Recently, Gretchen Thum, assistant professor of Journalism and Media Communications, took several journalism students with her to the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Summit, which is the largest public relations conference in Kansas City. The conference was held on March 8 at the KU Edwards campus.
The photo shows three JCCC students who were awarded scholarships to attend. From left to right in the front row: Emily Donnell, Lady Yepes, and Leslie Escareno. From left to right in the back row: Kathryn Lorenzen, annual presenter at the JCCC People in Promotion and recruiter and career coach at Landajob Marketing and Creative Talent; Eric Morgenstern, JCCC 2016 Headline Award recipient and CEO of Morningstar Communications; and Gretchen Thum.
Steve Gerson, professor emeritus of English, reports that he has been making the most of his retirement. In addition to devoting his days to assisting in the care of his three grandchildren and being a consulting faculty member for the Health Management Department at KU Med, he has unleashed his inner poet with five recent publications. “Empty,” “Path,” and “Once Planed Straight” were published in Panoply. “Moored” and “As Air” were published in Volume 1, Issue 3 of The Hungry Chimera. He has four more poems set for publication next month.
Gretchen Thum, assistant professor of Journalism, and Mark Raduziner, professor of Journalism, have partnered with KCPT to work on an education and industry project with advanced advertising and advanced reporting students in the department.
Thum was also recently interviewed by KBOR marketing because of her participation in the KBOR Kansas Innovative Tech Internship program. The interview, which is available on YouTube, focused on her faculty internship at VML advertising during the summer of 2016.
Finally, Thum is helping to bring the film Big Sonia to JCCC in March as part of the Policy Practical Enrichment Series. Big Sonia is a documentary about Sonia Warshawski, a local Holocaust survivor. The film will be shown from noon to 1:30 pm and 7-9 pm on March 21, and 2-3:30 pm on March 22. Each showing will be followed by a Q&A session. All showings will be in Yardley Hall.
Craig Workman, assistant adjunct professor of English, is a Writer-In-Residence for Charlotte Street Foundation, which is a local, non-profit arts collective. As a 2017-2018 recipient of this competitive, refereed application process, he is given his own studio space and will participate in several events scheduled throughout the year. In addition, he will be one of the featured artists in the March/April issue of KC Studio Magazine, out in print and online on March 1, 2018. More information about Workman and his studio residency can be found on Charlotte Street’s website here and here.
Ted Rollins, professor of English, was awarded a sabbatical for the 2017 fall semester. One result of his sabbatical is a 93-page annotated bibliography on writing transfer and teaching for transfer. This bibliography is now available on JCCC’s Scholarspace here: https://scholarspace.jccc.edu/sabbatical_projects/8/
I’ve copied Rollins’ abstract for his bibliography below:
“Motivated by my interest in the related conversations about promoting writing transfer and teaching for transfer, I have brought together this collection of sources to help answer this research question: As educators how can we design writing programs, courses, and assignments that foster the application of writing knowledge and practice across contexts by our students? Many of the sources in this collection represent scholarship that addresses the extent to which—and in what conditions—learners transfer their writing knowledge and practice from one context to another. Some authors whose work appears in this collection propose broader changes at the institutional or curricular level, while others focus on changes to individual courses or writing assignments. Other sources deal with a related interest—the use of digital portfolios as tools that can enable individuals to showcase, reflect on, and apply their learning. A common thread among the sources in this collection is that they all offer insights into ways to (re)design our programs, courses, and assignments to increase the likelihood of our students making important connections as writers who negotiate a variety of contexts within and outside of the classroom. I hope you find this annotated bibliography—a work-in-progress which I continue to develop as new scholarship is published—a useful resource in thinking about how promote the transfer of learning by students in your courses.”