Miscellany – April 27, 2015


Susan Hanson, Elvin Holt and Twister Marquiss have been named Alpha Chi Favorite Professors for spring 2015.

MARC graduate Megan Boeshart has been accepted into the PhD program in English at Old Dominion University, where she will focus on program emphases in writing & rhetoric and technology & media studies.

MFA poetry student Sarah Howze’s poem “Scene I: Stuck in the House of Tiny Deaths, Somewhere in Texas” will be published in the Spring 2015 edition of Anamesa.

A Texas State University team competed at the International Business Ethics Case Competition in New Orleans, LA in late April. The graduate student team, including English Department Administrative Assistant Shaula Rocha, along with Travis Stockton and David Tamez, won 1st place in the 90-second presentation division, and runner-up in the 25-minute presentation division.

Mary McCulley, a 2008 graduate of the MARC program, has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the English Department at Cedarville University in Ohio. Mary is currently completing her dissertation on 19th-century women’s rhetoric and literature at Texas Christian University. She will start her new position in the fall.

Mark Busby was the featured author for the launch of the 2015 volume of The Mayo Review at Texas A&M University-Commerce on April 23.   As part of the launch, Mark conducted a morning writing workshop; presented a paper in the afternoon entitled “The Scholar as Novelist, the Novelist as Scholar”; and offered a reading from his novel Cedar Crossing in the evening. Two of his stories are featured in the new volume of The Mayo Review.

Students in Laura Ellis-Lai’s fall 2014 Honors writing course presented their work at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research last week at Eastern Washington University. Congratulations to undergraduate researchers Marcela Zuniga Arteaga, Brian Woods, Lindsey Robertson, Amber Cabading, and Glen Stevenson. Laura’s talk at the NCUR Faculty and Administrator Network, about the research she did as a result of participating in Texas State’s Faculty Learning Community on Globalization this year, was titled: “Supporting International Independent Research for Undergraduates.”

Octavio Pimentel has agreed to serve as Second Stage Reviewer for the 2016 Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Graduating MARC student Shaun Bryan has been accepted into the M.A. in Applied Philosophy and Ethics (MAAPE) program at Texas State for fall 2015. He plans to study the philosophy of cognition, logic, the philosophy of language and its connection to cognition, the philosophy of education, and the mind/body connection in continuation of his research into disability studies.

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