Fairmont State University will host the West Virginia Foreign Language Teachers Association conference on Sept. 28-29. Foreign language teachers from across the state, representing a variety of world languages and grade levels, will attend the annual meeting, which focuses this year on building empathy through ownership.
Although Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” was first published in 1818 when she was 21, the novel’s content remains relevant to audiences today. For that reason, “Frankenstein” has been chosen as the Common Reader for the 2012-2013 academic year at Fairmont State University. The project will be complemented by a Frankenstein Film Festival and other events throughout the year.
Kestrel, Fairmont State University’s Journal of Literature and Art, will celebrate the publication of issue 28 on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29, with readings by 10 visiting writers.
Admission to the Kestrel events is free and open to the public.
From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, there will be a reception and readings by writers Jan Beatty, Ray Keifetz, Dean Rader, David Salner and Carrie Shipers at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center.
Fairmont State University is the first university in West Virginia to be awarded a grant to host the Tournées Film Festival, held annually since 2004. The festival is a program of the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE), in partnershp with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
Six French language films have been selected for free weekly screenings open to the public from Oct. 4 through Nov. 12 on the FSU campus in Conference Room 1, located on the third floor of the Falcon Center, and Multi-media Room A of the Ruth Ann Musick Library.
Dr. Matthew Hokom, Associate Professor of English at Fairmont State University, has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors for the Guardians of the West Fork Watershed, a non-profit organization centered in Marion, Harrison and Lewis counties in West Virginia.
Daleen Berry, a 2008 Fairmont State University graduate and the award-winning author of the memoir, "Sister of Silence," is the recipient of West Virginia's first "Pearl S. Buck Award, Writing for Social Change" award.
Every spring, French-speaking educators and community members from around the state gather for a day of language immersion. This year Fairmont State University and Dr. Erin Hippolyte, Assistant Professor of French, hosted the French Immersion Day event for the first time.
On April 28, 2012, beginning with café (coffee) and pastries at 10 a.m. in the Education Building conference room, roughly 25people enjoyed speaking French outside the classroom setting with presentations and mix-and-mingle activities until the day came to a close at 3 p.m.
The annual Whetstone Evening celebration will be from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, May 6, in the second floor student lounge in the Ruth Ann Musick Library on the main campus.
Admission to the event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be provided. Contributors are encouraged to come and read their work, which will be done on a sign-up basis at the event.
Update 6/8/2012: Students Travel to the Bronx for Spanish Language Immersion Trip
Update 6/8/2012: Photo Gallery of May 2012 trip.
Nine students from Fairmont State University will travel to New York from May 13-19, 2012, with Dr. Julie Sellers for the very first immersion-style experience within the borders of the United States that the university has offered.