Potter College Fall Festival : “I Wish Ogden did Cool Stuff Like This!”

As most of you know, the lovely Potter College Fall Festival was this past Wednesday, and it was fantastic! There was live music, food, and pumpkins. I made a flower bouquet, drank hot apple cider, and won a cool mug from the history department. There was a table where you can get poems written for you, learn about study abroad, and take pictures with a guillotine. This festival contained everything it meant to be a part of Potter College. I went with a friend, who is a Biology major, and she said “They never do stuff like this for my college. It’s all ‘this famous chemist is going to talk about bonds and polarity yay!'” What happens at the colonnades is unique and combines what it means to be the wonderful, creative, intellectual beings we are.

Editorial: Why I think science and writing work together.

Image from the WKU Herald/William Kolb

Image from the WKU Herald/William Kolb

On Wednesday the 15th, Bill Nye—known from my childhood as the Science Guy—spoke at Diddle Arena. He discussed his family history, specifically talking about his father’s interest in sundials and how this would influence Bill’s work as a scientist.

One theme Nye revisited throughout his speech involved our ability to change the world. Specifically, Nye implored his audience to appreciate science as a way to understand the universe, the problems that plague our planet and society, and find ways to solve them. It was all part of Nye’s discussion about scientific literacy and why it is so important to have a scientifically literate populace.

How does science affect us English majors, and why is it so important we keep up with scientific trends? Bill Nye touched upon topics such as near-Earth asteroids and climate change, two issues that affect life on our planet. See, Bill Nye didn’t just challenge us to change the world, but to save it, and he said science is a way to make that happen. He said we need real science, the kind of science with evidence and theories and peer review.

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Muse-ical English Major: Part 1

Collin Hancock is a classmate of mine. Has been for a couple of years now, and is a pretty cool guy. In addition to being an English major and student, he’s also a musician.

Photo courtesy of Collin Hancock from his Facebook

Photo courtesy of Collin Hancock from his Facebook

Jacky Killian: How old are you, and what year are you currently in?

Collin Hancock: I’m 22, and I’m a senior.

Jacky: What is your concentration?

 Collin: I’m an English literature major with a minor in creative writing.

Jacky: What does it mean to be a English Major to you?

Collin: I’ve always wanted to be around people that have a desire to express themselves, listen to others and grow. I think the English major promotes that sort of behavior.

Jacky: What draws you to music?

Collin: I’ve got a specific taste in music, and I think, if you’re really into something, you’ll have a desire to recreate it in some small way. I write my own music because it’s something I feel compelled to do. Even if it’s not always good, I did it, and it’s out there, and I can move on.

Jacky: What compelled you to perform at the Fall Festival this year?

Collin: It was a spur of the moment decision. A friend told me about the auditions because they thought I might be interested, and I decided I’d give it a shot.

Collin will be performing at the PCAL Fall Festival this Wednesday at the Colonnade. Take the time to listen to some music and have a little fun.

Get ready for the Fall Festival!!

Get ready for the Fall Festival!!

Who wants to play video games?!!



Sometimes, fun distractions are needed at this time of the semester.

For those who like video games and like playing video games with people, you don’t want to miss this gaming event!! It’s a fund raiser for the Association for Computing Machinery. There’s a five dollar entry fee, and multiple platforms (such as X-Boxes and Playstations) will be supported. Also, for those with a new copy of Super Smash Bros for the Nintendo 3DS, they might have a Smash Bros. tourney…

NaNoWriMo – “The World Needs Your Novel”

crest-bda7b7a6e1b57bb9fb8ce9772b8faafbNaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month - starts next month in November. As English Majors, writing is a big part of all we do, even if we aren’t planning on writing novels professionally. Even if it isn’t something you considered beyond as a distraction while walking up the hill, the event is here to encourage creativity and free expression, even if it is purely for fun.

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Festive Volunteering

Need or want to volunteer someplace for a few hours? Want to have a fun-filled Saturday instead of cooping up with some books and homework? Bowling Green’s International Festival, a local celebration of our area’s diversity and international population, needs volunteers. The International Festival is going on this Saturday, September the 27th, from 9:00 A.M. to 6 P.M. at Fountain Square Park in downtown Bowling Green. They also need people for set-up and tear-down as well as running events and booths at the Festival. For more information about volunteering, visit this link. http://bginternationalfest.com/volunteer/index.html

To learn more about the International Festival, visit this link. http://bginternationalfest.com/


Dr. Angela Jones (Associate Professor of English) and Dr. Charles Borders (Associate Professor of History) man a booth to recruit volunteers Wednesday the 17th at the Centennial Mall for the International Festival.


