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News 2008-2009

April 13


8:30 Opening Remarks
Dedication of Shakespeare Stage

Ed Jacobs &
Bill Willoughby
9:00 Murder and Mayhem on
the Elizabethan Stage

Mark Guinn
9:30 Not So Innocent Shakespeare:
Richard II

Karen Jacobs
10:00 Shakespeare y Amigos

Paul Nelson
Shakespeare & the Art of Seduction
or How to Pick Up Women

Bob Jungman
11:00  “I am determined to prove a villain”: 
 Richard III

Celia Lewis
11:30  “To boldly go or not to boldly go”: 
Hamlet & Star Trek 

David Merchant
12:00 Renaissance Music:
Lisa Maxedon &
Cain Budds

12:30 Enchanted Shakespeare:
Twelfth Night

Marcy Culpepper
1:00 Merry Wives of Windsor

Cast Members
1:30  Shakespearian Limericks

Paul Crook
2:00 Shakespeare in Bloom:
A Garden Tour

Dorothy Robbins
2:30 Closing Remarks Donald Kaczvinsky &
Mary Margaret Gilbert

Between featured events, Shakespeare’s sonnet sequence (1-154) will be read by volunteers. 
Festival is sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, English Honor Society. 

Contact Dr. Dorothy Dodge Robbins for more info
drobbins@latech.edu  318-257-5488

January 20, 2009
stonebackOn Tuesday, January 20th, the Department of English will sponsor a poetry reading by H.R. Stoneback from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in Adams Parlor. Recipient of numerous awards and honors for criticism, poetry, and teaching, H. R. Stoneback is a professor of English and director of Graduate Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz. His publications include Reading Hemingway's The Sun Also RisesHemingway's Paris: Our Paris?,and Singing the Springs and Other Poems. He is founding editor and co-editor of The Shawangunk Review, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Hemingway Society, and has been a Senior Fulbright Scholar in China, a visiting professor of American Literature at the University of Paris, and the director of the American Center for Students and Artists in Paris. Stoneback will be reading from his recently published volumes of poetry. The event is free and open to the public.


April 23, 2009
Shakespeare's Birthday 2009. The Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society hosted a celebration of Shakespeare's Birthday on April 23, 2009. The party took place in the Shakespeare Garden in the GTM courtyard.

April 22, 2009
Earth Day 2009. Faculty and students recited poetry in honor of Earth Day on April 22, 2009.

October 30, 2008
The First Poe Party. The Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society hosted a Poe Party in the Shakespeare Garden in the GTM courtyard. Dr. John Martin channeled the great Edgar Allen Poe, and students presented additional poetry readings.

April 23, 2008
Shakespeare's Birthday 2008. Sigma Tau Delta dedicated a bust of Shakespeare in the Shakespeare Garden in the courtyard of GTM and held other events throughout the day.

April 11, 2008
10th Annual ULM/Tech Graduate Conference. The English Departments at ULM and Louisiana Tech University held their tenth annual conference for graduate students to present their research. Click here for the schedule of papers and events.

2008-2009 Press Releases

April 2009
Dr. Dolliann Hurtig, Associate Professor of French in the School of Literature in Language reviewed Gwenno Piette's Brittany: A Concise History (University of Wales Press at Cardiff in 2008)in the May issue of The French Review, a top-tier journal and the official journal of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF).

May 2009
Congratulations to our Graduates!

The School of Literature and Language wishes to congratulate all our 2009 Spring graduates! We wish them the best of luck in all their future endeavors. A list of all graduates follows below: 

English - Bachelor of Arts 

John Bourgeois (cum laude) 
Stephanie Freiss (cum laude) 
Mary Margaret Gilbert 
Sawyer Halbrook 
Jennifer Harris 
Ashley Hinton 
Laura Hogan (magna cum laude) 
Staci Parks 
Bethany Raybourn
Adrienne Turner Stringfellow 
Anna Wilkinson (summa cum laude) 

French -Bachelor of Arts 

Harold Campbell (cum laude) 
Jean Jones  

English - Master of Arts  

Lauren Coleman  
Emily Howell  
Emily Zuber  

A special congratulations goes out to Laura Hogan (English), who served as SGA President for the class of 2009, and Anna Wilkinson (English), who graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Both students were recognized during the commencement ceremony on May 23rd.

April 2009
Paulette Doiron, a May graduate, a French student, and a biology major at Louisiana Tech University, has received a French Embassy Fellowship for the Academic Year 2009-2010. Paulette will be teaching English to local students in the Clermont-Ferrand region of France located in Auvergne. After her honor, Paulette will attend Medical School. Paulette wants to help others during her career in her affiliation with Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders), an organization that has received the highest honor, the Nobel Peace Prize.

