Archive 9-12-13

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Blog Updated: September 12, 2013
Schedule of Campus-wide Meetings Important to English

• A Joyful Social Note: 

Sophia Rose Buchwitz, the very new granddaughter of Prof. Steve Gerson, was born 9/9/13, at 6:19 a.m.
7 lb., 4 oz., 18 inches tall.

Sophia Asleep Day 1

Steve’s haiku in celebration of this event:
Sophia’s Song
Loveshine blooms a rose,
Bud swaddled in branch embrace,
A flowering dream.
• A Community College Professor’s Life:
During the semester, various members of the Division of English and Journalism will share their thoughts on our profession:
Essay 5: Nathan Jones: Finding a Better Place (9/11/13)
 Essay 4: Andrea Broomfield: The First Week Out (8/28/13)
Essay 3:  Keith Geekie: Thoughts on Knots (8/28/13)
 Essay 2: Mark Browning:  Nickeled and Dimed to Life (8/26/13)
 Essay 1: Andrea Broomfield: Before the Semester Begins (8/15/13) 

• Gribbon Lecture at Labette Community College, Oct. 4




The Gribbon Lecture is Friday, October 4, 2013.  The guest speaker is Dr. Chris Thaiss of the University of California at Davis.  The title of  his presentation is “Writing for Transfer: Increasing Student Motivation and Preparing Students for Present and Future Needs.”
For more information on the lecture click here.

• A Shakespeare performance Recommendation from Steve, The Shakespeare Guy

Starting next Friday (9/20), Great Performances on PBS will be broadcasting The Hollow Crown, new productions of Shakespeare’s Richard II, Henry IV parts I and II, and Henry V. They actually used some scenes from these productions in last spring’s Shakespeare Uncovered, if you happened to catch that. I know not all of us are sitting at home on Friday nights, hoping for something Shakespeary, but it looks excellent:


• Distinguished Service Award Application Due October 15

Nomination/Application:  Distinguished Service Award
For Additional Information:  Staff and Organizational Development, or ext. 7654

• Kayla is back!

Kayla, our Federal Works Study student from last year, has returned.
Her hours will be M/W/F 8:00 – 10:00; T/R 8:00 – 9:00; noon – 2:00.

• Desire2learn Training Opportunities

You can sign up for classes from this page:





• Conversation Partners Program in EAP 

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 See the sign-up form here

• Creative Writing Readings are coming up!


The remaining campus readings this semester are:
Wednesday, October 30, 12:00-12:50, COM 319, with host Danny Alexander
Wednesday, November 20, 12:00-12:50, COM 319, with host Matthew Schmeer

• Booktalk Meets Friday, September 27

Friday, September 27 – Garden of the Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng








• JCCC Helps with Stop Hunger Now Campaign

On September 27, JCCC will team up with Stop Hunger Now (SHN) to package a goal of 20,000 highly nutritious meals, which SHN will send to their international distribution partners.


Volunteers are needed to help package and load meals!
Friday, September 27, 2013
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hospitality and Culinary Academy
Johnson County Community College
Overland Park, KS
Sign up as an individual or a team. Volunteer shifts are one hour; sign up for one or both! Registrants will be informed after the event as to which of SHN’s international distribution partners received JCCC’s packaged meals.
You can also donate to JCCC’s SHN meal packaging fundraiser! At only 25 cents a meal, $5 will feed 20 people!
Snacks will be provided for volunteers by Campus Life!

Sign up and/or donate!
donate funds or a requested food item to JCCC’s Food Pantry!

• Mark Your Calendars:  Greater Kansas City Japan Festival October 5 

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At JCCC.  See Photos from last year:

• Teaching Volunteers Sought for the NCTE: National Day of Writing: October 20, 2013 

Maureen reports that the English Department is still looking for people who might be interested in giving a mini-writing workshop with a short, fun writing exercise on Monday, October 21st. Times are flexible.
If you haven’t looked at the academic calendar, that day also happens to be the first day of early enrollment for Spring 2014, so if you are teaching a class this spring and would like an opportunity to promote your class to students . . .


On Monday, October 21, in honor of the Day on Writing (which is technically Sunday, October 20), we (the English Department) are hoping to offer a slate of  ten short, 20-25-minute, mini-, writing workshops.
 Each workshop would be presented by one or more instructor—they would walk participants through a writing task or prompt. Each short workshop should allow the participants to generate a completish (but unpolished) piece of writing from the genre of the presenters choice—flash poetry, flash fiction, flash non-fiction, getting started on a family history, visualization maps or even language-intensive exercises–anything that leads to little gems of words. The workshops will be open to anyone on campus.
 Birgit has reserved CC 234 for us, which will accommodate a large number of people, but since we haven’t done this before, we don’t know how many this might attract.
 If you would have the time, inclination, and a writing activity that would fit into this format, please respond to Sam Bell ( or Maureen Fitzpatrick (  We would need 10 volunteers to offer workshops from 10:00-3:00, and we hope to get some variety in the offerings. If we have more than 10, we will be flustered, but try to figure out how to include the greatest variety of writing experiences for the participants.
 The “proposal form” is below. More information is better than less, but incomplete proposal is appreciated more than no proposal! A word document version is attached if that is your preference.
Since we want to start promoting the event by the later part of mid-September, the deadline to know at least the genre is Monday, September 9. Please include:


Co-presenter (if any):
End Product (what will participants walk out with):
Breakdown of 20-25 minutes (i.e. 5-minute intro + 10 minutes writing + 5 minute pair share OR whatever):
Please list your preferred times:
1st choice:
2nd choice:
3rd choice:
 A different workshop will be scheduled every 30 minutes from 10:00 – 3:00 (2:00 if we don’t have people for the last hour). If there are more proposals than we can fit, we’ll talk about if we should do this next semester as well.

•  Journalism Hosts Panel Discussion 

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For a complete list of Journalism Department activities this fall click here

• Strengths Training at JCCC:  Check It Out 








 • Learn about the CCCC National Listening Tour, Sponsored in part by TYCA

Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing


• Booktalk Meeting Schedule

Booktalk dates for 2013-14:

Friday, September 27 – Garden of the Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
Friday, October 25 – Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Friday, November 22 – Black like Me by John Howard Griffen
Friday, January 24 – The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker (paper 1/7/14)
Friday, February 28 – The Devil in the Grove by Gilbert King
Friday, March 28 – A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (paper 12/31/13)
Friday April 25 – The Girls of the Atomic City by Denise Kiernan (paper 3/4/14)

• English Faculty Members Are Urged to Read New Statement on Machine Scored Writing 

Andy Anderson reports:
I wanted to share the NCTE position statement on machine grading endorsed at our executive board meeting this past weekend.  It  addresses many of the issues recently discussed on our Comp I list serve.
You can  also find a list of NCTE position statements  in the left column of the above web page.

 • Asking Students to Join the JCCC e-Club

The new e-Club will be sponsored by Diane Davis is now an official college organization.  Please ask your online students in the fall if they would like to join.
e-mail at: