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Congratulations to Guyla Evans on the completion of the PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication during Spring 2015!
Guyla’s dissertation is entitled “Comparison of Documentation Models Used by Emergency Physicians in a Community Hospital Setting.” Her committee members were Donna Kain (director), Michael Albers, Michelle Eble, and Robert Kulesher (Health Services and Information Management).
Congratulations to Department of English Teaching Instructor Gabrielle Freeman, who is the winner of the 2015 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition for her poem, “Failure to Obliterate.” She will receive $200 and publication in a special supplement of storySouth.
Congratulations to Dr. Kirk St. Amant, a full professor with the Department of English, who will be awarded the Society for Technical Communication’s 2015 Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research this summer!
The Department of English is proud to announce that eight May 2015 graduates of the MA program have been admitted to graduate programs and will continue their studies in the fall. Pictured in the front row are: Shane Combs, who will pursue a PhD in English Studies at Illinois State University; Kristi Wiley, who will pursue a PhD in Rhetoric and Writing at Michigan State University; and Abigail Morris, who will pursue a PhD in Rhetoric, Writing, and Professional Communication here at East Carolina University. Pictured in the back row are: Tim Buchanan, who will pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Rafael Gamero, who will pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Christina Rowell, who will pursue a PhD in Literacy, Rhetoric, and Social Practice at Kent State University; and Chris Urban, who will pursue a PhD in Literature at West Virginia University. Not pictured is Bryan McMillan, who will pursue a PhD in Literature at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Ava Cook and Kristen Martin, both English undergraduate students, were honored last week by the East Carolina University Division of Academic Affairs and the Eastern Carolina Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa.
“Among the most satisfying things that I get to do as Dean is to recognize the outstanding achievements of our students,” said Dr. William M. Downs, dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, who provided welcoming remarks at the ceremony. “Today we are celebrating our most accomplished students in the liberal arts as they near the completion of their undergraduate studies.”
Students were honored from biology, chemistry, engineering, political science, mathematics, history, education, psychology, Hispanic studies, economics, fine arts, multi-disciplinary studies, classical civilization, German, and sociology. All of the students who were honored at this year’s recognition ceremony have a grade point average of 3.93 or higher.
“This is an amazing group of young people from most of the departments in the college, who have an interesting and imaginative variety of post-graduation plans, which highlights the strengths of a good liberal arts education,” said Dr. Angela Thompson, president of the Eastern Carolina Alumni Association of Phi Beta Kappa and ECU assistant professor of history.
To read the full story, go to http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/press.cfm.
Congratulations to Dr. Marianne Montgomery, who received a Centennial Award for Excellence in Service at Wednesday’s Founder’s Day celebration.
Dr. Montgomery joined the English department in 2006. Soon thereafter, she identified a student need and started the English Club. She has served as Faculty Mentor to English Club since 2008–even while she was simultaneously advising the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta. She also works as an advisor and has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies. She has served on many university committees, including Faculty Senate, Faculty Governance, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, the Downtown Dialogues in the Humanities committee, the Harriot College Dean search committee, the Department of English Chair’s evaluation committee, and the new University Studies Faculty Oversight Committee–among others. In addition to her membership in these important efforts, she has served as an officer on several committees and is routinely nominated–and often unanimously elected–to positions that show the high regard in which her colleagues hold her.
“Her service to this university has benefited us all,” said Dr. Margaret Bauer, one of Dr. Montgomery’s nominators, “including especially the students for whom we are all here in the first place. Dr. Marianne Montgomery has given so much of herself to ECU.”
A minor in Great Books requires four Great Books seminars and four Great Books electives. Great Books seminars are discussion-based, and most fulfill the humanities Foundations and writing intensive requirements. Great Books classes feel like eighteenth-century salons, in which the big ideas of human nature and culture are identified, discussed, and debated. Our courses are a good fit for many humanities and science majors, but particularly for English majors. We emphasize close reading, and provide a broad intellectual foundation for the texts you read in English courses.
Why is Great Books such a perfect minor for English majors? Because not all great books are written in English, and not all great books are fiction or poetry. Great books are written in many languages and encompass many overlapping disciplines: Literature, History, Philosophy, Classics, Political Science, Psychology, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, Biology, Physics, and more. Great Books is the one truly multi and interdisciplinary program on campus, drawing from diverse fields, cultures, faculty, and texts.
A Great Books minor will teach you to think critically, to think on your feet while grounding you in the important ideas that have shaped the world in which we live. It will teach you to think independently and collectively. It will prepare you for an increasingly difficult and complex world.
For more information about minoring in Great Books, visit the program website at http://www.ecu.edu/greatbooks/index.cfm or contact program director Dr. Helena Feder at email@example.com.
Gaiselle Cambra, Aimee Callicutt, Ava Cook, William Franklin, Lena Greer, Constance Haywood, Justine McClarren, Sarah McKeever, and Stephany Newberry-Davis were inducted into Sigma Tau Delta this week. Congratulations to all!
Photo courtesy of Lena Greer
Photo courtesy of Lena Greer
Only a few more hours until this event!!!
The department extends its congratulations to Dr. Marame Gueye, who has just published a short story entitled “Welcome to the Big Apple” in Transition Magazine. Dr. Gueye will be reading at Harvard Bookstore for the official launch of the issue.
The short story appeared this month in issue 117 of Transition. Transition is a publication of the Hutchins Center at Harvard University and is published three times annually by Indiana University Press. According to the magazine’s website, “Transition is a unique forum for the freshest, most compelling ideas from and about the black world. Since its founding in Uganda in 1961, the magazine has kept apace of the rapid transformation of the African Diaspora and has remained a leading forum of intellectual debate. Now, in an age that demands ceaseless improvisation, we aim to be both an anchor of deep reflection on black life and a map charting new routes through the globalized world.”
Dr. Gueye teaches African and African Diaspora Literatures, African Women’s Verbal Art, World Literatures, Global Women’s Literatures, Multicultural and Transnational Literatures, Immigration Studies, and Translation Studies at East Carolina.