Two Fairmont State University students recently attended the annual convention for the International English honorary society, Sigma Tau Delta. As it celebrates students who excel at writing, language and literature in English, the society has the ultimate goal to nurture literacy and mastery in English.
Elizabeth A. Savage is a professor of English at Fairmont State University, where she also serves as poetry editor for Kestrel: A Journal of Literature & Art. The journal was founded in 1993 and has earned an excellent international reputation as a competitive and skillfully designed literary magazine. Three Cities will feature more about the journal in a future issue.
Her newest book, “Idylliad,” to be published in March 2015 by Furniture Press Books, a small press in Baltimore, is a collection of poems about West Virginia, encountered through homeric tropes.
Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art, the Fairmont State University Department of Language and Literature and the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center will host a two-day Celebration of Issue 32.
Seven contributors to Kestrel, including six whose work appears in Issue 32, will be on campus to participate in a panel discussion, as well as give readings from their own work.
Five Fairmont State University students were inducted into the Beta Omega Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the National English Honor Society on Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center.
The inductees were Daphne L. Beckwith, Velicia J. Darquenne, Sarah E. Garcia, Kaylee Kirkpatrick and Grace Y. Templeman.
To qualify for this honor, students must be nominated by an English faculty member, then meet rigorous standards of academic excellence, including grade point average and satisfactory progress towards the degree.
A 2004 graduate of Fairmont State, Alicia Matheny, has published her first book of poetry, “Quicksilver: A Collection of Poems.”
Matheny has published in the poetry journals Whetstone, Ceremony, Laurels, Thick With Conviction, and The Poet’s Haven. After earning her M.A. in English at Marshall University in 2007, Matheney has taught as an adjunct at Fairmont State University and Pierpont Technical & Community College. She lives in Clarksburg.
West Virginia author Jayne Anne Phillips, who has received acclaim for her novel “Quiet Dell” and other works, will speak on the Fairmont State University campus on Thursday, Sept. 11.
The event, sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, in the Falcon Center third floor conference rooms. Admission is free and open to the public.
The following biographical information is from http://jayneannephillips.com/.
The Fairmont State University College of Liberal Arts honored its high achieving students during the fourth annual Academic Awards Ceremony at the end of the spring 2014 semester.
Dr. Deanna Shields, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Christina Lavorata, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; and Mary Jo Thomas of the Fairmont State Foundation Inc. presented greetings and congratulations to the students for their academic achievements.
Following is a list of student award winners:
Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center
Fairmont State University will host the 2014 Governor’s Honors Academy on its main campus in Fairmont on June 29 through July 19.
Dr. J. Robert Baker, Director of the Honors Program at FSU, will serve as dean. About 200 high school juniors will participate in the three-week residential program administered by the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts. The West Virginia Department of Education also assists with in-kind support. The theme of the 2014 GHA is “The Good Life.”
When poets and writers gather for a weekend of readings and fellowship, the mutual appreciation and inspiration are almost visible floating in the air. On April 11 and 12, the Fairmont State University Department of Language and Literature hosted such a group in celebration of Issue 31 of Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art.
Three English majors represented Fairmont State University at the 2014 West Virginia Undergraduate Literary Symposium at Concord University on Saturday, April 5. Anthony J. Lacaria, Christopher J. Vance, and Lindsay Menas were invited to present papers at the event.
Lacaria, a resident of Bridgeport, is a senior majoring in English. He presented his paper, “The Powerful Female: Women Who ‘Kick-Ass’” during the Liminal Gender Perspectives session at the symposium. Lacaria wrote the paper for Dr. Deborah Nestor’s course in literary criticism.