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. http://www.sunypress.edu/p-5723-fifties-ethnicities.aspx
8/1/2013Read this interesting interview with Amy Brill (part time faculty in our Red Earth MFA program: http://fictionwritersreview.com/interviews/keeping-the-faith-an-interview-with-amy-brill
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 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.
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
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.
English Faculty Emerita Dr. Salwa Khoddam has published a new collection of essays, titled C.S. Lewis and the Inklings: Discovering Hidden Truth, with co-editors Mark R. Hall and Jason Fisher. The book is available from Cambridge Scholars Press.
English alumnus Brandon Hobson ('92) published a story titled “Chet Baker’s Son” in the Center for Fiction’s “The Literarian” journal. Read the story by clicking HERE.
Two OCU students attended Oklahoma Arts Institute Fall weekend workshops at Quartz Mountain through scholarshipsfrom The Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature: Anna Bauman, English senior, attended “Poetrywith George Bilgere,” October 11 - 14, 2012; and Kyle Keegan, Film Production major/ English minor, attended “Acting: Performing Short Stories as Theatre,” November 1 - 4, 2012.
The Oklahoma Writing Project held its fall state conferences at OCU on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Great Hall of the Student Center. Sophomore English major and guitarist-songwriter Jeff Jones provided the arts integration prompt singing and playing lyrics and music he composed. He was very well received by top high school students and their teachers from across the state.
English Department Professor Harbour Winn participated on a panel with other DaVinci Institute Fellows on November 13th at the State of Creativity Forum 2012 at the Cox Convention Center. The panel was "Chalk to iPad--Engaging Students in New Ways."
Honors composition students and their professor, Brooke Hessler, are working alongside professional archivists at the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum. They recently removed dozens of artifacts from the Memorial Fence including photographs, children’s toys and personal messages that will be archived as part of the official record of the public’s response to the bombing. Currently, they are transcribing oral history interviews from Timothy McVeigh trial attorneys, militia members and others connected to the tragedy. Their transcripts are helping researchers worldwide gain digital access to the recordings and to other primary research materials.
Students in Regina Clemens-Fox’s Community Literacy course partnered with students at Harding Fine Arts Academy, Edgemere Elementary School, Positive Tomorrows, the Boys and Girls Club and the Paseo Arts Association in a variety of story-telling projects. Positive Tomorrows is Oklahoma’s only public school for the homeless population. Working in the Intergenerational Computer Center, Oklahoma City University and Harding students helped the third through sixth grade Positive Tomorrows students learn new software; create an original fiction or non-fiction work that included text, voice and multimedia; and present their work to the class. Edgemere Elementary School third graders and Boys and Girls Club third through fifth graders worked with Clemens-Fox and OCU students to write stories, which will soon be illustrated by Harding Fine Arts Students and published as Christmas gifts for the young authors. The Paseo Arts Association worked with three OCU students to write historical narratives of the Paseo Arts community.