Week of November 18, 2019
Welcome to the Writing Arts family, Eamon Joseph Brown
Colleague Kate Brown and her husband Jason are proud to announce the birth of their second child, 7-pound, 15-ounce Eamon Joseph Brown. Although his October 30 arrival was a bit earlier than expected, Eamon and his mom are now at home and doing well. Big sister Ainsley (above, at left) is keeping a watchful eye on her new sibling. Congratulations Kate and Jason from all of us here at The Vic.
The Last Dharma Talk of 2019 Takes Place Today in Evergreen Hall
Former colleague Jeff Maxson is back on campus this afternoon for his final Dharma Talk of the semester. The session will be today, Monday, November 18, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Interfaith & Spiritual Exploration Center at Evergreen Hall. The practice – as it is called – will feature such relaxing and contemplative activities as walking meditation and centering in peace. Jeff, who retired from our department earlier this year, was ordained in 2012 as a lay member of the Order of Interbeing within the Plum Village Tradition of Zen master Tich Nhat Hanh.
Digital Literacy Highlights Next Week’s Brown Bag Meeting
The final First-Year Writing Brown Bag Professional Development Session of the fall semester will focus on “Digital Literacy in Our Writing Classrooms.” Two meetings will be held next Tuesday, November 26 in the Fourth Floor Conference Room at Victoria Hall, one at 3:30 p.m. and one at 5 p.m. Attendees will strategize on how to create assignments and design learning activities within an online environment as the department moves toward the use of more digital and multimodal genres. Please contact Kristine Lafferty for more information.
In Case You Missed the News . . .
Alumni Ric and Jean Edelman last week announced a $10 million endowment to the College of Communication and Creative Arts to be used exclusively for need-based and academic student scholarships. Jean, a member of the University’s Board of Trustees, received her bachelor’s degree in consumer economics and marketing in 1981 while Ric earned his B.A. in communications in 1980 and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree in 1999.
Late Withdrawal Deadline Coming Up Early Next Week
Another sign the semester is drawing to a close is the arrival of the Late Withdrawal Deadline. Next Monday, November 25 at 5 p.m. is the cutoff for students to withdraw from classes with just an instructor’s signature and the signature of their department chair. After that date, the Hardship Withdrawal period begins and – unlike previous years when intercession by the Dean was required – students now must go directly to the Registrar with their explanation of why a course withdrawal so late in the term is necessary.
Publication, Class Trip Highlight One Colleague’s Semester
Want to know if you are or a friend is a “Popularity Prince or Princess,” a “Rah Rah,” or a “Camouflaged Control Freak?” Then you should read “How to Spot and Survive Fanatical Sports Parents,” the latest published article by colleague Keri Mikulski. She says this piece – published in the Sammiches & Psych Meds/Mock Moms online parenting journal – is “much more biting and sarcastic” than her usual work. . . . Not long after the article appeared, Keri was on the road to New York City where she took a few students (at right) in her Writing and Craft for Elementary Students class to hear Lucy Calkins speak at a writing conference and workshop at Columbia University. Calkins – founding director of the Columbia Teachers College Reading and Writing Project – is the author of the textbook (The Art of Teaching Writing) Keri uses in her Writing and Craft class.
For Your Calendar:
- Wednesday, November 20: Be sure to wear your AFT shirt and buttons – or anything predominantly blue in color – for the statewide “AFT Day of Action.” Campus activities will be based in the main atrium of Savitz Hall from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Tuesday, December 10: The annual Writing Arts Holiday Gathering will held at Chickie’s and Pete’s on Rowan Boulevard starting at 5 p.m. Contact me for more details.
- Thursday, December 19: The University Employee Holiday Luncheon will be held at the Chamberlain Student Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find more details here.
- Thursday, January 16, the Thursday before the start of the spring 2020 semester on Tuesday the 21st, is the date of the next Mental Health First Aid training session. Click here to RSVP for the 9 a.m.-5 p.m. meeting in Victoria 200.
Do you have a new publication, a reading, or any other event of interest coming up? Please let me know so I can let all our colleagues know in the weekly Rowan Writing Arts Events Update newsletter. Stop by Victoria 521 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to give me the 4-1-1.
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Stephen A. Royek M.A.
Lecturer, Writing Arts
Chair, Faculty Senate Awards Committee
Lecturer Representative, Faculty Center Advisory Board
Victoria Hall, Room 521
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