English, Theatre & Foreign Languages

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The Aurochs: We are pleased to announce that the 2014 issue of The Aurochs has received recent recognition in national and state university literary magazine competitions. In national competitions, the 2014 issue of the magazine earned a coveted Gold Medalist award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and First Place with Special Merit as well as the award for Best Collegiate Literary Magazine from the American Scholastic Press Association.

At the state level, the North Carolina College Media Association (NCCMA) awarded the 2014 issue of The Aurochs Best in Show for Literary Magazines in the category of colleges and universities with enrollment under 6,500. The 2014 issue also won two individual awards from the NCCMA: Chelsey Parsons won First Place for Two-Page Spread (design) and Kayla Seedig was awarded an Honorable Mention for her artwork, a mixed media piece entitled Disturbance. Please congratulate Editor-in-Chief, Leona Howell, Art Editor, Chelsey Parsons, Aurochs staff members Donisha Allen, Bessie Barnes, Lynn Barnhill, Janae Curtain, Amanda Davis, Mari DeRuntz, Dustin Moore, Michael Morrison, Jennifer Taylor, Meghan Taylor, Quincee Tompkins, and Heather Ward, and all of the talented UNC Pembroke writers and artists whose work appears in the 2014 issue. You can pick up an issue from one of the magazine stands located in Dial, Locklear Hall, the University Center, and Livermore Library. You may contact us at aurochs@uncp.edu, or email The Aurochs faculty advisor for additional information at. Karen.Helgeson@uncp.edu.

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Conference for English and Languages Arts Teachers: On Thursday, February 12, the department held a one-day conference for English and Language Arts teachers in UNCP’s service region.  Teachers from public and charter schools attended.  Drs. Cynthia Miecznikowski and Robin Snead planned the event, which was co-sponsored by UNCP’s Division of Engaged Outreach and the School of Education, and hosted by the Office of Regional Initiatives at COMTech Business Park.  The conference—“Beyond ‘Informational Texts’”—introduced instructional resources and strategies for integrating literary nonfiction, primary research sources, and public arguments within the English/Language Arts curriculum to complement and enrich the teaching literature and composition.
 
The day-long event began with a presentation by Dr. Robin McCoy, Director of K-12 Curriculum and Instruction for NC Department of Public Instruction, on the current status of Common Core State Standards in North Carolina.  Her presentation was followed by three instructional presentations, after which participating teachers collaborated in small groups with UNCP English Education and English Graduate Program faculty, along with literacy specialists from UNCP’s School of Education and current students in our programs.
 
Drs. Michele Fazio (ETFL) and Jason Hutchens (Mass Comm) presented “Creating and Composing Informational Texts, from Interviews to Film,” the story of their Voices of the Lumbee service-learning and film project.  Drs. Therese Rizzo and Roger Ladd presented “Enriching Literary Studies with Primary Sources and Non-literary Texts,” drawing on British and American sources available online.  “Drs. Polina Chemishanova and Cynthia Miecznikowski presented “Reviving the ‘Personal Essay’ as ‘Public Argument’ with Informational Texts,” emphasizing ways to cultivate students’ interest and curiosity in research-based writing assignments.  School of Education professors Dr. Laura Staal modeled a reading lesson over lunch, and Dr. Emily Long provided and introduced the lesson plan template participants used to design lessons and assignments during the workshop segments.
 
Participants earned Continuing Education Credit (CEU) required for licensure renewal.  Registration included lunch and refreshments.  Attendees received a UNCP-logo coffee mug and teacher supplies.  Throughout the day, Dr. Hutchens' journalism students snapped pictures of the event that were collected into a slideshow presented during the final conference session.

 

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Congratulations to retired professor and former editor of Pembroke Magazine, Shelby Stephenson, who has now been named North Carolina's poet laureate. He will be installed at a ceremony on February 3rd at 4:30 pm at the State Capitol. For more information, follow the link.

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¡Felicitaciones! Congratulations to the newest members of Sigma Delta Pi - Hispanic Honor Society!

