Sept 1999

Volume 18

Number 1



In This Issue:

From The Chair

In Print

Panels & 

Awards & 





Luke Whisnant

Assistant Editors

Emily Little

Angela Farrior

Jennifer Karasow

Lyndsay Massengill

Written by

Emily Little

Angela Farrior

Jennifer Karasow

Lyndsay Massengill

Luke Whisnant


Gabrielle Brant

Reid Anderson

Sherry Southard

The Common Reader

From The Chair

The class of 2003, those students entering East Carolina University for fall semester 1999, appears to be the largest class in the university's history. Current enrollment in English 1100 stands at 3011 students, in comparison to 2673 during fall 1998; total enrollment in composition classes is 3507, in comparison to 3180 in 1998. Thanks to newly authorized fixed-term positions supplied by Dean Keats Sparrow and the higher administration, the department was able to hire several new faculty to staff the additional sections required by the ten-percent increase in enrollment. 

Joining the department as lecturers are Mary Carroll-Hackett, Christine Cranford, Joanne Dunn, Marianna Hardison, Rhonda Moore, and Olivia Murray. These new faculty join three tenure-track assistant professors whose hirings were earlier announced in The Common Reader: Ellen Arnold, Agnes Bolonyai, and Laura Micciche.  [Click on the names in blue to visit each new faculty member's profile page.  --Ed.]

   < Hutchins (L); Utakis (R)
Also joining the faculty as a tenure-track assistant professor is Christine Hutchins. Dr. Hutchins, a specialist in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature, recently completed requirements for her doctorate at the Graduate School of the City University of New York. CUNY is the home institution for still another new faculty member, Sharon Utakis. Dr. Utakis, a specialist in second language acquisition and teaching English as a second language, accepted a visiting assistant professorship that was occasioned by the resignation of Terese Thonus, who left East Carolina University for a position at Fresno State University.

The Department of English is pleased to welcome these new students and new colleagues to Greenville and East Carolina University. 


Bruce Southard 


In Print

Since several folks have mentioned to TCR how tedious it is to read italic script on a computer screen, and since underlines on the Web are commonly reserved for hot links, we have decided (for this issue, at least) to fly in the face of MLA format and set book and journal titles in all caps. Please let us know what you think. As always, click on the links (in blue this issue) for more information; use your "back " button to return to TCR.

<   Franklin
Jeff Franklin's book  SERIOUS PLAY: THE CULTURAL FORM OF THE NINETEENTH-CENTURY REALIST NOVEL was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in July. 

"What I Learned in Grad School, or Literary Training and the Theorizing of Composition," an article by Patrick Bizzaro, appeared in the 50th anniversary issue of COLLEGE COMPOSITION AND COMMUNICATION (June 1999). Pat's article is based upon interviews with seven well-known composition theorists who took their graduate training in literary studies. 

<   Carstarphen
Melissa Carstarphen (MA, Technical and Professional Communication, S99) published "The Frozen Chosen"--a piece originally written for Alex Albright's Advanced Nonfiction class--in the June 18th Op-Ed section of THE WASHINGTON TIMES.

Peter Makuck's personal essay on guns, "The Trouble With Smitty," appears in the current issue of THE HUDSON REVIEW, and his essay-review on four new books of poetry appears in the summer issue of THE LAUREL REVIEW. The Raleigh NEWS AND OBSERVER published Makuck's review of Sue Hubbell's WAITING FOR APHRODITE on May 16.

FOUNDATION: THE INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION (28:75) recently published Don Palumbo's "Chaos-Theory Concepts and Structures in Asimov's Robot Stories and Novels: The Positronic Brain and Feedback Loops."

Lillian Robinson's article, "In the Night Markets: Commercial Sex Tourism in Thailand," co-written with Ryan Bishop, appeared in WOMEN'S STUDIES QUARTERLY 27.

<   Snyder
"How Much Leaven Does It Take to Leaven the Whole Lump?", an essay by Hal Snyder, appeared in the August 5th issue of TRUTH MAGAZINE.

Sandra Tawake's article "Changing English in Contemporary Pacific Literature" appears in the Winter issue of ASIAN ENGLISHES.

Richard C. Taylor's critical essays on Mary Collier, Jane Wiseman, Mary Monck, Frances Boothby, Elizabeth Cooper, Elizabeth Singer Rowe, Mary Davys, and Elizabeth Boyd were published in AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BRITISH WOMEN WRITERS (Rutgers UP, 1998). Also, his review of BRITISH CONSCIOUSNESS AND IDENTITY: THE MAKING OF BRITAIN 1533-1707, edited by Brendan Bradshaw and Peter Roberts, appeared in SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY NEWS (Spring/Summer 1999), and  his review of SMALL-TOWN HEROES by Hank Davis appeared in AETHLON 16 (Fall 1998). 

Panels & Presentations

Tech writing students
< House, Hassell, Siegelman (L to R)
In March, Ellyn Felts Hassell, Andrea House, and Holly Siegelman presented "Cross New Borders with MARCOM (Marketing Communication)" at the Society for Technical Communication Region 3 Student Conference in Macon, GA. Reid Anderson, Kelly Hall, Michele Ward, Carolyn Hyde, Cindy Rayburn, and Jan Tovey also attended the conference.

On July 30-31, 1999, technical and professional communication students and faculty participated in the Seventh Annual Summer Conference, Carolina Chapter of the Society for Technical Communication, RTP, NC.  Andrea House and Holly Siegelman offered two roundtable presentations called "Marketing Guidelines: Non-profit and Sports Organizations," while Sherry Southard and Michele Ward presented "Accessible Web Design: Technological and User Considerations."  Four graduate students (Reid Anderson, Andrea House, Holly Siegelman, and Michele Ward) were invited by the Carolina Chapter to attend, at no cost, a day-long workshop, "Creating Advanced User Help Systems." Sherry Southard served as a member of the Planning and Program Committee for the conference.

