The chair and members of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) team evaluating Rowan University will be on campus this week, holding separate open discussion sessions for faculty, staff, and students, and making an exit report to the university community. The focus of these meetings is to discuss the Self Study Report compiled by Rowan and presented to the commission in late January. . . . The two faculty meetings (for tenure-track faculty and instructors, lecturers, part-time adjunct faculty, librarians, and professional staff with instructional roles) will be today (Monday, March 11) from 4:00 p.m. to 4:55 p.m. in Room 129 of the Chamberlain Student Center and tomorrow (Tuesday, March 12) from 1:45 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. in Student Center Room 144. The open session for staff is tomorrow from 3:30 p.m. to 4:25 p.m. in Student Center Room 144, and the student session will be held today from 5:00 p.m. to 5:55 p.m. in Student Center Room 129. The exit report will be delivered on Wednesday, March 13 from 11:15 a.m. to 12 noon in the Student Center’s Eynon Ballroom. . . . Every ten years, the MSCHE requires colleges and universities to conduct a self-study of their initiatives, operations, progress, and commitments as a benchmark in the middle of their accreditation term. Rowan received its last accreditation in 2014 and is due for another full Peer Evaluation in 2024. Middle States is one of six such commissions nationwide that provides accreditation for institutions of higher learning; Middle States covers New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Also Today: Final Creative Nonfiction Candidate Presentation
The fourth of the four candidates for the department’s open Creative Nonfiction tenure-track position will be on campus today (Monday, March 11). Heather Lanier will make a teaching presentation with Q&A from 9:15 to 10:00 a.m. in Room 200 of The Vic, and will hold a students-only Q&A session from 10:00-10:30 a.m. three floors up in Room 504. Later in the afternoon, Heather will present a creative reading with Q&A from 3:30-4:45 p.m., back in Vic 200. Feel free to contact Ron Block for more details.
Also Tomorrow, Career Expo/Student Showcase Takes The Stage
Student projects from various departments in the College of Communication and Creative Arts will be on display in the Eynon Ballroom of the Chamberlain Student Center tomorrow – Tuesday, March 12 – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the first CCCA Career Expo and Student Showcase. In addition, a number of local, regional, and national employers with full-time jobs and summer and part-time internships available will be on hand as well. Contact Laura Kincaid for more information.
Congratulations, Jade Jones, On Your PEN America Award
Did you know we have one of the 12 best emerging fiction writers of the year in our midst? Dean’s Fellow Jade Jones is one of the dozen winners of the just-presented PEN America/Robert J. Dau Prize. Jade was selected for her short story “Today, You’re a Black Revolutionary” that appeared in the June 27, 2018 issue of the literary journal The Rumpus. In addition to receiving a cash award, Jade and the 11 other winners will have their work published in an annual anthology entitled The PEN America Best Debut Short Stories of 2019. New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts was the setting for the late February awards ceremony where Jade received her honor at an event attended by such celebrity glitterati as actor/musician/writer Steve Martin. PEN America was launched in 1922 with an initial membership list that included such literary icons as Willa Cather, Robert Frost, Eugene O’Neill, Robert Benchley, and Booth Tarkington. The organization’s founding principle is to “ensure that people everywhere have the freedom to create literature, to convey information and ideas, to express their views, and to access the views, ideas, and literatures of others.” (Photo: Jade attended the NYU ceremony with her husband, Writing Arts colleague Grayson Morley.)
Wednesday, March 20: The Date of Our Quizzo Redemption
Late last summer, Rowan Writing Arts was just one question away (one poorly worded question away, it should be noted) from winning the weekly Quizzo championship at PJ Whelihan’s in Westmont. On Wednesday, March 20 – in the middle of spring break week – we will take to the tables again to earn what rightfully was ours. The more people who can attend – family and friends are cordially invited – the better chance we have of emerging victorious. In addition to the competition and teamwork, it’s an evening of fun with colleagues outside our usual audience-purpose-context-based world. Contact me for more details and to join the team.
Upcoming: Escape from RoBo; A Night at the Phillies
We’ll have more information after spring break about our next Writing Arts team event: Breaking the code to gain release from one of the themed rooms at Exit Four Escape Rooms on Rowan Boulevard. We’re thinking a mid-week evening in mid- to late April, just before Portfolios are due. Please contact me with some suggestions for the event. . . . Speaking of the Phillies, you might have heard about someone called Bryce Harper. In addition to being a very wealthy young man, he’s also expected to boost interest in, and ticket sales for, our hometown Phils. With this in mind, we’re starting to work on plans for the second annual Rowan Writing Arts Night at the Phillies. With the inaugural CCCA Summer Camp tentatively scheduled for July (more details coming soon) and August being a traditional month for family vacations, we’re zeroing in on two weeks in June – June 10, 11, 12 and June 24, 25, 26 – to get our block of discounted group tickets. Please send me an email and let me know all of those dates that work for you and – even if it’s an estimate – how many tickets you might want for that night. Thank you!
Finally, . . .
Here are some items – new or previously mentioned – for your calendars:
- James Chase Sanchez, co-producer of the “Man on Fire” documentary will present a screening and lead a discussion of the film on Thursday, March 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in Bozorth Hall’s King Auditorium; the next morning, Friday, March 29, Sanchez will conduct a faculty workshop on “Critical Race Pedagogies” from 8:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in Room 104 of Business Hall.
- Also on Friday, March 29, the university will host the Experiential Storytelling Conference 2019 at the Rowan Art Gallery from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nine speakers from academia, the arts, the media, and the financial world will share their stories of personal and professional accomplishment and achievement. (NOTE: The morning sessions have sold out, but a waiting list is being compiled.)
- Glassworks magazine and its staff, on Tuesday, April 9, are being featured at The Livin’ on Luck Reading Series sponsored by the Mad Poets Society at Barnaby’s Pub in West Chester, PA. Contact Anthony Palma for more details.
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