The Campus Chronicle
Vol. XVIII, Issue 37
for the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts
June 27, 2003

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Grain & Chaff

Teaching fellow

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 Year.

Conference calls

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.

Bluesman report



Steve Tracy

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 commons.

Starr power

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.

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