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From The Chair
From the ChairThis spring semester has been an award-winning period for faculty in the Department of English. In February, Gay Wilentz was chosen as a recipient of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affair's Scholar-Teacher Award (see last issue--Ed.). The award, part of Vice-Chancellor Ringeisen's program "Celebrating the Synergy between Scholarship and Teaching," will be presented at a daylong symposium to be held March 28, 2001. The award carries a significant stipend that can be used for professional travel or faculty development activities.
In March, C. W. Sullivan III was named recipient of East Carolina University's Award for Excellence in Research or Creative Activity. This award, sponsored by Thomas Feldbush, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, also carries a cash stipend, as well as the title "Distinguished Professor of English." This year's award was for lifetime achievement in research or creative activity.
Also in March, Pat Bizzaro was appointed by Vice-Chancellor Ringeisen as "Director of University Writing Programs." In this position, Dr. Bizzaro will direct both the Writing Across the Curriculum program and the University Writing Center, which has recently been restructured under his supervision to incorporate satellite tutorial sites in each of the major classroom buildings on campus. Dr. Bizzaro has also created a support network for students and faculty involved in writing-intensive courses.
Finally, in March Peter Makuck and Philip Rubens were selected as recipients of the department's spring 2002 research reassignments. Dr. Makuck plans to use the time to complete a book of poetry focusing on the "Promised Landers"-both those settlers who relocated to the Bogue Banks in North Carolina, as well as the better-known Mormons who relocated to the Promised Land in Utah. Dr. Rubens will spend part of the semester at the Institute of Communication Studies of the University of Leeds, while completing a book on visual literacy for publication by the University of Chicago Press.
The Executive Committee, which recommended the awards of the spring research reassignments, deemed each of the six proposals for reassigned time to be worthy of support, but our limited resources simply did not permit all worthy projects to be funded. From my perspective, the high quality of the proposals, as well as the public recognition of the quality of the faculty as indicated by the Vice Chancellors' awards and appointment, is ample evidence of the quality of the English faculty. I hope that in the coming years we are able to attract sufficient private resources to support teaching and research activities that we cannot support with state funding.
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Davis Grubb's 1969 novel Fools' Parade has just been reissued by the University of Tennessee Press; Appalachian Echoes series editor Tom Douglass selected the title for the reprinted text and wrote the biographical introduction for this edition. As a part of the Press' effort to recognize Grubb, author of the Night of the Hunter and ten other novels, Douglass has also been contracted to write Grubb's biography.
The Silver Anniversary Issue of Teaching English in the Two-Year College, published in Fall 2000, featured Keats Sparrow's retrospective "The Genesis and Early Development of TETYC" as the lead article. TETYC was founded at ECU in 1974, and has been an official NCTE journal since the early 80s.
Doug McMillan's review of Edward Condren's Chaucer and the Energy of Creation: The Design and the Organization of the Canterbury Tales was published in the Fall 2000 edition of the South Atlantic Review.
The Winter 2001 issue of American Speech includes Bruce Southard's article "Where Is 'Down East'?"
A new volume by Michael Levy, Portrayal of Southeast Asian Refugees in Recent American Children's Books, features a preface by C.W. Sullivan III addressing the nature of cultural worldview and the critical problems inherent in dealing with literature, especially children's literature, from a culture other than one's own.
Peter Makuck's "flash fiction" story "Bereavement Flight" appeared in The Raleigh News & Observer on March 11th.
Also featured in the N&O this month (March 4th) was Alex Albright's "The Poetry of A.R. Ammons," a brief memorial to the late poet and an introduction to his poem "Alligator Holes Down Along About Old Dock."
The new issue of the literary magazine Kimera features two poems by Mary Carroll-Hackett: "The Part Missing" and "Heroes."
Editor Karen Baldwin and graduate students / assistant editors Andrea House and Jennifer Rosenberg have published a new issue of the North Carolina Folklore Journal. Featured articles include "West African Spiritualism in North Carolina's Buildings and Crafts," and two essays on the African-American midwinter "misrule" tradition of Jonkonnu. Also featured is "Lydia Lives at the Jamestown Bridge: A 'Vanishing Hitchhiker' in North Carolina," a prize-winning essay by former English major Laura E. Sutton.
Panels & PresentationsEllen Arnold gave a presentation entitled "Reindigenizing the Americas: Leslie Marmon Silko's Gardens In The Dunes and Linda Hogan's Solar Storms at the Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association meeting in Albuquerque, NM, in March.
