Pastries, Profs, Pre-Registration

There were leftovers, but not many.

Students and faculty gathered in the lounge for sugar and caffeine

Students and faculty gathered in the lounge for sugar and caffeine

Tuesday, the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Philosophy served up pastries, coffee, and (a little bit of) fruit to open the Pre-Registration period. Professors promoted next semester’s courses and talked to students about majors, minors, and collaterals in the Department.

The faculty got there early to chat and pose for photos

The faculty got there early to chat and pose for photos

Those who missed the games, music, and food can still find out about our programs by dropping by Founders Hall this week. Pre-Registration continues through November 4, and faculty are available to help students select courses in the Department.

Students and faculty take on the wall of games.

Students and faculty take on the wall of games.

For more information about declaring a major or minor in English, contact Christopher Johnson (cjohnson at fmarion.edu).

Faculty and students strategize breakfast

Faculty and students strategize breakfast

photos by Christina Xan

FMU Writes for NDoW

Students participate in the National Day on Writing (NDoW)

Students participate in the National Day on Writing (NDoW)

Can you write your life story in six words or fewer? Sigma Tau Delta, the Snow Island Review, and the Writing Center challenged the FMU community to create something new during the English Department’s celebration of the National Day on Writing.

Students draft their work under the shade of a tent.

Students draft their work under the shade of a tent.

The National Day on Writing is sponsored by the National Council for Teachers of English, a US- based organization supporting those who teach English at all levels. The Day On Writing was created because “writing is critical to literacy but needs greater attention and celebration”.

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Once again this year, Sigma Tau Delta partnered with the Writing Center and the literary journal Snow Island Review to give students a chance to stretch their creative writing skills in two quick activities: the six word memoir and the two sentence horror story. By the time the event ended at two, sticky notes covered the boards.

Students, faculty, and staff were encouraged to post their writing on boards outside the Fountain

Students, faculty, and staff were encouraged to post their writing on boards outside the Fountain

Also this year, the English Department’s Composition Program sponsored a 15 minute writing break at noon. Professors from English, Political Science, Biology, Spanish, and Psychology encouraged students to write on topics of interest to sir classes–some creative, some academic.

Dr. Kristin Kiely's Spanish 301 class took time to write about immigration issues.

Dr. Kristin Kiely’s Spanish 301 class took time to write about immigration issues.

Participants were encouraged to share their work and experiences on social media, to join in the national conversation and encourage others to write. NCTE nationally used the tag #WhyIWrite, resulting in several thousand posts. #FmuWrites had a few local users, including Composition Coordinator Rachel spear, who headed up the noon writing challenge with Assistant Coordinator Catherine England.

Dr. Spear promotes the NDoW on Twitter

Dr. Spear promotes the NDoW on Twitter

FMU student McKayla Parker joined Spear in promoting the NDoW

FMU student McKayla Parker joined Spear in promoting the NDoW

Spear hopes to grow the noon writing break from the four hundred or so participants involved this year. Hurricane Matthew forced some instructors to cancel their NDoW plans, so the Composition Program looks forward to an even bigger event Friday, October 20, 2017.

Faculty and students write together at the Writing Center-Sigma Tau Delta-Snow Island Review table

Faculty and students write together at the Writing Center-Sigma Tau Delta-Snow Island Review table

For more information about the Writing Center and, Composition Program, browse the rest of fmuenglish.com

English professor Kathryn Mann enjoys a quiet moment writing by the fountain.

English professor Kathryn Mann enjoys a quiet moment writing by the fountain.

Photos by: Christina Xan, Meredith Reynolds, and Rachel Spear

FMU Premieres New Composition Sequence

Leah Power’s Q&A with Dr. Rachel N. Spear,
FMU’s Composition Coordinator

Q: How has the composition program changed?

A: The composition program moved from a three-course sequence, which included English 111, English 112, and English 200, and to a two-semester model with these courses:

  1. English 101 or English 101E (plus English 101L)
  2. English 102

Upon entering FMU, students will self-select into English 101 or 101E, the “extended” version which provides supplemental instruction in a writing studio. Once students successfully complete their first semester, they will progress to English 102.

