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Writing & Linguistics Department Meet & Greet

Carson Dover, Staff Contributor

The Writing and Linguistics department offers a unique curriculum for a B.A. in writing, which incorporates the fields of creative writing, linguistics, professional & technical writing and writing studies. 

The department held a meet & greet on Oct. 30 in Gamble Hall so students in that major or interested in it could talk to professors and get some free food.

The major is designed to help students learn writing and analytical skills that will help them gain the proper experience to achieve their overall educational, creative and professional goals. 

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Dr. Robert Terry with Chandler Hanton. Photo by Thuy-Linh Dang.

To enhance student development, the department also offers internships, workshops and club opportunities that help students gain even more experience in their field of study.

“The internships are a big part of the program. They act as a capstone course for a lot of students and it is an experience they will do in their junior or senior year. The idea is to get students out into the community to help them network with people so they get the chance to see what it’s like to be in different communication jobs,” Dr. Lisa Dusenberry, a professor of Armstrong’s writing and linguistics department said. 

All kinds of internships are available through the department. Students have had the chance to work with all types of media outlets such as television, radio, news, and research. 

“We have students who have interned at places like Gulfstream doing technical writing, the Telfair Museum doing communication work that interfaces with the public, and we often place interns with Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary doing sustainability type research,” Dusenberry said. 

Attending clubs and workshops connects students to like-minded professors and peers. There are creative writing clubs available on each campus and even workshops that go over things like how to create a resume and cover letter. The department also provides a working writer series that has professional writers come to talk about their careers and help students understand what kind of things they should be prepared for. 

For anyone interested in becoming a writing and linguistics major, students should check with their advisors and faculty members about which area of study they are interested in and how they can incorporate it into their schedule and studies.

 

LLP to honor outstanding majors at Awards Convocation

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Each year, the LLP department awards multiple scholarships to its majors.

Emilie Groover, Staff Writer

The department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy will present nine awards to several LLP majors at the April 19th Awards Convocation.

The winners of each award were nominated by faculty members for their achievements in English as well as their contributions around campus.

The LLP Department presents awards to outstanding students every year, adding a new award for the 2016 convocation.

“There was a Savannah advertising organization that gave Armstrong money for our English Communications program to sponsor scholarships for students in the name of somebody who was big in the industry in Savannah,” said Dr. Elizabeth Howells, LLP Department head.

The funded award is the Marv Vawter Scholarship in Communication.

“The faculty is looking at somebody who not only demonstrates excellence in English Communications in the classroom but also some achievement through their internship,” said Dr. Howells.

English Communications major, Lauren Ashley has been awarded with the 2016 Marv Vawter Scholarship in Communication.

Alicia Boeve and Diana Gonzalez are being awarded with the Fodor Award, a scholarship for study abroad. Boeve and Gonzalez will be traveling to Costa Rica and France, respectively.

This year’s award for academic achievement, the Jones Scholarship, will be presented to Taylor Walton, an English major and writing lab tutor.

Erin Quinney will have the opportunity to attend the Wesleyan University writer’s seminars, using the 2016 Wesleyan Scholarship.

Armstrong’s LLP Department also awards an Outstanding English Major award each year.  Robert Vinyard, the president of the English Speaking Union, is presenting the 2016 award.

The English Speaking Union celebrates the beauty of the English language and is sponsoring the Outstanding English Major award.

A senior English major who is active in the department and shows excellent academic achievement is being presented with the award. KC McGuire has been the editor of  “Calliope” for two years and is this year’s recipient of the Outstanding English Major award.

“At last years convocation I remember thinking how badly I wanted to win something but feeling like I couldn’t. Winning this award has erased my self-doubt and makes me feel like I can do anything,” said McGuire.

McGuire, who graduates in May, is applying to four English Masters programs at universities in England, hoping to attend the University of Kent.

An Outstanding Tutor Award will be presented to Brittany Spellers for her contributions to the Armstrong Writing Center.

Along with the Department awards, several students were nominated for awards for their contributions to the “Calliope” in fiction, poetry, and art.

Sha’Quan Jones (fiction), Michelle Ramos (poetry), and Rose Wellington (art) will be presented with the “Calliope” awards.

The April 19th Award Convocation will honor the LLP award winners as well as Award winners from all departments on Armstrong’s campus.

ADA Accessibility: Student needs not fully met in renovated Gamble Hall

Women's bathroom in Gamble Hall
Women’s bathroom in Gamble Hall

By Chris Barber, Staff Writer

Gamble Hall is one of the original buildings on Armstrong’s campus.

Recent renovations modernized its interior, providing the technology necessary for today’s learning process and most importantly, complying with codes. Continue reading ADA Accessibility: Student needs not fully met in renovated Gamble Hall