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English Professor Accomplishment

English professor Amrita Sen was named to the Faculty Excellence Initiative Research Leave program to work on her book project, "Trading India: Commerce, Spectacle and Domestic Transculturation in Early Modern India."
Sen will be conducting research in India, mostly at the Asiatic Society and National Archives, and at the British Library in the United Kingdom. She will also be accessing holdings at specific university libraries in Kolkata (India) and the UK.

Oklahoma Book Award Finalist

       English professor Beth Robinson's 2013 book "Poetry Unbound" is a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award next month.
       The book is a record of a poetry workshop held at the Mabel Bassett Correctional Facility, a project conceived by fellow English professor Harbour Winn with visiting poet Jimmy Santiago Baca in 2008.
       Robinson met with a group of 15 to 40 women inmate writers every other Sunday for almost three years. She promised the writers that she would publish their work.
       The Oklahoma Book Award ceremony will be held April 12 at the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. 

Professor Publishes Poems

Several poems by Oklahoma City University English professor Abigail Keegan have been published recently.
          The literary journal Cybersoleil published "Work of Words," "The End of Summer," "Highway Hawk," "Summer of Tomatoes" and "In the Old World," and haikudoodle published "Are You?"
          Two of Keegan's poem will be published in March in Red Truck Review: A Journal of Southern Literature and Culture. They are titled "New Years" and "Family Plot."

Chair's Book Recently Released

English professor Tracy Floerani's book titled "Fifties Ethnicities" was recently released on SUNY Press. The book is about how literature and the mass media shaped the concepts of ethnicty in the 1950s. Floreani also earned a major grant from the Oklahoma Humanties Council for the "Ralph Ellison at 100" public symposium, which will bring several national renowned scholars on Ralph Ellison and African American cultural studies to Oklahoma City on March 8th.

Interview with Red Earth Faculty Member

Read this interesting interview with Amy Brill (part time faculty in our Red Earth MFA program:

Presentation at Elon University

Dr. Clemens Fox presented a poster of her transfer research at Elon University’s “Critical Transitions and the Question of Transfer” conference and research seminar this past June 25th. The research presentation was entitled, “Boundary-Crossing for Effective Learning: Engaging High School and College Students in Collaborative Community Outreach.” This was the culminating project of research begun in June, 2011 in the seminar of 40 writing scholars from around the nation and world. Dr. Clemens Fox had a specific area of study which was the critical transition from high school to college and she gathered and analyzed data from Harding Fine Arts Academy high school and our OCU college students. This seminar was sponsored by Elon University’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL).

Congratulations to Dr. Hessler and student Danielle Kutner

Congratulations are in order!
CONGRATS to Dr. Brooke Hessler and student Danielle Kutner for being one of two teams to win The Undergraduate Research/CAIRS (Creative Activities, Inquiry, Research and Scholarship) research grant! 
They won for their project "Oral Histories of Ralph W. Ellison," part of an ongoing project in collaboration with the Oklahoma History Center that will collect verbal accounts from those who knew and worked with Ralph Ellison, an African-American native Oklahoma novelist and scholar. Their work is part of the Ellison Centennial celebration.

Faculty Honored

Congratulations to Dr. Floreani and Dr. Clemens Fox! Both won awards at the OCU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 6th Annual Faculty Awards Luncheon.

  • Dr. Tracy Floreani, Professor of English, was honored with the Distinguished Honors Faculty of the Year Award and the Mentoring of Undergraduate Research Award;
  • Dr. Regina Clemens Fox, Assistant Professor of English was honored with the Distinguished Achievement in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

"President Robert Henry provided opening remarks for the luncheon and then turned the program over to six OCU students who shared how these faculty have greatly influenced their academic careers. The students who participated in bestowing the awards were Ali Bryant, Blakeley Pearson, Alley Agee, Courtney Kagle Belle, Emma Velez, and Juan Campos Jr."
-Paul Gebb, MFA
 Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning 

Students Awarded Prestigious Scholarships

Two Oklahoma City University students were awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad in Kyoto, Japan, for the spring semester.
Mark Zachery and Bryne Harris were each awarded $5,000 scholarships for the spring 2013 semester.
Zachery and Harris will attend Ritsumeikan University through OCU's reciprocal exchange program. Both are American Indian Scholars at OCU.
Zachery is a biomedical science major and Harris is an English major. They are enrolled in the Intensive Japanese Language track at Ritsumeikan University.
The Gilman Scholarship is funded through the Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is overseen by the Institute for International Education in Houston, Texas. Its goal is to promote study abroad to all students, and particularly for those who are interested in studying outside of Western Europe and those interested in studying critical languages as defined by the State Department.