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  • Dr. Helen Walker and current English student, Katie Todd, are going to Kenya on a research grant this summer '12. They will be interviewing children who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS to study the difference that an opportunity for an education can make.


  • Senior communication studies major and studio art minor Deborah Tam received a six-week summer internship and a $20,000 scholarship by winning a nation-wide contest.  She'll pursue a life of fashion shows, compaigning, marketing, and social networking in the United Kingdom as Jack Wills University Outfitters' intern. View her winning video:


  • Congratulations to students Jacob Dore, Mitch McClure, and David Glick for having their video selected as Grand Champion of the 'A Day In The Life...' video contest, sponsored by the School of the Humanities.  Their winning submission can be viewed here.


  • The Midtown Scholar is about to inaugurate a monthly 'book pick of the month' with WITF TV/FM, and they jointly have chosen Kimi Cunningham Grant's ('02) family memoir SILVER LIKE DUST as the selection for April 2012. As part of the book-pick programming, Kimi is going to be coming to the bookstore for a 'book salon'/signing on April 28, 3:00-5:00 p.m.


  • Department of History Chair, John Fea, recently had his book, Was America Founded As A Christian Nation?, nominated as one of three finalists in the 2012 George Washington Book Prize, sponsored by Washington College.  The winner of this prestigious award will be announced on June 4, 2012 at a black-tie dinner at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens in Virginia.  For more information about the nomination, you can read the published article from Washington College here.


  • Congratulations to David Pettegrew, Assistant and soon to be Associate Professor of History, for his being awarded a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship to further his work in classical studies.  More information about his Fellowship can be found here.

  • Congratulations to Xu Ren, senior Politics major!  On March 9 Xu learned that he had been selected as one of eight junior research fellows for 2012-13 by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C.  Fellows are selected from a pool of nominees submitted by more than 400 participating colleges across the US. Xu will be working in Carnegie's Asia Studies program with an emphasis in US-China security relations.  For more on the award, see



  • Matthew Roth, associate professor of English, presented his paper "Annotating Pale Fire: An Unbounded Education" at the national conference of the Modern Language Association in Seattle, Washington on January 8th.


  • Congratulations to Emerson Powery, professor of Biblical studies, for being granted visiting scholar status at Princeton Theological Seminary for the fall of 2012! Professor Powery will be doing research for two book projects he is currently working on, as well as connecting with other distinguished professors in the field of Biblical studies.


  • Lois Beck, associate professor of French and communication, has a review of "Devina," a book by Alain Gordon-Gentil, published in the October issue of "The French Review."



  • CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. Lijuan Stella Ye, Lecturer in Chinese and advisor for the Chinese Program, for successfully defending her dissertation on October 21 at Georgia State University! Her dissertation title, "Teaching and Learning Chinese as a Foreign Language in the United States: To Delay Or Not to Delay the Character Introduction," is a new and important area of research in the field of Chinese language education. Her presentation also won the 2011 award of CLTA Cheng & Tsui Professional Development Award for Teachers of Chinese. Part of her dissertation will be presented at the annual ACTFL/CLTA (Chinese Language Teachers Association) in November.


  • Dr. Matthew Roth, associate professor of English, gave a poetry reading and was a featured speaker at the fall 2011 Houghton College Writing Festival in Houghton, NY.





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