Lee's Dr. Kevin Brown Receives Award For His New Book

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - by Jillian Ellis, Lee University
Dr. Kevin Brown
Dr. Kevin Brown

Dr. Kevin Brown, professor of English at Lee University, was honored by Snake Nation Press and Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society.  

Dr. Brown received the Violet Reed Haas Award from Snake Nation Press for his new book of poems “A Lexicon of Lost Words.” 

“I use [lost] words as titles for the poems, interpreting them in a metaphorical sense,” said Dr. Brown. “My poem ‘Acnestis’ deals with someone trying to remember things from his childhood and trying to remember what to say to a woman he loved, but who has left him.”

According to his editor, “Brown leads us into his childhood, into his relationships and into his take on missionaries that is funny and serious. Many of the poems have that edge, funny but serious, as the words themselves do.” 

The book is based on words from the Oxford English Dictionary that have fallen out of use. Dr. Brown found the words while reading Ammon Shea’s book “Reading the OED.”

Dr. Brown was elected to a four-year term as Southern Regent for Sigma Tau Delta.

As one of the six regents within the Sigma Tau Delta system, Dr. Brown’s duties will include promoting the development and activities of the society within its specific regions. As members of the Board of Directors, regents serve on standing and ad hoc committees, act as liaisons between the chapters of their regions and the central office, and work with their student representative and associate student representative to encourage chapter development and activities, and assume responsibility for over 850 active chapters.

“I am thrilled to be able to take on this responsibility of representing our Southern Region,” said Dr. Brown. “Our chapter has been one of the most active for several years, and I hope to bring that experience to the national level.”

Dr. Brown received his doctorate in English from the University of Mississippi and his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Murray State University. He earned a master's in English and a master's in Library and Information Science from East Tennessee State University and the University of Alabama, respectively. He received his bachelor’s in English from Milligan College.

Dr. Brown is the only member of Lee’s faculty to be awarded each of three major faculty awards: Excellence in Advising (‘10), Excellence in Scholarship (‘11), and Excellence in Teaching (‘12).

Dr. Brown’s book can be purchased at http://www.kevinbrownwrites.com/ or http://www.snakenationpress.org/.


GPS Senior To Bridge Gap In Education Disparities

 With the help of funding from the Mozilla Gigabit Fund, GPS senior Anjali Chandra has started  the GigBridge project at East lake Academy.   “Education is more than getting perfect scores on the SAT and getting into Harvard," said Anjali.  "It can be the key to a self-supporting life. Education can help families escape from poverty and get better jobs ... (click for more)

Dalton State Protects, Breeds Endangered Turtles

Dalton State couple has a new  couple, a male and female spiny turtle – known as the Heosemys spinosa in scientific communities - which is an endangered species. They live in the Dalton State College Turtle Assurance Colony. The colony is part of the international Turtle Survival Alliance, which is a conservation group formed in response to the disappearance of turtles ... (click for more)

Harr Outlines $40 Million Plan For Chattanooga Light Rail System

Outgoing Chamber of Commerce President Ron Harr on Monday outlined a $40 million plan for a Chattanooga light rail system that would serve not only downtown, but also the Airport and the Enterprise South Industrial Park. In a speech to the Chattanooga Engineers Club, Mr. Harr said most cities looking at such an ambitious plan "would be facing costs of over a billion dollars." ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Choo Choo Adding Clubs, Restaurants In $8 Million Renovation

The historic Chattanooga Choo Choo is adding clubs and restaurants in a $7 million renovation, it was announced in front of the South Market Street landmark on Monday morning. The Comedy Catch will be moving from its longtime home in Brainerd and there will be a new 500-person music venue that will be in addition to Track 29. The new venue, managed by Track 29, will feature a ... (click for more)

Senator Bob Corker: An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Wamp Refuses To Stoop

With less than two weeks before the Aug. 7 th election and the last week of early voting now underway in Hamilton County, Congressional challenger Weston Wamp sounded upbeat and relaxed early yesterday afternoon. “I’m pleased to say that I believe we are right where we need to be … maybe even more than we had hoped.” Wamp, who is challenging two-term incumbent Chuck Fleishmann ... (click for more)