Faculty and student scholarly productivity
Dr. Chad Barbour has had two articles
accepted for publication
"Playing Indian, Gender Performance, and Racial Masquerade in 1940s and 1950s United States
Comics." Forthcoming in the
International Journal of Comic Art
, November 2013.
"When Captain America Was an Indian: Heroic Masculinity, Na
tional Identity, and
Indian." Forthcoming in
The Journal of Popular Culture
Aaron Fader'13 presented his paper, "Video Game Narrative: Problems and Possibilities," at
the Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media at Northern
The paper is based on his senior thesis (directed by Dr. Chad Barbour). In this research, Aaron
response theory to video game narratives. Through this application, he seeks to
establish a “gamer
response” theory that att
empts to understand and explain the way that an
audience participates in and shapes narrative in video games. He is now attending the MA
program in English at the University of Toledo.
Author to visit LSSU on Oct. 4
Neil O'Boyle Connelly will
be our featur
ed guest on Friday, October 4
, for a Master Class on
creative writing at noon in Arts Center 217 and for a Reading and Reception at 7 to 9 pm in the
Crow’s Nest. Connelly is the author of two highly
acclaimed young adult novels which examine
the power of
faith and the human desire for a savior:
Saint Michael's Scales
, which was a finalist
for the 2002 Borders Original Voices series, and
The Miracle Stealer
, which received a sta
review from Booklist. He is also the author of the literary novels
ooper Finds a Way
called “both comic and chilling,” and
The Midlife Crisis of
, which will be published by LSU Press in fall 2013. Connelly earned his
MFA degree in creative writing at McNeese State Universit
y where he studied under Pulitzer
Prize winner Robert Olen Butler.
Connelly’s short story "The Adventures of Ultimate Man" was
nominated for a Pushcart Prize. In 2006, Oxford American included him in a list of prominent
novelists of the Southern United St
ates. Having since returned to his Pennsylvania roots,
Connelly is now an Assistant Professor of English at Shippensburg University. Please spread the
word about this event.
Children's Book Festival set for Nov. 2
Lake Superior State University has receive
d grant funding from the Michigan Humanities
Council and the Michigan Center for the Book to be used for hosting the Superior Children’s
Book Festival on November 2
The festival will be held from 11 am to 3 pm in the
Cisler Center and is bein
as a joint project of the Departments of Englis
planning committee includes:
Asst. Prof. of English &
Asst. Director/Reference Librarian, Bayliss Public Library; Debbie
Children's Librarian, Bayliss Public Library;
Asst. Prof. of English &
Asst. Prof. of English & Education, and
Brenda Cooper, Dept.
Many children’s book authors will appear including Joh
nathan Rand (author of
over sixty books, including the
series) Nancy Shaw (author of the children’s
classic picture book
Sheep in a Jeep
and the multi
cultural picture book
Upper Peninsula authors Carrie Pearson,
Dale and others. If
you would like to assist with the festival by sponsoring a table or donating needed items, please
contact the festival coordinator at
The Way North Reading to be Held at Bayliss
On Tuesday, October
, Bayliss Library will host a reading for four LSSU professors who have
had their work published in the anthology
The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New
, published this year by Wayne St
ate University Press.
The event will begin at 7 pm. and
our campus bookstore will provide copies of the book for purchase. The professors who have
been invited to read their poetry and prose are:
Barbour, Eric Gadzinski, Mary McMyne,
Janice Repka, and James Zukowski.
Please plan to attend.
Snowdrifts Seeking Submissions
Our student literary journal,
, is now open for submissions. Please encourage your
students to submit original poetry, fiction, non
fiction, art and photography to
The deadline for submissions will be November 19.
English Club Starts a New Semester
The LSSU English Club is meeting on Mondays at 5 pm this semester.
All students are welcome
regardless of major. This year the club plans to continue offering critique exchanges, to
attend a writer’s retreat, and hopefully make it to a writing conference. If you know any
students who might be interested in joining, please encourage them to atten
d a meeting to get
to know the group. For more information contact the Club Co
Advisors, Jillena Rose and Janice
Organizational Communication class fundraises for a good cause
Assistant Prof. Katey Price (right) and her COMM 325 Organizational Communication class at the Alzheimer's Association walk on September 7.
COMM 325 students
participated in the Alzheimer’s
walk on Se
7. Sault Ste. Marie Mayor Tony
Bosbous of Sault Ste. Marie
joined the team of
students as they participated
and observed the
communication taking place in
an organized context. Team
"Lake State Comm Squad"
for the walk.
Communication Faculty to present at National Conference this Fall
Drs. Gary Balfantz and George Denger will both be attending the National Communication
Association conference November
24 in Washington, D.C.
ill be attending and
participating on a Performance Studies panel at the 99
National Communication Association
convention in Washington D
C., November 20
Dr. Balfantz is serving as an external reviewer for the Communication Studies department
He has been asked to evaluate the quantity, quality and breadth of a
scholarly /creative activity
for promotion to full professor.
as mentioned in the article, “Seeing
, Channeling, and Weaving: Coming to Christie Logan,
Performance Quarterly, Vol. 33, No 3, July 2013. This was a special issue of the journal: Reflections on
the Economics of
has received invitations to
the Petit Jean Performance Festival, October 2013, hosted by the
University of North Texas and to the Patti Pace Performance Festival, February 2014, hosted by Georgia
Perimeter State University, Augus
ta Georgia. The festival offer
performance and workshop opportunities for students and faculty members in a non
competitive setting. Dr. Balfantz has taken
students to numerous festivals in the past. Our students last performed at Petit Jean in Fall of
Dr. Denger will be presenting during the NCA conference as a member of a panel on presidential
campaign debate “camps”. The panelists enlisted as a respondent a former Cabinet
level officer from
the Clinton administration who directly
Clinton in debate preparation during his 1992
run for the presidency.
In April, Dr. Denger presented at the Eastern Communication Association Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.
His focus in this conference was on the implications of recent research on th
e critic and rhetorical
theorist Kenneth Burke for the practice of communication pedagogy through public speaking
Gabby Castillo Uger
and her husband Steve celebrated the birth of a son,
David, this past
The Laker community was saddened to learn this past summer of the passing of Dr. Polly Stevens Fields.
Dr. Fields taught in the English Department for many years at LSSU after her arrival on our campus in
1995. She died in Reno,
Continuing the Academic Quest...
Former Laker communication and theater student Stephanie (Kilgore
‘05 has begun work
toward her Ph.D. at Louisiana State University.
Communication alumni Jeanna Radzinski
are both pu
degrees at Boston University. Best of luck to both!