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 octe.ecok.edu) as well as at the awards banquets and ceremonies of the Department of English and Languages and the Department of Education.
"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.'”