  • Karla Amaro-Roque
  • Whitney Davis
  • Amber Gardner
  • Cristóbal Herrera
  • Cristy Hurtado
  • Jocelyn Rodríguez

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society’s (La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica) purposes are: 1) To honor those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking peoples; 2) To honor those who have made the Hispanic contributions to modern culture better known in the English-speaking world; 3) To encourage college and university students to acquire a greater interest in and a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture; 4) To foster friendly relations and mutual respect between the nations of Hispanic speech and those of English speech; 5) To serve its membership in ways which will contribute to the attainment of the goals and ideals of the society.

For more information, visit the national web site at www.sigmadeltapi.org.

Sigma Delta Pi 2014

 

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¡A escribir! The Spanish Language Program has recently developed and launched a Spanish Writing Center. Students from any Spanish course are able to receive assistance with their writing assignments.The Spanish Faculty members will help students to brainstorm topic ideas, to develop thesis papers, to organize essays, to learn how to identify grammar error patterns, and to locate sentence and/or punctuation mistakes.

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Breast Cancer Awareness: The Foreign Languages Program's Faculty and Students support breast cancer survivors and those affected by the disease.  

BCA Month - FL

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Recently published! Dr. Teagan Decker, Associate Professor and Director of the University Writing Center, co-edited the recently published, Peer Pressure, Peer Power: Theory and Practice in Peer Review and Response for the Writing Classroom (September 2014)

Peer Pressure

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Congratulations to retired professor and former editor of Pembroke Magazine, Shelby Stephenson, who was inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame on October 12th. He has also recently published new poems in Still: The Journal.  You can read more about Shelby's most recent achievements here: http://www.ncwriters.org/.

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Welcome! ¡Bienvenidos! 欢迎! Bienvenue! Acceptus! Please join in welcoming several new faculty members to the the Department of English, Theatre, & Foreign Languages: Jonathan Drahos (Theatre), Autumn Lauzon (English), Abigail Mann (English), Lindsey Norcross (English), Emily Tobey (Spanish), and Amy Williams (English). 

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Q & A with Pembroke Magazine editor Jessica Pitchford: The newest edition of Pembroke Magazine, UNC Pembroke’s enduring literary magazine, was published early this summer. Number 46 is Dr. Jessica Pitchford’s second as editor, and she is excited about it. Read the article from UNCP's News & Events.

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The Aurochs: Students working long hours on literary magazine. Tucked away in a small office in the University Center Annex, UNCP students Leona Howell and Chelsey Parsons put in long nights this spring to produce the 14th annual edition of The Aurochs, UNC Pembroke’s award-winning student literary magazine. Read the article from UNCP's News & Events.

 

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English Education Internship Award

Established in Fall 2012 to honor the retirement of Dr. Virginia P. Jones, the English Education Internship Award provides scholarship assistance to senior English Education majors during their internship semester.  Funds for this year's award were donated by colleagues and friends to honor Dr. Dennis Sigmon for his past service as Coordinator of Undergraduate English Education and his ongoing commitment to preparing our majors for careers in teaching.  Four students chosen by the English Education Committee received awards for the spring 2014 semester: Arielle Beal, Paulette DeGrood, Karen Henderson, and Kelly Yarn.  

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Dr. Mark Canada, Professor of English and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, spent part of his summer with Thomas Wolfe--or, at least, his writing and legacy. In May, Canada, whose article "Thomas Wolfe, 'Return,' and the Asheville Citizen" just appeared in the most recent issue of The Thomas Wolfe Review, collaborated with Dr. Joseph Flora, professor emeritus at UNC-Chapel Hill, on a dramatic performance called "Thomas Wolfe Comes Calling: A Visit with Vardis Fisher" at the annual meeting of the Thomas Wolfe Society in Boise, Idaho. Dr. Canada also is collaborating with UNCP graduate student Nami Montgomery on a book called Thomas Wolfe Remembered, which will feature reminiscences of the North Carolina novelist by relatives, colleagues, and other acquaintances. In July, Dr. Canada taught a graduate class (featured below) that focused on Wolfe and featured field trips to the author's hometown of Asheville, NC, and his alma mater, UNC-Chapel Hill. As the new vice president of the Thomas Wolfe Society, Dr. Canada is helping to plan the society's next meeting, scheduled to take place in May 2014 in Chapel Hill. He hopes that some of the students in his Wolfe class will present work they began in the class at the conference.

Canada Wolfe