CLAS Deans' Notes Spotlight | May 14, 2015
- Communication again brings CommUnity to Beijing
The Department of Communication hosted its second annual "CommUnity Days 2015" event in Beijing. Among the highlights were the department's undergraduate ICB student awards ceremony, the Media Lab's "Grand Opening", the 2nd annual Documentary Film Festival, and a "Festival of Scholars" night where Department of Communication alumnus, Fan Zhang (MA George Washington University), delivered the keynote address. The purpose of CommUnity Days in Beijing is to promote unity through communication. "CommUnity Days 2015" was partially funded by a Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Fund. The Department thanks everyone who was able to attend.
- English announces Gorniak Scholarship winners
The Department of English has finished reviewing applications for the 2015-2016 Michael S. Gorniak Memorial Scholarship and is pleased to announce three scholarship recipients: Amanda Parker will receive $1000; Celeste Spink will receive $500; and Alison Auger will receive $250.
Amanda Parker is a Communication major and Creative Writing minor. She finds that global change starts at the local level, and strives to better the lives of at-risk and subjugated populations through creative communicative practices. She volunteers at the Denver Regional Diagnostics Center (DRDC) to educate incarcerated people on creative writing and public speaking discourse, and edits the University publication Captured Words Free Thoughts (CWFT). Parker plans to extend this work into a career benefiting at-risk populations in Denver through bringing them the tools needed for positive growth ... Read More »
- Geography proud of strong showing at AAG national meeting
The Department of Geography & Environmental Sciences had the largest combined faculty/student group ever attending the national Association of American Geographers meeting in Chicago, IL, from April 21-25:
Anna Parker Solverson, a student in the MSES program, received the 2015 M. Gordon “Reds” Wolman Graduate Student Research Award, given by the Geomorphology Specialty Group of the AAG through a competitive process. Guided by Professor Anne Chin, Anna is developing new interdisciplinary frameworks to understand the geomorphological and ecological responses in mountain river channels following the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire. The Wolman Graduate Student Research Award includes a monetary grant to assist Anna with completing her thesis research.
Tera Del Priore: won the AAG Paleoenvironmental Specialty Group 2015 Undergraduate/Masters Paper Presentation Award. The presentation ... Read More »
- Beer awarded 2016 Mary Wood Fellowship
The Rose O’Neill Literary House has named Assistant Professor in English Nicky Beer as the winner of the 2016 Mary Wood Fellowship, at Washington College. This award is for emerging female-identifying writers, and will involve doing a three day residency at Washington College next spring. While there, Beer will do a reading, a craft talk, and have one-on-one meetings with female-identifying creative writing students.
- Hunt on the confederate flag
In response to the news of group of Parker teenagers who posed with the confederate flag for prom pictures, Senior Instructor in History Rebecca Hunt spoke with Fox31 regarding the history of the Confederate Flag.
Controversial prom picture using guns, Confederate flag brings apology from one student
KDVR, May 5
- Levine-Clark presents in Chicago
Marjorie Levine-Clark, Associate Professor of History, presented "'It is not that I am idle': Unemployment and Contested Masculinities in 1920s Britain," at the University of Chicago conference, "Masculinities on the British Fringe" last month. This conference focused on the lived realities of those on the fringes of British society and how fringe masculinities co-existed with, had an influence on, and were influenced by, more mainstream concepts of male behavior.
- Wee busy while on sabbatical
Bryan Wee, Associate Professor in Geography and Environmental Sciences, gave a guest lecture in Stockholm on “Science, Love, and Our Environmental Futures,” hosted by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation. Wee also presented a research paper at the annual Nordic Conference for Education in Helsinki, “Talking about children’s talk: Social discourses, education and the environment.” This paper, co-authored with Swedish faculty and students, will be submitted to the journal Environmental Education Research. In recognition of his efforts to advance international research and teaching collaborations, Wee was recently accorded the position of affiliated professor at Stockholm University.
- York nominated for posthumous Colorado Book Award
When poet Jake Adam York (Associate Professor of English) died suddenly of a stroke in December 2012 at the age of forty, he left behind an unpublished book of poetry, Abide, and a literary journal, Copper Nickel, which he'd founded a decade earlier at the University of Colorado Denver. This year Abide was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award; it's now one of three finalists for a Colorado Book Award in the poetry category. And after a two-year hiatus, Copper Nickel has started a new chapter under managing editor Wayne Miller, with issue 20 now on the shelves.
Jake Adam York's Abide Up For Posthumous Award As Copper Nickel Rises Again
Westword, May 4