of English and Mass Communications
2007 Department Meeting Minutes
Present: Drs. Button, Hoogeveen,
Bhuiyan, Nigro, Prigg, Siddque, and Profs. Donohue, Chikwem,
Esters, Travalini, and Whitesel. Guest: Elizabeth Pitts from the Library
- Professor Donohue announced that
he is serving as webmaster of the English and Mass Communications Department
- Prof. Whitesel reported that, Jasmine
Austin, a Lincolnian staff writer, was asked to interview Kat Williams
as a promotion for Eddie Murphy’s new movie.
- Dr. Siddque declared that Keith Olbermann
a political talk show host on MSNBC faulted President George W. Bush
for mentioning a mythical story in the State of the Union Address that
the government squashed attempts of Pakistanis to hijack airplanes
with bombs. Dr. Siddque was the first and only person to offer analysis
as to exactly how and why the Pakistani terrorist plot is myth.
- Prof. Travalini announced that the
schedule for the 2007 Delaware Literary Connection
Conference would be available soon. For more information go to www.billietravalini.com/news.
- Dr. Button informed
the department of the death of Emma Clark, a counselor and member of
the Education Department.
- The January minutes were
approved with the correction that Princess Coaxum was
involved in a serious car accident that nearly took her life.
- Ms. Elizabeth Pitts from the Library
announced that she is compiling a bibliography for Mass Communications
that she hopes to have completed by April. She also asked that Faculty
Book Request Forms be returned to her by mid-March.
- Curriculum Review
Dr. Button reported that selected Learner Outcomes from
Dr. James DeBoy must be included on Fall syllabi.
World Literature Update: Anyone interested in joining
the World Literature committee should see Dr. Prigg. A full report and a recommendation
is due at the next department meeting.
Revised Liberal Arts Proposal: Dr. Hoogeveen presented
the idea of a Text & Criticism track. The idea is a discussion item in
the beginning stages of development, but it includes a cross-listing of courses
with the Art and Philosophy departments. The track may be a replacement or
supplement to the current Liberal Arts Track.
Dr. Prigg asked for more literature representation in
the discussion. Anyone interested in joining the committee should see Dr.
Dr. Bhuiyan suggested offering a major and minor in conjunction
with Mass Communications.
Dr. Nigro pointed out that Lincoln students are very
job oriented, and Prof. Chikwem added that the new track could be pushed
- Upcoming Faculty Classroom Observations
- Dr. Button announced that adjunct
faculty will be closely appraised especially because the five semester
limit has been lifted. Full-time and non-tenure faculty are also subject
to review, which might be unannounced visits.
- English Education Honors Proposal
- Dr. Nigro presented the proposal
from the committee that includes Dr. Sekoni, Dr. Bhuiyan, and herself.
- Not included in the proposal is grant
money to hire speakers.
- Dr. Nigro said that the program would
give English Education majors a chance to do graduate level research
- Writing Lab
- Prof. Esters reported that the LRC
is ready and willing to help students. A professor may refer a student
from any class with a prescription sheet. Extra forms are available
online at www.lincoln.edu/english/englishcomposition. The forms can
be typed and printed from the website, and students can utilize the
LRC’s drop-in hours from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. everyday.
- The Humanities Tutoring Night can
also utilize the prescription sheets. The peer tutors are available
every Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the LRC.
- The English and Mass Communications
Info Session is being delayed until next semester while alternative,
possibly more creative and fun options are considered.