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hook-ups everywhere. But it is like a labyrinth, and much time is spent trying to find in what wing each category of books and periodicals is shelved. There are different wings for each subject. Also, each book is arranged by size in its own specific area as indicated by a specific letter in its call number. At Trinity College, Cambridge, we find the Wren Library, designed by Christopher Wren and finished in 1695, a beautiful neo-classical building. The statue in the main library room is of the poet Lord Byron. The Wren Library holds some notable manuscripts, from an eighth-century copy of the epistles of St. Paul to the original manuscript of Winnie-The-Pooh. There are also original copies of some of John Milton's works.
Undergraduate programs at Oxford and Cambridge are, yes, rigorous. It takes three years with one preliminary and one final exam to get an undergraduate degree. Usually the program includes an integrated series of morning lectures on a topic like “English Literature from 1870 to the Present” or “Shakespearean Tragedy,” delivered by outstanding, distinguished British scholars. Two or three afternoons a week students gather in small groups for tutorials with fac- ulty members to study and discuss specific areas of a general topic, for example, a modern poet or King Lear. During these tutorials, students are given the opportunity to discuss reading assignments with the faculty and write a minor and a major paper on a specific reading. These are usually read aloud in the group. These tutorials provide students with an opportunity to manage their own time and develop their independent thinking. Final and prelim exam results are posted on a board in the entrance hall and sometimes on the gate of the Examination Schools. The successful student is rewarded by marching in the encaenia, the col- orful graduation procession from the college campus through the streets and to a historical building, in the case of Oxford colleges, the Sheldonian Theatre (also designed by Christopher Wren), where the diploma is awarded.
Let's not forget punting on the river Cam or Cherwell. “Punting” is the British word for canoeing, with a punter, a standing person who keeps the canoe going with a pole that reaches down to the river bed. It is fun and exhilarating. No visit to Oxford or Cambridge is complete without this slightly hazardous trip on the water. Here are also picnics on the green lawns before a play performance or simply when the rare British sun is out. The experience is more memo- rable when the ducks, swans, and geese are floating on the river nearby.
Studying at Oxford and Cambridge colleges is truly a unique experience. Inside the walls of these colleges, learning comes easily in the peaceful surroundings, in the silence of the cloisters and gardens, and the holy chapels. On the outside of the walls, rich cultural experiences await the scholar to absorb and enjoy. I think there are few places in the world that offer such learning. On my very first trip to Oxford, I remember strolling on one of the green lawns of Christ's Church College, looking at a huge tree in the middle of the lawn, and saying to myself, “I will be back for my Ph.D.” As it turned out I fulfilled this promise at an American university. But that moment, the holiness of the place and what it beckoned to me, is still with me to this day.
Third Annual Creative Writing Festival Moves to April
B e g i n n i n g t h i s y e a r , t h e a n n u a l c r e a t i v e w r i t i n g f e s t i v a l w i l l b e h e l d i n A p r i l t o coincide with National Poetry Month and OCU's annual visit by a distinguished poet. This year, on Wednesday, April 11, we will have the opportunity to work with and hear Joy Harjo, multi-talented, award-winning artist of the Muskogee/Creek Nation. Her workshop and reading on Wednesday will kick off the creative writing festival, which will continue through Saturday, April 14. This year's workshops will be led by Rilla Askew, Kellie Wells, Gladys Cardiff, Diane Glancy, Nathan Brown, and Terry Phelps.
Students meet informally with Lucille Clifton at last year's creative writing festival.
We will have panels on writing fiction for young audiences, with Anna Myers and Darlene Bailey Beard; poetry and spirituality with Jane Taylor and Judith O'Brien; and a conversation about publishing with fiction
Four OCU English Faculty Honored as Priddy Fellows
A n i n i t i a t i v e f u n d e d b y a g r a n t f r o the Priddy Foundation was launched last spring when eight faculty members from various schools and departments at OCU were named as Priddy Fellows. Two members of the English faculty were in this first group of Fellows: Professor Marsha Keller and Dr. Terry Phelps. The Fellows spent the past year in concen- trated study to deepen their knowledge of teaching and learning. The result is that for the spring 2007 semester there are new arts integration courses offered throughout the campus. With Professor Fritz Kiersch, Dr. Terry Phelps is teaching From Script to Screen, a course that offers students the opportunity to both write a script and see some of it through production; Professor Marsha Keller is teaching The Rhetorics of the Arts: Image, Performance, and Sound, a course that examines how writers and artists create effects for their audiences. m
The second group of Priddy Fellows was announced in January, again with two English faculty, Dr. Brooke Hessler and Dr. Harbour Winn. We look forward to the courses they develop over the next year.
writer Barbara Snow Gilbert. This year, because of our new Moving Image Arts Program, we will have several sessions focused on film. Lance McDaniel will screen his doc- umentary, Widowbago, and talk about the documentary process; filmmaker and artist Dena Madole will show her documentary, Two Master Poets, on two former poets laure- ate of Oklahoma, Carl Sennhenn and Carol Hamilton; screenwriter Gregg Mellott will lead a session about writing adaptations; and the OCU Film Guild will screen four student films. Another addition to this year's schedule will be an outdoor, Friday the 13th screening of a “creepy, campy horror film.” This year's festival will be varied and interesting, some- thing for all writers and readers. For further information or to register, email creativewrit- firstname.lastname@example.org or call (405) 208-5127.
