Congratulations to ETFL Lecturer Hannah Baggott Anderson, who was recognized for her hard work in advising two student groups this year: the American Association of University Women and Spectrum. While the groups' enthusiasm and projects are the best evidence of her value as an advisor, the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership formally recognized her as "Advisor of the Year."
English, Theatre, & Foreign Languages
The Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference, held February 14, 2018, is sponsored by the North Carolina Campus Compact, which is “a collaborative network of colleges and universities committed to educating students for civic and social responsibility, partnering with communities for positive change, and strengthening democracy.” This year’s PACE Conference drew more than 200 representatives from 35 institutions in 6 states.
Professor Stephanie Peters has students in Costume Technology (THE 2360) hard at work sewing dresses for “Dress a Girl Around the World.” This international organization is designed to provide young girls with one new dress that will not only make them feel good, but that will “[present] an appearance that she is well cared for," thus hopefully "discourag[ing] would-be predators” like traffickers.
Valentine's Day conjures up images of candy, roses, and teddy bears. Or, if you're an ETFL member, poetry, flash fiction, love, and burning hate.
The department offered up a double-header of pre-Valentine's day festivities this year. First the Student Engagement Committee sponsored a Love/Hate reading at the Union. Both faculty members and students read: some shared favorite pieces, others read original poems and spoken word pieces. There was far more love than hate shared.
While presenting at an academic conference is old hat for professors, it’s nerve-wracking the first time around. But as two Spanish undergraduate students learned, it’s also a deeply rewarding experience. “It was a humbl[ing] experience to learn and interact with different professors across the country,” reported junior Keily Ramirez. ”It opens your mind once hearing a lot of their stories [and] they made presenting a paper/project not so scary after all.”
Although hearing professors share their struggles in publishing might sound depressing, the Student Engagement Committee’s sponsorship of a rejected works reading, served instead to reinforce students’ belief in themselves and their work, reminding them they’re not alone and inspiring them to persevere in the face of difficulty.
As students were preparing for their final exams and anxiously awaiting a much-deserved Winter Break, Dr. Virginia Garnett was traveling to Harbin, China to teach an accelerated section of English 0104. Her class was comprised of sixteen freshman at the Northeastern Agricultural University (NEAU) who plan to pursue their degree in Business Administration in the United States; many will join our campus this summer and stay for two years.