At the Oral History Association's annual meeting in Durham, Oct 10-15, Karen Baldwin chaired a paper session entitled "At the Crossroads: Transforming Community Locally and Globally." Baldwin and author Bland Simpson served as commentators on the panel "Disastrous Transformations: Hurricanes, Floods, and Community History." Baldwin also attended a joint meeting of the Southern Arts Federation and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Federation focusing on grant and skills development; the meeting was held on Maryland's Tilghman Island, March 10-13.
At the MELUS conference in Knoxville, TN, on March 3rd, Margaret Bauer read her paper "Sula: More Sinned Against Than Sinning." The paper is part of a book project in progress on friendships between women in literature.
On March 14th Resa Crane Bizzaro presented "Facilitative and Directive Methods: The Affective Concerns in Responding to Student Writing" at the Research Network Forum of CCCC, in Denver, CO. She was also selected as 2002-2004 Chair of the Caucus for American Indian Scholars and Scholarships, which meets annually at CCCC.
And in other CCCC news, Laura Micciche gave her paper, "Is There Hope for Me?: Some Notes on Hope and Teacher-Training."
Christine Hutchins presented "Circumventing Censorship of State Matters in Elizabethan Cheap Print," and "Issues of Resistance in Elizabethan Literature" at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in Cleveland, November 2-4. One week later at the South Atlantic MLA Conference, in Birmingham, she gave "'The Rethoricke of Pedlers, Tinkers, Coblers, Rogues': Censorship and Publicity in Elizabethan Cheap Print."
At the ninth annual Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British Women Writers Conference, held March 15-17, in Lawrence, KS, Michele Sharp presented "Mourning Becomes Her: Charlotte Smith's Elegiac Sonnets and Literary Property."
Agnes Bolonyai presented "Case-marking in Attrition: Is Structural or Lexical Case More Vulnerable?" at the American Association of Applied Linguistics Annual Conference in St. Louis, February 24-27.
Since our last issue, Reginald W. Watson has had a busy few weeks, conducting five sessions on race and diversity at ECU as a Coffee in the Kitchen co-facilitator; presiding at the annual African American Reading Day (March 2nd); presenting "The Elements of Black History in the Foundation of the Cub Scouts" for the local Cub Scouts' Blue and Gold annual banquet; assisting with Multi-cultural Activity Days at the Ledonia Wright African-American Cultural Center (March 10th and 17th); and making three recent media appearances to discuss youth programming: two on local radio station WOOW (March 15th and 16th) and one on WNCT-TV (March 25th).
In August, then-Governor James B. Hunt appointed Keats Sparrow to the Bath Historical Commission, which is planning Bath's 300th anniversary.
Both Mary Carroll-Hackett and graduate student Chris Salerno have been awarded merit scholarships for the MFA Program for Writers at Vermont College of Norwich University; the program only awards two scholarships a year to incoming students.
Office Manager Angel Hines-Savage has recently become Executive Director of Youth Today, Inc., a non-profit organization providing services to youth in rural communities, especially north of the Tar River. Youth Today's programs are intended to help young people develop academic skills, talents, and self-esteem.
MiscellanyOnce again this year, Bruce Southard, Sandy Tawake, and Paul Dowell represented the university in the Pitt County Corporate Spelling Bee, held February 24th at the Colonial Mall. The gang made it through several rounds before going down swinging at "stupefy" and "coalification"--the latter missed due to a misleading definition. We was robbed!
Some book club news: On February 23rd, the new African-American Book Reading Club, founded by Reginald Watson and sponsored by Barnes & Noble, met to discuss W.E.B Dubois's Souls of Black Folk. Monthly meetings will be held on every fourth Thursday at 7pm in the reading lounge area of Barnes & Noble. And on fourth Wednesdays, Angel Hines-Savage recommends the new Mother-Daughter Book Club for girls aged 9-12; Sharon Raynor facilitated the March 23rd discussion of Jacqueline Woodson's I Hadn't Meant To Tell You This.
At Greenville's Platinum Gallery on February 24th, the Greenville FolkArts Society presented Sue Luddeke (Art), Mike Lightnin' Wells, and hammered dulcimer wizard Mike Hamer performing "An Evening of Classic Pop Songs from the 1900s-1950s."
Congratulations to Michael Aceto and Maura Pizarro, who celebrated their wedding March 17th with family and friends in Puerto Rico.
From The EditorWith only a few weeks left in the semester, I'd like to issue a friendly "Last Call" for profile page updates. The English Department's website goes on vacation in early May, so any revisions you need after that will have to wait until September. So please take a look at your page and let me know soon if anything needs adjustment. To access your page, visit the faculty directory (just click on the link); then scroll down the page to click on your name.
This year's final issue of TCR will be published in early May; we'll have a call for copy the last week of April. Please hold all news and notes until then.