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When members of the T.S. Eliot Society gather in St. Louis this weekend for the group’s annual meeting, they will be greeted with a new collection of the famous poet’s essays.

The fact that Columbia, Missouri, is in the path of totality for the August 21st solar eclipse is going to make this year’s Summers @ Mizzou camp a lot more interesting. Camp participants—mostly high school students—will be “Telling the Stories of the Stars” by learning the science behind the solar eclipse and then creating oral stories and digital-animation projects to convey what they have learned.

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Come celebrate National Poetry Month with Missouri Poet Laureate Aliki Barnstone, professor of English at MU, and her predecessors Walter Bargen, David Clewell, and William Trowbridge. The event will be held Friday, April 6, 12 p.m. in the Faculty Alumni Lounge, Memorial Union S304. A reception will follow the readings.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri interim Chancellor Hank Foley and Commerce Bank Chairman Jim Schatz today awarded two of the 2016 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence to faculty members in the College of Arts and Science.

Whether you are currently a student, faculty member, or an MU graduate, odds are you can quickly name your favorite professor. That person might be someone who helped you understand a difficult subject, or steered your research in a new direction, or helped you evaluate your career choices.

The College of Arts and Science is proud to be home to some of the world’s best historians, scientists, artists, authors, performers, innovators, and scholars. The A&S Faculty Fellowship program allows the college to recognize outstanding faculty members by providing a one-time award of $5,000. The fellowship may be renewed if the faculty member is selected again.

Prize for best poem or group of poems submitted by a student currently enrolled at MU (in English or another department).

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One annual award for full-time students to provide tuition, room and board, and books in freshman and sophmore semesters and to be based on academic record, promise, financial need, with continuance on same criteria into second and succeeding semesters of eligibility.

The Faculty-Alumni Awards, begun in 1968, recognize the achievements of faculty and alumni. Faculty are considered for their work as teachers, administrators and researchers. Alumni are considered for their professional accomplishments and service to Mizzou.

Most Missourians probably are aware of their state’s Native American heritage, if for no other reason than the plethora of Native American place names such as Miami, Neosho, Osceola, and Tecumseh, to name just a few.

2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards

The Arts and Science Distinguished Alumni Awards, established in 1984, allow the college to recognize some of its many outstanding alumni whose professional contributions have enhanced their respective disciplines and the quality of life for humankind, and in doing so have reflected well on the College of Arts and Science.


Major Garrett
BA ’84 political science, BJ ’84

Michael Marlo is going back to Kenya. The assistant professor of English was awarded a four-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant last year to research four underdocumented varieties of Luyia, a group of Bantu languages in Kenya and Uganda. But when Marlo returns to Kenya in January to continue his research, he will do so as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar.

Jenelle Beavers has served as counsel in the University of Missouri’s Office of General Counsel for about a year, after serving as associate director of Mizzou’s Honors College. Prior to returning to campus, Beavers, BA ’01 English, served eight years as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, leading False Claims Act investigations and civil prosecutions in the health, technology, and defense industries.

The Board of Curators has named Professor of English Scott Cairns a University of Missouri Curators’ Distinguished Professor. Cairns, who received his PhD in 1990 from the University of Utah, teaches modern and contemporary American literature and creative writing.

Two College of Arts and Science faculty members and a graduate student in theater have received awards for instruction in writing-intensive courses. The Campus Writing Program presented the awards to Assistant Teaching Professor Gabriel Fried in the Department of English, Curators Professor of Music Michael Budds, and Department of Theatre graduate student Sarah Senff during a ceremony at the Celebration of Teaching Awards breakfast at the Reynolds Alumni Center.

Award for best creative nonfiction submitted by students currently enrolled at MU.

The University of Missouri Board of Curators has named three professors in the College of Arts and Science as Curators' Professors, the university’s highest and most prestigious rank. These professorships acknowledge outstanding scholars with established reputations from the entire University of Missouri system. The three professors were recognized by Chancellor Alexander Cartwright Tuesday evening at a reception at the Reynolds Alumni Center.

To provide one or more annual awards to students majoring in English; first preference given to graduate students.

Fellowship awards for worthy graduate students in English, with a preference for those with financial need.

A recent doctoral graduate of the MU English department’s creative writing program has been named a winner of the National Poetry Series annual Open Competition. Melissa Range’s Scriptorium was among five winning entries selected in this year’s competition and will be published by Beacon Press. Each of the five winning poets will receive $10,000 and publication in 2016 by a trade, university, or small press.

When Karen Piper was just seven years old, her parents packed up the family car and moved a thousand miles from Seattle, Washington, to China Lake, California. Piper’s father, an aerospace engineer for Boeing, was laid off by the company in the late 1960s and had been unemployed for six months when he received an offer from the Naval Ordnance Test Station at China Lake. Piper says the job was a godsend to her family, but the new living arrangements would present many challenges.

Noah Heringman, a professor in the English department, and his family will pack their bags this summer and travel from Columbia to the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina to spend a year at the National Humanities Center (NHC). Heringman was selected as a fellow of the NHC from a competitive field of 362 applicants.

Virpi Lummaa

Virpi Lummaa, University of Turku, Finland, presents, "Why and how we grow old: cooperation and conflict in human families," Monday, Oct. 15, S110 memorial Union.

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One or more annual awards shall be made to undergraduates who demonstrate excellence in writing.

The recipient of this scholarship will be a Missouri resident in the high need category for financial aid. The combined federal adjusted gross income of the student and the student's family, as required to be reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), must be less than or equal to $40,000 per year and the student must have financial need as defined by federal financial aid regulations.

Prizes for poetry and fiction are offered to all students at MU. Essay prizes are open to MU students who have been enrolled in English 1000 in the current school year.

