English RSS Feed en-us http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/news/ English RSS Feed <![CDATA[English Education major Hannah Podschun honored during graduation festivities]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/news/view/1564 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/news/view/1564 Hannah Podschun received several honors during graduation events held May 5 and 6, 2013. She received the prestigious Fran Jabara award during graduation. The Fran Jabara Award is presented to the top two students in each graduating class and recognizes the spirit of entrepreneurship and excellence in its recipients.

Also on Sunday, Hannah was inducted into the Order of the Mound during a special ceremony prior to graduation. The Order of the Mound recognizes students graduating in the top 10% of the

On Saturday before graduation, Hannah received recognition as a Masterbuilder, an honor given to six graduating seniors who best typify the spirit of Southwestern.  This fall, Hannah will join the faculty of Brooks Technology and Arts Magnet School in Wichita.

During her years at SC, Hannah has proven herself as a leader who changes the lives of all those around her. She was a member of the Black team of Leadership Southwestern. She served on Leadership’s philanthropy board. During two of her summers, she completed internships at Project Transformation, where she planned and led lessons for the inner city children of Dallas. She has been a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, and most recently served as its president. She was also inducted into Pi Gamma Mu, the social sciences honor society. Following her junior year, she travelled to Italy to study Italian at the Dante Alighieri Italian Language School in Siena.

Hannah graduated with a BA in English, a minor in leadership, and secondary-level teaching certification.

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 12:33:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Dr. Jubal Tiner, SC grad, Reading and Book Signing]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/news/view/1563 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/news/view/1563 After years of writing award-winning fiction, Jubal Tiner, a graduate of Southwestern College, recently published his first collection of short stories, “The Waterhouse,” from which he will be reading on Thursday, April 18, starting at 7 p.m. in the Deets Memorial Library on the campus of SouthwesternCollege.

Published by Press 53, the 174-page collection follows three young men as their lives weave together through failed relationships, death, jail, adopted children, ritualistic basketball games, and life-affirming love on their journey to manhood and The Waterhouse.

Tiner, who joined Brevard College’s (North Carolina) faculty in 2006, teaches creative writing as well as film, literature, and composition classes.  He is founder and editor of “Pisgah Review,” a national literary journal associated with Brevard College

Tiner holds bachelor degrees in English and chemistry from Southwestern College as well as a master’s degree in English (creative writing) from Iowa State University. He earned his doctorate in English (fictional rhetoric and 20th-century American literature) from Oklahoma State University.  On Saturday, Tiner will be inducted into Southwestern College’s Scholars Hall of Fame. 

“The Waterhouse” will be available for purchase and signing at the reading as well as on the Press 53 website, www.press53.com. Tiner’s reading is sponsored by the English department atSouthwestern College.  For more information, contact Michelle Boucher at (620) 229-6332.



Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:41:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Dr. David Bevington as National Poetry Month Speaker]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/news/view/1562 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/news/view/1562

Professor Bevington

In honor of National Poetry month, Sigma Tau Delta (SC English Honor Society) and Deets Library are sponsoring a presentation by Dr. David Bevington, noted Shakespearean scholar and Chair of Performance Studies from the University of Chicago. 

The presentation on Shakespeare's Utopian environment in The Tempest is scheduled for Wednesday, April 4 at 7.30 pm in the Deets Library Reference Room and it is open to the public.


Mon, 01 Apr 2013 15:54:35 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[John Scaggs as Keynote Speaker at Idaho State University]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/news/view/1561 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/news/view/1561 John Scaggs, Professor of English at Southwestern College, delivered the keynote speech at the Hardboiled: Global Detectives and Spies conference held in Idaho State University in Pocatello (Idaho) on March 17-21. Scaggs discussed the international importance of crime fiction, and was a guest at several other events on campus.

Sat, 23 Mar 2013 15:14:50 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Literature and the Environment Conference to be Held at SC]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/news/view/1560 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/news/view/1560 Southwestern College will host “The World We Have Imagined: Literature, Nature, and the Environment” international conference April 4-6.  All of the panels will be held in Mossman Hall room 101. There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend. On Friday, April 5, at 8:30 a.m., the keynote lecture will be presented by Elizabeth Dodd, a professor of creative writing and literature at Kansas State University.

“The World We Have Imagined” conference provides an opportunity for U.S. and international scholars to exchange ideas on the relationship between literature, nature, and the environment. The conference papers will focus on the idea of the environmental imagination, imaginary worlds, and imagined futures.

“What a unique opportunity this is,” says John Scaggs, professor of English at Southwestern College.  “It’s not just that it’s an international conference; we’ve managed to bring together people from different disciplines, too, and the cross-fertilization of ideas from different disciplines and even from different countries that the conference is encouraging is really important.”

According to Scaggs, scholars from Germany and the Ukraine will be presenting at the conference, and from within the United States.

“We have people coming from Georgia, California, New Jersey, North Carolina, as well as Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and, of course, Kansas,” says Scaggs.  “As far as the different disciplines are concerned, we have geology, history, librarian studies, and literature (in several different languages) being represented.”

