Blog: Laura Thomas

Inspired by the 2013 Conference on College Composition and Communication, Laura Thomas has launched a blog named after the conference theme: The Public Work of Composition. With the help of professional development funds from the composition program, Laura attended several conference sessions that explored the conditions under which college composition is taught and learned and identified a variety of constraints on higher education. The Public Work of Composition is her attempt to continue these discussions by posting and commenting on intriguing forays into the ethical, economic, political, and cultural dimensions of composition and higher education. If you would like to join the conversation, find and follow the blog at

Greyrock Review Accepting Submissions

Greyrock Review is now accepting submissions!


Please submit your fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art (pictures), all of which can be submitted to us at

All submissions must be from undergraduate students in good standing at Colorado State University. The deadline for submissions is December 1, 2013.

Campus Equity Week

Campus Equity Week

October 28, 2013 through November 1, 2013

CSU Welcomes Maria Maisto, President & Executive Director New Faculty Majority


All-University Colloquium: “National Issues, National Advocacy and Local Concerns”
Maria Maisto
Monday, October 28, 2-4pm
Morgan Library Event Center

“Creating an Exceptional Environment for Adjunct Faculty” Advocacy Workshop
Maria Maisto & adjunct faculty
Monday, October 28, 4-5 pm in the Morgan Library Event Center

Contingency: “A Crisis of Teaching and Learning”
Organic theatre production Monday, October 28
7 pm, TILT 221

This production will be repeated at Front Range Community College
Friday, November 1, 6:00 pm
CP 107, Challenger Point Bldg.

CLA Adjunct Faculty Committee Informational Workshop
Wednesday, October 30, 5-6 pm, LSC 220/222

Plaza Chalk Followed by Chalk Talk
Paired events featuring Student  Involvement, Thursday, October 31

  • Students work in groups to address the topic of “Academic Freedom in a Democratic Society,” an issue of serious concern for non-tenure track faculty. Brainstorming in the Morgan Library Event Center will lead to final statements chalked on the Lory Student Center Plaza. 11:20-12:15.
  • Classes will engage in chalk-talk discussions in the Morgan Library Event Center–12:15-4:00

You are also encouraged to attend the President’s Annual Open Forum for Faculty and Administrative Professionals session scheduled in LSC 230 from 4-5 pm prior to this Campus Equity Week event

All faculty are invited to participate
Campus Equity Week activities sponsored by: Department of Economics and The Institute for Learning & Teaching
Questions? Please email

Advising Week

The English Department’s Advising Week for the spring 2014 registration will begin on Thursday, October 24, through Friday, November 1, 2013.  Advisors have posted sign-up sheets on their office doors.  Please sign up in advance of the dates above so that you can be advised during this special period.

NOTE: Freshmen and Sophomores, if you have not scheduled an appointment with your Academic Support Coordinator, please stop by or call Sheila Dargon in the English Department office, Eddy Building, Room 359 – (970) 491-6428 to schedule an appointment.

Publication: Todd Mitchell

Todd Mitchell’s young adult novel, Backwards, was released by Candlewick Press on Tuesday. The book is available in hardcover, ebook, and audio book formats (read by the actor, Nick Podehl).

A radio interview with Todd aired this week on KUNC, about Backwards and why he wrote it. If you’d like to listen to the interview (it’s short), you can find a link on his website, There you’ll also find a link to a book trailer that was made with the help of Timothy David Orme (award-winning filmmaker and MFA poetry alum) and Kari Lennartson (artist and past CSU painting instructor).

Todd is doing two book launch/reading events next week for Backwards. On Thursday, October 17th, 7:30 pm, he’ll be reading with Camille Dungy as part of the Writer’s Harvest Benefit reading (Hatton gallery). Please bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Food Bank.

And on Saturday, October 19th, 4:00 pm, Todd will be giving a short reading and book launch celebration at Anthology Bookstore, in downtown Loveland, 422 E. 4th St. Both events are free and open to the public, so please encourage your students to attend.

Writing Event

Ten of our English Department colleagues took part in “Your Vision, Our Focus: Experience CSU,” a writing event for high-achieving Colorado high school seniors worth $6,000 in scholarship money, on Saturday, September 28, 2013.  Thank you to Tony Becker, Ellen Brinks, Pam Coke, Ashley Davies, Katie Hoffman, Zach HutchinsTobi Jacobi, Ed Lessor, Jeremy Proctor, and Leif Sorensen for giving of their time and their talent for this important event.