May 3-4, Pat Bizzaro conducted a workshop at Glaxo-Wellcome on "Advanced Writing on the Job." 

In July, Seodial Deena presented "The Realities and Aftermath of Colonial Education in Caribbean Literature," at the Twenty-First Annual Conference of the Association of Caribbean Studies, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Peter Makuck gave a poetry reading in Charleston in June as part of Piccolo Spoleto.

<   Hoag
Ron Hoag attended the annual conference of The Thoreau Society and participated in the society's two-day directors' meeting preceding the conference itself. He presented a paper, "'A force not bound to be kind to man': The Limits of Thoreauvian Extra-vagance," at the Thoreau Institute's "Thoreau's World and Ours" symposium.

C.W. Sullivan III was invited to read a paper, "The Mabinogi and the Counter Culture: The Influence of Welsh Myth and Legend on Fantasy Literature in the 1960s and 1970s," at the Celtic Cultures Conference at the University of Leeds, England, April 30-May 1, 1999. Sullivan has since been asked to serve as one of five core members of the Editorial Board of the new journal CELTIC CULTURAL STUDIES.

At the Eighth South Pacific Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies Triennial Conference held July 6-8, 1999 in Suva, Fiji, Sandra Tawake presented a paper entitled "Transforming the Insider-Outsider Perspective: Post-Colonial Fiction in the Pacific." 


Awards & Appointments

The University of Pittsburgh Press has nominated Julie Fay's book THE WOMAN BEHIND YOU for both the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry and the Kingsley Tufts Award.  The poetry collection also made the "Books Noted" list of the Academy of American Poets and the "Editor's Choice" list of PLOUGHSHARES, and was recently reviewed in the Raleigh NEWS AND OBSERVER by NC Poet Laureate Fred Chappell. Fay, whose poem "Toutounier" was featured on the "Poetry Daily" website on August 7, 1999, has also been invited to be the Sara Mathews Self Distinguished Writer in Residence at Converse College in January, 2000. 

<   Parker
Michael Parker served as a facilitator for the North Carolina Teaching Fellows 1999 Junior Conference, held from July 29 through August 1 at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. The conference explored diversity issues that fledgling teachers are likely to encounter. Parker and ECU Teaching Fellow alum Rebecca Horne led home group sessions for about 20 students. In all, about 370 students attended the conference.

Patrick Bizzaro recently served as a program reviewer for the ECU Department of Intramural and Recreational Services.

S. Southard
<   S. Southard
Sherry Southard won one of two University-wide Outstanding Advisor Awards given by Undergraduate Studies.  Recognized at the opening fall convocation on August 16th, she received an engraved silver bowl and $500 for professional development.  And for a second year, Southard has been appointed Society-level Manager, Student Chapter Development Committee, Society for Technical Communication (an international organization with over 23,000 members).


In June, Mike Hamer released BLACK CROW, a new CD of primarily acoustic music,  on the Black Swamp music label. The CD contains 12 songs written by Mike, and features many local musicians, including Mike "Lightnin" Wells, Mark Ford, Paul Tardif, Barbara Memory and several others.

Seodial Deena spent the first summer session in Belize with ECU/UCB Summer Study Abroad Program in Cultural Studies, teaching Post-Colonial Theory and Drama and Special Studies in Film: Shattering the Silences. 

The Sixth Annual Information Exchange Day in April of this year was yet another success for the ECU Student Chapter of STC. About 45 companies and organizations were represented. Lisa Proctor served as Student Coordinator. The Seventh Annual IED is scheduled for April 3, 2000. 

<   Ward
A number of students in Technical & Professional Communication began working full time this summer: Melissa Carstarphen (BA, Communications, F97 & MA, S99), Technical Writer II, Alltel, Jacksonville, FL; Kelly Hall (BS, S97 & MA, S99), Technical Writer, Datastream, Greenville, SC; Ellyn Felts Hassell (BA, S98 & MA, expected F99), Documentation Specialist, Blackbaud, Charleston, SC; Jason Jenkins (MA, expected F99), Technical Writer, RWD Technologies, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Rahway, NJ; and Michele Ward (MA, expected F99), Technical Writer, Ferguson Enterprises, Newport News, VA.

From the Editor

Now that we've made it through this first issue, the next item on our agenda is the autumnal update of faculty profile webpages. You can help. Since last year, have you 

  • changed offices or phone numbers?
  • developed a new area of interest?
  • taught a new course?
  • published a syllabus on the web? (we can add a link to it)
  • developed or discovered links you want added to your page?
Regarding this last item: as an example, you may note that all our graduate creative writing faculty have a link on their profile pages to the graduate creative writing program's website. It's also possible to include links to publications, vitae, writing samples, etc. To review your profile page, go to Faculty Profiles; check to make sure your office number and phone are correct, and then click on your name. To request revisions, email the website coordinator (WhisnantL@mail.ecu.edu), or send me a hardcopy note via 
departmental mailbox. And if you absolutely can't stand your profile page photograph, please email Assistant Editor Jennifer Karasow (KarasowJ@mail.ecu.edu) to schedule a re-shoot.

The next issue of TCR will be published in mid-October; we'll have a call for copy around October 1st. Please hold all news and notes until then. Thanks to all who helped with this issue, especially my erstwhile graduate assistant Emily Little.

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