Our professors, students, and alumni have been busy this month, publishing, directing, teaching, and more. Check out all the amazing good news they have to share!

Faculty Good News 

Prof. Sean Lovelace’s Hybrid Essay “How to Begin: Purple Bra, Prompt as Metaphor, Hiss/Kiss/Howl of Dogs, of the Falling Clouds, (roiling, roiling…)” nominated by Big Other Magazine for Best Of the Net 2019 anthology, Sundress Publications.


Prof. Rani Deighe Crowe’s short film Heather Has Four Moms was accepted to PERLEN – Queer Film Festival Hannover in Germany, Detroit Shetown Film Festival, Some Prefer Cake Lesbian Film Festival in Bologna, Italy, Yofifest in Yonkers, NY, Alberta International Women’s Film Festival in Edmonton, Canada, and LesFlicks Queer Cinema in London.

Heather Has Four Moms will be screening in the “Best of” Women Over Fifty Film Festival tour around  Scotland, Ireland, England, and Wales.

The short film Rani directed from Prof. Kathryn Gardiner’s script, Welfare Check, has been accepted to the Gary International Black Film Festival in Gary, Indiana and Urban Mediamakers Festival in Georgia, and Twin Cities Black Film Festival in Minneapolis, MN.

Rani’s screenwriting adaptation assignment published on the peer reviewed EDIT Media (Equity Diversity & Inclusion in Teaching Media) website. http://www.editmedia.org/teaching-materials/


Emily Rutter published “The Creative Recuperation of ‘Blind Tom’ Wiggins in Tyehimba Jess’s Olio and Jeffery Renard Allen’s Song of the Shank” in the Fall issue of MELUS


Along with colleagues Dr. Emily Hodge (Montclair State University) and Dr. Serena Salloum (Ball State University), Dr. Susanna Benko continues to research curricular resources in secondary English Language Arts and ways that state departments of education support teachers through curricular resources.

Dr. Benko and her colleagues have two articles recently accepted for publication.

“The changing ecology of the curriculum marketplace in the era of the Common Core State Standards” will be published in Journal of Educational Change, and can be read online ahead of print.

“Tracing states’ messages about Common Core instruction: An Analysis of English/Language Arts and close reading resources”, was accepted for publication in Teachers College Record .


Prof. Michael Begnal’s review of Ailbhe Darcy & SJ Fowler, Ciarán O’Driscoll, and Anatoly Kudryavitsky — titled “Fission/Fusion: Surrealism Now” — appears in the latest issue of Poetry Ireland/Éigse Éireann’s magazine Trumpet.

Begnal’s translation of a poem by Gabriel Rosenstock, “Conair an Cheoil” (from Irish to English), has now been set to music by Garth Baxter and sung by mezzo-soprano Christine Thomas, with Andrew Stewart on piano.


Mai Kuha and Elizabeth Riddle presented the following in August:

Paper:  Mai Kuha and Elizabeth M. Riddle presented a paper entitled “The Social Construction of Public “Apologies,”  at the 15th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Nishinomiya, Japan, August 2019.

Poster:  Mai Kuha and Elizabeth M. Riddle presented a poster entitled ““Apologies by Individual Citizens for Political Situations”  at the 15th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Nishinomiya, Japan, August 2019.


Student Good News

Maggie Sutton recently won the Perham Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded in memory of Dr. Bernadette H. Perham, Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Ball State University for 16 years. Dr. Perham was a pioneer in breaking down the barriers to achievement for women and girls in all disciplines. The Perham Scholarship supports the pursuit of excellence by female students now and into the future.


Alumni Good News

We just learned that Nicholas Subtirelu is an Assistant Professor in Linguistics at Georgetown University. Georgetown has one of the top linguistics departments in the country.

Here is a link to his interests and brief bio.


Lauren Cross wrote about the recovery process after an eating disorder on Catapult.


Robbie Maakestad’s essay, “A Most Fragile Organ” (the lung), was listed as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2019!


Keli MacDonald is teaching English for two years with the JET program in Isahaya, Nagasaki, Japan. She is really enjoying working in middle and elementary schools and improving her Japanese.