Grain & Chaff
Mary Deane Sorcinelli, associate provost and director
of the Center For Teaching, has been awarded a Whiting Foundation
Fellowship for 2003-04. It will allow her to travel for research
on trends in college teaching and learning at universities in
Ireland and England. She will be hosted by the Center for Excellence
in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at the National University of
Ireland Galway, which was recently named Irish University of the
Lecturer Ulrike Brisson of the Department of Germanic
Languages and Literatures last month gave talks at two conferences.
She discussed "Space-Time-Authority: Ida von Hahn-Hahn's
Orientalische Briefe" at the conference "Time-Space-Gender:
German Women Writers of the 18th and 19th Centuries" held
May 9-11 at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Brisson also
spoke on "The Appalachian Trail -- An American Fantasy"
at the 14th Annual American Literature Association Conference
held May 22-25 in Cambridge.
Steve Tracy, associate professor of Afro-American
Studies and resident blues player, reports that his band, Steve
Tracy and the Crawling Kingsnakes, has played recently in Deerfield,
Easthampton and Bondsville. Tracy was also recently interviewed
for a one-hour radio documentary on the life and legend of Hank
Williams, produced by David Barnett for the Rock and Roll Hall
of Fame in Cleveland.
On a more academic note, Tracy's essay "Black Twice"
was just published in the Cambridge University Press Companion
to Blues and Gospel Music and his book, "A Historical Guide
to Langston Hughes," a collection of essays he edited is
due out from Oxford University Press in November. Tracy also penned
two essays and a chronology for the book. Also due out in November
is the "Cambridge University Press Companion to the African
American Novel," which contains an essay by Tracy.
Tracy also is serving on the National Blues Education Advisory
Board for the "Year of the Blues" project. This board
recommends material for and oversees lesson plans that are generated
for middle and high school programs in history, literature, and
music in conjunction with the upcoming "Year of the Blues"
programs to be featured on PBS beginning in the fall.
Fun with food
Dianne Z. Sutherland, registered and licensed
dietitian at Food Services, received third place nationally for
the "Most Creative Nutrition Promotion" from National
Association of College and University Food Services for developing
and implementing "Do You Want to be a MEAL-LIONAIRE?"
for students for National Nutrition Month in March. The promotion
was a spin-off of Regis Philbin's "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"
but instead of general trivia, she substituted nutrition and dining
commons trivia. Minute Maid, Tyson and Cains sponsored the event
by providing the prizes. Students signed up to be contestants,
had the fast finger question (in this case, fast hand-raising
question) and then the student who made it to the hot seat had
the three life lines: 50:50, Phone (or Ask) a Friend and Ask the
Audience. A grand prize of a DVD player was awarded at each dining
Irene Starr, former director of the Foreign
Language Resource Center, received a Lifetime Achievement Award
on June 19 at the biennial meeting of the International Association
for Language Learning Technology in Ann Arbor, Mich. The award
recognizes major contributions to IALLT and the profession. IALLT
members were among the first to recognize the benefits of using
technology and multimedia in education.