Your Wichita English Blog Hosts Meme-Making Contest
We all love memes, right? Well, we particularly love English-inspired memes. And so we are hosting an English Meme Contest! Send us your wittiest, cleverest, meme-iest memes! Memes will be featured on the Weekly Digest postings, and the winning memes will be compiled in a “Best Of” blog post at the end of the year. Entering is simple. Just email us your meme at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if memes aren’t your thing, no worries. In the coming weeks, you’ll have the chance to send in fun poetry and flash fiction to us too! All of these contests will result in the compilation of Wichita’s best use of words (and images) in a final “Best Of” blog post at the end of April. So start making those memes, or sharpening your pencils to send us some fun poetry or flash fiction. We’re looking forward to what you all come up with!
Linguistics Makes an Appearance at Undergraduate Research Day
Henry Postoak, a senior Spanish major and linguistics minor, will be one of five students presenting at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol today. The title of his presentation is “Local Identity and the Language of Craft Beer.” Postoak’s faculty mentor is Mythili Menon, assistant professor of English and linguistics. The event showcases the research conducted by students at Kansas’s four-year institutions. Around 40 undergraduate student projects are presented overall.
Presentations and Awards and Leadership: It’s all happening in the Wichita State English Department
- Darren DeFrain has been nominated for a Distinguished Teaching Award. Congratulations!
- Shannon Nakai has been elected to serve as the English Graduate Student Association’s interim VP for the spring semester.
- Darren DeFrain, along with MFA student Aaron Bristow Rodriguez and MA student Jesse Allen, are giving a talk titled “Reading & Researching Graphic Novels” at Emporia on Friday, March 9th. Check out the link to this awesome graphic poster with more details of the event.
Are You 18-20 Years Old and Want to Earn $10?
- Mythili Menon is conducting research and you are probably eligible to earn that $10. Check out this link to this flier with more information.
Blackboard Accessibility Labs Available
To all faculty, staff, graduate teaching/research assistants, and adjunct instructors—Instructional Design and Access (IDA) is holding Blackboard and accessibility labs for all instructional staff throughout the spring semester in Ablah Library. Come to the C-Space between 1-3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to take advantage of this resource:
- This open, come-and-go lab staffed by Instructional Designers can provide a quick answer to a simple question or up to 30 minutes of focused assistance.
- Whether Blackboard novice or seasoned veteran, all instructors are welcome!
- For most efficient assistance, bring your laptop, running and ready, and make sure you have up-to-date login information.
- Don’t forget that we can also direct you to tools available in C-Space as well as digital resources and online tools supported by the university.
Events This Week
- Sandra Beasley, the university’s visiting poet for the spring semester, will be presenting a reading on February 15 at 5:30 PM at the Ulrich Museum of Art. Sandra Beasley is author of three poetry collections: Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize, as well as the memoir Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life. Honors for her work include a 2015 NEA Literature Fellowship, the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize, and three DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowships. She lives in Washington, D.C., and is on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at the University of Tampa. Join us for her reading, followed by an opportunity for book-signing.
- SAC is presenting a screening of the film Get Out on Thursday, February 15, at 7 PM and 9:30 PM.
- The English Speaker Series is hosting an informational session and workshop on
Career Options for the English Student” on Friday, February 23, at 3 PM in Lindquist 111. Check out the flier below for more information.
- Mikrokosmos will be hosting Mikrobrews at the Donut Whole on Thursday, March 1, from 7-9 PM. More information to come!
- The next Linguistics Club meeting will be Friday, March 2 from 12-1 PM.
- The next Sigma Tau Delta meeting will be Friday, March 2 from 1-2 PM.
- The next English Graduate Student Association meeting will be Friday, March 2 from 1-2 PM.
- The English Department will host an informational session titled, “Applying to Graduate School” on Friday, March 9 at 3 PM. Both graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to join.
- The English Speaker Series will continue on Friday, April 6 at 3 PM with Laura Mielke, who will be presenting on her recent project, Provocative Eloquence: Theatre and the Limits of Anti-Slavery Oratory in the Antebellum U.S..
The weekly digest is published online on the blog every Wednesday. We’d love to hear from you! If you have any news at all to share, please send it to email@example.com or use the “Submit Blog News” form located on the rightmost corner on the blog.