Category Archives: Affiliated Groups

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.


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

Editorial Team

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

FMU Writing Center Announces September Events

The FMU Writing Center has several events coming up in September for FMU students, staff, and faculty:

  • Avoiding Plagiarism: 2:30 p.m., Mon., Sept. 8, in CEMC 114 (Workshop)
  • Writing for Sciences – Lab Reports: 3:45 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 11, in CEMC 114 (Workshop)
  • Building Sentences: 2:30 p.m., Mon., Sept. 15, in FH 114B (Workout)
  • Using MLA Format: 2:30 p.m., Wed., Sept. 17, in CEMC 114 (Workshop)
  • Using APA Format: 3:45 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 25, in CEMC 114 (Workshop)

As always, Writing Center staff are available in FH 114-C throughout the semester for one-to-one tutorials. FMU students, staff, and faculty are welcome to book face-to-face and online appointments through the Writing Center’s website. Evening tutorials (no appointment needed) are offered at the FMU Tutoring Center (LSF 107) from 5:00-8:00 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays.

More questions? Stop by the Writing Center in FH 114-C.

Dr. Kunka, FMU Writing Center Director, and Dr. Reynolds, FMU Writing Center Assistant Director

Fall 2014 English Film Series

The Fall Film Series has a wonderful line-up this semester. Take a look at the schedule below. Faculty and students with questions about the film series should contact organizer Dr. Smolen-Morten

From the 1941 trailer for _The Maltese Falcon_ showing Humphrey Bogart. Image in the public domain.

From the 1941 trailer for _The Maltese Falcon_ showing Humphrey Bogart. Image in the public domain.

September 23, 2014.  John Huston, The Maltese Falcon (1941) 100 mins.

Hard-noised private detective Sam Spade unravels the tangled plots of an unsavory lot chasing a jewel encrusted statue. Quintessential film noir: dark alleys, a femme fatale, justified paranoia, and an American culture bereft of a moral compass. Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet.

3:35 & 7:30 pm, Lowrimore Auditorium, Cauthen Educational Media Center.

October 21, 2014.  Jean-Marc Vallée, Dallas Buyers Club (2013) 117mins.*

With 67 awards, including Oscars for best actor and supporting actor, this biopic entertains and challenges audiences. Suffering from AIDS, Ron Woodroof brings unapproved and illegal drugs into Texas, where he sells them to other AIDS victims and learns compassion for people he had rejected.

3:35 & 7:30 pm, Lowrimore Auditorium, Cauthen Educational Media Center.

On the set of _The Seventh Seal_ in 1957. Photo in the public domain.

On the set of _The Seventh Seal_ in 1957. Photograph in the public domain.

November 18, 2014. Ingmar Bergman, The Seventh Seal (1957) 96 mins.

A cult classic, The Seventh Seal made Bergman an international star and the darling of the European avant-garde. A medieval knight returns to his native Sweden, where he grapples with existential questions, like the existence and nature of God, and plays chess with Death. A must see for film buffs.

3:35 & 7:30 pm, Lowrimore Auditorium, Cauthen Educational Media Center.

*Dallas Buyer’s Club will be presented with help from FMU Gender Studies.

FMU’s Writing Center Opens for Tutorials on Jan. 14

Conveniently located in Founders Hall, the FMU Writing Center offers free, one-to-one writing help. FMU students can receive assistance during any stage of the writing process–from brainstorming, to crafting thesis statements, to revising, to understanding citation and grammar rules.



The Writing Center (FH 114C) will open for Spring 2014 tutorials on Tuesday, January 14. Their hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  They also offer online tutorials on weekday and Sunday evenings. For drop-in assistance (no appointment needed), a Writing Center Consultant will be available in the Tutoring Center (LSF L107) Monday through Thursday evenings from 5:00-8:00 p.m. 

The Writing Center launched an online scheduling system last fall: Students can schedule a face-to-face or online appointments through the Writing Center’s website: Students will need to register on the site the first time they book an appointment. Faculty will receive notification via email about students’ completed tutorials for projects in their classes.


Workshops and workouts are interactive group sessions. In workshops, students address common writing situations, such as avoiding plagiarism. No reservation is required. All workshops are held in Lowrimore Auditorium (CEMC 114).

Workouts are small-group interactive sessions that combine the fun of a game show with the rigor of a boot camp to help students strengthen their writing skills. No reservation is required, though participation is limited to fifteen attendees. Each workshop will meet in FH 114B.

The first Writing Center workshop of the semester will be “Avoiding Plagiarism” on Thursday, January 16, at 2:30 p.m. in CEMC 114. The full workshop/workout schedule is  available online. The Writing Center will email professors notification forms to inform them of students’ attendance at these events. 


Dr. Kunka, Director of the Writing Center, and Dr. Reynolds, Assistant Director of the Writing Center, invite faculty to bring their classes to Founders Hall for a tour of the Center. During the tour, they will offer a brief introduction of their services (10 to 15 minutes). Faculty who are interested in this orientation activity can contact Dr. Kunka by email at j k u n k a [at] f m a r i o n [dot] e d u to make arrangements. Tours will be conducted from January 13-27.

Snow Island Review Announces Meeting, Issues Call for Submissions

Once again, FMU’s Snow Island Review is now accepting student submissions of original writing, including short fiction, plays, creative non-fiction, poetry, and songs. Submissions of original artwork, like photographs, sculpture, drawing, and mixed-media pieces, also are being accepted for publication consideration.

The Snow Island Review is FMU’s own literary and arts journal and is published annually in both bound and electronic forms. Previous issues of the journal can be accessed by visiting the Snow Island Review‘s official website.

Students interested in serving on the staff of the Snow Island Review should attend the interest meeting on January 17. The meeting takes place in FH 114B (next to the Writing Center) and will begin at 3pm. See the flyer below for more information.

The deadline for submitting creative works for submission consideration is March 3. Pieces must be no longer than 8,000 words. For additional information regarding submission requirements, please consult the full guidelines below.


The Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival Begins November 7

Professor Rebecca Flannagan and the Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival Committee are pleased to announce this year’s line-up. 

Mark your calendars for the ninth-annual Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival which will be held in Lowrimore Auditorium on November 7 and 8, 2013.

Copyright of the Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival. Used with permission.

Events will begin each morning and continue throughout the day, culminating in readings by our five writers on the evenings of the 7th and 8th, respectively. A reception at The Cottage on FMU’s campus will follow the last evening reading each night.

This year, our writers will include fiction writers Dolen Perkins-Valdez (author of FMU’s Composition program’s common text, Wench) and Tom Franklin, author of the Edgar Award-nominated novel, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. Poets include Evie Shockley and Allison Joseph. Both Joseph and Shockley have had experience as poets and editors. In addition, young adult writer and poet, Jane Yolen will be featured in two Friday afternoon sessions.

We will also have a mid-morning reading on Friday from students writers featured in our own literary magazine, Snow Island Review.

Please encourage students, community members, and friends to attend. If you would like to know more about our readers and have access to our entire schedule, please check out our website. To access updates, photographs, and to interact with other festival attendees,  “like” us on Facebook and follow @PDFPF on Twitter.