Graduate Student Professional Development Award Winners

Nine graduate students earned awards from the 2013-14 Composition Sponsored Graduate Student Professional Development Fund and will be traveling to various professional conferences as a result of this funding. This award was made possible by proceeds garnered from two sources:  the sale of textbooks (e.g., Ethics in Higher Education and Readings in Rhetoric for Advance Writers), which have been collaboratively developed by members of the CSU Composition Program; and from royalties associated with Mike Palmquist’s Joining the Conversation, which Mike donated to the CSU Composition Program and the English Department. Successful applicants demonstrated connections to composition theory and pedagogy as well as concrete plans for sharing their professional development outcomes with audiences inside the department. The nine students are as follows:

  • Kristin George Bagdonov
  • Tara Brandenburg
  • Shannon Dale
  • Vani Kannan
  • Moriah Kent
  • Emily LaPadura
  • Whitney Orth
  • Shelly Reed
  • Kristina Yelnik

Award and New Job: Kimberly Fields

In Spring 2012, Kimberly Fields (M.A., 2005), was awarded the distinction of Master Distance Educator by the Wyoming Distance Education Consortium. At the time, Kimberly was an English instructor at Laramie County Community College, and an advocate for Universal Design for Learning, which she continues to do in her new position as eLearning Coordinator for the State of Wyoming. She has presented on UDL at the Instructional Technology Council eLearning Conference and as a part of the ITC Webinar series. In July, she participated in the Harvard Graduate School of Education summer program in UDL. Congratulations, Kimberly!

Outstanding Literary Award

The English Department’s Literature Program announces the 9th annual Outstanding Literary Essay Awards contest, which recognizes outstanding critical writing and interpretive work in literary studies.  Applicants must be registered graduate or undergraduate English majors.  Awards of $100 for first place, $50 for second place, and $25 for third place will be offered at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  Winners will be honored at the English Department Awards on Monday, April 23, 2012.

Submission Guidelines:  Submission Guidelines:  Students should submit an essay that represents their best critical work in literary studies.  Undergraduate essays should be no longer than 15 pages and graduate essays should be no longer than 20 pages.  Shorter papers are welcome.  Only one submission is allowed per student.  Submission deadline is Friday, April 6, 2012, at 5:00 p.m.

Please submit TWO clean copies, with no name, address, or instructor’s comments.  Only a title and page numbers should appear.  Include with your essay a separate cover letter with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, university ID number, and title of your essay.  Also indicate the course for which the essay was written (if it was composed for a course) and the professor who taught the course.  Indicate whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student at CSU.  Address your cover letter to: Professor Barbara Sebek, Department of English, 359 Eddy Hall, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO  80523-1773.

Community Literacy Center: 2012 Community Publishing Project Award

The Community Literacy Center is pleased to award the LitProPo project with the 2012 Community Publishing Project award.  LitProPo will receive $300 for writing program materials and the publication of a chapbook that highlights the work of youth writers in the Poudre School District.

Todd Mitchell: Award

Todd Mitchell’s The Secret to Lying won this year’s Colorado Book Award in the Young Adult Novel category.

A Flight of Angels, a graphic novel gorgeously illustrated by Rebecca Guay and co-authored by Todd Mitchell (along with fantasy authors Holly Black, Bill Willingham, and others) is out in ARC and will be released by VERTIGO (an imprint of DC) in November. To see samples of the amazing art in this book, visit