Thursday, September 27, 2012

STD Outbreak: Friday, October 5th at 2 pm

Photo taken at the first STD meeting this semester on Sep. 7, 2012?
Or  Ilya Repin's Painting "Ceremonial Meeting of the State Council on May 7, 1901"?  You decide! 

Sigma Tau Delta, ECU’s English Honor Society, will have its second outbreak of the fall semester at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 5th in the Tower Room of the University Center. Dr. Sarah Peters will be our featured guest.

Whether you are an STD regular, a lapsed STD enthusiast, or someone who is simply STD-curious, you are welcome to join us.

Yours in STD,

Steve Benton
Joshua Grasso
Faculty Co-Sponsors of STD

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Glories of MLA

The ECU Writing Center presents
MLA Workshop

Struggling with research? Questions about citing sources? Unsure about MLA format?   

Join the Writing Center staff as we explore these and other MLA research questions.

Thursday, 27 September 2012, 4:00-5:00 pm
Faust Hall 159

To reserve a seat, call (580-559-5312) or email us.

Monday, September 17, 2012

The Mysteries of APA

The ECU Writing Center presents
APA Workshop

Struggling with research? Questions about citing sources? Unsure about APA format?   

Join the Writing Center staff as we explore these and other APA research questions.

Thursday, 20 September 2012, 4:00-5:00 pm
Faust Hall 159

To reserve a seat, call (580-559-5312) or email us.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Get Your Language and Linguistics Abstracts in by Monday!

"A Scholar" (1631) by Rembrandt van Rijn
Language & Linguistics Student Conference
Saturday, November 3, 2012
University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond, Oklahoma

Submission Deadline:
Monday, September 17, 2012
Acceptance Notification:
On or before Monday, October 1, 2012
Registration Deadline:
Monday, October 15, 2012

We invite submissions from individuals and organized panels of undergraduate and graduate students for 15-minute presentations including, but not limited to, relationships between and among language, linguistics, and their many applications: • natural and artificial languages • indigenous languages • extinct and endangered languages • American Sign Language • speech pathology and hearing sciences • language and cognition • theoretical and applied linguistics • structural, semantic, or phonological analyses • comparative grammars • discourse/text analyses • applications in pedagogy • applications in rhetoric, the arts, literature, and the humanities • applications in academic, cultural, and sociological constructs submissions should be sent as an email attachment to by the deadline of Monday, September 17, 2012.

 Late submissions are not guaranteed consideration for presentation.
• individual submissions should consist of a titled abstract of no more than 150 words in MS Word format. Please include at the top of the abstract the title of your presentation but no personal identifying information (such as name or institution); however, please include identifying information in the body of the email message.
"The Discussion" (1899) by Edouard Vuillard
 • Panel submissions (3-4 presenters) should be sent as a single MS Word formatted document that contains the following: a 200-word description of the panel's focus (including the panel's title) and a 150-word abstract of each panelist's paper (including each abstract's title). Please note: The panel description and panelist's abstracts should be sent in one email in an attached MS Word formatted document.  No personal identifying information (such as name, institution, or presenters' email addresses) should appear on the submission document; however, please include this identifying information in the body of the email message. Presentations may be readings or visual presentations, such as PowerPoint or handouts.
Please note: All PowerPoint presentations must be PC compatible. No poster presentations will be accepted.

Authors must currently be undergraduate or graduate students who are enrolled in at least three credit hours at an accredited college or university or must have graduated with a degree no earlier than December 2011.

Presenters will receive with their paid registration a ticket to the conference luncheon, an event t-shirt and tote bag, and access to all conference events, including the keynote address. Questions regarding abstracts or presentations may be directed to For more information regarding conference events, please visit our conference website at

Monday, September 10, 2012

Learn to Do Well on an Essay Test

ECU Writing Center presents
Essay Test Workshop
  . test taking strategies
  . reading essay questions
  . spotting directive words
  . planning responses
  . writing introductions
Thursday 13 Sept. @ 4:00
Center for Academic Engagement
Faust 159  call 580-559-5312 to reserve a seat

September 18: Picnic and Spurrabration

Das Picknick  (1864) by Carl Spitzweg 
Dr. Robin Murphy writes:
Literati and Sigma Tau Delta are sponsoring a Welcome Back Picnic for the department on Tuesday, September 18th from 5-6pm (preceding Spurrabration).

Last year’s picnic was small [ed.:  see photo above], but it was nice to visit with each other outside the classroom. It’s also a good time to recruit students into clubs and to introduce new faculty and such.

The clubs will provide the meat (and some bean burgers for us ‘bean eaters’), buns, drinks, condiments, and utensil stuffs. We’ll also have door prizes.

We encourage faculty, staff and students to bring their families, invite alumni, and bring a side dish. We’d like to get a general number on attendees, so please sign up in HM 301 and encourage the majors in your classes to do the same.

Finally, we encourage people to eat, visit and then attend Spurr-erbration, which begins at 6:30 in the Regents room and ends with a reception following in the old President’s Home on-campus. (Ask Dr. Hada for more info.)

Let's Talk about Dinner

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma!

The Oklahoma Humanities Council is sponsoring Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma!, a unique reading & discussion program that offers more than your average book club. These programs have the added bonus of a humanities scholar to broaden discussions, including several faculty and emeritus faculty from ECU's English and Languages Department.

Much Depends on Dinner
Whiteacre Room, McAlester Public Library, 6:00 pm
401 N. 2nd, McAlester
Info: 918/426-0930

October 4, The Last Chinese Chef
Presented by Dr. Trisha Yarbrough

October 25, The Tummy Trilogy
Presented by Dr. Kenneth Hada

November 1, In Defense of Food
Presented by Dr. Joshua Grasso

November 29, Secrets of the Tsil Cafe
Presented by Dr. Lewis Parkhill

These programs are free and open to the public! A special thank you to Inasmuch Foundation and Kirkpatrick Family Fund for providing funding for these programs!
McAlester is 61 miles east of Ada on OK-1.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Road Trip: Festival of International Literature and Culture

The 2012 Neustadt Festival of International Literature and Culture is a four-day festival celebrating the work of 2012 Neustadt Prize laureate Rohinton Mistry. Mistry, the renowned Indian-Canadian author, will be on the University of Oklahoma campus to receive the $50,000 Neustadt Prize and participate in a host of activities.

Opening night performances and readings on September 25th will feature dancers from the OU India Student Association, and a cast of some of Oklahoma's most notable poets, including: Dorothy Alexander, Joey Brown, Nathan Brown, Carol Hamilton, Benjamin Myers, and ECU's own Ken Hada.

Festival Date: September 25-28, 2012
Location:  Events located on the OU campus and surrounding venues in Norman, OK.
Tickets: The Neustadt Festival is free and open to the public
7:30 –9 p.m. | Norman Depot Map | !

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Like Father, Like Son

Announcing the latest release of Ken Hada’s poetry:  Like Father, Like Son: A Narrative in Poetry and Guitar. This audio-chapbook in CD format (hearkens to the days  of concept albums) features award-winning poet Ken Hada reading 17 new, dusty poems celebrating human endurance and nature’s glory brilliantly interpreted by Kenny Hada whose 12 original guitar (classical, dreadnought, dobro and electric) compositions accent the collection. CD’s may now be purchased for $10 (plus $2 shipping/cd), and may be ordered directly from the authors. Contact: or