Redefining the Classroom

College of Arts, Letters, Social Sciences & Emergency Services

George Denger
George Denger

Office: ART 219
Phone: (906) 635-2330

School of English, Communication, and Language Studies

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, National Identity, and Playing Indian." Forthcoming in The Journal of Popular Culture , 2014.

Aaron Fader'13 presented his paper, "Video Game Narrative: Problems and Possibilities," at the Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language, and Media at Northern Illinois University. The paper is based on his senior thesis (directed by Dr. Chad Barbour). In this research, Aaron applies reader - response theory to video game narratives. Through this application, he seeks to establish a "gamer - response" theory that attempts 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 featured guest on Friday, October 4th , 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 starred review from Booklist. He is also the author of the literary novels Buddy Cooper Finds a Way , which Entertainment Weekly called "both comic and chilling," and The Midlife Crisis of Commander Invincible , which will be published by LSU Press in fall 2013. Connelly earned his MFA degree in creative writing at McNeese State University 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 2nd this year. The festival will be held from 11 am to 3 pm in the Cisler Center and is being presented as a joint project of the Departments of English and Education. The festival planning committee includes: Janice Repka, Asst. Prof. of English & Creative writing; Susan James, Asst. Director/Reference Librarian, Bayliss Public Library; Debbie Lehman, Children's Librarian, Bayliss Public Library; Jillena Rose, Asst. Prof. of English & Creative Writing; Mary McMyne, Asst. Prof. of English & Education, and Brenda Cooper, Dept. of Education. Many children's book authors will appear including Johnathan Rand (author of over sixty books, including the Michigan Chillers series) Nancy Shaw (author of the children's classic picture book Sheep in a Jeep and the multi - cultural picture book Elena's Story ) and Upper Peninsula authors Carrie Pearson, Gretchen Pearson, Lizbeth Jenkins - 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 29 , 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 Works , 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: Julie Barbour, Eric Gadzinski, Mary McMyne, Janice Repka, and James Zukowski. Please plan to attend.

Snowdrifts Seeking Submissions

Our student literary journal, Snowdrifts , 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 to join 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 attend a meeting to get to know the group. For more information contact the Club Co - Advisors, Jillena Rose and Janice Repka.

Life Passages

Communication alumna Gabby Castillo Uger '10 and her husband Steve celebrated the birth of a son, David, this past August. Congratulations!

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, Nevada.