Soup, celery sticks, and yogurt also are acceptable choices for the initial First Year Writing Professional Development Brown Bag series of the Spring 2019 semester. The term’s first topic will be “Reading and Responding to Student Writing: Theories and Methods” and there will be two discussion groups this week: Wednesday the 13that 2 p.m. and Friday the 15th at 11 a.m., both in the 4th Floor Conference Room (422). The three readings being analyzed – from Lil Brannon and C.H. Knoblauch, John Bean, and Anthony Eddington – are available on Google Drive. The discussions will center on how to give students greater power over their words and help them foster productive revision skills. Colleagues are encouraged to attend even if they have not finished digesting all three readings. Contact Ted Howell with any questions or for more information.
CUGS In Sustainability Communications to Launch This Fall
The Certificate of Undergraduate Studies (CUGS) Writing for the Environment – shared by the Department of Writing Arts and the Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability – will be on the Rowan University course selection list for the 2019-2020 academic year. This new CUGS was jointly created by our own Ted Howell, Faculty Fellow for Cultivating the Environmental Humanities, and Kenneth Lacovara, Founding Dean of the School of Earth and Environment. The program, Ted said, “offers to students the opportunity to combine knowledge about and advocacy for environmental issues with the reading, writing, and communication skills necessary for success in a variety of academic fields and professional careers.” To receive a Writing for the Environment certificate, students will take two Geography, Planning, and Sustainability courses (“Human Nature: Introduction to Environmental & Sustainability Studies, Environmental Advocacy) and two of three Writing Arts courses (Intro to Technical Writing, Scientific Writing and Rhetoric, Writing for Nonprofits). Ted will gladly provide any additional details you might like about this exciting new program.
Some Upcoming Events for Your Writing Arts Calendar
n With the change of seasons next month comes the launch of the Spring 2019 (Issue 18) of Glassworks, the literary journal published twice a year by the Master of Arts in Writing program. Plan to spend a few hours on the evening of Thursday, March 7, starting at 6:30 p.m., to hear readings from the issue presented by some of the featured authors and by Glassworks student editors. Events Update will have more information as the date draws closer. Glassworks Managing Editor Anthony Palma also can answer any questions you might have.
n On the following Tuesday, March 12, the initial College of Communication and Creative Arts Career Expo and Student Showcase will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Chamberlain Student Center Eynon Ballroom. Not to be confused with the Saturday, May 4 CCCA Student Awards and Showcase, the Career Expo and Showcase will feature local, regional, and national employers offering jobs and internships. Student projects also will be on display. Contact Laura Kincaid for more information.
n Details are being finalized for the two-day campus event – Thursday, March 28 and Friday, March 29 – featuring James Chase Sanchez, co-producer of the powerful documentary “Man on Fire.” The film – featured in nine international festivals – looks at small-town racism and the ultimate sacrifice one man made to bring this horrific issue to light. A screening of “Man on Fire,” a workshop, and other activities are planned; stay tuned for more details.
Dean’s Fellow to Teach at Camden Community Workshop
Our Writing Arts Dean’s Fellow Jade Jones will be teaching a one-day class on “Crafting Empathetic Characters” on Saturday, March 2, at the Cooper Street Workshop in Camden from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jade, who did her undergraduate work at Princeton University and received her Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa Writer’s Workshop, will be focusing on how, as she describes in her course description, characters “introduce the reader to the worlds we’ve built and can set the tone, direction, and momentum of a novel or short story.” Click here to learn more and to register to attend, or email Jade with any specific questions.
Finally, . . .
A big Events Update thumbs up and congratulations to colleagues Amy Reed and Ron Block who have earned sabbatical releases starting in the Fall 2019 semester. Amy will be out for the full academic year while Ron returns for the Spring 2020 term. Nice work, Amy and Ron!
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 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
Lecturer, Writing Arts
Chair, Faculty Senate Awards Committee
Victoria Hall, Room 521