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Blog Update: October 29, 2014
• EAP News
At the latest Educational Affairs Committee meeting, the entire slate of English for Academic Purposes course revisions was unanimously approved. The courses represent an intense effort by Holly Milkowart and the EAP faculty to update and align the courses with current best practices. Congratulation to Holly & all the EAP faculty, all of whom worked for several semesters to revise these courses
• The Choices Project
The Choices Project, an interactive display of student and community writing, is still taking place in the Carlsen Center and runs through Oct. 31. This project was sponsored by the English/Journalism Common Read program, and the goal was to create a Literary Art Installation, a mosaic of anonymous personal reflections. Individuals have written about a choice they made and then posted their stories on the installation. At least 330 contributions have been made to the project so far, including many positive stories about students choosing to come to JCCC. The contributions will be archived by Barry Bailey, a JCCC digital archivist/librarian. Professor Maureen Fitzpatrick coordinated this effort with the Common Read committee and with Angel Mercier, Program Director of Art Education in the Carlsen Center.
*the Choices Project was inspired by The Strangers Project
• Andrea Broomfield’s Latest Cookbook Review
With a Measure of Grace: The Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant by Black Spalding and Jennifer Castle (2004) a review by Andrea Broomfield
It’s May 29, 2014, Moab, Utah. I’m 49 on this day, and as is traditional in our family, we are on vacation when May 29th comes around. My favorite way to celebrate is to hike something amazing, and all had gone according to plan. We finished the day in Arches National Park, had had dinner at a brewpub, and for yet another special treat, I was left to myself for an hour in a downtown Moab bookstore.
I wasn’t entirely sure what type of book I was after, but having recently finished writing an article on Mormon or Latter Day Saints (LDS) foodways, I wanted to read something that touched on LDS culture and food. As we were in Utah, I was pretty sure something would pop up, and sure enough, I happened upon With a Measure of Grace: The Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant. I was only about five minutes into browsing through it when I knew I had my hands on my birthday gift. Read more here
• Beth Gulley Runs a Race . . . Really
On October 25, Beth ran in the EPIC ULTRAS (50 Mile & 50K Ultra Races) 2nd Annual Prairie Spirit Trail “Fall Classic” in Ottawa. She ran the 50K, taking 13th place over all in 5:40. Congratulations, Beth!!!
• November is the National Writing a Novel in a Month Event
For More Information click here
• Matthew Schmeer Suggests Some Music to Go Along with Your Writing
• Literary News from the Sustainability Office
Remember, we’ll gather on Halloween, at 2 PM in GP 101 to discuss some truly scary stuff. Clifi. This is a shorthand for Climate-based-science fiction. This refers to stories set in a world affected by climate change and its consequences. One can argue that the Hunger Games series can fit into this genre as well.
One author associated with this genre is Paolo Bacigalupi who has written award winning novels like The Wind Up Girl, Shipbreaker, and Drowned Cities. We will be reading three short stories from his collection, Pump Six and Other Stories. The book is available at your usual outlets and may still be available through our bookstore.
The stories are: “The Tamarisk Man,” “The Calorie Man,” and “Yellow Card Man.” The latter two stories take place in the same world as The Wind Up Girl. Bacigalupi deals with the consequences of not just climate change, but also the growing control of corporations over the world’s food supply. The results aren’t pretty.
The New and Improved stuff has to do with the film Interstellar. The film’s premise is that Earth’s resources have been overtaxed and that a new planet must be found to save humanity. While there is a certain contradiction in giving away stuff when the topic of the day is the consequences of producing too much stuff, we will give away some stuff. There will be an official Interstellar prize package including potentially a free ticket or two to the film courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
• Farrell Jenab, College Scholar, to Discuss Role of Women in Kansas Flint Hills, also Featured in the November edition of JCCC’s Open Petal.
As a Flint Hills native herself, growing up listening to her father’s stories of the history and folklore of the area, Farrell Hoy Jenab knew the Flint Hills was a special place.
