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News & Events

Awards Day Recap

Eclectic Now Accepting Submissions

Poetry Gala Review

Univ. Writing Center Adds Staff, Begins Assessment

Snyder Retirement Party

2007 Undergrad Conference Presenters

Voice Your Concerns

Toto Pulls Curtain on David Newton

Thinking of Pursuing a Graduate Degree?

People News

Studying Abroad: Nick McRae Czechs In

Kimily Willingham Leaves Legacy Behind

Student Presents Paper to Board of Regents

Lisa Crafton Named Outstanding Teacher

Masters Takes Helm of Grad Program

New Professor in English Education

In Every Issue

Job Spotlight on Christina Hogan

New Faculty and Staff


Course Descriptions

Spring 2008



Calling All Artists: Eclectic Now Accepting Submissions

For 65 years, the University of West Georgia’s art and literary magazine, Eclectic, has been giving students the opportunity to showcase their artwork to the UWG campus, the West Georgia community, and universities across the nation. Now the Eclectic staff wishes to extend the opportunity to you for inclusion in the 2008 edition. The nationally recognized magazine (The 2005 edition won the Associated Writing Program’s award for best undergraduate content, the highest national honor for an undergraduate literary journal.) features multiple disciplines including art, literature, and the most recently added, music.

This year’s staff, which includes Kate Peterson, editor-in-chief; Ashley Warner, managing submissions editor; Crystal Stephens, managing promotional editor; John Underwood, web editor; Brandi Barker, art editor; and Chris Fuller, music editor, is working to bring Eclectic into action throughout the semester by sponsoring visiting authors and poets. On September 18, we hosted poet James Hoch. Upcoming events include visiting author Eric Elshtain, who will be reading in the Kathy Cashen Recital Hall on November 5, and author Karen McElmurray on November 28.


For those who would like their work to be considered for the 2008 issue of Eclectic, submissions will be accepted from October1, 2007-January 25, 2008. To submit, send your work as an attachment in an email. Literary submissions should be sent to For directions on submitting art and/or music pieces, check the submission section of Eclectic’s website, When submitting, type in the subject box your full name followed by the word “submission” (for example, Sally Smith’s submission).

Those serious about their craft or attracted to the idea of having their work published should take advantage of Eclectic’s commitment to UWG students. Having your name and work permanently linked to the magazine is a privilege and accomplishment. To check for yourself, you can preview past issues on the website. Hopefully, you will soon see your own work in the upcoming issue!

-Ashley Warner
Managing Submissions Editor

Nick McRae Czechs In

UWG English major Nick McRae sent this message to Professor Chad Davidson after arriving in Brno, Czech Republic, to study during the current academic year at Masaryk University. Nick will return to UWG next year and graduate with a BA in English.


Sorry for the slow response. I always forget to check my westga mail. It is going fine here so far. I'll give you a few highlights so far.

The living arrangements are spartan but sufficient. I live on the top floor (as fate would have it) of a huge communist-era apartment block which serves as a dorm for this part of town. Luckily there is an elevator. I sleep on a hard, convertible couch-bed, and I share bathroom facilities with my roommate, a nice Polish guy name Grzegorz. See my blog for some discussion about the bathroom.

This city is pretty big. I mean, it's no Atlanta, but big nonetheless. Maybe like Florence. I'm not sure really. But it's not so big that you feel overwhelmed. No skyscrapers, but the occasional gothic and/or Austro-Hungarian spire, which is nice. I'm still learning the public transportation system, but I'm doing pretty well at it so far. It consists of trams and trolley buses.


As students, we get an enormous discount, and so for 550 Kč, which is somewhere around 25 bucks, we get a three-month ID card which gets us onto all public transportation. Nice.

There are fewer plastic chairs here than there were in Italy. Of that, I am intensely grateful.

The weather is gorgeous. I think the hottest day has been a sunny 75. The typical day tends to be in the 60's with a chilly breeze. Perfect.

The food is delicious. It's harder to come by traditional Czech fare than you'd think, but that's the big city for you, I suppose. A lot of pizza joints and hamburger/hotdog/fried cheese stands. Czechs like ketchup on their pizza. I tried it. Don't. It is an abomination. I have had real Czech stuff though: sauerkraut, sausages, goulash, beef-liver soup, cabbage stew, steak with cheese sauce, ribs with mustard and horseradish. So delicious, though not exactly light fare.

The beer is like golden rivers of sex flowing from heaven. The pilsners and lagers are delicious. I've tried the black beer (černé pivo) too, which is pretty rockin. If you ever see Gambrinus in a store, buy it and drink it all. Or the famous local beers here, Starobrno and Černá Hora.  The only beer I've had that I didn't really like was called Korma, and it is lager mixed with mead. Very strange.

More later, time to make my way over to my first class. I haven't technically been accepted into any of them yet, but supposedly professors are good about granting exceptions for international students. I'll tell you which classes I get into when I find out. Hah.

for now,