Streamlines Undergraduate Conference Now Taking Submissions!

Visit http://www.clarke.edu/streamlines for more information.

Conference submissions are now being taken for Streamlines: An Undergraduate Conference Celebrating Language, Literature, and Writing. Submit your abstract by October 22nd to be considered for a panel presentation!

According to the attached flyer, “Streamlines is a collaborative effort among Clarke University, Loras College, and University of Dubuque to create unique opportunities for undergraduates to share scholarship and creativity.”

Click the thumbnail of the flyer or go to the Streamlines web page for more information. This is a great opportunity, not to be missed!

Student Success: Joshua Johnston Represents WKU English for World Book Night Celebration

Joshua Johnston is a recent graduate from WKU's English department.

Joshua is a recent WKU English graduate with a creative writing degree. He will be attending Indiana University starting this fall to pursue his MFA. –Photo Provided by Joshua Johnston

Every year on April 23–Shakespeare’s birthday–folks nationwide donate books to people in their communities for the World Book Night (WBN) celebration, and this year in Bowling Green, one of the WKU English department’s own undergraduate students took center stage for the event.

Joshua Johnston, a brand new WKU English alumni joined Kristie Lowry, Outreach Coordinator for WKU Libraries, at the Warren Regional Juvenile Detention Center (WRJDC) for the World Book Night Celebration. Ms. Lowry thought “just taking the books to the center and dropping them off with a few kind words didn’t seem like enough. With a loose idea for a poetry workshop in mind, I reached out to the English Department at [WKU], and [Dr. Molly McCaffrey] recommended [Joshua Johnston].”

Ms. Lowry gave each student a copy of 100 Best-Loved Poems, then Joshua led the poetry workshop, where many of the students surprised and humbled them with their ability to relate to the poems. Many of them even had a knack for creating their own poetry! Ms. Lowry had this to say about Joshua after WBN had come to a close:

“That young man—barely older than the kids he was teaching—spent [two hours] sharing poetry and the written word in a way that left me aching to be able to write well enough to do his work justice.

He did an amazing job! Actually, ‘amazing’ doesn’t begin to describe it. He was phenomenal. I hope to do more work with the kids at the center, and I’d love to partner with students or faculty in the English Department for that whenever possible.”

Joshua had this to say about his experience at WRJDC:

“I initially worried that there wouldn’t be adequate time to establish an atmosphere in which students felt comfortable enough to engage in the type of dialogue that is so crucial to successful writing workshops, but I quickly discovered that my fears were unfounded. By the end of each class, most of the students were not only intently crafting poems, but enthusiastically sharing their works-in-progress with the class and drawing further inspiration from the positive feedback that ensued. Their talent and courage was a true joy to witness, as well as a vivid reminder of why I have so much faith in the field of creative writing.”

Joshua obviously left a lasting impression on the students at the WRJDC, Ms. Lowry, and our community–not by simply handing these students books–he provided a great experience they will remember forever because he opened their minds to poetry and creative writing. We’re glad to share Joshua’s successes as a WKU English undergrad, and look forward to hearing more about his future achievements in the Indiana University MFA program this fall!

Check out the World Book Night website to learn more about how you can make a difference in people’s lives by inspiring them to love reading, just as Joshua did for the students at WRJDC.

Alumni Alert: Fill Out a Questionnaire for a Chance at $25 Gift Card (Hint: Odds Way Better than Lottery!)

May 19, 2014

Dear WKU English department alumni,

My name is Rob Hale, and I am the new Head of English at WKU.  I arrived in Bowling Green last July, and I finally have a chance to catch my breath and introduce myself to you. You may have received a hard copy of this letter in the US Mail, but I wanted to follow up with an email just in case we have your home address wrong. I also thought it might be easier for you to complete our alumni survey if we provided a direct link in this post.

Dr. Robert Hale, English Department Head

Dr. Robert Hale, English Department Head

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