But it wasn’t until she was a grown woman, teaching English as an adjunct professor at Johnson County Community College, that she began writing about the lives of the women of that region.
Those stories will be shared as Jenab presents “Flint Hills Women” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Hudson Auditorium at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. A 6:30 p.m. public reception in the Regnier Center atrium will precede the event. Her presentation is part of the College Scholars program at JCCC.
In a second presentation, Jenab will discuss “Prairie Women’s Writings” at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Carlsen Center 211. The public is invited to this presentation as well.
For more information, click here.
• The Poetry of Tom Reynolds — In the News!
Tom Reynolds’ poem “Flint Hills Runner” has been posted on the website Kansas Time + Place. Read his poem here.
• David Cantwell’s Latest Publication
David’s 7500-word monograph on country-pop singer Lee Ann Womack has been published on the website No Depression: The Roots Music Authority Since 1995. Read the article here
• News about the 2013-2014 League for Innovation Student Literary Competition
Since JCCC hosted the 2013-2014 League for Innovation Student Literary Competition, we are publishing the winners anthology, which should be out in the next two weeks. It includes the winning entries (first/second/third/honorable mention) for the poetry, fiction, essay, and one-act play categories.
JCCC student Shawna Bragg won third place for her essay “What Do You Know About It?” Roderick Townley, the essay category judge, stated that her piece is “an unflinching account of a girl taken from a dangerously dysfunctional mother and thrust into the disorienting world of the child protection bureaucracy. Very affecting work.”
Besides Lim, the competition judges were Thomas Fox Averill (fiction), Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg (poetry), and Paul Stephen Lim (one-act play).
• Creative Writing Reading — Next reading is on November 19
This semester The Creative Writing Reading events will continue in COM 319 at 11:00 a.m. Readings are scheduled fo October 29, and November 19. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to come and read about five minutes worth of a short story, play, novel excerpt, poem, narrative, etc. Free coffee and cookies will be provided, so spread the word. Beth Gulley is the coordinator of these events. She can be reached at email@example.com or ext. 4201 for more information.
• Article in NYTimes on the Problem with Positive Thinking
• NISOD Excellence Award: Nominations due by Friday, Oct. 31
This award was established to recognize faculty members, administrators and administrative staff who epitomize “the importance of excellence in teaching and leadership in open-door settings” by keeping their focus on helping students succeed. These are the individuals who do great things in the classroom, or go out of their way to ensure student learning, success and leadership and are innovative within the roles they serve on campus. Since its inception in 1978, the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) has emphasized the importance of teaching and leadership excellence in institutions of higher education.
The JCCC Staff and Organizational Development Department will provide full travel support for three selected individuals to attend the NISOD Conference, scheduled for May 25-28, 2014, in Austin, Texas. The conference focuses on celebrating teaching and leadership excellence with outstanding individuals sharing their best practices. All award recipients will be recognized during the final conference session.
Here is the NISOD Excellence Award Nomination Form:
• ‘Building a Strengths-Based Future’ available for classrooms, also at Career Development Center
Faculty, have you had someone present a “Discover Your Strengths” presentation in your classroom and would like to have your students learn more about how to use their strengths in the job-search process and in working with others? Consider having a staff member from the Career Development Center present our new workshop, “Building a Strengths-Based Future,” to your students. This workshop is ideal for capstone classes or those classes where students know their top-five strengths and are ready to incorporate them into their resume, cover letter and job-interview practice. Contact the Career Development Center at 913-469-3870, if you are interested, or let your students know about our upcoming workshops:
Tuesday, Nov. 18: 10 a.m. to noon
Thursday, Dec. 18: 4 to 6 p.m.
All of the above sessions are held at the center, Student Center 252.
