The local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, has hosted a number of events this semester: two Poetry and Prose Open Mic Nights, a guest lecture from Fulbright professor Dr. Begedou of the University of Lomé in Togo, a Book Sale, the Nightmare Fuel Scary Story/Poetry Event, a Halloween Film Night, a Women in Academia Panel featuring Professors Nancy Wilson, Katie Kapurch, Susan Morrison, and Leah Schwebel. In addition, the chapter is sponsoring an ongoing project of collecting literature books to send to the University of Lomé. Congratulations to the members and faculty advisors Lindy Kosmitis and Sarah Youree for a productive semester.
At ceremonies to open the fall semester, a number of English Department faculty were recognized: Mark Busby and Doug Dorst received Presidential Distinction Awards for Scholarly / Creative Activity, Nancy Wilson received a Presidential Distinction Award for Service, Steve Wilson received the Everette Swinney Faculty Senate Teaching Award, Octavio Pimentel received the Excellence in Diversity Award, Victoria Smith and Suparno Banerjee received Liberal Arts College Achievement Awards for Teaching, Kitty Ledbetter received the Liberal Arts Dean's Award for Service, and Susan Hanson received the Faculty Senate's Excellence in Part-Time Teaching Award.
Dr. Komi Begedou, Assistant Professor from the University of Lome (Togo), will spend the 2014-15 academic year as a Fulbright scholar in the English Department at Texas State, researching intraracial discrimination in American Literature and working with Elvin Holt and Steve Wilson.
While earning her MFA in Creative Writing in 2004, Michelle focused on themes of gender, intersectionality, and animals. Her poetry collection, After-Cave, was recently published by Ahsahnta Press.
Associate Professor Aimee Roundtree, who joined the English Department faculty this year, says she has always been fascinated with moments of translation and interpretation using technical information.
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