English 101, English 101E, and English 102 will be capped at 15 students per section, enhancing teacher-student interactions as well as writing communities.

Q: What brought about these changes?

A: When we examined our former program closely, we noticed several things: the need for students to learn analytical and argumentative writing earlier, a stark disparity with similar institutions and within the discipline itself, recent changes in South Carolina’s high school standards, and issues with transfer credit. Based upon internal and external data, the English Department worked collaboratively to imagine a better program for our students while also staying true to our programmatic goals. Continue reading

Writing Center tutors stay busy all summer

Once again this summer, FMU’s Writing Center opened its doors to help Session I and II students brainstorm, draft, and revise compositions of all kinds. A total of 150 students were served in both online and on-campus tutorials.

Two students work in the Writing Center

Additionally, the Writing Center tutors enjoyed time with teacher education students from Thailand working with Education Professor Dr. Polly Haselden. The students came to the Center to work on composing final presentations for their course.

Visiting Students from Thailand

The Writing Center opens for Fall tutoring on August 29th in Founders Hall 114C. Students can sign up online or stop by the Center for more help.

Photos by Christina Xan.

Snow Island Review Releases 26th Issue

By Anna Jackson, SIR editor

The FMU Literary and Art Journal, Snow Island Review, published and released its 26th volume on April 18th in the Lee Nursing Auditorium. Around 40 students, parents, and faculty came out to celebrate the release of the journal. The release party featured readings by the authors of their published works and a display of the artwork that was printed in the journal.

SIR poster

The official cover and poster for the 26th issue

The journal features poetry, short stories, photography, and visual artwork created by the students of Francis Marion University. The work published in the journal is selected for publication by a student panel of staff members and editors. After work is submitted, staff members read the works and then deliberate and vote on what they want to see in the journal. Works that receive majority vote are then accepted for publication.

This year’s issue represents exactly what the journal itself represents. In the preface to the journal, I say that the works contained within it are the unadulterated experiences, thoughts, and feelings of the students at FMU. I, along with many others, find writing as an escape. It is not always about love and heartbreak. It is not always about topics you are comfortable discussing, but it is life. Life does not have a censor; therefore, neither does writing. Snow Island Review allows all voices on all topics the chance to be heard, along with the chance to be a published author or artist. That is the message myself and the staff strived for with this year’s volume.

SIR Contributors

The contributors for the 26th issue gather in front of one of the images featured this year.

As Editor-in-Chief of Snow Island Review, I could not be more pleased with the work that was put into this year’s journal and the quality of work that we had the privilege to publish. The staff, especially my editorial team, came together and put in the extra work that was need for this publication to run smoothly. This year’s editorial staff included myself, Amber Griffith, Mason A. Jones, Corbin E. Witt, Christina Xan, Trey Brown, and Joshua Smith. The other staff members include Claudia Almazan, Amy Benton, Kim Boswell, Lucas Berry, Summer Rae Bradham, Zachary Bullard, Rebekah Davis, Aidan Humphrey, Kendria Mason, Jake Pack, Justin Scott, Nisheeka Simmons, Kyle Stewart, and Taylor Whisnant. Also, Dr. Mica Hilson served as the faculty advisor of the journal. I would like to thank each of these individuals along with the English Department for their continued support to Snow Island Review.

Hilson at podium

Dr. Mica Hilson, faculty adviser, introduces his students.

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SIR accepts poetry, short stories, photography, and visual artwork.

We are always looking to expand on staff members; there are no requirements other than showing up and participating. Also, we will begin working on next year’s journal in the fall and will be taking submissions of any kind to consider for the next issue of the journal. For more information or to ask any questions, you can contact the staff at fmusnowislandreview@gmail.com.

Editorial Team

The Editorial Team for Issue #26. Join this talented group in the fall by emailing the staff at the address above.