Engagement Seminar — On Thursday of this week Henry Doss will be leading the fourth and final Engagement Seminar. The seminar will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 in the our Faculty Lounge. Organized by Tiffany Morin (the Coordinator of our English Learning Community), these Engagement Seminars provide our English majors with a better understanding of how their studies can prepare them for lives after they graduate. In this fourth seminar, Henry will help the participants “explore results oriented practices for networking, career enquiry, and how to create broad sets of opportunity. This seminar will be a pragmatic discussion aimed at specific real world approaches for English majors.”
On behalf of the entire English Department, I thank Henry and Tiffany for organizing and leading these Engagement Seminars for our students. Henry, as many of you know, graduated with an English major from UNC Charlotte, many years ago, but his involvement in our department has not diminished over the years. In fact, he has become increasingly engaged in the work and mission of our department. We are fortunate that Henry is willing to share with our students his time and wisdom.
Sigma Tau Delta — Sigma Tau Delta is having a meeting in the English Seminar Room today (Monday) at 3:30. The meeting is for STD members and also any students interested in knowing more about Sigma Tau Delta. The students have created flyers about the meeting, and put the flyers in faculty mailboxes so that professors can announce the meeting to their students.
The officers will provide food at the meeting and are thinking of ordering pizza. The meeting is to update members on current and future Sigma Tau Delta projects, to reach out to students interested in becoming involved with the chapter, and also to ask members for ideas on what our chapter should be doing.
Kudos— As you know, I like to use my Monday Missives to share news about recent accomplishments by members of our department. Here is the latest news:
Balaka Basu published a review of Textual Transformations in Children’s Literature: Adaptations, Translations, Reconsiderations in the most recent issue of the Children’s Literature Association Quarterly.
Lil Brannon recently presented a paper with Jan Rieman titled “First-Year Writing Assessment: Continuous, Digital and Reflective” at the SAMLA Conference. It was part of a featured session sponsored by the Carolinas Council of Writing Program Administrators.
Juan Meneses is the subject of a short profile published in Office of International Programs’ online newsletter. You can see it here on page 9: http://issuu.com/unc_charlotte_oip/docs/global_perspective_v9_i2_?e=3021652/5592742
Upcoming Events and Deadlines— Here are some dates to keep in mind:
November 22 — English Department Meeting, English Conference Room, 11:00-12:30.
November 22 — Please deliver copies of books published in the past year to Alison Walsh in the CLAS Dean’s Office. These books will be displayed during the CLAS Celebration of Faculty Achievement, which will take place on December 17, 2013, in the SAC Salons A and B from 12:00 until 1:00.
December 5 — The English Department Holiday Party will take place in the Faculty Lounge. As we get closer to the date, a sign-up sheet will be placed on the front desk for you to note what tasty treats you plan to provide for the party.
Quirky Quiz Question — Jeffrey Leak was in my office this morning and he mentioned the upcoming Panthers games that will take place this evening. Jeffrey’s comments reminded me that a member of our department will be working with a caterer at the game tonight. Who is this person?
Last Week’s Quirky Quiz Question— Last week I asked the names of the authors or editors from our department whose books will be honored at the upcoming CLAS Celebration of Faculty Achievement. Their names are listed below:
Annotated Little Women — Daniel Shealy
Contemporary Dystopian Fiction for Young Adults — Balaka Basu
Critical Digital Literacies as Social Praxis — JuliAna Avila
Dolphin — Alan Rauch
Slavery in American Children’s Literature, 1790-2010 — Paula Connolly
Troubling Nationhood in U.S. Latina Literature — Maya Socolovsky