May 2009
The School of Literature and Language is pleased to announce the winners of the lower and upper division writing contests. In the lower division contest, 
Cara Stevenson won first prize in the Personal/Narrative category for her essay entitled "The Barn," which she wrote for Laura Inghade's E101 course; Susan Grafton won first prize in the Analytical/Critical category for her essay entitled "The Superiority of Barber's Plea for a Democratic Public in Non-Elite America," which she wrote for Derek Lowe's E101 summer course; and Derek Newman won first prize in the Research category for his essay entitled "The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet: The Use of the Supernatural and Comedy in Hamlet and A Midsummer Night's Dream," which he wrote for Christine Strebeck's E102 course. 

These winners will receive $100 award checks and their essays will be published in next year's Freshman Course Packetand also in The Quatrain.

In the upper-division contest, Anna Wilkinson won first prize for her essay entitled "The 'Binding Briars' of the Church: William Blake's Projection of a Parasitic Priesthood Dependent on the Repressed Desires of Man" and Kayla Walthall won runner-up for her essay entitled "Wordsworth's Development of the Meaningful Connection between Man's Spirituality and Nature in 'Tintern Abbey' and 'Immortality Ode.'" 

Both essays were written for Derek Lowe's fall E413 course. Ms. Wilkinson will receive an award check for $100 and Ms. Walthall will receive a check for $50. Both essays will be published in the Freshman Course Packet and also in The Quatrain.

April 2009
Dr. Kimberly Vanderlaan, Associate Professor of English, recently published an article entitled "Eden's Blissful Bowre in 'Coming, Aphrodite!'" in  The Willa Cather Newsletter and Review. The journal is a publication of the Willa Cather Foundation, out of Red Cloud, Nebraska and is dedicated to preserving and promoting understanding and appreciation of the life, time, settings, and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather. Dr. Vanderlaan's article investigates the tension between the carnal, material world and spiritual/artistic creativity in Cather's short story. Dr. Vanderlaan will be presenting a paper on a similar theme at the American Literature Association, in Boston, MA, later this spring. This conference paper will explore the significance of art, the necessities of the world, and the resulting split artistic identity in two of Cather's novels,  The Professor's House and My Mortal Enemy.

April 2009
Dr. Rudy de Mattos, Assistant Professor of French, recently presented "Exploring the Gothic in the Lewd Novels of Felicite de Choisel-Meuse" at the 62th annual Kentucky Foreign Language Conference. The panel, entitled "The Other Gothic or the Gothic Othered: Exploring the Pan-European and Cross-Atlantic Phenomenon," was one of the three out of a total of 145 panels to be highlighted in the program. The Kentucky Foreign Language Conference is the second most important venue for presenting original research on foreign languages in the United States.

April 2009
The School of Literature and Language is pleased to announce the winners of the first Foreign Language Study Abroad Scholarships. In French, Joan Rasmussen received $500 in aid to participate in a French immersion program at Université Sainte Anne's in Nova Scotia.  Christy Cole and Brennan Wiggins, both Spanish majors, received $250 each to participate in the 2009 Costa Rica Summer Study Abroad Program, which will take place from May 31st-June 27th.

March 2009
Louisiana Tech English Honor Society Garners Awards
 The Rho Gamma Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, Louisiana Tech's English Honor Society, was one of three chapters in the country to receive an Outstanding Chapter Award at the International Convention on March 28th in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to a plaque, the chapter received a cash award of $350 and $250 in travel assistance to the conference.  April Honaker, recent English Master's graduate, presented her critical essay, "The Underlying Misogyny of Elizabethan Courtly Poets: A Reading of Sidney's Astrophil and Stella" in a session on Early British Poetry; and Lauren Coleman, English graduate student, presented her critical essay, "Trouble in Paradise: Postlapsarian Sexuality and Ominous Myth in Milton's Paradise Lost" in a session on Donne, Herbert, and Milton. Ms. Coleman also chaired a session on Creative Nonfiction.  A. J. King, senior English major, chaired a session on Shakespeare's Hamlet. In the category of original fiction, John Bourgeois read his short story "For Whom Does the Bell Toll?" and Sawyer Halbrook chaired two American Literature sessions and introduced keynote speaker, Alexandra Fuller, British author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood.

