Three Tennessee Wesleyan Students Present Papers At Lee's Literary Symposium

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Three Tennessee Wesleyan College students presented scholarly papers at Lee University’s Eleventh Annual Literary Symposium. Brianna Cash, Miranda Duncan, and Koltin Thompson are members of Tennessee Wesleyan’s Alpha Epsilon Gamma chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the college’s international English Honor Society.

Lee’s Symposium is an annual academic conference open to Sigma Tau Delta members and/or English majors and minors, with five to six sessions running simultaneously.

The three TWC students were in attendance at the symposium with students and faculty from Cumberland University, Tennessee Temple University, Tennessee Tech University, Bryan College, Lane College, Shorter University, Maryville College, William Woods University, and Lee University.

Dr. Elizabeth Ruleman, faculty sponsor of the local chapter of Sigma Tau Delta and associate professor of English and the chair of the department of English and foreign languages, attended the symposium with the students and chaired a session.

“I was extremely proud of our students,” said Dr. Ruleman. “They held their own, reading with animation and were engaged with the students from other colleges in the question and answer sessions. These students embody the strengths of TWC’s English program.”

Mr. Thompson’s story “Peldrara” was featured in the “Fantasy Fiction” session while Ms. Cash read a poem entitled “Beautiful” in a session called “A Feast of Poetry.”

In the “Romantic Era II” session, Ms. Duncan read her scholarly paper “Identity in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” in which she explored the identities of both Victor Frankenstein and his creature, ending with the final question: Who is really the monster in this text?

“It was interesting to hear what other students submitted, especially when you could tell they were passionate about the subject,” said Duncan. “I enjoyed hearing examples of other college students’ exemplary papers because I feel that I can use that experience to better myself academically.”

Ms. Cash, Ms. Duncan, and Mr. Thompson’s work in Tennessee Wesleyan’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta includes participating in service projects such as assisting with the college’s literary magazine and with TWC’s annual Homecoming and Halloween activities.

The group has tutored adults at the Adult Education Center, donated materials to North City School to help teachers who work with struggling readers, contributed to UNICEF to buy a soccer ball, school supplies, and books for children overseas, and supported Haiti relief efforts as well as Rice and Beans Ministries, which prepares food bags and purchases school uniforms for Central American children.

For more information on TWC’s Sigma Tau Delta chapter or the English department, contact Dr. Elizabeth Rulemen by phone at 746-5247 or by email at esruleman@twcnet.edu.



Lee Writing Prof Commissioned To Write Play

Lee University’s Stacey Isom Campbell has been commissioned to write a play to be performed by Lee Theatre next spring.  “It’s a huge honor to have been asked to write something brand new to be performed on our campus,” said Ms. Campbell, associate professor of creative writing at Lee. “I’m excited to have my work showcased in this way.”  Dr. Christine Williams, ... (click for more)

Then And Now: Faculty And Staff Recreate Original Photo

When Dalton State opened in the fall of 1967, the charter faculty and staff gathered for a photo to commemorate the occasion outside the upper level of the Pope Student Center. The photo is a reminder of the College’s beginnings. There were only 54 faculty and staff members when the College opened its doors on Sept. 25, 1967. Today there are 456. Many of the current faculty ... (click for more)

School Board Approves "Partnership" With State As "Lesser Of 2 Evils"

The County School Board on Thursday night voted 7-2 to join in talks with the State Department of Education leading to a Partnership Zone for five low-performing schools. Joe Smith and David Testerman voted against the plan. Other board members said the only alternative was for the state to take over several low-performing schools under the Achievement School District in which ... (click for more)

Jury Hears About Incident Behind Food Lion That Authorities Say Led To Triple Murders In Lookout Valley; Neighbor Saw Trio With Guns

A Criminal Court jury on Thursday was told about an incident behind the Food Lion on Brown's Ferry Road that authorities say was the motive for an April 9, 2014, massacre at a Lookout Valley trailer park. Brandon Jackson said the incident five days earlier involved Derek Morse, who is standing trial on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree ... (click for more)

September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

The calendar fills up quickly in September as families return to a packed routine after quieter summer days. Unfortunately, your health might take a backseat to your busy schedule. So make a note on your calendar that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and remind yourself—or the men in your life—about the importance of a healthy prostate.   Prostate cancer is ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: McQueen & Her TVAAS

If I am reading my Ouija Board right, I suspect the Hamilton County School Board will vote to allow a controversial “partnership” to be formed with the state Board of Education tonight at its monthly meeting. State Education Commissioner Candice McQueen has said she will demand the one-sided partnership to take over the operation of five at-risk schools in Hamilton County and, if ... (click for more)