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Volume 19, Issue 8, Mar 13, 2014

From (Under) The Chair’s Desk

With the snow cover finally melting (at last!), searches still in process, the review season in full swing, graduate admissions at their most active (expect an admissions event in early April), undergraduate admissions a new focus, next year’s curriculum seeing its final tweaks ahead of registration for summer and fall courses beginning on April 21, and mid-semester around the corner, let me wish you all a happy/productive/restful spring break, and move straight to announcements and celebrations!


Faculty Matters

Corey Creekmur has been elected to a three-year term on the Graduate Council representing CLAS, 2014-2017.

John D’Agata has been awarded an International Programs Summer Research Fellowship for research on his book project “Attempts at Love in Greece.” Bravo!

Each year, as the Dean and the Dean caucus work over the cases for promotion, they select up to two of the most outstanding cases for the honor of “Collegiate Scholar” in CLAS. Congratulations to Claire Fox, who has been selected this year for this distinction! The award will be celebrated at the Faculty Honors Celebration, to be held in the Second Floor Ballroom, IMU, 3:30-5 p.m. on Monday, April 14. Claire will also receive a small research fund and have her name added to a plaque displayed in the CLAS Dean’s Office. In addition, Claire Fox’s monograph, Making Art Panamerican (U Minnesota Press, 2013) was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the Arvey Foundation Book Award, Association for Latin American Art, College Art Association (2014).

Congratulations to Laurence Petit, our visitor from Montpellier, currently in 457 EPB, whose French version of A. S. Byatt’s Ragnarok: The End of the Gods was recently published by Flammarion. Her co-translator for the project is Pascal Bataillard, an English Professor at the University of Lyon, and Laurence’s husband, who is also with us this semester as a visiting scholar, and sharing the use of 457 EPB.

Congratulations to Stephen Voyce, whose monograph, Poetic Communities, was named by the American Library Association as one of its "Outstanding Academic Titles, 2013." Read more here.

Jonathan Wilcox has been elected to a three-year term on the CLAS Executive Committee, beginning August 2014.


Staff Matters

After some 40 years in the English Department (and a little longer in the university), Linda Stahle has decided it is time to retire from her role of supporting all things General Education Literature.  Interviewed by John Harper and John Huntley for the position in the 1970s, she has assisted quite a succession of GEL directors and countless GEL TAs. Her last day in the office will be June 6. Linda insists she does not want any elaborate celebration to mark her many years of service in the department, but expect a modest cake and lemonade celebration in the Zimansky Room one afternoon during the last teaching week of term. Details to follow.

Cherie Hansen-Rieskamp has plans for donating used books to the Oglala Lakota College Acedemic/Public Library. See the story from the Amana Society Bulletin for details.

Curriculum Matters

The following first-year seminar proposals from English faculty have been selected for inclusion in the Fall 2014 curriculum:

Lori Branch, “J. R. R. Tolkien and the Inklings”;
Mark Isham, “Drawn into Learning: Use Cartoons to Improve Your Writing”;
Brooks Landon “The Perks, Promise, and (Possible) Perils of Being Digital” (honors seminar).


Undergraduate Matters

Congratulations to Sriharshita Ponnada, who has been selected to receive the Adah Johnson/Otilia Maria Fernandez Scholarship for 2014. Sri is a second-year English and Computer Science major, also pursuing a minor in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies and University Honors. She will be presented with her award at the Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women on April 10, 2014, in the second floor Ballroom in the IMU.

Alpha of Iowa chapter is pleased to announce that the following students have been invited to accept membership in the English Honors Society Phi Beta Kappa:

Shauna Basques, Aubrey Bierwirth, Allison Bries, Ryan C. Brunner, Rachel Gosch, Alexander W. Grapp, Aaron T. Hunt, Nick E. Kleese, Nathan Kooker, Alyssa Lattner, Patricia Mackey, Trent McMahon, Alexander Odendahl, Peter Schumacher, Emma Syth, Hannah Theisen, Lincoln Thompson, Autumn R. Williams, Ellen Woodward.

In addition to this, nine English Majors were inducted into Alpha Tau Iota in a ceremony in EPB on Tuesday, March 11. This is the Iowa chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society.


Placement Matters

This is a cumulative list of placements that we know of so far this year.  Please report any placement news to Cherie Hansen-Rieskamp

Kelly Franklin has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Hillsdale College, Michigan. Kelly’s dissertation, “Out of Place: Walt Whitman and the Latin American Avant-Gardes” (dir. Ed Folsom) will be defended in May 2014. 



Upcoming Matters

Reading by NWP Visitor Terry Wahls. March 15, 2014 at 2:00pm. Iowa City Public Library

Pedagogical Lunch: The Teaching of Writing in English & Rhetoric. March 24, 2014 at 12:00pm. Gerber Lounge, 304 EPB.

Faculty Colloquium with Lena Hill titled "Jean-François Millet's Peasants and the Idea of New Negro Labor." March 25, 2014 at 3:30pm. Gerber Lounge, 304 EPB.

Reading by NWP Visitor Ossian Foley. March 25, 2014 at 7:00pm. Prairie Lights.

Reading by NWP Visiting Writer David Lazar. March 26, 2014 at 7:00pm. Prairie Lights.

Reading by NWP Visitor Kevin Brockmeier. March 31, 2014 at 7:00pm. Prairie Lights.

Reading by NWP Visitor Leslie Jamison. April 1, 2014 at 7:00pm. Prairie Lights.

Faculty Meeting. April 3, 2014 at 3:30pm. Gerber Lounge, 304 EPB.

Reading by NWP Visitor Angela Pelster. April 3, 2014 at 7:00pm. Prairie Lights.