This month’s “Livin’ on Luck” reading series event at Barnaby’s Pub in West Chester, PA, – being held tonight, April 9 – will feature our own Glassworks magazine with presentations from the just-released Spring 2019 issue, from the personal works of the publication’s faculty and students, and from other members of the Rowan Writing Arts Department. Scheduled readers for tonight’s event – sponsored by the Delaware County, PA-based Mad Poets Society – are colleagues Tim Donaldson, Myriah Stubee, and Tim Zatzariny. An Open Mic period will follow the featured presenters. The evening kicks off at 7 p.m. at Barnaby’s (15 South High Street, West Chester, PA 19382 / 610-696-1400) and, since the event is being held on a Tuesday, it’s also Taco Night with special prices all evening on the tasty Mexican snack. Contact Glassworks managing editor Anthony Palma for more details or click here to access the event’s Facebook page.
Next Up, Tomorrow, Pack Your Academic “Brown Bag”
The final First Year Writing Professional Brown Bag session of the spring semester will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow, April 10, in the 4th Floor Conference Room (Room 422) of The Vic. The session will focus on – as explained in a recent department email message – “various strategies to best assess student work in a more meaningful, equitable, and productive way. (The session) will explore the concept of contract grading in our classes and look to maximize our current portfolio assessment practices.” Light refreshments will be served and you can contact Kristine Lafferty for more information.
“Listening, Learning & Taking Action” Sessions Set
On the heels of last week’s hate-speech-filled protest that the Rowan community turned into a celebration of support for the differences that make our campus community strong and special, the university’s Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) has scheduled a series of Listening Tour sessions. These meetings – planned for 5 p.m. Monday April 15, Noon Wednesday April 17, and 11:30 a.m. Monday April 22 (click here to RSVP) – will allow all students, faculty, and staff to share their experiences with diversity and their thoughts on how Rowan can best address these important issues. In addition, DEI – in cooperation with the Division of Student Affairs and the Student Government Association – is holding a panel discussion to discuss free speech, inclusiveness, and personal safety at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 in Room 144 of the Chamberlain Student Center. Please contact university VP Penny McPherson Myers for more information.
. . . and a Few More Upcoming Activities and Events
- Sunday, April 14: Graduating Writing Arts senior Rachel Barton will receive the Dr. James M. Lynch Courage in Adversity Medallion Award at the annual Celebrating Leadership Awards Ceremony at 4 p.m. in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center. Contact me for more details.
- Monday, April 15: Deadline for Late Withdrawal. You and the student seeking to withdraw will need the signature of department chair Jenn Courtney before submitting the withdrawal form to the Registrar’s Office. (Click here for a copy of the form.) After next Monday, we are in the Hardship Withdrawal Period, which requires, among other things, a letter of explanation from the student and the signature of Dean Tweedie.
- Wednesday, April 24 #1: Our final Department Meeting of the semester will be held, as always, at 3:30 p.m. in Room 200 of Victoria Hall. . . .
- Wednesday, April 24 #2: . . . following the meeting, at 7 p.m., join your Writing Arts colleagues at Exit Four Private Escape Rooms on Rowan Boulevard for the premier “Rowan Writing Arts Escape Room Challenge.” See next week’s Events Update newsletter for more details.
- Saturday, May 4: The annual Student Showcase & Awards Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. in Pfleeger Concert Hall in Wilson Hall. (Note the change of venue this year from the Student Center Ballroom.) Stellar examples of student work will be on display and an array of end-of-the-academic-year awards and scholarships will be announced and presented. Contact Gina DiBartolo for more details.
- Saturday, May 11: University Graduation will be held at 5 p.m. in Wackar Stadium followed by the Commencement Coast Celebration in the nearby Robinson Green on North Campus Drive. Faculty who wish to march in the processional and sit on the main stage must be in full academic regalia. Click here to RSVP for the event.
- Wednesday, May 15: CCCA Graduation will be held at 10 a.m. on Bunce Green. Again, faculty must be in full regalia to participate in the college’s commencement ceremony.
Coming next week in Events Update: A look at some recent community outreach efforts by the Rowan Writing Center, more details on the “Rowan Writing Arts Escape Room Challenge,” and a poll to choose this summer’s “Rowan Writing Arts Night at the Phillies.”
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 Rowan Writing Arts Events Update newsletter. Stop by my Victoria 521 office 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
Victoria Hall, Room 521