, plus provide funds for publishing Mid-American Review, a non-profit literary endeavor.

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Rona Klein recognized for service learning efforts

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 15, 2011

Senior Lecturer in Literature Rona Klein has been named runner up for the Faculty Excellence Award by the Office of Service Learning for her wide range of outreach projects with the public schools. Congratulations Rona!

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Sheri Wells-Jensen and ENG 5800 students win service learning award

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 13, 2011

Linguistics and ESL professor Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen and her English 5800: Seminar on Language Preservation & Language Death class have been awarded the Office of Service Learning Group Excellence Award. The individual recipients are Dan Fawcett, Urska Klancnik, Juli McCarroll, Sarah Price and Alexander Reichholf.

After spending the first 2/3 of the semester learning about language death, bilingual dictionary construction, and the necessary linguistics of non-European languages, ENG 5800 took the Oroha documentation project as its topic for the semester. Oroha (spoken on the Solomon Islands) has fewer than 40 native speakers remaining. Via Skype, the class worked with Mr. George Clay, one of the last native speakers of Oroha and helped in editing and expanding the only dictionary of Oroha that currently exists. They worked with the only written records of Oroha folktales and edited some of the only known recordings of the language. Their results are slowly being integrated into the existing grammar sketch which is currently available here.


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Eunhee Seo to give Spring Colloquia talk

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 4, 2011

As part of the ongoing Spring 2011 English Department Colloquia series, Dr. Eunhee Seo, ESOL Program Instructor will give a talk titled “Deconstructing a Dichotomy of Non-Native versus Native English Speaking Teaching Assistants.” Dr. Seo joined the ESL Program at Bowling Green State University in August 2009. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Language Arts, specializing in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at Temple University, Philadelphia. She also holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature earned in South Korea.

Dr. Seo’s talk takes place 11:00-12:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 13 in East Hall 206.

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