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Friday, October 26, 2007

Nancy Perkins invited to read her poetry

Nancy Perkins, associate professor and past chair of the English Department, was the invited, featured poet on September 20 at Coffee And . . ., which is located in Books on Main, Hopkinsville, Kentucky. The reading was followed by a dinner.

Perkins, who writes and reads her creative works under her first two names, nancy genevieve, read selections from her first two poetry books and new works from her third book, NYX: Sister of Erebus. The third book centers on a woman's journey through Erebus, the nether region between this world and the next. It uses the emotional terrain of Perkins' mother's journey with Alzheimer's.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Oldfield makes two presentations

In September, Kenneth Oldfield, professor emeritus of Public Administration, gave two keynote speeches at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Oldfield's topic was the need to democratize higher education by recruiting more professors and students who are first-generation college and who come from working class backgrounds.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Gribbins, Khaund, & Wang make presentation on podcasting

Te-Wei Wang, assistant professor of Management Information Systems, Michele Gribbins, visiting assistant professor of MIS, and Munindra Khaund, multimedia education coordinator in Information Technology Services, presented "Professors on my iTunes Playlist" at the Online Learning Symposium held in October at UIUC. Chaired by Khaund, their panel discussed podcasting as a way to deliver course content, a practice that gives faculty the opportunity to reach students in their own environments.

Since most students now have access to some type of portable music player, what issues should an educational institution consider when it begins to explore podcasting? The panel reported on a survey of students in eight classes who made use of podcasting, and addressed the following questions: Do students believe that podcasting helps them as learners? For what course-related activities do students want to use podcasts?

Monday, October 01, 2007

Nancy Perkins among celebrants at Stone Soup founder's birthday gala

Nancy Genevieve Perkins, associate professor and past-chair of the English Department, spoke and read poetry at Jack Powers' 70th birthday party on September 15 in Allston, Massachusetts.

Powers, an "icon of the Boston poetry scene," is the founder of Stone Soup Poetry, the longest-running poetry venue in Massachusetts. During its 36-year history, Stone Soup has provided poets such as Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, and Robert Bly with a forum and has also published over 80 titles, including "Jack of Hearts," by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Ferlinghetti was among the 100+ poets who sent good wishes to Powers on his birthday, acknowledging his contributions to their lives and works.

Perkins, who writes and reads her creative works under her first two names -- Nancy Genevieve -- has been an invited, Featured Poet at Stone Soup.