News & Notes
Recent Faculty News
Dr. Kristen Miller presented "Born to Write: What Barefoot Running and Video Games Can Teach Us About Writing Instruction" at the College English Association Annual Conference on April 5, 2013, in Savannah.
Adaku Ankumah, Dr. Benjamin Fishkin, and Dr. William Ndi were panelists at the
College Language Association Annual Convention on April 11, 2013, in Lexington,
Kentucky. Dr. Ankumah presented “Out of the Circle: Solidarity of the Oppressed
in The Travail of Dieudonné”; Dr.
Fishkin presented “An Attempt at Redemption: F. Scott Fitzgerald and Pain of
Exclusion”; Dr. Ndi presented “Warring Estrangement in Edward Coxere’s Adventures by Sea.
Dr. Zanice Bond has been accepted to the NEH Summer Institute "Don't Deny My Voice: Reading and Teaching African American Poetry," to be held at the University of Kansas in July 2013.
Dr. Rhonda Collier and Dr. Kristen Miller have been elected to the Faculty Senate.
Dr. Xavier Nicholas presented "Michael S. Harper and Robert Hayden: A Literary Friendship" at the Michael S. Harper Symposium on March 14, 2013, in St. Louis.
Dr. Eleanor Blount presented "Memorizing the Dark: Margaret Walker and Toni Morrison Compress African American Time and Space in Poetry and Fiction" at the Collegium for African American Research on March 14, 2013, in Atlanta.
Dr. Loretta Burns was honored with a Golden Apple Award by Gamma Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity on March 13, 2013, "for exhibiting excellence in the field of education and striving to improve societal conditions."
Dr. Mary Olson's edited ebook, The Nana Letters: A Love Story,
was published by Smashwords.
Dr. Bill Ndi's book of poems Vestiges
was published by Oxford-Langaa RPCIG.
Dr. Rhonda Collier, Dr. Zanice Bond, and Dr. Kristen Miller were panelists at the 65th
Annual Conference of the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama on March 9, 2013, in Birmingham. Dr. Collier presented "Twenty-First Century 'Do Nothingism': the New 'We' "; Dr. Bond presented "Using Oral History to Teach the Civil Rights Movement"; Dr. Miller presented "A Time for Moderation and a Time for Extremism: King's Lessons about Ethos." Dr. Loretta Burns was the panel moderator.
Dr. Loretta Burns was elected to the Steering Committee of the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama at its 65th
Annual Conference, held March 8-9, 2013, in Birmingham.
Dr. Eleanor Blount has been awarded a Faculty Residency grant from the UNCF/Mellon Programs. She will spend the 2013 fall semester studying the Alice Walker papers at Emory University.
Dr. Adaku Ankumah, Dr. William Ndi, and Dr. Benjamin Fishkin presented papers at the Southeast Regional Seminar in African Studies and the Southeast Africanist Network Spring 2013 Conference on February 9 in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. Ankumah presented "Changing the Status Quo from the Margins in Gods in the Ivory Towers"
; Dr. Ndi presented "Blighting Companionship: A Study of Emmanuel Fru Doh's The Fire from Within"
; Dr. Fishkin presented "A Costly Gift: Francis B. Nyamnjoh and the Alienation of the African."
Dr. Rhonda Collier presented " 'We Wear the Mask:' Unveiling Afro-Latin American Culture Using Images from Favela Rising
" at the 128th Modern Language Association Annual Convention on January 6, 2013, in Boston.
Dr. Steven Edwards will portray King Arthur in Monty Python's Spamalot
at the Park Playhouse in Albany, New York, July 5-28, 2013.
Dr. Rhonda Collier’s essay “Over the Rainbow: Finding Home
in Cleage’s West End Atlanta” appears in Pearl
Cleage and Free Womanhood: Essays on Her Prose
Work (Jefferson-McFarland). Her article “From Hip Hop to Hip Hope: Art
and Public Theology” appears in Walking
Together: Christian Thinking and Public Life in South Africa
Dr. Kristen Miller's essay "Gaming as a Woman: Gender Difference Issues in Video Games and Learning" appears in Immersive Environments, Augmented Realities and Virtual Worlds: Assessing Future Trends in Education
(IGI Global). Her articles "Steven Spielberg" and "Harvey Weinstein" appear in 100 People Who Changed American Entertainment
Dr. Bill Ndi and Dr. Loretta Burns’s book of poetry, My Brother, My Sister, was published by
Recent Student News
Lauren Bales, Tiffany Ford, Chynerra Parker, Karlette Sullivan, and Breanna Warren were among the fifty-eight students inducted into Beta Tau Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society on April 17, 2013, at a ceremony held in the Kellogg Conference Center auditorium. Dr. Fitzgerald Bramwell, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, was the guest speaker. Alpha Kappa Mu is a general scholarship organization open to juniors and seniors in all academic disciplines. To be eligible for membership, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above. Dr. Loretta Burns serves as the advisor for Beta Tau Upsilon Chapter.
Lauren Bales, Vanessa Johnson, and Amanda Powell were recently inducted into Lambda Iota Tau Honor Society, an international honor society for students of literature. They presented papers and received their certificates at a program on March 21, 2013, in Kenney Hall. Lambda Iota Tau is open to junior and senior English majors or minors with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and at least a 3.0 GPA in literature courses. Mrs. Winifred Tripp serves as the advisor for the Tuskegee University chapter.
Indya Jackson has been accepted to the MA/PhD program at Ohio State University.
Amanda Powell has been selected to participate in the 2013 Summer Humanities Institute at the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.
Karlen Hawes was awarded the Alvin R. Blount Scholarship for
The following English majors are listed on the 2012-2013
Southern Literary Trail (SLT) events in Alabama for 2013,
which include Tuskegee University’s Ralph Ellison Lecture, began in February
and continue through May. A tri-state collaboration
sponsored in part by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, the SLT celebrates the
South’s literary heritage and connects places that inspired great American
writers. For more information, visit