Friday, August 22, 2014

Literati and Sigma Tau Delta are Coming!

"And we are opening the gates" (1922) by Nicholas Roerich
Literati, the student organization housed  in the English and Languages department that helps with mentoring, the welcome back picnic, recruiting, seminars, poetry readings, and other such activities, is having the FIRST meeting Thursday, August 28 @ noon in HM 345.  We’ll eat (free) pizza and plan the Fall semester’s activities.  Feel free to come on time or  between classes and get to know us!

Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, will be having its first meeting of the fall semester at 2 p.m. Friday, September 5th in the Academic Engagement Center (Faust 159). Subsequent meetings in the fall semester will also be scheduled for the first Friday of each month through December.

Whether you are an STD frequent flier or you’ve never had the pleasure of attending one of our meetings, we hope you’ll find a way to work us into your schedule if you enjoy talking about fiction, poetry, drama, film, ideas, and other topics of literary interest—whether you are an English major or not.  And if you know someone who is not on this mailing list but might like to be, invite them to give STD a try in September. 

Which student organization event should you attend?  BOTH! 

Conference Alert

Dr. Murphy writes:  "This is a great opportunity for you to share your work with other undergraduates in a scholarly atmosphere that’s not too stuffy.  Please check out the link below and feel free to come to me for help.  We had 5 students present last year.  Let’s try to double that!"

The Language and Linguistics Student ConferenceSaturday, November 15, 2014Nigh University CenterUniversity of Central Oklahoma (Edmond)

“Students engaging, transforming, and empowering students”

Abstract submission deadline: Monday, September 22, 2014
Acceptance notification: Monday, October 6, 2014
Registration deadline: Monday, October 20, 2014
The Language and Linguistics Student Conference (LLSC) is now accepting submissions. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit abstracts for individual presentations and organized panels. Individual presentations should be 12 to 15 minutes. Panel presenters may select a 50- or 65-minute time block. Presentation topics may include, but are not limited to, relationships between and among language, linguistics, and their many applications in
  • 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
  • rhetoric, the arts, literature, and the humanities
  • academic, pedagogical, cultural, and sociological constructs
SUBMISSIONS should be sent as an email attachment in MS Word format to by Monday, September 22, 2014. Late submissions are not guaranteed consideration for presentation. Please include the title of the presentation at the top of the abstract without any personal identifying information; however, please include identifying information in the body of the email message.
  • INDIVIDUAL SUBMISSIONS should consist of a titled abstract of no more than 150 words.
  • PANEL SUBMISSIONS should be sent as a single document containing the title of the panel, a description of the panel's focus of no more than 200 words. If appropriate, panelists may submit a 150-word titled abstract along with the panel submission.
PRESENTATIONS may be readings or visual presentations. Please note: PowerPoint presentations only and must be PC compatible. PowerPoint must be delivered via flash drive. Internet connection is not guaranteed. No poster presentations will be accepted. Authors must currently be undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in at least three credit hours at an accredited college or university or must have graduated with a degree no earlier than December 2013.
PRESENTERS are eligible to submit a written copy of their conference presentation to be considered for the Dr. Amy Carrell Outstanding Achievement Award. The recipient of this prestigious award will be recognized at the conference and their paper will be published in the LLSC proceedings edition of the ScissorTale Review as the award-winning entry. Submission details and deadlines will be provided in the Abstract Acceptance Notification email.
PRESENTERS can also submit a written copy of their conference presentation to be considered for publication in the LLSC proceedings edition of the ScissorTale Review, the University of Central Oklahoma’s Department of English online student journal: Instructions for submission and further details will be provided in the Abstract Acceptance Notification email.
REGISTRATION includes the conference luncheon, tote bag, and access to all conference events.
QUESTIONS regarding abstracts or presentations may be directed to