Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sunnie Day

"Miracle of the Newborn Child" (1511) by Titian
Dr. Mark Walling writes:  "Sunnie Smith had her baby. She and Sophia are doing fine."

A Good Week for Noelle Hurt

Two days, two causes for celebration.  First this, from Dr. Teresa Rothrock:
1. "Congratulations to Noelle Hurt, who has been selected as the ECU recipient of the OCTE’s  Geraldine Burns Award for Excellence in English Studies.

"Many years ago, the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English created this award to honor Ms. Geraldine Burns, a former Oklahoma Teacher of the Year in public schools.  After serving as an officer in the OCTE since 1966, she retired from teaching in 1988. This award honors the contributions of one teacher’s outstanding career in public school English classes by recognizing the promise in future public school English teachers.  One undergraduate student from each institution of higher education in Oklahoma receives the award each year, which includes an certificate, a one-year membership in OCTE, an open seat on the OCTE Executive Board, and free registration to the conference and luncheon.

"This year’s pool of candidates was particularly competitive!  The final decision, however, was based on evaluation by the English Dept. faculty, nominees’ GPA, and their demonstration of teaching skills (e.g., internship, OLAF, etc.).  Noelle will be recognized at the OCTE Spring Conference (April 3, 2013; see as well as at the awards banquets and ceremonies of the Department of English and Languages and the Department of Education. 

2. Then this, from Dr. Robin Murphy:
"Noelle’s conference presentation paper from last November made it into the proceeding publication."

“'CONGRATULATIONS Noelle! Your submission has been accepted by the Scissor TALE Review committee for publication in their upcoming special Language and Linguistics Student Conference proceedings issue.'”

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Paul Hughes Memorial Writing Award

Hughes emceeing a radio broadcast from
 the rim of the Grand Canyon (1940s)
The Department of English and Languages announces the 2013 Paul Hughes Memorial Writing Award, an annual creative writing competition open to all East Central University students. Any form of creative writing, including poetry, fiction, drama, teleplay, screenplay, and creative nonfiction, is eligible for consideration. Submissions will be accepted in the English department, Horace Mann 301 or Horace Mann 317, until Monday, April 1. Students may also email entries to This deadline will be strictly enforced. Students may submit a total of five individual works. Individual prose submissions may not exceed 10,000 words. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. Last year, the awards were $200, $100, and $50. 

Born in Roff, Paul Hughes attended Ada High School and earned his B.A. with honors from East Central in 1936. At ECU, Hughes served as president of the senior class, editor of the campus newspaper, and captain of the debate team. At age 27, Hughes published his first novel, Retreat From Rostov, with Random House. He went on to publish 15 other books, including Challenge at Changsa (Macmillan), Jeff (John Day), and The Salisbury Story (Univ. of Arizona Press), and numerous short stories in magazines such as Collier's, Seventeen, Woman's Home Companion, Vogue, and Liberty. After a brief term as night editor of the Ada Evening News, Hughes began a long career with KTAR Radio and Television, becoming one of the most recognizable air personalities in Arizona. In 1971, he gave the ECU commencement address and received the Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Submitted manuscripts for the award should be neatly typed. Prose should be double-spaced. Poetry should be single-spaced except to separate stanzas. Each work should have a cover page listing the author's name, title of the work, classification (senior. . .), major, address, telephone number, and email address. Notification will be delivered to the email address. The author's name should not appear on the manuscript. Entries will not be returned.

Dr. Mark Walling
Dept. of English and Languages
East Central University
Ada, OK 74820
(580) 559-5440

Monday, March 4, 2013

Scholarship Merienda: Today at 2 p.m.

"The Meal" (1891) by Paul Gaugin 

Who? Students are invited to the forthcoming Faculty Scholarship Merienda, which will occur Monday, March 4, 2pm -3:45 ish in the North Lounge.

What? Approximately 5-8 faculty members from the department will present their current research and/or creative projects to their colleagues and students in attendance in a casual workshop to receive constructive feedback and inspiration.

Why? We believe students would benefit from listening to these discussions, and we welcome feedback from all audience members, including you.