in this issue


 News & Events

 Awards Day Recap


 Undergrad Conference
 Big Night for Fowler

 Toto Pulls Curtain on . . .


 Eclectic Awarded
 Kickball Challenge

 Faculty & Staff News

 New Professor Profiles


 "Alien Life" Wins Prize


 A&S Names Outstanding

 Alumni News

 Job Spotlight
 Lewis Gets Fellowship

 Course Descriptions


Professors Defeat Students in Kickball

It had been a long time coming. Late nights of epic poetry and annotated bibliographies had rendered the students weary and woe-begotten. Yet a light appeared at the end of the tunnel, a fleeting opportunity to somehow reverse their fortunes and assert their own vision of a proper student-professor relationship, one with much less groveling and gnashing of teeth.

They were ready to shed their passive voices and grapple with the three-eyed monsteridentifying the adversary, interpreting their game plan, and illustrating a superior strategy. They slowly climbed the ladder of specificity to clearly define their goalto begin a New Historicism of student domination in the first annual Sigma Tau Delta Kickball Challenge.

Though the students were worthy adversaries on the field of battle, the professors proved an oppressive force. They out-hustled, out-kicked, and out-deconstructed the students throughout the match, taking home the coveted trophy, The Kickball of Death, which will remain in faculty hands until the next match.

—Phillip Fowler


Eclectic Wins National Award

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) awarded its National Program Directors' Prize for Undergraduate Literary Magazines in the category of content to the 2005 edition of Eclectic. The contest was judged by Kevin McIlvoy of New Mexico State University, who had this to say about Eclectic:

“University of West Georgia has set the bar high for undergraduate magazines throughout the U.S. In its impressive annual magazine, eclectic, the poems, artwork, translations, screenwriting excerpts, nonfiction, and fiction offer readers shifting terms of engagement, destabilizing pleasures and provocations. Each time you leaf again through eclectic, echoing fresh voices catch your attention: poets Bric Barker and Brandon Kerr are great examples. Raquel Lubowski's sensitive translation of Rosa Montero's "Retrato de familia" and the surprising intimate artwork of Debra Landry ("Windswept," mixed media) and Brent Green ("Edge of the World," charcoal) reflect the varying sensibilities the editors have honored in their many excellent selections and in their high-quality production values. As an added gift, these hardworking editors have included a rousing music CD of UWG recitals and performances. Put your earphones on, set the volume to hot, and open the rare treasure of eclectic!"

Toto Pulls Curtain on Crafton

The sixth installment of the Toto Pulls the Curtain Luncheon was held Friday, August 11th at St. Andrew United Methodist Church. Guests were treated to Quiznos sandwiches. Afterwards, Dr. Micheal Crafton spoke about the Bayeux Tapestry in a talk entitled "The Text in the Textile: Reading the Bayeux Tapestry."

The luncheon is held in January and August of every year. The featured speaker for the January 2007 luncheon is Dr. Rob Snyder. Please look for further announcements on this upcoming event. All English majors, minors, and faculty are invited.

Amelia Lewis Awarded Fellowship

Amelia Lewis, a 2006 graduate of the UWG English program, was recently awarded the very competitive Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Research Fellowship. Lewis competed with incoming graduate students campus-wide for the fellowship.

Lewis expressed her excitement saying, “I am extremely honored to have received this fellowship. I cannot wait to begin working on my research, which I consider my life’s work. I feel very lucky, and also incredibly grateful to Dr. Hill, Dr. Newton, Dr. Crafton, and all the other wonderful professors at the English Department for how they have helped me become a better English student.”

To be considered for the Graduate Student Research Fellowship, one must submit an application, a professor’s recommendation, a paper that pertains to his or her area of research, and a personal statement regarding what the applicant would like to study in the future. Lewis, who is interested in gender, identity, culture, and their manifestation in one’s life as portrayed through literature, submitted a paper about Maxine Hong Kingston’s memoir The Woman Warrior entitled “Double Binds Around Their Feet: Culture, Identity, and the Chinese Woman.”

Lewis is currently in her first semester of the M.A. program in English at UWG.

—Nick McRae