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Bulletin of the Department of English of East Carolina University

 

Volume 17

August/September 1998

 

Recent Publications

Seodial Deena's "Colonization and Canonization: Class Marginalization Through Education," has been published in the Seventh International Literature of Region and Nation Conference, Abstracts.

William Hallberg's three books have been re-packaged and re-released this summer.  They are: The Rub of The Green (Ballatine); Perfect Lies (Simon and Schuster); The Soul of Golf (Fawcett).

Doug McMillan's article "C.S. Lewis's The Four Loves: A Humanities Synthesis" appears in Humanities in the South: Newsletter of the Southern Humanities Conference 80 (1998): 36-37.  This is an exploration of Lewis's dedication to and teaching of traditional humanistic values.

Sharon D. Raynor, a lecturer in the Department of English, recently had her first poem published.  Entitled "Our World,"  the poem was published in "Celebration,"  an anthology celebrating the 50th anniverary of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  The anthology is edited by Maurice M. Martinez, M. Shane Truett and J. Wayne Bass.

Lillian Robinson's novel Murder Most Puzzling (Greens Farms, CT: Wildcat Publishing) appeared in July.

Janice Tovey published "Organizing Features of Hyper text: Some Rhetorical and Practical Elements" in Journal of Business & Technical Communication 12 (1998): 371-380.

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Upcoming Publications

C.W. Sullivan III  has written an article on Cashman that has been accepted for a book on Irish Americans which the University of Notre Dame Press plans to publish in the 1999-2000 academic year.
 
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Reviews

Resa Crane published a review of Fred Campbell's latest book, A Way of Happening, in the summer issue of Now & Then, a journal of Appalachian culture and history.

Lillian Robinson's review of The Cultural Politics of Fur, by J. Emberley, appeared in Women's Review of Books, in May1998.
 
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Presentations and Conferences

Seodial Deena presented a paper, "Colonization and Canonization: Class Marginalization Through Education," at the Seventh International Conference on Literature of Region and Nation,Germersheim, Germany, July 31-August 5, 1998.
 
Deena also presented "Color Complication and Confrontation in Carribean Culture" at the College Language Association's Fifty-Eighth Annual Convention, Tallahassee, FL, April 1998.  He chaired a session on "Making and Mending Myths" at the Seventh Annual Commonwealth & Postcolonial Studies Conference, Statesboro, GA, April 1998.

 Deena contributed "What Does Cultural Relativism/ Multiculturalism do to Regions and Nations?" to the forum, "What Is Region and Nation?," and chaired a session on "Gender and (Post-) Colonial Travel."

Ron Hoag participated in the three day annual convention of The Thoreau Society in July in Concord, Massachusetts.  He also took part in an additional two day meeting of the society's board of directors.  Hoag gave a lecture on "Extrava-gance in Thoreau's Life and Works" at the Thoreau Institute's Summer Seminar: Thoreau's World and Ours.  The Thoreau Institute, In Lincoln, Massachusetts, was formally opened last spring with an inaugral lecture by E. O. Wilson and ceremonies attended by President and Mrs. Clinton.

On Saturday, July 18, 1998 faculty and graduate students in technical and professional communication presented roundtable sessions at the 6th Annual Summer Conference at the Carolina Chapter of Society for Technical Communication: Kristi Barber, Melissa Carstarphen, Kelly Hall ("Style Guides for Electronic Documents"). Other presenters included Sally Lawrence ("Electronic Instructional Design and Training"), Philip Rubens, Vicki Sharpe ("Transferring Paper Documents to Electronic Environments"), and Sherry Southard.

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Honors and Awards

Doug McMillan was appointed by the Chancellor as a Faculty Marshall from August 1, 1998 through July 31, 2002.

C.W. Sullivan III spent April and May in Ireland and Northern Ireland on a College of Arts and Sciences Research Award and grants from East Carolina University and the Irish American Cultural Institute.  He spent the majority of his time there in archives, libraries, museums, manuscript rooms and public records offices in Dublin, Cork, Belfast, Omagh, and some smaller towns looking for historical and literary traces of nineteenth-century Irish Fenian Denis Cashman and, to a lesser extent, the other Fenians who were arrested and transported to Austrailia in 1867-1868.

Lillian Robinson was a visiting fellow at the Center for Biographical Research, University of Hawaii in June and July of 1998. She also presented guest lectures at Ohio University in May.

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Visting Fellows/ Guest Lectures/ Forums

 
Bill Hallberg was the featured speaker at the Sport Literature Association Conference held at Montevallo University.

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New Projects

The project "Prototype Online Style Manual for NASA's Prototype Earth Observatory Web Site" was funded from April 1, 1998 through August 31, 1998. Philip Rubens and Sherry Southard worked on this training grant with graduate students Kristi Barber, Melissa Carstarphen, and Kelly Hall.


The project "Prototype Online Users Manual for Thunderstone (search software for MODARCH electronic database for satellite to be launched in 1999) has been funded for September 1, 1998 through October 31, 1998 with extension until February 28, 1999 expected. The graduate students participating in this project are Melissa Carstarphen, Michelle Ward, and Jason Jenkins.

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Employed Graduates

Several graduates or near-graduates in technical and professional communication have accepted full-time employment:
MA Students: Jennifer Baines (Avanti!, RTP), Ron Cherubini (Merck Pharmceuticals, Rahway, NJ), Lori Cobb (Price Waterhouse, works throughout eastern United States out of Morehead City, N.C.), Robin Sellers (Instructor, Roanoke-Chowan CC), Crystal Wade (CyberPlus, Denver, CO, but telecommuting from Chicago, IL), and Carolyn Weakland (Wachovia, Winston-Salem, N.C.).

BA Students: Jonathan Bradley (First Union, Charlotte, N.C.) Ashley Heinz (Datastream, Greenville, N.C.), Lee Jenkins (State Farm Insurance, Greenville, N.C.), and Jen Newman (IBM, RTP).

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