March 2009
English Majors Receive National Awards. April Honaker, MA English 2009, received a writing award for her collection of poetry, "Talking about What Matters: Reflections of a Louisiana Native." The award was given for "best writing capturing the conference theme, Reflections, and was presented at the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention held in Minneapolis, MN on March 28th. In addition to receiving a $350 cash award, Ms. Honaker will have her poetry published in The Rectangle, the creative writing journal of Sigma Tau Delta.
Other Tech students honored at the awards banquet were Sawyer Halbrook, outgoing Student Representative for the Southern Region, and Lauren Coleman, outgoing Assistant Student Representative for the Southern Region. Each received a plaque in recognition of her year of service as a regional officer. During the year Ms. Halbrook and Ms. Coleman edited The Southern Gazette, an online journal for chapters in the South. Other duties included planning and working at the 2009 convention.

March 2009
Department of English provides Over $3,000 in Study Abroad Scholarships The Department of English at Louisiana Tech is proud to announce the winners of over $3,000 in scholarship money. The recipients were English graduate student, Sara Sullivan; English Education major, Meredith Gore; and senior English major, Mary Margaret Gilbert. The awards were made possible through the Mary Alice Posey Garret English Scholarship and will help support the students' participation in the 2009 TECH-London Summer Study Abroad Program, from June 2-24th.

March 2009
Congratulations to Dr. Tamara Powell, whose book, Queer Exoticism: Searching Outside for Inner Truth, has been accepted for publication by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK. Tammy edited the book with David Powell from Hofstra University, and the anticipated release date is early 2010. The book consists of eleven essays in two sections and should contribute significantly to the field of queer postcolonial and queer racial studies.

March 2009
Dr. Rick Simmons has discovered a previously unknown letter by Charles Dickens. Dr. Simmons found the letter among a collection of handwritten letters by Charles Dickens, which are on loan from an alumni family.

La Fête Française (FRENCH FESTIVAL)
Sponsored by the French Dept. Louisiana Tech University 
December 4-6, 2007 
Louisiana Tech University's Rho Gamma chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, was selected as one of three chapters to receive a 2009 Outstanding Chapter Award. The recognition comes with a $250 award for travel to the annual convention in Minneapolis and a $350 Outstanding Chapter Award.

March 2009
Genaro Ky Ly Smith, Instructor of English, was a finalist in Hyphen magazine's 2008 Short Story Contest for his story "Perfect in Paris." Hyphen is a magazine about Asian America for the culturally and politically savvy.

February 12, 2009
Dr. Dolliann Margaret Hurtig, Ph.D. has just returned from Alexandria, Louisiana where she accepted an invitation to speak before members of the Louisiana Foreign Language Teachers' Association Spring Meeting at the Best Western Convention Centre. Her forty-five minute presentation in the target language addressed the topic of songs from around the Francophone World, songs from Paris, France, Toulouse, France, and Cajun Louisiana music. The approach of the presentation was pedagogical in nature and designed to help teachers use song as an effective learning tool in the Foreign Language Classroom.

February 2009
Dolliann Hurtig, an associate professor of French, has been appointed as co-chairman of the National Committee on the Promotion of French in the United States of America. The selection is permanent and will place her on the executive council of the national association. She will also give a presentation on French cinema at the annual convention July 2-5, 2009, in San Jose, California.

"Collecting Oral History from Your Family and Community"
Oral History Interviewing Workshop 
Thursday., Feb. 12, 1-4 p.m.
Lincoln Parish Museum 
209 N. Vienna St., Ruston.

The workshop will focus on techniques and equipment for collecting, presenting, and preserving oral history, and how to interview people who lived through the Great Depression (1929- 1941). The event is free. For information or to pre- register, call 318-257-2728 or email msroach@latech.edu.

February 2009
The Department of English is pleased announce that it is currently accepting applications for the Mary Alice Garrett Scholarship Fund. The scholarship will award up to $5,000 to English majors or minors, English graduate students, and English Education majors to help support participation in summer study abroad programs at Louisiana Tech. Students should be able to demonstrate how the study abroad program will further their career goals, especially in the field of education. The deadline for applications is Feb. 27th. Finalists will be interviewed in the week of March 9th. For further information, contact Dr. Donald P. Kaczvinsky, Chair, Department of English.

January 2009
The Department of English recently received the generous donation of two manuscript letters by Charles Dickens for its Frellsen Fletcher Smith Memorial Collection. Dated 1859 and 1868, the signed letters are written on handmade paper, with Dickens's address, Tavistock House, Tavistock Square. W. C., printed at the top. The letters are on loan from Lorna Kardatzke and are part of a private collection. In the coming weeks, the letters, along with other Dickensiana, will be on display on the fourth floor of Prescott Library.

