The Ohio Arts Council board has honored seven faculty from the English department in their 2016 Individual Excellence Awards. Those honored include Lee Martin, professor, English; Memory Risinger, senior lecturer, English; Kathy Fagan Grandinetti, professor, English; Marcus Jackson, visiting assistant professor, English; Doug Sutton-Ramspeck, associate professor, English, Ohio State Lima; Maggie Smith, visiting assistant professor, English; and David Winter, senior lecturer, English. Each awardee received $5,000 as part of the award.
Two weeks ago today, faculty, staff, students, families, and friends all gathered in the Longaberger Alumni House to celebrate another successful year of English at Ohio State. They were greeted with a smile, name tag, and drink ticket from our wonderful advising staff, then enjoyed a buffet and some small talk. While I was running around playing waiter, attendees checked out research projects from this year’s Denman Undergraduate Research Forum participants. At 5 p.m., the doors opened and everyone took their seats in the Alumni House’s gorgeous presentation room. There they found Chair Debra Moddelmog and Academic Program Coordinator Mike Bierschenk, who took guests through a presentation honoring those who received awards this past year. Awards were handed out; pictures were taken. Everyone had a good time.
Laura Esposto has been awarded the second inaugural R.L. Stine Scholarship. Generously provided by author R.L. Stine, an Ohio State English alumnus (BA, 1965) and award-winning author of children’s horror stories, this $11,000 tuition scholarship supports English majors who have demonstrated a serious interest in Creative Writing.
The Department of English would like to congratulate Wendy Hesford on receiving Yale University's Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery interdisciplinary fellowship at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition, part of
“Graphic Memoir,” English 5664 in the Spring of 2016, is a course on autobiographies written and drawn by comics artists. All the students (half of them graduate students and half advanced undergrads) had to produce a one-page comic about their lives.
Rand Morrison was teeming with advice when he sat down for his interview conducted by professional writing minor students Emily Berestecky and Trent Lammers on Friday, April 15. Morrison visited Ohio State to receive the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Achievement Award, which he adds to his ten Emmy, two George Foster Peabody, and two Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University awards. An alumnus of the English Department—he received his degree in English here in 1971—Morrison stopped by Denney Hall to share his expertise in a wide-ranging conversation with students.
Scott DeWitt, Associate Professor of English and Vice Chair of Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy, appeared in the Columbus Dispatch on Sunday, April 24th for his work in Strings Attached, a beginner-friendly, no-pressure ukulele group that meets once a month in a warehouse. Scott founded the group in 2012 with his friend, MIkey Thomas.