· Ed Tech Center offers short D2L workshops
The Educational Technology Center is offering short workshops on Desire2Learn. No registration is required for these sessions. These hands-on demos plus Q and A will last 50 minutes, with time available afterwards for those who would like additional one-on-one support. Scheduled sessions are (see also http://blogs.jccc.edu/edtech/):
D2L Basics, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1-3 p.m., LIB 373, Paul McCourt
D2L Basics, Thursday, Nov. 6, 4-6 p.m., LIB 373, Jeff Kosko
D2L Gradebook, Friday, Nov. 14, 10 a.m.-noon, LIB 373, Bob Epp
D2L Gradebook, Monday, Nov. 17, 2-4 p.m., LIB 373, Zack Zahringer
D2L Basics, Thursday, Nov. 20, 5-7 p.m., LIB 373, Davy Jones
For the D2L iTeach training series offered by Ed Lovitt, see here.
You are always welcome to stop by LIB 375, or make an appointment with an Ed Tech Analyst at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 3842.
• Andrea Broomfield to Lead Teaching Portfolio Sessions, Oct. 30 and Nov. 18
The following dates and times have been scheduled for to provide opportunities for faculty members to work on their teaching portfolio, with all sessions held in LIB 373:
11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Nov. 6
1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18
2 to 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21
Andrea Broomfield, professor of English, will provide faculty with information pertaining to how to write a teaching philosophy on the following dates/times:
1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30
1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18 (concurrent with open lab time)
No advance registration is required. Simply show up to the session.
• Guest Editorial:
Steve and the English Student Twitter Account
You may be aware that the JCCC English Department has a publicity committee. The committee’s charge is to find new ways to advocate for the Department and all we have to offer, and in pursuit of that charge we have, among other endeavors, created a Twitter account (@JCCCEnglish). I have been given the honor of administering that account, and I am asking for your help.
At its most basic, the account imparts important department and college news, recognizes literature and literary figures (or things related to literature), and advocates for the discipline in particular and for the Arts and Humanities in general. Below, I will get into why I think this is vital, but for now, here’s a few sample tweets from the past couple months:
•#JCCC has released spring catalog! Find your English classes here: http://classsearch.jccc.edu/student/ClassSearch/class/results?term_code=201501&query=ENGL&s=&term_type=Credit
•Banned books are to libraries as dancing is to Footloose. Get your groove back with a book: http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/about so much depends / upon // 6 hours of comp / credit // glazed with rhet/oric // in MLA / format. Happy #JCCC Engl b-day, Wm Carlos Williams!
•Everything in higher ed is measurable if you value only what can be measured. #SMART#JCCCEnglish: Count on Wisdom, Count on Art.
•”Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean” Theodore Dreiser, American writer. Learn to sew words to meaning at #JCCC English!
•Literature draws on 2500 years of tradition–it’s what stays. Join us this semester at #JCCChttp://classsearch.jccc.edu/student/ClassSearch/class/results?
The thing is, we need followers, particularly students. Since we set up the account in mid-spring, we’ve attracted roughly three dozen followers, mostly through word of mouth (tweet of screen?). My hope here is two-fold: 1) you all sign up to follow the department twitter account (to do so, you need an account yourself–here are the instructions: https://support.twitter.com/articles/100990-signing-up-with-twitter) (it’s super-easy–D2L will hang its head in shame–and you do NOT have to tweet in order to receive tweets). 2) you encourage your students to sign up. Our hope is that if we can get students to sign up, we can get students to elect to take more of our classes.
A Bit o’ Honey for the Pot:
I know we all don’t have time for wit, wisdom, and timely announcements, so in order to make the account more useful for everyday classroom matters, I would be willing to make the occasional announcement for cancelled classes, special events, that kind of thing. We are limited to 140 characters, so they have to be short (“Werkmeister’s Comp I 10 & 11 cancelled today. See D2L for more info”), and unless you can talk Keith into giving me three-hours release time, I won’t be making daily announcements (“don’t forget your journal!”). If you want to advertise what’s going on in your class (“This week in Drama: Ibsen’s Doll House–don’t be sulky squirrels!”) or an important event happening on campus in or the area, we can do that, too. My hope is to make the account reflect who we are as a department: fun and smart and practical and idealistic (in 140 characters).