Keynote speaker Dodd is the author of “Horizon’s Lens” and “In the Mind’s Eye: Essays Across the Animate World,” which won the Best Creative Book Award from the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment in 2009. She is also the author of “Prospect: Journeys & Landscapes,” which won the William Rockhill Nelson Best Nonfiction Book award in 2003, and of two collections of poetry: “Like Memory, Caverns,” which won the Elmer Holmes Bobst award in 1992, and “Archetypal Light.”

Dodd has also written a critical book, “The Veiled Mirror and the Woman Poet: H.D., Louise Bogan, Elizabeth Bishop, and Louise Gluck,” and regularly publishes in the field of ecocriticism, with essays on Scott Russell Sanders, James Wright, Terry Tempest Williams, and Michael S. Harper, as well as other topics. She is on the editorial board of ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment and Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments, for which she is a regular columnist. Dodd is a KSU Distinguished Professor, has twice won the Stamey Award for outstanding teaching from KSU's College of Arts and Sciences, and has twice won the Kansas Arts Council's Fellowship in Poetry.

“The World We Have Imagined” conference is hosting a photography competition open to students, alumni, and the Southwestern College community. The photographer who best captures and communicates sustainability will be awarded a cash price of $75. Photographs will be displayed April 1-21 in the President’s Gallery in the Darbeth Fine Arts Center.  The deadline to submit photos is Monday, March 25.

The conference website is at www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/the-world-we-have-imagined-conference/.  For more information contact Jane Handlin at (620) 229-6293 or e-mail jane.handlin@sckans.edu

Wed, 13 Mar 2013 14:55:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Communications, Computer Science, and English Graduation Reception]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/news/view/1559 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/news/view/1559 Communications, Computer Science, and English Graduation Reception

May 5th

5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in CH 13

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:01:13 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Poet W. D. Ehrhart to Speak at SC]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/news/view/1558 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/news/view/1558 WD Ehrhart

W. D. Ehrhart, an American poet, writer, scholar, and Vietnam veteran, will speak and give a poetry reading at Southwestern College on Tuesday, March 29, from 7- 9 p.m. in the conference room of the Deets Library.  SC students and the public are invited to attend.  There is no admission charge.

“He (Ehrhart) gives our students an opportunity to become acquainted with a professional writer who is well known in his genre,” says Michelle Boucher, associate professor of English at Southwestern College. “Although he writes all kinds of poetry, W.D. Ehrhart has a poignant and unique voice when writing about the Vietnam War.”

Ehrhart is author or editor of 19 books of poetry and prose, most recently a collection of poems called “The Bodies Beneath the Table.”  A former Marine sergeant and veteran of both the Vietnam War and as well as a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War, he holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wales at Swansea and currently teaches English and history at the Haverford School in suburban Philadelphia. This past November he received the Rafael Laserna Outstanding Teacher Award presented by the Class of 2011.

Ehrhart’s writing has appeared in hundreds of publications including the “Los Angeles Times,” “Cleveland Plain Dealer,” the “Utne Reader,” “Reader’s Digest,” “American Poetry Review” and the “Virginia Quarterly Review.”  He has spoken before hundreds of audiences including groups at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, the Asia Society, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, Karl Franzens Universitat, Universidad de Sevilla, and Oxford University.

The recipient of the President’s Medal from Veterans for Peace, an Excellence in the Arts Award from Vietnam Veterans of America, a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, two Pennsylvania Arts Council Fellowships, and a Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation Grant, Ehrhart lives in Philadelphia with Anne, his wife of 30 years.  Their daughter, Leela, recently graduated from Drexel University.


Tue, 15 Mar 2011 14:25:00 -0500 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Fiction Contest--Kansas Voices ]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/news/view/1557 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/news/view/1557 SC Writers!  Kansas Voices is the perfect chance to submit your poems and short stories for prizes and publication.  Faculty and staff as well as students are encouraged to submit work.  Former winners included Dr. Bill DeArmond and Professor Tom Jacobs.  Former contest judges include Professor Troy Boucher.

Prizes: Adult Division: $275 best poem, $275 best short story
Youth Division: $100 best poem, $100 best short story
Honorable Mentions: $250 total

Deadline: Postmarked by March 15, 2010

For more information, visit the Winfield Arts and Humanities website (once there, scroll down).


Kansas Voices

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 10:57:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)
<![CDATA[Travel Writing ]]> http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/news/view/1556 http://www.sckans.edu/undergraduate/english/news/view/1556 Are you someone who likes to write? And do you like to travel? If so, then the Travel Writing class may be just for you. Students in this class take many different trips and then meet once a week to discuss how to transform their notes into a travel writing story. The class is taught by Dr. John Scaggs.  The class takes trips throughout the semester.  Students have visited Henry's Candy in Dexter, Kansas, the Wichita Art Museum, and the Cowley County Historical Museum in Winfield.

Students will visit the Hutchinson Salt Museum on February 27, 2010. There are many trips to come! There will be pictures of the trips posted on the English department website.  Don't forget to take a look!

Tue, 23 Feb 2010 14:10:00 -0600 info@sckans.edu (Southwestern College)