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October 31, 2007

Dr. Kastman Breuch receives Alumni Recognition Award

On October 18, 2007, Lee-Ann Kastman Breuch, Ph.D., received an Alumni Recognition Award from the department of English at Iowa State University, where she graduated with her Ph.D. in 1998. The alumni awards are reserved for a select group of ISU graduates who have developed innovative methodologies or taken novel approaches to the application of their knowledge and who have distinguished themselves with outstanding accomplishment in their respective fields. Breuch was honored for her accomplishments including her book Virtual Peer Review: Teaching and Learning about Writing in Online Environments from SUNY Press (2004), her work with online tutoring, online writing instruction, and usability of online interfaces at the University of Minnesota.

October 19, 2007

Dr. Berkenkotter's book to be published by the University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina Press has accepted for publication Professor Berkenkotter's book, Patient Tales: Cases Histories and the Uses of Narrative in Psychiatry.

Patient Tales is a study of the evolution of psychiatry's case histories from their first mid- 18th century appearance in medical records in the Royal Edinburgh Infirmary to the published case narratives in the American Journal of Psychiatry between 1968-2002.

Medtronic Scholarship in Technical Communication

Congratulations to Scientific & Technical Communication major, Neil Fahlstrom, winner of the Medtronic Scholarship in Technical Communication for the 2007-2008 academic year!

October 15, 2007

Capper Nichols Published

postwestern.gifCapper Nichols published an article in a book now available from University of Nebraska Press.

"Backpacking and the Ultralight Solution." Postwestern Cultures: Literature, Theory, Space. ed. Susan Kollin. University of Nebraska Press, 2007.

From the University of Nebraska Press

"Postwestern Cultures synthesizes the most critical topics of contemporary scholarship of the American West within a single volume. This interdisciplinary anthology features leading scholars in the varied fields of western American literary studies and includes new regional studies, global studies, studies of popular culture, environmental criticism, gender and queer theory, and multiculturalism. Postwestern Cultures, like all successful studies of western American literature, is necessarily diverse and wide-ranging; it grasps the multifaceted quality of the landscape, literature, and critical analysis by engaging postmodern theory, spatial theory, cultural studies, and transnational and transcultural understandings of the local.

"This collection emphasizes the importance of understanding the region not as a confined or static space but as a constantly changing entity in both substance and form. It examines subjects ranging from the use of frontier rhetoric in Japanese American internment camp narratives to the emergence of agricultural tourism in the New West to the application of geographer J. B. Jackson's theories to abandoned western landscapes."

October 1, 2007

Spotlight on First Year Writing: Jerry Shannon

Teaching Specialist Jerry Shannon teaches first-year writing with a service learning approach. His students have worked collaboratively with those at North High in Minneapolis on a variety of projects, including jazz programs for the station, podcast interviews of local figures, and multimedia websites about jazz music and pressing urban issues.

Student at mixing board Students writing at computers

Arthur Walzer Published in Rhetorica

An essay by Art Walzer was published in the most recent issue of Rhetorica, the journal of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR). Title: "Blair's Ideal Orator: Civic Rhetoric and Christian Politeness in Lectures 25-34," Rhetorica 25 (Summer 2007):269-295. Art presented a version of the paper at the ISHR conference in Strasbourg in July 2007.