And here I am very emphatically speaking for myself. As a department, as a discipline, and as an approach to life, we are under siege. As you can tell from the fourth bullet listed above, I feel like there’s an existential threat to English departments (literature first, but non-professional writing soon–i.e., writing that’s not business- or tech-oriented). The threat is coming from all directions–some of you have heard me rage against the assessment machine (based on cost-benefit analysis popular in business), and the new Program Review regime (with its emphasis on SMART goals–specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound) is just tying us closer to methods developed to increase productivity and profitability in the corporate world. On campus, we have fliers and posters the explicitly assess the worth of education by the wealth of job opportunities, and we have an ideology that says if a class doesn’t “count” towards graduation, it’s “wasted” credits. We have allowed to seep into higher education the idea that if something isn’t immediately practicable (“how am I going to use this in the ‘real world’?”) or can’t be used as currency in the credits-for-diploma marketplace, it’s literally without value. It’s a waste.
Some disciplines teach how lives are saved, some teach the materials of life, some teach how to make more money in the course of one’s life. We, and I would include here others in the Arts and Humanities, teach why life’s worth living. Continue reading here.
• Scheduled Meetings in the Halls of Academe
Faculty Senate meets November 13 (CC 232); December 11; January 22; February 12; February 12 ; March 12; April 9; May 14
Faculty Association meets in RC 270 from 2 – 3 on November 17; and December 8.
Board of Trustees meets each month at 5 p.m. in the Hugh Speer Board Room, GEB 137, November 20; December 18; January 15; February 9; March 12; April 16, 2015* (4 p.m.); May 14; June 18. Board Packets
• Four Faculty Members Presented at TYCA 2014 in Grand Rapids Last Week
Sam Ball and Amy Pace presented “Dear Professor.” This session encourages conversation about why getting to know our students is vital for student writing and for fostering a crucial sense of community within a community college classroom. By tracing and reflecting on the “pedagogy of disclosure,” this session will show how narrative assignment prompts, narrative writing exercises, and honest conversations with students fulfill our course outcomes.
Maureen Fitzpatrick presented “You Belong in a Zoo: Teaching Technology, But Not ‘Technically.’” In this workshop, participants worked collaboratively to build pieces of a website for a fictional zoo. Maureen used this introductory assignment to show students how to combine intentional writing choices with an understanding of the mechanics of the Internet.
Beth Gulley and Jeremy Gulley presented “Playing with Padlet–the Digital Answer for Those Who Love Paper.” Beth and Jeremy demonstrated how to use Padlet.com, a free, easy-to-use “global platform for creativity and self-expression,” to facilitate discussions in on-line, hybrid, and face-to-face courses.
• Mark Browning Moves House
“A Moving Story”
Penny and I used to joke, when the kids annoyed us, that we should have had puppies rather than kids. One of us would look at the other and simply say, “Puppies.” We understood.
Moving resembles childbirth, knocking us out of our established routines and leaving us saying, “I am never doing that again!” Actually, the more I think about it, the parallels continue. Moving winds up being absurdly expensive, begins with great hopes and leads inexorably to those hopes melting away, and—at least in my case—causes back pain.
Penny and I moved over the last couple of weeks, abandoning life in the sticks and purchasing a house that’s only a half mile from where I grew up. The address is 11711 Markham Road, Independence, should you want to stalk us via Zillow. My mother lives one street over, but happily she’s not up to walking to our place. Continue reading here
• Common Read Activities for Fall 2014
12-item Grit Scale (PDF)
Monday October 13-Friday October 31
Carlsen Center Lobby
Choices Writing Project/Installation (description and prompt attached) To learn about The Stranger’s Project (which inspired this) may help clarify the project http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/entertainment-july-dec13-strangersp_12-28/
Thursday, November 13
Coming Home with Wes Moore episode viewing with comment by JCCC veterans; Part of Veteran’s Day week events http://www.pbs.org/coming-back-with-wes-moore/home/
• Microsoft Office for Students