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News & Events

English Expo a Success

Eclectic Release Party

Undergrad Conference

Bridging Distances, One Classroom at a Time

Toto Pulls Curtain on Hipchen

People News

Prof. Reinhard Retiring

In Memoriam: Dr. James W. Mathews

Paul Guest Wins Whiting

English Graduate Chooses a Masters Program

National Magazine Publishes Larrew

Kendra Parker Accepted for Ph.D. Program

Student Poets Garner National Acclaim

Students Share Their Conference Experiences

Student Work Accepted at National Conference

Hultquist Joins Faculty

In Every Issue

Job Spotlight on Amy Lavender

Cheers

Course Descriptions

Summer 2008

Fall 2008

 

 

Inaugural English Expo a Success

 

walkway while replenishing food supplies, the pinnacle of success for me was the display of solidarity—that this group (faculty, staff, students) can and will give their time and stand together as a unit. I saw students who were involved, active thinkers who cared. Faculty and staff who represent something unique and special—where “thinking globally, acting locally” is more than just a sound bite. I saw a community that acts responsibly and supports responsibly our diverse programs, our piece of TLC, each other’s work and contributions, and the student body. I saw a group that gives back without promises of raises or incentives, but simply because they were asked—because it was the right thing to do. It was a proud moment for us, this show of identity, this collaboration.

My favorite moment that day happened between two students: a relatively new English major and a student on his way to Java City. Our major watched as this student walked up to the new bins to put in his plastic wrapper from a snack cake. Our major ran forward, put her hand over the slot, and said, “You can’t put that in there.” The student replied, “Why? It’s plastic isn’t it?” Our major answered, “But not all plastics are equal.” This simple but infinitely profound statement sparked a discussion that covered the differences between cardboard and paper, aluminum and tin, and a barrage of other recycling details. Now, I don’t know if that student will recycle smarter in the future, but for a moment he was engaged and interested: he became aware of difference—dissimilarity, distinction, diversity—concepts our discipline embraces and engages daily.

—Rebecca Harrison

Since November of 2007, the department faculty and staff, in conjunction with the Student Advisory Committee, have been working under a “Think Responsibly” theme in an effort to become more active in preserving our natural environment. Bins, purchased in partnership with Computer Science, have allowed for the recycling of multiple materials on the second floor of the TLC and have raised much needed awareness to the challenges of recycling on campus. The bins have also sparked discussion and have lead to a number of other avenues for improving our community. Patrick Erben has led the charge to help ensure that custodial staff are empowered and encouraged to recycle the paper that is placed in the blue office bins. Our students have been asked by Geosciences to represent our commitment, along with our bins, at an upcoming Earth Day celebration. The possibilities of this work are growing daily, and I can hardly keep up—a wonderful problem to face.

The English Expo, which took place on March 12th, spotlighted this effort and its intellectual connections to putting ideas into action. Faculty, staff, and students donated time and energy in baking food, preparing materials, setting up, and talking with prospective students, administrators, and community representatives about our major, minors, student organizations, graduate program, and career opportunities in our field. The Expo, continuing well into the evening, culminated in a reading benefitting the Carroll County Soup Kitchen, sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, which was attended by over a hundred guests. From Margaret Mitchell’s fiction to Chad Davidson’s poetry, the benefit demonstrated the multifaceted connections between intellect, the creative impulse, and responsible citizenship. It was, in short, the perfect capstone for showcasing the themes of the day.

When asked to reflect upon the English Expo for Footnotes, I couldn’t help but recall a conversation with a representative from the student paper who asked me how I would know if the event was ultimately a success. How I would measure it? I have thought about that question a lot in the days following the activities of that day. Do we define it a success because it met logistical goals? Food was plentiful. Prospective students attended. Declaration forms were signed and over forty information slips filled out. Did it meet expectations because it provided good PR? Administrators of all ranks came and praised the value of our efforts. We collected much needed food and money for the community. Yes, all these achievements make it a success, I suppose, and they are quantifiable. However, for me, they don’t touch upon the essence of cohesion that the day represented in my own, admittedly romanticized, view of the event.

Whether from the floor of the Expo itself or looking down upon it from the perches of the balcony