January 2009
Five English graduate students--Ashlee Clark, Lauren Coleman, Magin Gregg, April Honaker, and Rachel Winchel--were elected to the 2009 Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Selections to Who's Whoare made each fall by individual school by campus nominating committees composed of representatives from the faculty, administration and student body.

February 27, 2009
Dr. Dolliann Margaret Hurtig, Associate Professor of French in the School of Literature and Language at Louisiana Tech University, will be an invited presenter at the annual meeting at the Louisiana Foreign Language Teachers' Association. Her presentation, in French, will consider French songs of the Francophone World and their incorporation into the classroom. to use songs like these in a classroom setting. The talk will take place on Friday, February 27, in Alexandria LA.

February 27, 2009
Dr. Dolliann Margaret Hurtig, Associate Professor of French in the School of Literature and Language at Louisiana Tech University, will be an invited presenter at the annual meeting at the Louisiana Foreign Language Teachers' Association. Her presentation, in French, will consider French songs of the Francophone World and their incorporation into the classroom. to use songs like these in a classroom setting. The talk will take place on Friday, February 27, in Alexandria LA.

January 23, 2009
On Friday, January 23rd, Dr. Robert Rudnicki will be an invited guest speaker at Auburn University in a live webcast symposium honoring the life and work of celebrated Southern Writer Lewis Nordan. The group of invited guest speakers includes major creative writers or essayists, such as Clyde Edgerton, John Dufresne (who wrote Louisiana Power and Light, set in Monroe), Hal Crowther, and Lee Martin. Moderators will include Faulkner scholar and Mississippi Quarterly editor Noel Polk, and critic Bert Hitchcock. The event will become available on iTunes and the proceedings will result in a university press collection of essays from Pebble Hill Books.

January 2009
Congratulations to Dr. Dorothy Robbins and the Rho Gamma Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society at Louisiana Tech University, which just been identified as one of the most active, vital chapters in the country.  The national organization has extended an invitation to Rho Gamma to provide a special exhibit at the 2009 International Convention in Minneapolis, MN, March 25-28, 2009. The exhibit will offer strategies for other chapters on how to enrich their program and promote the Honor Society.

December 2008
The Department of English was well represented at the 2008 Louisiana Association for College Composition Conference (LACC). Assistant Professor Derek Lowe delivered a paper entitled "Return to Center:  Breaking the Orbit of the Five-Paragraph Essay"; Dr. Paula Brown, Instructor of English, read a paper entitled "Writing through Trauma:  How Minimalism in the Writing Center Fosters Spiritual Growth"; and graduate student Magin LaSov Gregg presented "Exploratory Pedagogy:  Adapting Discernment and Contemplation in the Writing Center."

La Fête Française (FRENCH FESTIVAL)
Sponsored by the French Dept. Louisiana Tech University 
December 4-6, 2007 
Congratulations to  Dr. Rudy De Mattos who received over $24,000 from the Student Technology Fee Board to update the Foreign Language Lab and Dr. Gregory Schelonka who received over $8,000 in  a service learning grant, funded by the Corporation for National and Community Serve's Learn and Serve America program.

October 29-November 2, 2008
April Honaker and Lauren Coleman, English graduate students and tutors at the Bulldog Achievement Resource Center (BARC), will present a paper entitled, “Looking at Our Interactions: Race and Multiculturalism in the Writing Center”as part of a joint panel at the National Conference in Peer Tutoring in Writing in Las Vegas from October 29-Nov 2. The paper proposes an interactive method for dealing with multicultural issues in the writing center and was developed out of their work in English 500 class.

October 28, 2008
The annual Dennis E. Minor Lecture Series will be held on Oct. 28, 2008. in Wyly Tower Auditorium from 9-11 am. The presentation will be given by Ray Schroeder, Professor Emeritus of Communication and Director of the Office of Technology -Enhanced Learning at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Dr. Schroeder will speak on "Quality Online Active Learning: Making the Transition from Face 2 Face to Online Pedagogy."

August 2008
Dr. Kimberly Vanderlaan, Assistant Professor of English, attended the Fourth International Conference of the Henry James Society in Newport, Rhode Island, July 9-13th this past summer. The conference, "Jamesian Strands" brought scholars, editors and readers of James's work from China, England, Italy, France, Canada and the United States. Dr.Vanderlaan presented her paper and PowerPoint, "Unlocking the Imaginative Landscape: James's Newport Bridge from Visual to Verbal Renditions" on Thursday, July 10th. She commented that "Newport, with its aesthetic attractions, and the James family historical ties, was an ideal location for such an event."

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