One or more annual awards to graduate students in the creative writing program. Selected recipients shall have good academic standing and financial need.

One or more annual awards shall be made to teaching assistants who teach expository/persuasive writing. Each recipient should be not only a devoted and skilled teacher, but also a good writer and even better critic--one who views the job and self with both discipine and light-heartedness.

One annual award to a doctoral student in English or American literature. The recipient shall have passed all comprehensive examinations, language requirements, etc., and thus have arrived at the beginning or be in the early stages of writing a dissertation. Preference should usually be given to those with dependents, especially several young children, since providing for a family while negotiating graduate school in a humanistic discipline is a tremendous burden.

For her harrowing memoir, "The Other Side," Houston writer Lacy Johnson has been named a finalist for two prestigious national awards: a National Book Critics Circle Award for the best autobiography of 2014; and an

Roller derby has become increasingly popular in North America in recent years. Trudy Lewis, professor of English, enjoys watching her friends on the CoMo Derby Dames team—she is inspired by women’s spaces. As she learned more about the culture of roller derby in the Midwest, she knew she had found the setting for her next novel.

One or more awards to graduate students enrolled in the English department. Preference given to parents returning to college for an advanced degree.

One or more annual awards to graduate students for travel to study in England.

During the school year, Professor Karen Piper teaches classes on climate change fiction and postcolonial literature. During the summer, she travels the globe conducting research. For the past seven years, she has been gathering information for her latest book, The Price of Thirst.

One annual award made to a student in the College of Arts and Science, with preference given to an English major.

Available to students attending any of the campuses of the University of Missouri. Applicants must submit typed manuscripts that are clearly marked with the name of the contest. The contest is open to both formal and unrhymed free verse entries. Entries should not exceed two single-spaced pages. The student ID number (not the student's name) shall be on the manuscript.

At least two annual prizes for those who have been judged the best fiction writers in the four-campus system of the University of Missouri with preference given to women and undergraduates.

One or more annual awards with consideration for need. Selected recipients must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must be an English major.

Used for an annual award to a graduate student studying 17th- or 18th-century English literature.

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Why should you say “the round blue ball” instead of “ball blue round the”? Native speakers have the rules of their language engrained in them from a very young age. But a non-native speaker must ask, “What are the rules?” Answering that question leads to a broader one, “How and why do languages vary in the rules they have?” Studying closely related languages can tell us important details of how languages vary, which sheds light on the nature of human language.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright and Commerce Bank Chairman and CEO Teresa Maledy today awarded three of the 2018 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence.

Rebecca Grollemund received masters and doctoral degrees from Université Lumière Lyon 2, in Lyon, France. Her MA project, completed in 2006, was a study of the endangered Kande language of Gabon, based on original data she collected in the field.

Dr. Roy Fox, emeritus professor of English and education at the University of Missouri, began his Fulbright Scholarship to Ireland last month. Fox will spend three months in Ireland as Scholar in Residence to the College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences (CACSS) Graduate School at University College Cork (UCC).

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and Commerce Bank Chairman Jim Schatz of Commerce Bank today awarded one of the 2015 William T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence to Elisa Glick, an associate professor of English and women’s and gender studies in the MU College of Arts and Science.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Officials from the University of Missouri Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative have awarded two MU students, one faculty member, one staff member and a program with the 2015 Mizzou Inclusive Excellence Award.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Many languages spoken in Africa do not have a written tradition, and relatively few are well documented. In rural western Kenya, the oral traditions of several distinct varieties of Luyia, a cluster of Bantu languages of Kenya and Uganda, remain largely unstudied. With increasing pressure from the more widespread languages of Swahili and English, there are potential threats to the longevity of these languages.

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Professor Emerita Elaine Lawless is indefatigable. Having retired from the University of Missouri Department of English in 2015 with six books to her credit, Lawless has recently published two more books and has another scheduled to be released in 2019 by IU Press—a collection of her already published scholarly articles.

The College of Arts and Science will hold its spring 2019 commencement exercises in Mizzou Arena on May 19. Before seniors and graduate students walk across the stage to accept their degrees, we sat down with five of them to talk about what they learned during their time at Mizzou and what the future holds for them.

University of Missouri Provost Garnett Stokes announced today that Pat Okker, a senior associate provost, has agreed to serve as interim dean of the College of Arts and Science.

Annual prize for best undergraduate paper on pre-20th-century British literature.

Brittany Luse

Digital Storytelling/Dept. of English present podcaster Brittany Luse of Gimlet Media, who will be speaking on "The Power of Voices: A future Oprah's Master Class."

Scholarship for an undergraduate in English literature who has a degree of financial need.

Two faculty members in the College of Arts and Science are among the five professors on the MU campus to receive the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence this year. Elisa Glick, an associate professor in the Department of English and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, has been an MU faculty member since 2001.

Rebecca Dingo, an associate professor of English and women’s and gender studies, loves discussing transnational feminism and using her background in rhetorical studies to examine many types of rhetoric. Her role as a leader in the field has been affirmed because she just received the W. Ross Winterowd Award for her book, Networking Arguments: Rhetoric, Transnational Feminism, and Public Policy Writing.

Until recently, most depictions of indigenous people in films and documentaries were of the stereotypical “cowboys versus Indians” variety or tales of the “vanishing Indians” who once proudly roamed the plains of early America. A common misconception about the early years of Hollywood is that indigenous people were actors or extras but never writers, directors, or heads of studios.

Annual writing prize awarded to a student doing the best work in versification during his or her freshman year at MU.

On November 11, Americans are asked to reflect upon the heroism of those who have served our country in war or peace. Veterans Day, originally called Armistice Day to mark the signing of the truce that ended World War I, was renamed by Congress in 1954 to honor American veterans of all wars.

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