In Her Words… An Update from Ann Marie Shannon
I w a s a m e m b e r o f t h e O C U E n g l i s h d e p a r t m e n t , 1 9 6 5 - 1 9 7 2 . I t a u g h Shakespeare and the historical survey of English literature, as well as a “combi- nation” course on the English Renaissance with a member of the his- tory department. I also helped plan the University Studies program and taught in “The Search for Meaning and Value with philosophers Leo Werneke and Ray O'Keefe and religion department chair Jim Taylor. It was a wonderful experience. Senior Tutor of the Oxbridge Honors Program, now Jewell's “flagship.” It allows a few carefully selected students to pursue their majors Oxford/Cambridge style through tutorially directed independent study leading up to rigorous senior com- prehensives; they spend the junior year in programs in either Oxford or Cambridge. It was exciting to organize the honors majors, recruit tutors, and advise stu- dents. I also offered a tutorial in the Oxbridge English Language and t ” Literature major – “Seventeenth-Century Voices: Donne and Milton.” Even after my formal retire- ment from full-time admin- istration and teaching in 1995, I continued to offer it and to teach the survey for the English department as “Distinguished Service Professor of English.” I finally “really” retired at the close of the 1994-95 academic year. After 50 years in college teaching, it seemed a good time! I still live in my 125- year-old Queen Anne Victorian house at the foot of “College Hill” – alone since Patric's death in 1998. I enjoy rewarding life in the Episcopal Church. Last summer I was a deputy from the Diocese of West Missouri to the General Convention and got to applaud the election of the first woman as Presiding Bishop, and for a number of years I've been a grader for the national General Ordination Exams required of seminary seniors. In the dio- cese, I teach Reformation history in the school preparing deacons (who don't go to seminary as priests do) and am part of the group responsible for a continuing education program for lay people. In my parish, Grace Church here in Liberty, I serve on the Vestry, edit the newsletter, and coordinate a vital outreach ministry that provides weekend meals for elemen- tary school children who depend on school breakfast and lunch for their main nutrition. I came to OCU when my husband, Patric, became Director of the Oklahoma Art Center, now the Oklahoma City Art Museum. He was instrumental in its acquisition of the col- lection of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art – then highly controversial as “crazy wild modern art” but now a highly valuable centerpiece of the museum's per- manent collection. I finally “really” retired at the close of the 1994-95 academic year. After 50 years in college teaching, it seemed a good time! We moved to Santa Fe, NM, where I taught part-time at the Christian Brothers' College of Santa Fe. In 1974 I joined the faculty of William Jewell College, in Liberty, Kansas. I'm now Professor Emerita of English. In the English department I taught the histori- cal survey of English literature for senior- level majors, as well as courses in 17th- century literature, introductions to litera- ture, and – of course – freshman comp. In the late 70's, though, I was given the task of leading the design and implementation of an integrated general education pro- gram, “Foundations for the Future.” I served as the program's coordinator and team-taught in one of its courses until 1980, when I became Associate Dean of the College, with responsibility for spe- cial programs. In that very rewarding job I directed Jewell's extensive overseas study programs and became the first
Dr. Phelps discusses scheduling with LEC monitor
Learning Enhancement Center a Bonus for Students
by Carole Smith
T h e L e a r n i n g E n h a n c e m e n t C e n t e r w a s n o t a l w a y s t h e t e c h n o l o g i c a l l y s o p h i s t i cated study center students are used to today. Dr. Terry Phelps, director of the center, says when he came to OCU in 1983 there was a “writing center” that someone working on a dissertation had set up in a converted barracks on campus. Started as a center for students who needed help with composition and grammar, the program had only one tutor for forty-eight students Dr. Phelps's first year. In 1990 the cur- rent Learning Enhancement Center (LEC) was built to Dr. Phelps's specifications. He eventu- ally realized that the Grammar to Go concept he had developed was an application of learn- ing theory, so he proposed a course to train tutors. Now, along with a budget for materials, staff, and equipment, the LEC has twenty to thirty tutors per semester. The program pro- vides tutoring in other subjects such as chem- istry, physics, math, and languages in addition to writing. The LEC has four banks of comput- ers available to students, an administrative office, and a four-cubicle tutoring lab. There is also an adaptive computer so students can hear what is on the screen. Because those who need help do not always come to the LEC, Dr. Phelps recommends that teachers require LEC tutoring when necessary. The LEC serves approximately three hundred stu- dents each semester. The center is usually open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and, depending on the schedules of the tutors, on Saturdays. -